Promoter proposes motorcycle stunt spectacular for White Rock Pier reopening party
Brooke Colby says event would draw big crowds to city this summer, when repair is scheduled to be complete
A local promoter says White Rock residents deserve more than a ribbon-cutting ceremony when the White Rock Pier reopens.
Brooke Colby — who runs runs Brooke Colby Productions — says a death-defying motorcycle stunt should also be part of the festivities.
"Our jumper's name is Cole Freeman," Colby told White Rock city council on Monday evening. "He jumps on [legendary stuntman] Evil Knievel's motorcycles and he jumps literally anything."
The pier has been closed since last month when it was badly damaged by a powerful windstorm.
The city estimates repairs will cost about $6 million and Mayor Darryl Walker hopes the project will be completed by the end of the summer.
Colby says the stunt will bring big crowds and give a boost to businesses that could struggle while the area's main attraction is closed.
"It's a family event," he said. "It's like when the Harlem Globetrotters come to town."
'Many different options'
Colby's original proposal described the stunt as a motorcycle jump over the gap in the pier, which is about the size of a Boeing 737's wingspan.
He says, however, that engineers haven't finalized the details.
"There are many different options," Colby said.
"I've told [the stuntman] he might have to jump it sideways with ramps and everything on the sand on low tide."
Colby expects to complete a business plan in two to three weeks that will then be presented to council.
Coun. David Chesney says he's looking for forward to Colby's final proposal.
"There is a grain of sand here of a really good idea," Chesney said. "But it needs a lot of work."