For The People

Rubber and Adrenaline

The air at Monster Mob Raceway was filled with the smoke of rubber as provinces battled for top honours during the annual Battle of the Provinces spinning festival. Team KwaZulu Natal (KZN) drove away with the silverware after beating Gauteng and Northern Cape in a grueling head to head obstacle course. The driving skills on display were exceptional  as  driver and car became one as their expertise was tested to the maximum. The spinning extravaganza would not be complete without the stuntmen and stunt women, who were cheering on the crowd either hanging out of the car or standing on top of the spinning car, sometimes doing extremely dangerous stunts.

“Spinning is a way of life. We travelled from Kokstad in KZN  with our families to enjoy Kimberley’s hospitality and compete with the best,” said one of the Kokstad Street Crew members. The Northern Cape, especially Kimberley,  has become one of the important venues for spinning, drag racing and drifting. The Monster Mob raceway was specifically built for this alternative sport, which has a huge following across all races.

Kuruman’s  Maruping Spin City and Airstrip were the host venues for the Easter Spinning and Drag racing events respectively. The events were packed with spectators cheering on their favourite spinners and speed junkies. Kuruman has now successfully hosted its third annual  Easter spinning event and the crowds are getting bigger with more competitors burning rubber.

Spinning  in the Northern Cape has become somewhat of a culture to the extent that many towns have the own “crews” that organise local events and compete at a provincial level  occasionally. The sport has also attracted many female drivers, some of whom have outclassed their male competitors. Car fanatics also had an opportunity to display their pride and joy on an overcast  Sunday, whilst young and old were taking selfies  with their favourite cars, mostly focused on what was under the hood.

Sol Plaatje Executive Mayor, Patrick “Ghost” Mabilo was present at the event to show support. Mabilo even tried out his hand in a BMW 325i  also known by its street name as a Gusheshe. “We will look at ways of working with the Northern Cape Tourism Authority and organisers to bring more tourists to Kimberley. This will bring much needed revenue for the local SMME’s,” said Mabilo.

The R64 or Old Bloemfontein Road was the venue where the fast and furious speed freaks and adrenaline junkies competed for top honours. Street Outlaws NC hosted drivers from as far as Cape Town who are accustomed to making the annual journey to show off their skills and their viciously fast cars. The drag racing event has grown from strength to strength and  is now entrenched as one of the main events on the South African drag racing scene.

DJ Keanana and rapper, Easy B were in attendance to entertain the crowd at the spinning event while local performers like ” Mano the DJ” who also showed off his skills on the decks confirming the Northern Cape’s wealth of talent.

Spinning enthusiasts should diarise the 27th of July 2019 as Monster Mob raceway will once again host a spinning spectacular organised by Team Passion. The “New Generation Spin Show” will be held to raise funds for children with disabilities and will feature more than ten spinning teams from across the country.


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