Over the last fifty-six years, the Imperial Stunt Drivers have been entertaining millions of people all over North America. Just last year, they toured as far east as Blue Hill, Maine, and as far west as Minnesota.
The Imperial Stunt Drivers have over 225 years of combined experience as performers and expert drivers. The all-new 425hp Dodge Charger SRT8 will be their vehicle of choice this year and an all new look for the stunt show extravaganza, with Tonny Petersen and Paul Riddell demonstrating their talents in two-wheel driving in the Dakota pickups.
Affectionately know as "Big Fat Paul," is from Montreal, Canada. This father of six began his thrill show career fifty -seven years ago. During that time, he has done all there is to do in the thrill show. He has crashed over three thousand old automobiles deliberately. He has announced the show, ridden motorcycles, performed as Ko Ko the Klown with his Krazy Kar, driven precision driving in the new cars, and skillfully balanced a Dodge Dakota on two wheels, as has Tonny Petersen.
Paul books and promotes the show, and years ago he even piloted the show airplane. His career has taken him around the world. He has had a truck-driving license since 1951, and says he guesses he has driven over five million miles since then.
In 1949, Tonny joined an acrobatic troupe in Europe. After touring in Europe, the act came to the United States in 1950 and performed in Canada, the United States, and South America for four years - performing at fairs, theaters, nightclubs, and circuses. At the completion of this contract, the act broke up, and Tonny started stunt driving.