Road rage driver Ronnie Pickering explains how life’s changed 5 years from rant

The star of a viral road rage video has reflected on his fame five years after the incident took place saying he wishes he had never launched into the tirade. On September 21, 2015, Ronnie Pickering, from Bransholme, got into a road rage spat with a moped rider close to Bransholme Fire Station in Noddle Hill Way. Heated words were exchanged but, after a while, he moved on and got on with his day.

But little did Ronnie know, he was being filmed on a GoPro and hours later he would become a YouTube sensation after the footage was uploaded by Steve Middleton. The grandfather-of-five, now 59, was dubbed "road rage Ronnie", was caught on a GoPro camera shouting at a man on a moped in Bransholme. He uttered the now infamous line: "Do you know who I am?" and then "I'm Ronnie Pickering."

Those phrases have now followed him ever since, Hull Live reports .

Road rage internet star Ronnie Pickering floored by thug in one punch 'ambush' - then gets up and finishes his pintInfamous road rage ranter Ronnie PickeringInfamous road rage ranter Ronnie Pickering (Hull Daily Mail / SWNS.com)

"I can't believe it was five years ago to be honest," he said. "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.

"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." While not bitter about the video, Ronnie does question how accurate the video represents what happened. "People have rows like that all the time but they are not always filmed," he said.

"The guy wanted a reaction and he got one. The video was heavily edited. "The footage of him winding me up wasn't there at all.

He edited much of himself out and made it look like he was the victim.

Ronnie Pickering arriving at Hull Magistrates Court after assaulting a drug dealer who had been terrorising one of his neighboursRonnie Pickering arriving at Hull Magistrates Court after assaulting a drug dealer who had been terrorising one of his neighbours (Hull Daily Mail / SWNS.com)

"To be honest, I was just spouting a lot of gobbledegook. I said things I wouldn't normally say. I now wish I had never said all that but what can you do?"

The showdown was picked up by media outlets as far away as Australia and was sparked when the moped overtook Mr Pickering's 10-year-old Citroen Xsara as they sat at the front of a queue of traffic waiting to turn right. Ronnie was seen on the clip shouting four-letter expletives and challenging the motorcyclist to take his helmet off for a "bare-knuckle fight". In the video, Mr Pickering says to the motorcyclist: "Do you know who I am?"

The bemused motorcyclist replies: "What?" "Do you know who I am?" the driver repeats. "Do I care?" retorts the motorcyclist, before adding, "Come on, who are you then?"

"Ronnie Pickering," the man replies. "Who?" "Ronnie Pickering!" the driver shouts.

"Who the **** is that?" says the motorcyclist. "Yeah, me," says Mr Pickering. "Oh, well.

Brilliant!" says the motorcyclist, before adding: "You someone famous, are you?" At the time, Ronnie apologised, admitted he was "out of order" and accepted he did not come out of it looking good. There has been no feud between Ronnie and Mr Middleton, but they certainly aren't friends.

"The guy on the moped was an irritating fella but I have no bad feelings towards him now," Ronnie said. "I imagine he made some money from the video. I'd like to think he donated it to charity but I doubt it.

I certainly never made a penny." The video has also meant Ronnie has sometimes become a target and he was filmed being punched and falling over a table by someone who had seen the video. But Ronnie is not one to back down and he further hit the headlines a few years ago after squaring up to Tommy Coyle's dad Chris at a weigh-in.

He also assaulted a drug dealer selling outside a friend's house which landed him in court. But there has been no lasting damage and Ronnie takes a light-hearted view of it all now. "I now see the funny side," he said.

"It has become a comedy video really. There were unpleasant words had but there was no violence. It made a lot of people laugh.

"It has stayed with me but I do not revel in it. It is certainly not something to be proud of. "You just have to get on with it.

One day I was just me and the next everyone knew the name Ronnie Pickering.

"Some people still come up to be and say 'do you know who I am?' but I don't mind and I have a laugh about it."

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