Sideways action at Mason’s
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.