Top comedian in Imperial Auto Celeb Challenge for Cross Country
information supplied by: Cross Country Commission (Media)
04 November 2014
TOP COMEDIAN IN IMPERIAL AUTO CELEB CHALLENGE FOR CROSS COUNTRY FINALE
If the going gets too tough in the Atlas Copco Gold 450, the final race in this year’s Donaldson Cross Country Championship on November 28 and 29, the Regent Racing team can always call on comedian Kevin Perkins – aka Michael Naicker – to lighten up proceedings.
Perkins will co-drive for Regent Racing team principal, Terence Marsh, in a Nissan Navara, and is the final entrant in this season’s Imperial Auto Celebrity Challenge. Other well known personalities who have competed this year include Springbok rugby stars John Smit, AJ Venter and Stefan Terblanche, Bafana Bafana icon Neil Tovey, TV personality Jeannie Dee and actress Hlubi Mboya.
Durban born and bred Perkins will also be familiar with the workings of cross country machinery. He worked as a mechanical engineer before the lure of comedy was too much to resist.
In 2001 Perkins started to work in clubs in and around Johannesburg, and in the last decade has breathed new life into the South African stand up comedy scene. Perkins now has an international following and, apart from venues in southern Africa, has worked in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Mauritius.
The talents of Perkins and Michael Naicker do not stop with engineering and comedy. Apart from his comedy commitments Perkins is also a certified corporate speaking coach, and teaches new techniques for more effective corporate speaking.
“Kevin is a very funny man and we are looking forward to having him in the team,” said Marsh. “Cross Country racing is a serious business, but out of the cars there is a lot of camaraderie and fun.
“Kevin will be at home in our environment and, like all the other celebrities over recent seasons in the Imperial Auto Celebrity Challenge, will be able to spread our message across a wide sphere of influence.”
Former Springbok rugby captain Smit currently leads the challenge by three points from Venter, Terblanche and Jeannie Dee who are locked together in a tie. Tovey trails the trio by two points.
Race headquarters, the start/finish and the designated service point for the Atlas Copco Gold 450 will again be located at the Kloof Country Club in Glenharvie. Public entrance to these areas and spectator points along the route is free of charge.
The 100 kilometre qualifying race to determine grid positions will start at 11:30 on Friday, November 28, and the race at 08:30 the next day.
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