Motormouth: he roars like a V8, purrs like a Merc

2015-01-15 00:00

DURBANITE Ameer Shaik gives a whole new meaning to the term “motormouth”.

Shaik’s hidden talents were ­discovered last year when his friends heard the sounds of a ­roaring V8 engine coming from outside. Running out expecting to see a supercar, they were astounded to see only Shaik standing there.

Shaik can mimic almost any ­motor vehicle.

Putting his vocal cords to the test, he can easily replicate the ­purring of a Mercedes Benz AMG vehicle, the torque of a WV Scirocco or the blaring of a souped-up Toyota Corolla, just to name a few.

Ever since he was young, Shaik, who lives in Isipingo Hills, has had a love for cars and enjoyed learning and mimicking sounds.

“My friend offered me an opportunity to work with him at a local shop where they tune up cars. Since it was something I enjoyed doing, I started the job, working with some of the cars I love. From there, I listened to the sounds of the cars and was inspired by a video I saw of a man mimicking the sounds of vehicles. I then began practising for about a year,” he said.

Shaik’s party-trick remained under wraps as the timid man said he just enjoyed making the noises for himself.

Three days before Christmas his friends, Navindran Munsamy and Shamith Ramlagan, decided to post a video of his talent online, little ­realising the video would go viral.

“We thought we would just do it for fun, but in only three days it reached over 250 000 views online and was being picked up and ­retweeted,” Ramlagan said.

Munsamy said he was confident that Shaik, who he treated as a brother, had a unique talent that could make him successful.

“He can mimic almost any car. We saw a car and I asked him if he could make the same noise the car did. He put his hand over his mouth and made the exact noise the car did. Not just that, he can mimic people’s voices as well,” Munsamy said.

Since posting the video on YouTube and on Facebook, Shaik has already had radio interviews, a job offer to do an advert and is expected to showcase his skills at the next Top Gear festival in South Africa.

• kyle.venktess@witness.co.za

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