The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
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Champ liar retains crown

London, Nov. 15 (Reuters): The World’s Biggest Liar kept his title for a second year, fending off competitors at a northern England pub by boasting of his exploits on a wooden motorcycle.

George Kemp, 35, told how he rode a balsa wood motorcycle to victory at the Isle of Man race, stopping to take advice from Formula One driver Nigel Mansell who was walking his dog on the course. “It was very tight this year,” competition organiser Ian Congdon said by phone from the Bridge Inn, Santon Bridge, where competitors were still noisily celebrating. “It could have gone any way between two or three people.”

In second place was former five-time winner John Graham, who was stripped of his crown last year by Kemp with the tale of his grandfather’s greyhound, which gave birth to pups in the middle of a race before going on to win, followed by the puppies.

A panel of six judges sits through the performances and then retires to consider its verdict. “The entrants try very hard to keep a straight face,” said Congdon.

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