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2009-03-03 10:04

Mpho Magabana at the BP service station in Pretoria where he entered this year’s BP Ultimate MPH competition.

Mpho Magabana jumped the 22-year waiting list and secured a spot in the audience for the filming of Top Gear.

Magabana scooped the prize from hundreds of thousands of fans that entered BP Ultimate’s MPH competition via SMS.

Over 350 000 fans are on a waiting list to watch the Top Gear stars live, and some even go as far as putting their new-born children’s names on the waiting list.

Magabana (22) an IT graduate will be jetting his way to London with his mother as his travel companion who is also a huge Top Gear fan.

When notified of his prize, Magabana, says he entered the competition every time he visited his local BP service station. He says he has been a fan of Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond since the age of 15.

“I’ve even gone as far as to try out some of their crazy stunts and proved them wrong on one occasion, which I can’t wait to share with them. They’ll probably rip me to pieces, but I’m up for the challenge”, he says.

The prize – an all expenses paid trip to the UK as guests of BP and Top Gear – celebrated the fact that BP’s globally acclaimed performance fuel, BP Ultimate, powered all the cars at this year’s MPH show held at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg.

The 2009 MPH show was a sell-out success, proving just how much South Africans loves cars and stunts.

Next year, the show will again be brought to SA by BP Ultimate, this time renamed ‘Top Gear Live’ to bring it more in line with the TV show.


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