Car spin­ners en­thrall fans for wor­thy cause

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

PER­FORM­ERS at last Satur­day’s BMW cars drift and spin show at Masianokeng’s Ex­cel Garage put up scin­til­lat­ing dis­plays that left the hun­dreds of adren­a­line junkies ask­ing for more.

The event marked the launch of the newly-formed Wild­cats Spin and Drift As­so­ci­a­tion and was also held to raise funds for the pur­chase of san­i­tary ware the as­so­ci­a­tion in­tends to do­nate to vul­ner­a­ble girls in the coun­try’s 10 dis­tricts.

Lo­cal and South African spin­ners per­formed their best stunts as if there were huge prizes at stake. The leg­endary Gen­eral Masi from Bloem­fontein proved he is still the best while the hosts, Wild­cats, also en­deared them­selves to spec­ta­tors.

Fif­teen-year-old Kayla from Kim­berly in South Africa daz­zled the crowd with ex­pert ma­noeu­vres she per­formed with her white Gusheshe (car). She ex­pertly ne­go­ti­ated through an area bar­ri­caded with tyres with­out hit­ting the walls or en­dan­ger­ing the spec­ta­tors. She shocked all and sundry by step­ping out of the spin­ning car, leav­ing it to con­tinue spin­ning on its own- a skill that takes a lot of prac­tice and au­dac­ity to per­fect.

Kayla told the Week­ender of her de­light in con­tribut­ing to bring­ing pos­i­tive changes in the lives of vul­ner­a­ble women.

“Spin and drift­ing is be­lieved to be a sport for crim­i­nals, but I hope ev­ery­body will now un­der­stand we are just nor­mal peo­ple who do this as a form of en­ter­tain­ment,” Kayla said while her car’s tyres were be­ing changed so she could re­sume spin­ning.

“As a young lady con­tribut­ing to­wards en­sur­ing that des­ti­tute girls get san­i­tary pads, I be­lieve I will in­spire others to lend a help­ing hand in this global cri­sis.”

Kayla also re­vealed she had been spin­ning and drift­ing since the age of 13 and par­tic­i­pated in over 40 shows.

“I learned to drift from my fa­ther in 2014 and was taught dif­fer­ent skills by my un­cle. As a young girl I was able to quickly grasp and soon I was par­tic­i­pat­ing at a spin show back in Kim­berly.

“I didn’t take long to de­velop the courage to per­form many stunts and that was be­cause I was ea­ger to in­spire dif­fer­ent ladies to re­alise that we can also con­quer the man’s world.

“I have per­formed at over 40 shows around South Africa and this is my sec­ond in Le­sotho. My ul­ti­mate goal is to be recog­nised as the best in­ter­na­tional fe­male drifter and I am hop­ing to achieve that next year at the big­gest spin­ning show in Namibia,” she said.

Wild­cats spokesper­son Bofihla “Li­lapha­lapha” ‘Neko ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Ba­sotho, adding they were hum­bled by the sup­port they got even be­fore the show started.

“Ba­sotho had al­ready started do­nat­ing san­i­tary pads at Pi­o­neer Mall where we had placed a box which shows they sup­port our goal of spin­ning for change,” ‘Neko said.

“This was a very big show re­sult­ing in high ex­pen­di­ture. We are cur­rently set­tling bills and then we will see how much will be left over to buy more san­i­tary tow­els. We will in­vite dif­fer­ent stake­hold­ers and media or­gan­i­sa­tions when we hand them out to prove we are de­voted to help­ing the needy.

He also said that Wild­cats was a move­ment bring­ing to­gether dif­fer­ent peo­ple be­sides spin­ners.

“We will stage var­i­ous en­ter­tain­ing events through­out the month and from the pro­ceeds, we will con­tinue to con­trib­ute to­wards the pur­chase of san­i­tary tow­els. The aim is to make monthly do­na­tions,” he said.

The event was sup­ported by lead­ing cor­po­rate en­ti­ties in­clud­ing AVANI Ho­tels Le­sotho, Pi­o­neer Mall, Le­sotho Flour Mills, Gal­i­tos, Econet, Tren­tyre and a num­ber of car clubs in­clud­ing Slip Diff As­so­ci­a­tion, Moifo, G-string BMW As­so­ci­a­tion, Polo Club and Don’t Mess With My VW among others.

Wild­cats spin and drift as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers show­case their skills. inset: Kayla.

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