Oscar: Black cars with a dash of speed

2013-03-13 00:00

OSCAR Pistorius has eight outstanding traffic fines totalling R5 545.

Registered under his ID number are a black Mini Cooper, a black BMW 1-series, a black Volvo and a black BMW 7-series.

That he is fond of fast cars is no secret. In a recent Nike advert, he says he tests his reaction time by seeing how fast he can pull off at traffic lights.

In 2012, Pistorius was fined R1 560 for driving the 7-series at 160 km/h in a 120 km/h zone on the N1 highway near Johannesburg.

Four other R560 fines, two involving the BMW 1-series, one the Volvo and another the Mini, were for not displaying front number plates.

In 2010, he was fined R1 000 for driving the Mini Cooper at 150 km/h in a 120 km/h zone.

And in 2012, he was fined R560 for talking on his cellphone while driving.

A few hours before Reeva Steenkamp’s death, Pistorius attended a party at which he negotiated the purchase of a Mercedes-Benz McLaren supercar.

He regularly tweeted photos of fast cars that he had test-driven.

In a major profile in the New York Times Magazine, sportswriter Michael Sokolov described Pistorius as “a bit mad”, referring to an incident in which Pistorius drove at 240 km/h in the rain with the writer in his car.

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