Gordon, who lists Pepsi-Cola among his sponsors, has appeared in a couple of viral videos for Pepsi Max in which he takes unsuspecting passengers on wild rides through urban settings.
In the first video, he poses as a car buyer, with the prank pulled on a car salesman. In the second video, he poses as a taxi driver, with the prank pulled on car writer
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The letdown was temporary, when a third chair was brought to the stage with Gordon right behind it.
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After a showing of the second video (the first was shown at last year's luncheon), a giddy audience peppered Gordon with questions. One woman even talked Gordon into letting her get on stage with him for a picture to prove to her students that she saw him.
Gordon confessed that he didn't do all of the driving in the first video.
"This time I got to do all of the driving," he said of the second video.
The car was not a typical taxi, but a Chevrolet Caprice (Chevy is also one of Gordon's sponsors) configured as a police pursuit car, but painted like a taxi.
The prank starts at a hotel where Gordon, disguised as a tattooed parolee, picks up Okulski. A short distance later, the taxi is stopped by a state trooper. Hilarity ensues.
"There was a lot of risk involved," Gordon said, since the prank started on public streets. "At one point, we needed to get to a closed course."
That closed course was an old brick yard, and the chase ends with the reveal, inside a garage decorated with Pepsi banners.
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