Meet for space to race

Il­le­gal­to­le­gal race meet­ing called in the cap­i­tal to pre­vent fur­ther tragedies

Weekend Witness - - Games -

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.

PHOTO: BUSI­NESSIN­SIDER.COM

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