A drifter shows how
Who says a Hilux cannot swerve at top speed, and then drive on?
A VIDEO of a KZN driver veering his old red Hilux to balance at almost 50 degrees on two wheels before landing back on four wheels is flashing around the world as Hilux’s owners show their bakkie can swerve — with the right driver.
The video was taken at the KZN 4x4 Challenge, held at Shakaskraal on Saturday. A marked pause and a bit of rolling back after landing suggest the daredevil swerve may not have been intentional.
Wheels phoned the driver, KZN drifting legend and all round car tuner Reece Williamson, to ask if that recovery was planned, or just blind luck.
Williamson said it was not at all planned, but neither was it just luck, as he credits 15 years’ experience as a drifter for not rolling the bakkie.
“As we took the corner, my wheel dipped into a small ditch, and I felt the car going on to an angle. At that angle, my son, who was my co-driver, then obviously leaned over, which tilted the weight even more, so what I did without thinking was to countersteer and accelerate.
“The bakkie landed and yes, there was that pause, during which we realised the colour of adrenaline is brown!
“We all had a good laugh af-terwards, but had I not been doing drifting for the past 15 years, I would have actually rolled.
“I am still very grateful we did not,” Williamson said.
The video is meanwhile garnering thousands of views on his Facebook page for Keith’s Panelshop Customs in Springfield Park, Durban.
Organiser of the event Andrew Karrim, who also shot the video, is confident the footage will go viral as Hilux drivers use it to prove their bakkies can swerve, even with a full lift modified suspension and a Chev V8 under the hood.
Karrim said the next KZN 4x4 Challenge will be held at Shakaskraal on March 19, but he assures aspiring contestants that they need not show such daring skills to win. • More info on Facebook from Thrill Seeker Off-road, or from Karrim at 083 996 1303.
We all had a good laugh af-terwards, but had I not been doing drifting for the past 15 years, I would have actually rolled.
KZN drifting legend Reece Williamson veers his Hilux onto two wheels before putting it down again at the KZN 4x4 Challenge held at Shakaskraal on Saturday. Watch the video on The Witness’s facebook page.