‘No choice but the streets’

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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.”

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