Playing with Traffic

Downhiller Dave 'Bullhead' Wardell had only just received his new Hyundai Santa Fe four wheel drive

Downhiller Dave Wardell and trials-meister Chris Akrigg go head to head with a 4 wheel drive. Nick Larsen reports.
Downhiller Dave 'Bullhead' Wardell had only just received his new Hyundai Santa Fe four wheel drive when he decided he wanted to ride it off-road.

"I wanna see if I can drive the car faster than I can ride my bike downhill," he said.

Bad idea. But I got to thinking that it wouldn't be quite so crazy if we could rope in a responsible grown-up to do the driving part of the challenge. So I called up Hyundai, asked if they'd lend us a professional driver for the day, and the highly accommodating chaps readily agreed. Excellent!

A week later and I'm up in Yorkshire with Dave and professional driver Roger Green. And somehow trials supreme Chris Akrigg has got in on the act too. We're at the top of a downhill track and the two riders are looking more than a little apprehensive about five tons of metal careering behind them on a steep, slippery track. Being mown down is looking like a distinct possibility if either rider makes the slightest mistake. The pressure's on.

But hang on! We're giving it all away. If you want to know what happened next, you need to buy the April issue of MBUK. It's in the shops now.

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