Meet the precision driver: Nathan Gerhold.
A man who just loves to drive fast!
Sarah: So can you introduce yourself to the readers of DriveTribe that don't know who you are? I don't think this will be many people!
Nathan: Hey everyone. My name is Nathan Gerhold I am a professional precision/stunt driver from Brighton.
Sarah: Can you tell me about yourself right from the very start Nathan?
Nathan: Born and raised in a small village called Hurstpierpoint which is just outside of Brighton I'm 38 years old. I love to travel i spend far to much time partying around the world and driving crazy cars.
Sarah: What got you interested in cars? What age were you?
Nathan: Motorbikes were my first love and my father got me a 50cc puch when I was just 4 years old, after breaking my leg twice by the time I was 6 I decided 4 wheels were better than 2.
Sarah: What did your parents think of this?
Nathan: My father really encouraged me with the driving and spent a lot of time modifying old cars for me to reach the pedals and handbrake of course, my mother however I think would have much prefered me to play with things slightly less dangerous like barbie dolls.
Sarah: What age were you when you first drove a car? What was your first car? At what age?
Nathan: So I got my first car at the age of 6, it was a fiat 126, I used to drive it around the fields etc and by the age of 7 I could do J turns and handbrake turns. I had a mass of old bangers that I ragged around the fields, unfortunately at the age of 16 I decided to take 1 out on the road and show my mates what I could do which resulted in a years ban from driving before I'd even passed my test. Once I eventually passed my driving test my insurance was so high I had to settle for a 1.1 fiesta.
Sarah: Why did you pick the above said car?
Nathan: Purely because the insurance was so high having been banned my choices were limited to a fiesta or a bus pass.
Sarah: What caught your attention about precision/stunt driving etc?
Nathan: Having watched other drivers perform in front of large crowds and seeing the reaction of the audience, I am quite a show off so it clicked for me instantly.
Sarah: What made you think you could precision/stunt drive?
Nathan: To be perfectly honest its a case of seat time, I did nothing but practice practice practice for years before I felt good enough to be able to drive for a live audience or movie.
Photo credit: GC photography.
Sarah: What was your first proper competition car?
Nathan: It was a mark 2 escort rally car.
Sarah: What was the first event you competed in?
Nathan: It was a local rally event for the 750 motor club, I was 16 and thought I knew everything, needless to say I got schooled that day.
Sarah: What was your favourite car you have ever had?
Nathan: As a road car I had an Audi R8 and honestly couldn't fault it, as a track car and R1 engine caterham.
Sarah: Would you rather be a spectator, participant or judge at an event?
Nathan: Without question a participant, I have been a judge for events before and spend the entire time just itching to get in the saddle.
Sarah: If you could change one thing about your career to date what would it be?
Nathan: Great question, I think I would have put a focus more on driving in live shows than competition, the driving style suits me well and performing for an audience ticks all the boxes.
Sarah: Why did you start the whole side of professional driving as a career?
Nathan: It's all I ever really knew what to do, it certainly wasn't gifted academically but had a knack of being able to make a car do what I wanted, it was a natural fit.
Sarah: Moving onto your job as a stunt driver in the Fast and Furious live arena tour, tell us about this, how did it all come about, how did you get the job?
Nathan: This to me was an absolute highlight of my career, I heard about the audition call and decided to go for it, there was a series of driving auditions in which the pool of 2200 drivers that auditioned was slowly dwindled down, to the final 11.
Luckily my skill set was enough to secure a position on the team but at this stage we had to keep it secret, that was almost the hardest part for me not being able to tell firends and family that I'm going to be in the biggest driving show in the world.
We went through a 3 month rehearsal period and the next thing we are performing at the O2 London in front of 12,000 people and Vin Diesel, it was quite a surreal experience.
I feel very privileged to have to have made the cut and massive shout out to all the other drivers who I worked with.
Sarah: Since the Fast and Furious arena tour has ended what have you been up to?
Nathan: I have been really busy since Fast and Furious I went straight to China to perform in a show out there for 7 months then after getting back to the UK I did some driving for Mission Impossible and various tv shows.
Unfortunately what with lockdown its been a slow year but I have a movie booked to start filming from October but that's top secret at this stage.
Sarah: If you have met anyone famous, who was your favourite person and what were they like?
Nathan: Tom Cruise was probably the coolest person I have met, I spent quite a bit of time with him, got to say one of the nicest people I've met and a real car guy, we got to smoke some tyres together which was very cool.
Sarah: Have you tried any other forms of driving in the motorsport field?
Nathan: I have tried loads of different forms of motorsport, I think it's important to drive lots of different styles as it helps you to become a well rounded driver, I watch F1 boys who are regarded as the best drivers in the world but can't do a doughnut because all they have ever done is circuit racing.
To name a few: Karting, circuit racing, rally, Sporting trials, auto test, drifting and 4x4.
Sarah: If you have, how did this happen?
Nathan: The hardest one was sporting trials, the idea is to get as far as you can up wet muddy hills I was offered to passenger Ian Wright who is the world champion, this turned into us double driving a few events, it was great to learn from the best.
Sarah: What was the end result and would you do it again?
Nathan: I'll be honest I wasn't great, I think I finished middle of the pack and that was with the world champion sat next to me.
Sarah: You have a lot of famous and non-famous friends who are your favourite and why?
Nathan: My closest mate is Shane Lynch from Boyzone and a professional drifter, we share a love of cars and booze so we have some great times together generally involving 1 of those things
Sarah: Can you tell us a random fact about your career to date?
Nathan: I once spent a day teaching the F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg rallying.
Sarah: What are your hopes and plans for the future?
Nathan: I'd love things to continue with the same momentum as the last few years, however the goal would be to end up in a driving show in the USA.
Sarah: When it’s time for retirement, what would Nathan like to be remembered for?
Nathan: Just as the guy who went from a small village to driving in the biggest movie franchise and the world because of hard work and a lot of luck.
Big big thanks to Nathan for doing this interview, if you would like to collow him on social media to see what the rest of 2020 and the future hold for him I have listed his social media below!