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Guernsey-based record-breaker Zef Eisenberg has died in an accident at Elvington Airfield. He was 47 years old.
He dedicated himself to demonstrating what could be achieved when pushing the boundaries of both human and machine in record-setting challenges. The self-confessed performance junkie learned his trade with V8 muscle cars and drag motorbikes, before creating the world’s most powerful turbine motorbike. Five years of intense work resulted in a number of accolades, including a new Guinness record for the fastest turbine bike in the world at 234.01mph.
In September 2016, he survived Britain’s fastest-ever motorcycle crash when the turbine bike failed to stop at the end of the Elvington runway. He shattered his pelvis and broke his pubic bone, hip, femur and seven other bones, and spent three months in hospital – during which doctors told him that he’d never walk again. That was followed by three months in a wheelchair and six months learning to walk – and 12 months to the day after the accident, he was back at Elvington competing on the rebuilt bike.