You’ve probably seen a burnout before. But have you ever witnessed a burnout while the car in question is up on two wheels? Well, that’s the many mind-blowing stunt that will take place at A State of Stance 2022, Pavilion Shopping Centre in Westville, Durban on 18 and 19 June.
The driver is international stunt man, Didi Bizzarro. The 38-year-old comes from a long line of stuntmen (three generations, in fact) and says his grandfather performed in South Africa as long ago as 1972.
Born in Limassol while his family was on tour in Cyprus, Bizzarro counts Roma in Italy as his home. He made his first appearance on stage at the tender age of four before turning professional when he was just 14 years old. You’ll struggle to find a more experienced stuntman (with a longer list of broken bones sustained during practice!) than Bizzarro.
So, what else can we expect to see from Bizzarro – who recently lent his stunt-driving talents to the Fast & Furious 10 as well as 2021 blockbusters House of Gucci and Red Notice – at the fourth installment of A State of Stance? Well, he’ll also be drifting, displaying his precision driving skills and even executing a few tricks on a motorcycle.
Here is a video of him in action
Though it’s the latter he finds most exciting, Bizzarro holds a particular fondness for rear-wheel-drive BMW motor vehicles and counts a modified M135i among his collection of cars. He also happens to own a race-prepped E46 M3 (which we suspect goes through tyres like nobody’s business).
When asked about the most rewarding part of his profession, Bizzarro’s answer is a refreshingly simple one: “The reaction of the crowd”. This high-octane yet family-friendly event, which is brought to you by VP Racing Fuels SA, will also include displays of custom-built stance cars, hot rods and other exciting vehicles, as well as an appearance by the Red Bull Car Park Drift champions, a thrilling display by SA’s Queen of Smoke Stacey-Lee May, a sound-off competition targeting 10 world records, an afterparty featuring artists such as superstar rapper and singer AKA, and plenty more.
Tickets cost R250 per person for Saturday 18 June 2022 and R200 per person for Sunday 19 June 2022. VIP tickets are R500 for Saturday and R400 for Sunday. Kids under 10 enjoy free entry while pensioners pay just R150.