Car drifting leaves the city in a spin
Feroz Casiem (Polokwane Spin City organiser and ...show more
28 March 2012 | Emmanuel Kwinda
POLOKWANE - The smell of burning rubber hung in the air at the Polokwane Spin City spinning and drifting event held at the show grounds on Saturday.
The event saw many drifting and spinning masters from different parts of the country coming together to wrestle for the top spot.
Although Mpumalanga was the overall winner, the locals did not disappoint and many headed home with trophies and prize money, after taking one of the top positions in the different categories. Each participant received a silver medal to thank them for their participation.
Local spinner, Hemesh Kuber, better known as Hammoo the Rasta went home with a trophy and R5 000 after coming first in the free style category, while Lazzy Sephuma of Saofiwa Masters Motors from Seshego went home with a trophy and R3 000 for second position and Brian Tshali of Team Y and Sons received a trophy and R2 000 for coming third.
In the free style category drivers are given a chance to display their creativity in spinning and drifting, including their original stunts.
In the main category of driving skills, drivers must spin between two planted cones. Sunesh Pursod from Mpumalanga, of Speed and Sound Spin Army went home with R5 000 and a gold trophy after winning the category on points.
Hammoo the Rasta scooped another trophy in this category for taking second place and Mpumalanga based, young spinner Samkeliso Thubane (14) of the Numbi Gate Spin City team scooped third position.
Other spinners who received trophies for taking part in the event are: Dawood Lahri of LTM Spin Masters, General, Paxly, Ahmed Lahri, RBM of Sosh Spin Kingz.
Sunesh also won the overall prize and told Express it has always been his dream to win a trophy for spinning.
"I am happy spinning is beginning to gain respect and that it is becoming more competitive," he said.
The organiser, Feroz Casiem of Team Y and sons said the participants are excited that spinning is now recognised as a sport.
He said the sport is no different from other sporting codes, as it has rules that guide the players and ensure the safety of the drivers and spectators.
"We are happy the sport is growing in popularity, but we urge everyone to remember not to try this at home because it is illegal to spin on public roads."
To take part in the sport you must have a spinning license.