Motorcycle champs manor stunt ride becomes You Tube sensation

June 20th, 2008 - 5:31 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 20 (ANI): A video featuring a stunt motorcyclist riding through a mansion has become a big hit on the video sharing website You Tube.

In the four-minute film the 12-times individual World Trials Champion Dougie Lampkin is seen driving through Goodwood House in West Sussex, narrowly avoiding the antique china ornaments and paintings.

The video shows the 32-year-old shooting out of a van, and then performing a set of wheelies down the manor s driveway.

He tears through the hallway, past a grand piano, before landing his front tyre on the sofa.

Lampkin then moves along the top of a narrow garden wall in the 12,000-acre grounds to the astonishment of a gardener clipping some flowers.

Opening a secret door in the library the motorcyclist drives up the stairs before confronting a shocked woman next to a four-poster bed.

Lampkin had taken the permission to free wheel through the historic house by its owner and motor racing enthusiast Lord Charles March.

He ends the stunt by riding through the homes archives, before whizzing up a near vertical ladder on to the roof, where he stops to drink a glass of champagne handed to him on a silver tray by a butler.

Dougie initially walked round the house to plan a route and check which carpets he could go over without damaging them, The Sun quoted Goodwoods spokeswoman Janet Bradley, as saying.

“It took a day to film. We used a helmet cam and did shots from another camera.

“There are absolutely no tricks involved. Dougie is a first class rider and was absolutely brilliant on the day.

“When we first suggested it, Lord March said hed have to ask the family, but everyone was fine with it. The children loved watching parts of it being filmed.

“It was a fun thing to do. Not many stately home owners would say Yes, come and ride through my house but Lord March is a great businessman and is very laid back,” she added.

The video was shot to promote Goodwood Festival of Speed at Goodwood Park to be held next month, at which Lampkin will star. (ANI)

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