Speed Stars is a television show conceptualized, produced and owned by Marius Roberts through his company MR Productions.
Speed Stars takes high profiled individuals from within the world of sport, music, television and entertainment and gives them professional driving instruction, before unleashing them on the race track to set a timed lap. The guest with the fastest lap time is deemed the winner.
Speed Stars is not a scripted production – it’s all about the stars and their personalities. With driving challenges, safety lessons and the ultimate hot lap, they will be taken out of their comfort zones, and our cameras are there to capture these funny and often scary moments in the show.
Road Safety and Driver Education forms an important part of the entire Speed Stars experience, so each episode has a key road safety message. Not only are we educating and improving the driving abilities and awareness of our stars, but also of our viewers.
Background – Marius Roberts
Marius Roberts has been in the television industry for 17 years, starting out as a presenter on MNET. For the past 8 years he has anchored SA’s first and only dedicated motoring channel, Ignition, which airs 7 days a week on DSTV Channel 189.
13 years ago he started his own activation and production company, providing turnkey solutions for companies such as SA Tourism, Nike, Unilever, Brandhouse, SABMiller, Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota, Billabong and Soccerex.
He has also worked as the Content Manager on the Top Gear and Clarkson Hammond and May Live events in South Africa.
- is passionate about cars;
- is appalled at how badly South Africans drive;
- believes our country’s driver training & testing program is inadequate; and
- loves making television.
And so Speed Stars was born.
Speed Stars – Show Overview
Speed Stars is sponsored by Michelin, with support from the following brands:
- Opel – Car sponsor
- Force Fuel – Fuel sponsor
- Greensky – Vehicle branding sponsor
- Fairway Hotel – Accommodation & Venue partner
- Zwartkops – Venue partner
- Fortis – Official timekeeper
- ION – Action camera provider
Speed Stars is shot in 2 parts:
- Location shoot at Zwartkops Raceway
- Studio Shoot at Fairway Hotel
Speed Stars is a 13 part, 26 min, series airing on Ignition, DSTV 189 from the 31st October 2015
Each episode will feature 2 of our stars, and culminate with the announcement of their hot lap time. At the end the 12th episode, our 24 stars will be ranked according to their lap times on the Speed Stars leader board.
The 13th episode will be the season finale with the 3 fastest stars going head to head to reveal our winner.
The winner of Speed Stars will receive:
- R30 000-00 from Michelin to donate to a charity of their choice;
- All expenses paid trip to France with Michelin as VIP guests at the Le Mans 24hr Endurance Race in early June 2016; and
- Fortis B42 Official Cosmonauts timepiece valued at R28 200
Speed Stars will run a weekly ‘Predict the Winner’ competition through a SMS to Entry mechanic on Ignition.
The weekly winner will receive:
- Cellini luggage and laptop bag, compliments of Michelin.
For the season finale ‘Predict the Winner’ competition, 1 lucky viewer will win:
- Fortis timepiece valued at R25 000-00
- Weekend for 2 people (2 nights including dinner, bed & breakfast) at Fairway Hotel & Spa valued at R6000-00
- Use of an Opel for your weekend stay.
You can find Speed Stars on social media – speedstarssa
(Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube)
Speed Stars – The Stars
24 of South Africa’s biggest stars put it all on the line for the first season of Speed Stars. Even though they are competing against each other for that top spot on the Speed Stars leaderboard, where possible for the studio element, they are paired together according to genre. This creates a common theme for each show, as well as establishing a further competitive angle to each episode.
Episode 1: BOITY THULO & LALLA HIRAYAMA
Episode 2: MELINDA BAM & CATHERINE CONSTANTINIDES
Episode 3: LARRY SOFFER & GILAN GORK
Episode 4: SANANI MANGISA & BRIDGITTE HARTLEY
Episode 5: ROB FORBES & DARREN SIMPSON
Episode 6: TUMI MORAKE & SIV NGESI
Episode 7: JACK PAROW & KURT DARREN
Episode 8: ROSS LEARMONTH & LEANNE MANAS
Episode 9: JEANNIE D & ELANA AFRIKA BREDENKAMP
Episode 10: KAMINI PATHER & REUBEN RIFFEL
Episode 11: KATLEGO MABOE & TREVOR GUMBI
Episode 12: JOHN SMIT & JONATHAN KAPLAN
Speed Stars – Broadcast Schedule
Speed Stars is broadcast on Ignition on DSTV Channel 189. Launched in 2008, Ignition is SA’s only dedicated motoring channel with a monthly viewership of 3.5 million.
The broadcasting of Speed Stars is split into 2 parts:
- Part 1 = 31st October 2015 to 11th December 2015
- Part 2 = 13th February 2016 to 1st April 2016
The time slots are as follows:
- Saturday: 21:00
- Sunday: 09:00
- Monday: 13:00
- Tuesday: 15:00
- Wednesday: 01:00
- Thursday: 09:00 and 21:00
- Friday: 06:00 and 18:00
Splitting the 13 part series in this way, allows Speed Stars to engage with South Africans as they prepare to get on the roads for the busy December and Easter holiday periods. Not only is this an extremely busy time on our roads, but also a deadly one, and Speed Stars wants to make a difference through viewer education and raising road safety awareness.