MIAS 2010: Russ Swift's stunt driving show

Are you ready for his moves?
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Apr 14, 2010

British stunt and precision driver Russ Swift is out to impress the local crowd once more when displays his more famous tricks along with some variations to it at this weekend's Manila International Auto Show (MIAS).

A former rally driver, Swift switched to the sport of auto testing which generally measures a person's precision driving skills. Since Swift excelled at it, he realized that he could make a career out of it and the rest is history.

"I've been doing this for 40 years and I'll only stop once I don't enjoy doing it anymore," Swift said.

Swift will again be using various Subaru Imprezas supplied by Motor Image Pilipinas to show off his skills. (Click this link to view the Subaru Impreza variants available in the Philippines.) This time, however, the cars will be shod with Starfire tires provided by Wheel Gallery.

"I've done some stunt driving in a ten-wheeler Steyr truck from Austria and believe me, a Subaru is a lot harder to drive," said Swift. "Since it's a boxer engine, its center of gravity is lower, and since a car's weight is mostly made up of its engine, a Subaru is harder to control when I'm driving on just two wheels because the weight of the engine keeps wanting to pull the car back down."

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Asked if he'll be doing something new in what will be his fourth precision stunt driving show at MIAS, Swift said, "I'll be checking out the venue and testing the cars we'll be using for the show later. I know some people have seen my show more than once so I'd like to give them something different to look forward to."

Russ Swift's shows are scheduled at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. from April 15 to 18 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.Check out the video below for a taste of what you'll witness at the MIAS in the next four days.

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