Skater dices Merc down mountain pass

2013-09-30 00:00

CAPE TOWN — After extreme skateboarder Decio Lourenco (24) became a YouTube sensation for setting off a speed camera on his board, a media company has challenged him to a dice down the hairpins of Franschhoek pass.

Lourenco achieved infamy when he was caught on camera speeding down Kloofnek Road in Cape Town. His mates downloaded the flash of the camera on YouTube and shortly after the video, Spoofing the Traffic Camera, was placed, New Media Publishing arranged for him to race the new Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG down Fransch­hoek pass.

“One of the guys at the production company approached me. They had just started and wanted publicity,” said Lourenco. The media company, Bring Back Choirboy, shot the new video, Silver Slip-streams, on a shoestring budget and Lourenco said he raced for free.

Mercedes-Benz South Africa is a client of New Media Publishing, who arranged the car, which has a basic-specced price of R599 500.

In the video Lourenco is clad in a white leather suit, leaning low into the corners, followed closely by the three-star hatch making full use of it’s permanent all-wheel drive system to keep up in the twisties. At the end of the race, Lourenco gets a lift in the Merc back to the top of the pass.

The video was filmed under the strictest safety measures by Cale Hanesen and edited by Luke Apteker.

The driver of the vehicle was Robbi Smith.

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