Rac­ers to march for land

Petrol­heads to pe­ti­tion Msun­duzi Coun­cil to of­fi­cially use Ma­son’s Mill

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - AL­WYN VILJOEN

PETROL­HEADS are plan­ning to ditch their cars for an old- fash­ioned march to re­mind the Msun­duzi coun­cil of the huge public need for a safe place to race.

Wheels last year re­ported on Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s aim to pro­vide the thou­sands of drifters, spin­ners, rally driv­ers and fans in KZN’s cap­i­tal with a venue where they can host the many late night events cur­rently tak­ing place il­le­gally on the city’s streets.

While there has been a lit­tle devel­op­ment since then, the gears have been grind­ing very slowly and one of the town’s fore­most drifters, Kurt Volmink, feels the town fa­thers and moth­ers now need re­mind­ing of ex­a­clty how big and ur­gent “the hunger” is for a safe place to race.

Wheels wit­nessed this hunger first- hand last Sun­day morn­ing when we ar­rived at Ma­son’s Mill for what was sup­posed to be a bit of tyre- burning fun with a few fel­low drifters.

But word got out and as the morn­ing went on, the lit­tle gath­er­ing of petrol­heads turned into an im­promtu mass event where two in­de­pen­dent head counts tal­lied more than 3 200 spec­ta­tors on the banks of the old bus de­pot.

The crew of Bradley Turbo Rac­ing came from Dur­ban to chal­lenge the lo­cal okes, bring­ing 150 fans with him.

There was even a so­cial me­dia TV crew, Thrill Seek­ers from River Horse Val­ley, who in­ter­viewed the fans and filmed the likes of teenager Sandile Bhengu, who had walked in from Im­bali and showed how he can im­i­tate car sounds.

With free en­try, no crowd con­trol, no public toi­lets, no am­bu­lances and only a few fire ex­tin­guish­ers, Volmink was a wor­ried man as the crowd grew and grew.

The drifters quickly mar­shalled to keep the fans away from the pits and out of the way from their stunts and then pro­ceeded to give all their rib­ald fans the show they had braved the 32 Cel­sius day for. As they per­formed their daredevilry, the banks re­sounded with cat­calls, as well as ap­plause in gen­uine ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the more dif­fi­cult front- wheel drive stunts.

Volmink told Wheels the huge at­ten­dance on Sun­day has now in­spired him to ar­range a march dur­ing March with fel­low drifters.

“Our aim is to hand a pe­ti­tion to the Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity to speed up the al­lo­ca­tion of Ma­son’s Mill for petrol­heads to stage safe events.

He stressed it was not just “us okes who do stunt drift­ing”, but all petrol­heads who would be able to use the area in the old quarry, in­clud­ing “the ex­treme 4x4 blokes, the guys who spin, the drag rac­ers and the rally driv­ers”.

“Sun­day’s crowd shows the coun­cil the city needs a venue like this and if the petrol­heads know it is their area, we will get to­gether to turn this into a safe mecca for mo­tor­sport and ad­vanced driver train­ing in KZN.

“It will be a coup for the city, but we need some­one to cut the red tape now!” said Volmink.

• Will the old bus de­pot at Ma­son’s Mill be a good home for mo­tor­sport in PMB? Send your com­ments to al­wyn. viljoen@ wit­ness. co. za

PHOTO: AL­WYN VILJOEN

‘ Pretty please Msun­duzi, can we have a safe race venue?’ ask ( from left) Sade Crowe, Na­zleigh Henry, Shanté Easthorpe, Demi- Leigh Long and She­z­lynne Henry, all from Wood­lands.

PHOTO: AL­WYN VILJOEN

Team Kyle drifter Thamy Nc­boso says the old bus de­pot at Ma­son’s Mill is cen­tral for drift­ing fans from Im­bali or North­dale and and at­tracts fans from as far as Dur­ban.

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