If you have never heard of Russ Swift, don’t worry you’re not alone. I had never heard his name either until I watched a clip from my favorite automotive TV show, Top Gear, that demonstrated some amazing parking stunts. Swift is probably the worlds top precision driver/parker. Best known for his radical parking stunts including a Guinness World Record for sliding a car into a parallel parking space with barely a hands-width worth of room in front and back, Russ is an incredible driver who knows how to put on a show. If there is a parking stunt to be done Russ Swift is your man, and he gets called all over the world to demonstrate his skills in all sorts of vehicles to eager on-lookers.
In this particular episode of Top Gear, Russ is using an old Volvo station wagon, not exactly a small wieldy vehicle, to show his parking prowess to the host. He performs two stunts: for the first stunt Russ slides the Volvo sideways with liberal use of the hand-brake into a tight parallel spot, for the second he performs a high speed reverse flick and backs the car in between two other vehicles, he then gives the host a turn behind the wheel, and I must admit he does a pretty good job for a newbie. The first trick is quite nifty, but the second is simply thrilling. With the speed he carries into the maneuver a rollover looks very possible. I can’t wait to find an empty parking lot and give it a try myself.
Disclaimer: Don’t try this at home!
Here’s the episode:
And another clip of Sift in an MGF:
For more clips of Swift’s amazing antics simply search YouTube for “Russ Swift”.