Meet for space to race
Illegaltolegal race meeting called in the capital to prevent further tragedies
WITNESS Wheels has joined forces with the drivers of Pietermaritzburgbased drifting club Sidewayz to call on all the car racers in the capital to a historic meeting to brainstorm a safe place to race.
Sidewayz club member Michael Chetty said the meeting is proactive to save the city another tragedy.
“You only have to listen on any given night to hear how many young men are burning rubber in dangerous dices all over town.
“Last year, we had several horrible crashes, the worst one of which saw four young men die on Alan Paton Avenue.
“Unless we club racers meet with the young men and we all brainstorm a solution, it is just a matter of time before another such tragedy will happen,” said Chetty.
Wheels editor Alwyn Viljoen said the problem of young men dicing is as old as the car itself and throwing traffic officers at the problem just makes the dicing that much more exciting.
“Case studies show that all efforts to outlaw informal car races or control illegal drags just makes it that much more appealing for the young rebels who race.
“We have all been there. The solution needs to involve structured challenges and a place to race,” Viljoen suggested.
Chetty said the main problem is to find a legal venue in Pietermaritzburg where the drag racers can speed without endangering anything other than
Fast and Furious. their own cars.
“Our agenda is to take the racers off the streets and gather them on only one street or perhaps a big parking area. To this end, we want to hear suggestions from the racers and present the council with a shortlist of venues, which we hope to make dragfriendly.” • The illegaltolegal meeting takes place on Sunday, at 10 pm, in the parking area in front of the Nedbank in Raisethorpe, Pietermaritzburg.
If you are an interested party, please BBM 285BC14B, or WhatsApp 074 161 5649, or text Michael Chetty at 079 778 5535.
Young men all over the world will find a place to dice, as shown in this recent photo from Los Angeles, where the illegal racing scene has inspired the movie