Fleur East’s Sidecar on X Factor (ITV)

For Fleur East’s dramatic X-Factor entrance they wanted a sidecar and with just under three days to go they couldn’t find one, then I found myself involved. The initial plan was to use my Suzuki Hayabusa sidecar outfit and I just assumed I would ride it, but they wanted a rider with model looks, so it was Sidecar in, Sinclair out! Enter Sam Kennedy, he’s got the look. A serious biker, but not an outfit rider so the day before the final we met to train. If you put a Hayabusa outfit in the hands of a solo rider they will soon need my other Hayabusa! Fortunately Sam proved to be an excellent student, so no fears of him careering off the stage.

Fleur’s entrance was based on a Mad Max theme and off stage there is a ramp, some awkward twists and a lot of stop starts involved. Quite frankly, a sexy looking Hayabusa outfit with big wide wheels simply wouldn’t work. What we needed was a Ural! What we needed was Bob the Bear!! Bob rides a 750cc Ural sidecar outfit, as used by the CCCP, Russian military and whenever possible the Mohjahaden. With Fleur’s Beyond the Thunderdome hair what could be more Mad Max than that? As for twists and turns, Urals do those while under machine gun fire! By sitting on the mudguard rather than in the sidecar Fleur could step off both deliberately and elegantly as well as look the part.

Bob the sidecar legend chats with Fleur East before her first rehearsal.

Bob the sidecar legend chats with Fleur East before her first rehearsal.

Normally Bob’s outfit is full of bears and Ivan sits in the sidecar, but they were all happy to be put into hibernation for Fleur. I must say it was a kick to be part of helping this young girl’s career. Off camera she is very respectful, keen to learn and friendly. Not even a hint of pretentiousness or pride. Having got to know her a little bit as well as watch her, I sure hope she wins!

Fleur East off stage on her X-Factor motorbike and sidecar

Sam Kennedy, now the UK’s best looking sidecar rider and Fleur East on the Ural.

Just as the Suzuki Hayabusa came second to the Ural in this story, so did Fleur to Ben. Nonetheless, both Fleur and the Hayabusa are still forces to be reckoned with!

In this story Fleur's Suzuki Hayabusa & sidecar came second, just as Fleur then did, but they are both still forces to be reckoned with!

Fleur’s Suzuki Hayabusa and Sidecar hearse, which we later swapped for the Ural.


About Paul Sinclair

Paul Sinclair, often referred to as The Faster Pastor, has 30 years proven ministry as a pastor, speaker, published author and writer. His wife Marian is from Ghana and has been a minister in song for as many years. When Marian sings… expect an anointing!
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2 Responses to Fleur East’s Sidecar on X Factor (ITV)

  1. Geoff says:

    Never mind Paul, we know that you are a star anyway.

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