‘No choice but the streets’
A DURBAN electrician said racing was his hobby and he and others were forced to take to the streets as there are no facilities catering to their needs.
“The city needs to stop turning a blind eye to drag racing and provide us with the proper facilities,” said the 25-year-old, who participates in illegal street racing every week.
“I have a (Toyota) RunX RSI, which has an induction fitted into it. Before a race, I check if my vehicle is roadworthy,” he said.
“We race from about 11pm until the early hours of the morning.”
He said his passion for cars had started before he could talk and the thrill of racing was all he craved.
“I have witnessed accidents but this is expected as there is no control in street racing. The only safety measure taken is when spectators cordon off the roads, so residents don’t enter when a race is on.”
He said they had no choice but to use public roads.
“If you take away the race courses for the horses, where else would jockeys be able to race except for the street?
“Drag racers are the same. We don’t have a facility, so we use the street.
“We need a place to race. Even if we have to pay a minimal fee, we will be happy.”