A CHARITY fundraiser taught to ride the ‘Wall of Death’ during lockdown has successfully completed his first ever public performance at MotoFest Coventry’s ‘Motorcycle Weekend’.
Paul Malin made his public debut with the world-famous Ken Fox Troupe on Saturday and Sunday, July 24-25, taking to the 20ft high vertical wall on both days to fulfil a long-held ambition and raise cash for four separate charities.
For Paul, his appearance at MotoFest Coventry’s Motorbike Weekend was the culmination of months of training with the Ken Fox Troupe, much of it completed during the recent lockdown.
The hard work certainly paid off with Paul wowing the crowds across the weekend, including an appreciative audience breaking into a round of applause at the end of his performance.
In fact, Paul has impressed the Ken Fox Troupe so much with his efforts, he has been asked to join the team for their next show at the Ipswich Festival of Wheels.
Paul, aged 55, said: “It was very nerve wracking but lots of fun at the same time. I took part in the show across both days and the performance in front of friends and family on Sunday was particularly special.
“It’s great to think that I have joined the elite group of riders who have ridden the ‘Wall of Death’ in public and a huge bonus as well to be asked by the Ken Fox Troupe to join the team at their next show. I was not expecting that and feel really honoured to be involved again.
“I am also very proud to have raised just over £2,000 for the four charities and I hope we can continue to bring in more money for them in the upcoming weeks.”
Paul is raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, Warwickshire and Solihull Blood Bikes, Positive Bones and Pawprints and donations can be made by visiting https://gofund.me/cc6df30e
The charity fundraising idea first came to Paul during a visit the MotoFest Coventry 2019 event.
Paul added: “I was treated for a serious illness a couple of years ago and after getting the all-clear, I wanted to give something back by raising money for the different charities.
“I wanted to do something spectacular but different to raise the money, so I began to think about a Wall of Death ride. When I visited MotoFest back in 2019, I got talking to the Ken Fox Troupe Wall of Death team about the idea. After some initial reservations from them – they don’t often train people up as its quite dangerous – they eventually agreed to train me.
“I have always enjoyed bikes and was a motocross rider back in my younger days, but this is something else. It’s a very difficult skill to perfect but it is incredible once you are up on the wall riding the bike and it’s quite some buzz to say that I performed it at the MotoFest Coventry Motorcycle Weekend.”
Paul’s appearance at MotoFest Month 2021’s motorcycle weekend was one of the highlights of a packed programme of full throttle activities that took place over two days.
One of the main attractions was the traditional MotoFest Coventry Ride-In from historic Coombe Abbey Hotel – Brinklow Road, Coventry – to the city centre, with hundreds of riders taking part in the traditional curtain raiser to the festival
Among the other highlights for the weekend were static motorcycle displays, individual and club displays and the ‘MotoFest Classic and Custom Motorcycle Show’ with trophies awarded across a number of categories, following on from the success of the 2019 motorcycle show.
MotoFest Coventry is dedicated to the city’s motoring heritage, taking place in 2021 across three weekends in July and August as part of the new ‘MotoFest Month 2021’ schedule.
As the largest free motoring festival in the UK, it brings live motorsport, including dynamic motorsport displays, classic and modern modified vehicles, and the cutting edge of automotive innovation right into the heart of the UK’s Motor City, free for everyone to enjoy across four weekends. For more details visit www.coventrymotofest.com.