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Hell on wheels: 'Hell Drivers' come to the Cherokee County Fair

Friday, July 9, 2010

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Tonny Petersen
To see Dodge Avengers soaring through the air in elevated ramp jumps, rotating through 180-degree reverse spins, and teetering during two wheel driving, one must look no further than the 2010 Cherokee County Fair.

Tonny Petersen's Hell Drivers will wow the crowds during their performance Friday, July 9 at 8 p.m. at the south end of the Cherokee County fairgrounds.

Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, Petersen has spent his entire life entertaining fans with his talent behind the wheel of automobiles.

Petersen began his career with the Jack Kochman Hell Drivers, where he learned to perfect the art of tricky two wheel driving with brand new 1964 Dodge automobiles. He then introduced that feat to thousands upon thousands of spectators at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.

When the Jack Kochman Hell Drivers closed in the 1980s, Petersen packed up his skills and took them to the movies, performing high-speed precision skills as a Hollywood stunt driver.

In 1990, Petersen moved out of the movie scene and started a 13-year streak as the stunt coordinator and star driver of Charlie Belknap's Hollywood Stunt Show, a major Hollywood thrill show.

After his time with the stunt show, Petersen went on to spend four years touring with a Canadian-based stunt team before he decided to create a brand new show of his own, Tonny Petersen's Hell Drivers.

The Hell Drivers consist of a team of the greatest drivers in the business with the Dodge Avenger performing in high-speed precision driving maneuvers.

The stop at the Cherokee is one of 30 shows planned for the stunt drivers' 2010 summer schedule, which has them traveling from coast to coast sharing their one-of-a-kind show.



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