Meet stunt girl: Jaimi, 17, the world's youngest Wall of Death

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Meet stunt girl: Jaimi, 17,  the world's youngest Wall of Death motorbike rider

A 17-year-old girl left school to land her first job as the world's youngest female Wall of Death rider - without a motorbike licence.

Jaimi Tyrrell joined a troupe of stunt riders after completing her GCSEs and now tours the UK and Europe.

The daredevil teen hits speeds of up to 45mph on the vertical 20ft high wall as she rides horizontally around the 32ft wide cylinder.

Rising star: Jaimi Tyrrell, 17, left school to land her first job as the world's youngest female Wall of Death rider - without a motorbike licence. She performs under the name Jaimi Starr

Performing under the name Jaimi Starr, she cannot wear a helmet as this would affect the drag and she must keep a constant speed to beat the gravity that would otherwise pull her down.

Jaimi, who grew up in Haverhill, Cambridge, insisted she had no regrets about her career choice and said she was attracted by the 'exciting' lifestyle of a stunt bike rider.

'I only started riding last year and within a month I was on the wall myself and performing with the troupe,' she said.

'I had been thinking about going to college but then I decided to join the troupe instead because I just wanted to keep on riding.'

The teenager was introduced to the motorbike world by family friend Ken Fox who runs the Ken Fox Troupe stunt riding show.

Daredevil: the teen hits speeds of up to 45mph on the vertical 20ft high wall as she rides horizontally around the 32ft wide cylinder

'I first got on the bike when I was 11,' she said. 'Ken used to take me on the handlebars on the Wall of Death and I loved it.'

She started riding by herself last May and by June she was on the Wall of Death.

The teenager, who dropped out of education after completing her GCSEs last summer, then joined the Ken Fox Troupe to tour the UK and Europe.

Since leaving home in February, she has performed in various locations throughout the UK as well as in Germany and Holland.

She now performs up to 15 ten-minute shows each day at steam rallies, bike shows and music festivals - including Glastonbury this summer.

No regrets: Jaimi said she was attracted by the 'exciting' lifestyle of a stunt bike rider

'I've been able to travel to Europe and all over the UK which has been a really great experience and I really enjoyed performing at Glastonbury,' she said.

'I just want to keep on doing this for a while and improving the tricks I can do. It's an exciting life and I wouldn't want to do anything else.

Jaimi is the youngest of five riders in the Ken Fox Troupe, which is one of just a handful of Wall of Death shows in the world.

The troupe was started by Ken's grandparents in 1931 and his sons Luke Fox, 22, and Alex Fox, 17, are now riders in the show.

Jaimi is currently mastering the art of riding with no hands, standing up in the saddle and even climbing onto the handlebars - while riding horizontally on a lightweight vintage 1975 Honda cb200 or a 1929s Indian Scout.

Painter and decorator Martin Tyrrell, 53, and housewife Corinne Birch, 44, said they were 'not worried' by their daughter's chosen line of work.

'She's with very nice people, We're not worried about her at all - we're very proud of her,' her mother said.

'We love watching her ride the wall, there's no fear at all. It just seems normal for her to be up there now. It's all very safe.'

The Ken Fox Troupe will be touring the UK with their show until October.




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