World wheelie record holder dies in Germany

Tragic accident on autobahn kills Terry Calcott

WORLD WHEELIE record holder Terry Calcott has died after a road accident in Germany.

Mr Calcott, 35, who lived above the Ford and Ellis motorbike shop in Broad Street, Chesham, died on Saturday, April 28th while on the autobahn in Germany.

For the past two years Mr Calcott has been the Guinness Book of Record Champion for the fastest wheelie at 172.9mph over 1km.

Whether it was driving remote control cars (ranked 10th in the world at the age of 11), competition shooting or riding and racing on two wheels, Terry would impress with his skill and natural talent.

On a whim he entered the world record motorcycle wheelie attempt in 2005 and won, significantly beating a record set by a professional stuntman, which had stood for 2 years. He has since stretched the record to a stunning 172.3mph, a record he still holds, and a huge achievement.

A highly regarded and talented carpenter by trade, a genuinely funny man and generous friend to all who met him, he will of course be missed deeply by the many people who were lucky enough to know him.

He was with a group of nine friends who had ridden to Germany for a motorbike rally on the Nuremberg track.

His mother Maureen, 65, said: "He could be a bit of a daredevil but they told he wasn't speeding and he always had great care when he was on the road."

Mr Calcott has two children; Parris, 9, and Tommy, 12. He was separated from their mother.

Mr Calcott worked as a fitter for Top Notch Designs in Alma Road.

Mike Manners, director of Top Notch Designs said: "It was a privilege to have him as a part of our team."

The funeral will be on Saturday 12th May at 11am at Amersham Crematorium, family flowers only please.

Donations to a Trust Fund for his children are welcome through Cooks Funeral Service, 72 Broad Street, Chesham, HP5 3DX.

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