Top Gear’s Stig scares the heck out of celeb passengers in Durban

2013-05-15 00:00

SOME say he drifts cars with the angels and that he has anti-freeze pulsing through his veins.

All The Witness knows is that he drives like the clappers.

The Stig, speechless superstar of British TV hit Top Gear, popped into Durban yesterday to burn the rubber off a beastly BMW M6 — and put the fear of the motoring gods into celebrities and media.

Screeching across an impromptu skid pan at the back of the Moses Mabhida Stadium, The Stig gave each of his guests a taste of life in the fast lane.

Asked if he was excited to be in Durban, the world’s most infamously muted driver said: “…”

The day was organised as a precursor to next month’s Top Gear Festival in the city, when the familiar faces of presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond will turn the stadium precinct into a petrol-head’s nirvana. Joining them this year will be two-time Formula One champion Mika Häkkinen.

Festival CEO James Cooke-Priest said this year’s theme would centre on the legends of Le Mans. He also promised an “exciting” announcement in the next 10 days.

But yesterday was all about The Stig, who adroitly slung his twin-turbo monster across the tarmac, scaring the pants off his celebrity passengers and oblivious of the R1,5 million price tag of his sponsored BMW M6 coupé.

Olympian Chad le Clos beamed when he climbed out of the car, the rear tyres smoking. “That was awesome, crazy. That was sick,” said the swim champ, running out of epithets to describe his exhilaration.

On the go-cart track a few hours later, Le Clos produced a pedestrian performance, unlike his feats in the pool, and found himself midway on the lap times board.

Burly 5FM DJ Fresh guffawed after his turn with the man in the virginal white leathers.

“That was good,” said an elated Fresh.

He demonstrated a turn of pace himself when he later led the go-cart lap times — until The Witness replaced him at the top of the leader board. The festival takes place on June 15 and 16.

• brett.horner@witness.co.za

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