For those in the dark, Swift is a Guinness World Record holder for parallel parking and a two-time British Autotest Champion, as well as his homeland’s Autotest Team Captain from 1982 through 83. In 2004, he set the record for making 10 complete spins with a car (also known as Doughnuts) in just 16.07 seconds – a mere 1.6 seconds for each complete spin.
The regional Subaru – Russ Swift stunt performance
Prior to Malaysian round, Swift had performed his stunts on a Subaru in Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam. The Subaru – Russ Swift tour began in Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya, followed by the Northern cities of Bkt Mertajam, Penang and Ipoh, while the final two-day event on 21 – 22 December at Johor Bahru’s Angsana mall was Swift’s best performance yet.
Swift brings out his best at the final leg in Johor
At the final leg, Swift brought out his better precision driving for the two-day Motor Image organized stunt show. Johoreans and nearby communities came out in droves to witness Swift’s renowned gravity-defying car stunts in nominated Subaru vehicles. Swift didn’t disappoint as he entertained the crowd at the JB mall with an assortment of stunt manoeuvres such as Reverse Spins/Parallel Parking – parallel parking in the shortest amount of time taken, Doughnuts – spinning a car around in one spot for ten complete revolutions, Two-Wheeling – balancing a car on its driver’s side wheels and the Dance Routine – choreographed routine made of exciting spins.
Swift commented, “I am very pleased to be here on this tour, sharing my passion for precision driving with Malaysians for the first time. It has been a joy driving the Subaru cars, fitted with boxer engines which gives better stability hence the handling precision with the Subaru cars has made my driving experience smoother and much more enjoyable.”
“The enthusiasm shown by the fans has been a great delight, and I hope to share precision driving with more Malaysians next year,” he added.
For Motor Image, the few legs of the Swift stunt shows have been fairly well received and gave an encouraging overall awareness of the Subaru marque, its vehicles and core technologies.