Parking Stunts With Russ Swift

February 19th, 2007 by William

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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”.

-Bill Mertz

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3 Responses to “Parking Stunts With Russ Swift”

  1. Gayle Says:

    This guy should author a driving course! There are lots of people out there (myself included!) who could use a few lessons on parking and maneuvering a car in tight spaces better!

  2. Eilir Says:

    This clip isn’t from Top Gear. it’s from UK Car show Fifth Gear made for Channel Five on UK TV, rather than the BBC made Top Gear. The presenter is Tim Lovejoy.

  3. William Says:

    Good call. I think it was mislabeled on YouTube. I always get those shows mixed up anyway because I don’t have access to them on my home TV.

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About William

I am a twenty something car enthusiast. I spend most of my days working in a small restoration shop in Northern California that specializes in vintage Alfa Romeos. I also manage to do some freelance writing for a handful of automotive publications. When I'm not at the shop I can usually be found working on one of my own project cars, out driving on a good windy road or good jeep trail. Despite what my girlfriend says cars aren't what defines me, they are only what I do. When I have a chance I also love to go camping, play sports or generally do any type of outdoor activity. I don't take myself to seriously, so I hope you don't either.

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