Car spin­ners to bat­tle on Valen­tine’s Day

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

ADRENALINE junkies are in for a Valen­tine’s Day treat as lo­cal and for­eign car spin­ners will bat­tle it out in cel­e­bra­tion of Le­sotho-born drifter El Nino’s birth­day at Ex­cel Garage Masianokeng.

Ac­cord­ing to the event’s or­gan­iser Tšoeu Lekopa, Slip Diff As­so­ci­a­tion, which is also known as Team Le­sotho, would host drifters from South Africa and Botswana. He said the event would also cel­e­brate the birth­day of renowned spin­ner El Nino.

“El Nino is one of our mem­bers cur­rently based in Bloem­fontein al­though he was born in Le­sotho. We de­cided to co­in­cide his birth­day cel­e­bra­tions with the 2016 pi­lot spin and drift show which marks the ex­pan­sion of car drift­ing in Le­sotho since we have man­aged to in­vite drifters from Botswana,” Lekopa to the Week­ender this week.

“Spin­ning and drift­ing is an en­ter­tain­ment sport that is grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity in south­ern Africa. Our team con­sists of 22 mem­bers who prac­tice ev­ery week­end, and our doors are open to any­one who would like to join.

“We are pre­pared to train new en­trants and would be even more de­lighted if ladies took the bold step of try­ing drift­ing out.”

The event is sup­ported by Ex­cel Garage Masianokeng, Cen­tral Mo­tors, Mocha o Chele Con­struc­tion, Quadro Mo­tors, Wil­corp and Over Rev Tyre Re­pairs among oth­ers.

The dare­devil mo­tor­sport orig­i­nated in South Africa’s town­ships in the early 1990s with the most pop­u­lar cars from the 1991 BMW 3-se­ries model range. The BMW 3-se­ries cars have since been named Gusheshe for the sound their en­gines make when they are revved.

Al­though the mo­tor­sport was syn­ony­mous with car theft and town­ship gang­ster­ism dur­ing the 1990’s, it has since gained main­stream ap­peal with peo­ple from all walks of life par­tic­i­pat­ing.

“We mostly use a Match­box (1990s BMW 3-se­ries) or Nis­san Sky­line cars to drift and spin as both mod­els have a lim­ited slip dif­fer­en­tial gear ar­range­ment which al­lows the out­put shafts to spin at dif­fer­ent speeds with their speeds pro­por­tional to that of the in­put shaft,” Lekopa said.

“It is a very ex­pen­sive sport since the tyres wear out eas­ily or even burst. How­ever, we are not gang­sters as some peo­ple sur­mise, since I for one am a me­chanic while other drifters have day jobs as well.

"Drift­ing is our way of re­fresh­ing dur­ing the week­ends.”

He said while the mo­tor­sport had its fair share of risk, they al­ways made pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures.

“We al­ways take safety pre­cau­tions by en­sur­ing that the spin­ning area is bar­ri­caded to en­sure the cars do not hurt spectators. The fire brigade and an am­bu­lance are al­ways on hand in case of an emer­gency. Thank­fully, their in­ter­ven­tion has not been nec­es­sary so far,” said Lekopa.

THE event will also cel­e­brate El Nino's birth­day.

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