Published on March 9th, 2012 | by Adrian Simpson0
Wok Racing: Ross Anthony interview
Wok the hell?
In the week leading up to the Wok Racing World Championships, I really wanted to find out more about the crazy cats that rip up the rule book, throw caution to the wind and ride the wok. As luck would have it, I managed to get in touch with Ross Anthony, a British born German TV celeb and part of the UK team that’s racing this weekend. When I found out this guy had won the German version of ‘I’m a Celebrity…’ I got excited, when I found out that the other members of the UK team are none other than 80’s popsters ‘Right Said Fred’, I nearly went ballistic. All together now ‘I’m too sexy for my wok…’
Adrian Simpson: How did you become involved in the sport?
Ross Anthony: I'm an English Celebrity in Germany and the Wok Wm has always been a Celebrity event…. and this year each country is represented by it's own team and of course I will be waving the Victory flag for England a long with Right said Fred !?
AS: What was your first time like?
RA: it's very nerve-racking and absolutely terrifying … this is not an event which you can start slowly and build up to … You are thrown in straight at the deep end.?
AS: How dangerous is it?
RA: As long as you follow the strict rules and regulations, then you should be o.k. but anything can happen…. do you want to see my scars.. hee hee
AS: What kind of speeds do you reach?
RA: I wouldn't know as I always have my eyes closed but I'm sure it's extremely fast.?
AS: Do you think wok racing can spread further than Germany?
RA: It's a great fun sport which is extremely competitive for the spectator and viewer…. It would work anywhere as you don't need any talent or ability; you just need nerve and a hard bottom…
AS: What is it about the German people that have allowed wok racing to flourish?
RA: The German public loves seeing the celebrity’s beg for mercy and suffer
AS: Do you fancy the idea of racing any other household items?
RA: Well I have already ridden a table down a snowy mountain, so I'm basically up for anything that's exciting, daring and new.
AS: Does it frustrate you that you're not recognised for this sport back home?
RA: To be honest I'm not recognized for this sport in Germany as I have other hidden talents but it would be exhilarating to do it back home.?
AS: What is the future for wok racing?
RA: It's in its 10th year and going from strength to strength, so obviously it's looking bright…. The creator Stefan Raab always thinks of something new to make this event more appealing to a larger audience and it works.
AS: Do wok racers get the girls?
RA: I wouldn't know …. because I'm married