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‘Bit of Fun on the Road’

A photograph taken from a YouTube video clip posted by a Cape Town driver on January 13 shows the car speeding past a runner in the face of an oncoming vehicle on Rhodes Drive. At one stage the driver boasts he is doing 180km/h.

A photograph taken from a YouTube video clip posted by a Cape Town driver on January 13 shows the car speeding past a runner in the face of an oncoming vehicle on Rhodes Drive. At one stage the driver boasts he is doing 180km/h.

Published Jan 29, 2011

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A Cape Town man put a video on YouTube showing him reaching speeds of 180km/h apparently on Rhodes Drive, the narrow, winding mountain road linking Constantia Nek and Newlands.

The man was so proud of his achievement that he posted the clip entitled “Bit of Fun on the Road”.

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In the clip, the blue Subaru with two occupants overtakes cars and screams round corners. It passes runners on the side of the road and oncoming traffic at speed. It’s not clear if it is early morning or evening, but some vehicles have their headlights on.

At one point a voice is heard saying: “We’re going to start getting a surge”. Soon after a voice yells “180”.

The vehicle has a device on the dashboard which is used to detect speed traps.

The same vehicle has been pictured in online footage from the King of the Mountain race being driven by Shandor Hrabar and racing driver Jaki Scheckter, nephew of South Africa’s former Formula One world champion, Jody Scheckter.

However, in the latest YouTube clips it is unclear who the passenger in the vehicle is.

Also posted is a clip of the blue Subaru being tuned. On the bonnet is a websiteaddress www.asianwolf.co.za.

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Weekend Argus contacted the alleged driver, who denied being in the YouTube footage. He said he was at a rally and couldn’t hear before ending the call.

Petro Kruger, director of the Road Safety Foundation, said that anything posted electronically could be used in a court of law.

She slammed the driver for recklessly endangering lives.

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“I hope his licence is taken away.”

Kruger said it was atrocious for someone to boast about driving at 180km/h to an international audience.

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