A drifter shows how

Who says a Hilux can­not swerve at top speed, and then drive on?

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - ALWYN VILJOEN

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.

PHOTO: THRILL SEEKER

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.

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