Ronnie Pickering road rage marks seven years after rant turned him into viral sensation

by 24britishtvSept. 21, 2022, 8:01 p.m. 18
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People on Twitter have flooded the site with messages of ‘Happy Ronnie Pickering Day’, seven years after a road rage video went viral.

Back in September 2015, Hull grandfather Ronnie Pickering was just an ordinary citizen minding his own business.

But everything changed for Ronnie on September 21 that year when he was filmed on camera during a road spat with a moped rider, turning him into viral sensation within days.
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Who is Ronnie Pickering? Road rage turns seven years old

It has been exactly seven years old since a road rage video involving grandad Ronnie Pickering from Bransholme, Hull, went viral on YouTube.

A friend close to Ronnie told the Daily Mail that the 61-year-old was a former amateur boxer and lived in a modest home. He served in the Armed Forces and worked as a taxi driver.

On September 21, 2015, Ronnie was filmed on a GoPro camera near Bransholme Fire Station in Noddle Hill Way when he and a moped rider got into a road spat.

The two got into a heated exchange and Ronnie was caught shouting at the moped rider, Mirror reported.

The iconic line that turned the Hull grandad into a viral sensation was when he asked: “Do you know who I am?” before responding: “I’m Ronnie Pickering.”

The original video was uploaded on YouTube and has since been viewed by millions of users on other platforms, including TikTok and Twitter.

Five years after the road rage, Ronnie reflected on the incident and the impact the video had on his life.

“I can’t believe it was five years ago to be honest,” he told Hull Live back in 2020. “I had no idea it was being filmed and the first I knew was when a friend texted me and told me it was on YouTube.”

“It then got picked up by the likes of UNILAD and it then became one of the country’s best-known YouTube videos.

He continued: “I think that along with the original YouTube upload and all the other follow-ups and memes, the video has probably had 100m views. It is a bit crazy to think how many people have seen it.

“It seems to have inspired a lot more road rage videos since. There seems to have been a lot more since then.”
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On the seventh anniversary of the road rage, many online users have taken to Twitter to mark the legendary Ronnie Pickering Day.

One person tweeted: “Happy Ronnie Pickering Day to all those who observe it.”

Another user joked: “Legend has it, if you say Ronnie Pickering 3 times in a car mirror a Citroen Picasso appears behind you.”

Meanwhile, someone else was puzzled about the trending posts and asked: “Uh…did I just briefly see Ronnie Pickering trending? Why?”

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