BMX star’s best memories from Dundee

John Buultjens at his book signing at Waterstones

A BMX superstar says Dundee provided him with his “best memories”, as a book about his incredible life is released.

Glasgow-born John Buultjens, who moved to Dundee when he was 14, was in the city for an impromptu book signing at Waterstones in Commercial Street to publicise his new tome, Ride.

It comes after the production of a Hollywood blockbuster featuring US rapper Ludicrous, who plays his adopted father.

The 45-year-old came through years of abuse at the hands of his father, whom he plays in the film, before his BMX skills took him all over the world.

He moved to Australia in the early 2000s then to the US five years ago.

A budding actor (having appeared in TV soap Neighbours), he made contacts in the US film industry, who then learned of his incredible life story.

Speaking at the book signing, he described his memories of riding his BMX in Dundee as the strongest of his life.

He said: “Despite all the things I’ve experienced — starring in a film about my life and becoming brand ambassador for Haro bikes — I’d still say my best memories were riding in the building where the DCA now stands.”

John’s earliest childhood memory is a horrific incident in which his father threw him on to an electric fire at the age of three.

He was taken away by social services and then adopted by Marianna and Eldridge Buultjens, whom he credits with changing his life.

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