It all started with motocross bikes when I was 3. I began racing a Honda 50cc in local club events when I was 7 and I finally came to quads at the age of 16 – my first one was a Suzuki 250 quad racer although I’ve had more than 20 different ones since then. They just seem to keep breaking for some reason! You can read more about my quads on the machines page.TAKING ON THE WORLD
I clinched the Australian Quad Racing Championship title in 1987 and decided to travel to America. I competed in the US Quad Championships but unfortunately, with 4 rounds to go, I did my kneecap in. Soon after that we had to leave America anyway as our visas ran out, so we landed up in Holland.THE FIRST ONE
One of the most important points in my stunt career happened there while I was racing at the Ahoy Indoor Stadium in Rotterdam. I finished 3rd but after the event they asked me to try a jump of 7 cars. I said “Yeah mate, I’ll give it a crack” and it worked so I haven’t looked down since! Seven doesn’t seem very many now but I must have been crazy then.FASTER AND FASTER
Next we came to the UK for racing and in 1989 I took the 80cc, 250cc and 500cc championships. I then travelled to Italy where we worked on the European championships – I won the Italian championship and came 3rd in the European. In France I was also the first man ever to beat the French champion, who had held his title for nearly 10 years. Merde.ON TV
At the same time I was in the Australian team for ITV’s “Run the Gauntlet” show. Since then I’ve been on UK TV in “The Big Breakfast”, “Great Escapes”, “You Bet”, “Don’t try this at Home” and “Guinness World Records”. I also appear regularly on American TV.SHOW TIME
1991 included one of the most famous moments of my stunt career when I attempted to jump over a paddle steamer on a lake in Cornwall. I crashed into the top of the steamer and it catapulted me into the lake. The following year I came back to do the same stunt and successfully jumped the 210ft. Well, sort of successfully – unfortunately the landing was not so good and I broke my leg pretty badly. I’ve been told these are among the most popular stunt clips on US TV. Since then I have jumped loads of things including a multi-million pound RAF fighter jet, a plane in flight, rows and rows of cars, vans and boats, and in 2000 I broke my own world record by jumping 14 four-wheel drive vehicles – you can read more about these on the legend page.KEEPING BUSY
My first one man stunt show was in Norwich in 1989, and have been doing a UK summer tour every year since then. I also do several shows in the US, and a total of over 50 appearances worldwide a year. For 2001 I have an American TV deal taking me to Las Vegas for the later part of the year. You can find out where to catch up with me both live or on TV in the show calender pages. I do a bit of work on film sets too, for example doing action camera work for the upcoming Tomb Raider movie. In 2001 I’ve also been helping a deafblind quad rider called Graham Hicks to set the first official landspeed record on a quadbike. After all, you’ll never get anywhere if you don’t try! But don’t do anything stupid, and keep coming back here to find out about all my new action.
Sam is no stranger to the UK show circuit having spent most of his younger years with Matt and at times joining in the performances. Sam has ridden quads from the age of 3 and at the age of 11 won his first Quad Bike Championship, going on to win a further 4 Queensland state junior championships. In 2009 Sam did his first major performance at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells.
In 2012 Sam competed in his first season of touring car racing in Australia, finishing second for the season in the junior class, beating many of the adults along the way throughout the season.
Sam is looking forward to performing in the UK in 2013 and has been practicing his tricks with Matt at home on the Gold Coast.