If you’re not scared when you get behind the wheel of a giant monster truck you’re not in the right job, says UK record-breaking stunt man Ian Batey.
His massive machine - 11 feet high, 12 feet wide and 20 feet long - ‘flies’ from one precarious perch to another in the course of an awesome performance which puts conventional acts in the shade - an act he’s been perfecting for 35 bone-shaking, nerve-wracking years.
Now aged 51, he’s no thoughts of retiring, because despite all those decades of motor-driven mayhem he still has unfulfilled ambitions.
“I want to do a back flip with a monster truck,” he says in his amiable Gateshead accent, “and also a loop-the-loop - and a bungee, where the truck would be winched up high by crane and then dropped”.
Ian and the rest of the extreme stunts team have been in Scotland for four weeks as part of a marathon UK tour, and he says they’re looking forward to a typically warm reception from this weekend’s Motherwell audience at Strathclyde Country Park.
“We’re always polishing and improving the show,”he said, “because as the biggest extreme stunts company in the UK we’ve also got to be the best - and one thing we’ve all got in common is that we treat every single show as special.
“People wonder about the danger, and of course we’re very practised at what we do, but in fact we’ve got four people hurt at the moment - but not from anything that happened during a show.
“For example one of the BMX bike guys was injured because he tried out a skate park when he was off duty, and had an accident.
“During the show we obviously take every possible precaution, but there’s no getting away from the fact that it is highly dangerous.
“When you get in the seat of that monster truck, no matter how many times you do it, there’s still that ‘I wonder what will happen this time’ feeling.
“I wouldn’t have it any other way - I love this job.”
Show times are at 6pm on Saturday and 3pm on Sunday, with entry at the gate costing £12 for adults and £6 for children.