Motor racing star Steve Parrish is coming to Gainsborough this month.
Nicknamed Stavros on the circuit, Steve raced at the highest level of motorcycle racing, the 500cc World Championship – now MotoGP – dabbled in sports car racing then switched to truck racing ‘because it was less painful than riding bikes’ and won five European titles.
He was the BBC commentator for Moto GP and is now a pundit on Eurosport.
However, for all his racing exploits, he is equally famous in the world of motorsport for his pranks and a life full of scrapes, near-misses and funnies.
His escapades include filling rooms of sports personalities with live frogs, getting a visit from Jeremy Beadle and being locked up in a Hong Kong jail for blowing up a brothel.
The late Barry Sheene, the legendary former world champion who had Parrish as his team-mate when he won the world title in 1977, said of Steve: “If he was to set up his bike as well as his victims and had put as much effort into the bike as he did the intricate pranks he pulled on people, he would certainly have been a world champion.”
Joining Steve on stage, and leading the proceedings, in Gainsborough will be his daughter Frankie, who has heroically lived with her father’s antics and the embarrassments they have brought with them over the years.
He is at Trinity Arts Centre on Saturday, April 21 and tickets are £17 on 01427 676655 or https://bit.ly/2Gc9Ewz