Mike “The Machine” Bruce, also a professional strongman known across the globe through his website, www.mikethemachine.com, now plans to put his claim to have “the world’s strongest neck” to the test in a world-record attempt that will see him bend as many as five 5/8-inch steel bars across the front of his neck in only 60 seconds.
Bruce will attempt the death-defying record at a special fundraising event held on Aug. 25 in Somerset at The Center for Rural Development. A donation of $5 per adult will be collected at the door, with all proceeds going toward the Lake Cumberland Blue Star Mothers and the Bethany House Abuse Shelter of Somerset.
The Blue Star Mothers Organization organizes efforts to raise funds for, assemble, and ship care packages to men and women serving overseas in the Armed Forces. The Bethany House Abuse Shelter is a safe house in Somerset for victims of domestic abuse.
Children and students under 12 years of age will be admitted free of charge.
The event will start at 1 p.m. and include a special strength show by Bruce’s Team Machine, a group of his teenage clients who he has mentored and taken under his wing. Several other nationally known professional strongmen, including Dave “Iron Tamer” Whitley (www.irontamerdavidwhitley.com) and Grandmaster Strongman Dennis Rogers (www.dennisrogers.net) will appear, with Rogers also serving as master of ceremonies.
Bruce will close the show with his world-record bar-bending attempt.