Side­ways ac­tion at Ma­son’s

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - AL­WYN VILJOEN

THE thou­sands of side­ways fans in Msun­duzi stand a chance of not only see­ing their faces on Face­book, but also on Ig­ni­tion TV as the KZN cap­i­tal hosts a Drift­ing and Spin­ning Fes­ti­val at Ma­son’s Mill near Eden­dale on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 6.

Top KZN side­ways driver Reece Wil­liamson will use the Nis­san GT-R en­gine in his Beemer to show na­tional SA drift­ing cham­pion Paulo de Gou­veia a trick or two.

Lo­cal drift king from Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Garth Har­wood will also join the line-up among many other con­tenders for the most points on the day.

An­dre Kar­rim from Thrill Seek­ers has con­firmed to Wheels he will be film­ing the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties and fans for Ig­ni­tion TV, which airs across Africa on Mul­tichoice on Chan­nel 189.

“Mar­itzburg’s drift­ing fans are unique in all of KZN and I look for­ward to meet­ing as many of them as pos­si­ble again,” he said.

The last time Ma­son’s Mill fea­tured on Ig­ni­tion TV was when Thrill Seek­ers ex­posed the huge need for a safe drift­ing and spin­ning venue in KZN’s cap­i­tal in Fe­bru­ary, when what was sup­posed to be a bit of tyre-burn­ing fun be­tween a few fel­low drifters turned into an im­promptu mass event, at which two in­de­pen­dent head counts tal­lied more than 3 200 spec­ta­tors on the banks of the old bus de­pot.

Even the crew of Bradley Turbo Rac­ing came from Dur­ban to chal­lenge the lo­cal driv­ers, bring­ing 150 fans with them.

While the Msun­duzi Mu­nic­i­pal­ity de­serve a pat on the back for rent­ing out a safe space where the city’s petrol­heads can let off steam next Sun­day, driv­ers still await the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s longterm agree­ment to lease the un­used mu­nic­i­pal land at Ma­son’s Mill to the drifters.

One of the driv­ers at the Fe­bru­ary event, Kurt Volmink told

Wheels it was not just the stunt driv­ers and drifters who would use the old bus de­pot, but also the ex­treme 4x4 driv­ers, drag rac­ers and rally driv­ers, as well as driver train­ers. “Msun­duzi needs a venue where petrol­heads can build a safe mecca for mo­tor­sport and ad­vanced driver train­ing in KZN. It will be a coup for the city, but at times we think the city of­fi­cials forget the prom­ises they are quick to make af­ter each tragic crash in which young driv­ers died af­ter us­ing pub­lic roads to race,” said Volmink. • In How­ick, mean­while, the lo­cal busi­ness cham­ber’s dream to turn land adjacent to the grass land­ing strip at Mid­mar Dam into a race track is pro­gress­ing steadily.

The man with the vi­sion, Manu Naidoo, said he will be us­ing next week’s event at Ma­son’s Mill to demon­strate to coun­cil­lors the num­bers of fans at­tracted to; and the money in­volved with drift­ing and spin­ning.

Naidoo said the lo­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment that mo­tor­sport events can catalise is “mind bog­gling” and How­ick wants to be the first to ben­e­fit.


Na­tional drift­ing cham­pion Paolo de Gou­veia (left) and lo­cal side­ways hero Reece Wil­liams will be two of over 40 very skill­ful driv­ers smok­ing rub­ber at Ma­son’s Mill on De­cem­ber 6. En­try to the event will be R50 for adults and R20 for chil­dren un­der 10 years old. See be­low for the Wheels give­way to the event.

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