Local celebrities will strut their stuff behind the wheel in November when IGNITION TV debuts an exciting new television series. Speed Stars pits a duo of famous contestants against each other in each episode as they undertake the ultimate driving challenge. Over the course of 13 half-hour episodes, 24 South African personalities will receive training from experienced racing drivers, before being unleashed on the track to set the fastest lap time. The stars will also take part in a variety of tyre and road safety challenges which will not only improve their driving skills but also educate viewers.
“Cars and celebrities are a winning combination for our audience,” says IGNITION Executive Producer Lindsay Vine Smyth, “Speed Stars is a concept that was pitched to us over five years ago and, with Michelin on board as headline sponsor, we’re super excited to finally be able to air it.” The series will feature such big names as singer Kurt Darren, television personalities Boity Thulo and Lalla Hirayama, former Springbok rugby captain John Smit, actress and comedienne Tumi Morake and Darren “Whackhead” Simpson of 94.7, to name just a few.
Speed Stars was conceptualised and produced by Marius Roberts, a familiar face to IGNITION viewers. “Nothing makes more exciting television than the element of competition, and with our stars completely out of their comfort zones, it makes for a very entertaining series.” Says Roberts. “It’s a bigger adrenaline rush than I’ve ever felt in car!” says former Miss South Africa, Melinda Bam.
Speed Stars also has a serious side though. “South Africans need to take responsibility for safety on our roads, and what better what to get that message across than through educating celebrities – the ultimate influencers.” Says Roberts. General Motors South Africa came on board as the car supplier for the series with its Opel brand lending a variety of vehicles for the track and safety challenges. Speed Stars will premiere on IGNITION at 9pm on Saturday 31 October. The first six episodes run until mid-December when the programme breaks for the year-end holiday. The second set of six episodes resumes on 13 February. The final, thirteenth episode, broadcasting on 26 March 2016, will feature the top three celebrities battling it out for the grand prize of an all expenses paid trip to Le Mans 2016 and R30 000 to donate to a charity of their choice, among other prizes. Viewers also stand the chance to win as each week they are invited to predict the winner of that episode’s duel.
Speed Stars will broadcast on IGNITION, DStv Channel 189 at the following times:
Saturday 9pm, Sunday 9am, Monday 1pm, Tuesday 3pm, Thursday 9am and 9pm and Friday 6am and 6pm. See the TV Shows tab on the IgnitionLIVE website for weekly synopses and follow the action on Twitter using the @speedstarssa handle.