The tyre-barricaded space at Fairgrounds Spinning Palace was up in smoke as Spin City’s annual event called The Hurricane returned for a second successive year on Saturday.
Adrenaline junkies and spectators alike were mesmerised to see local car spinners bringing back the best form of sports entertainment with their BMW 325i popularly known as Gusheshe.
There was no Eddie Rasta this time around with his modified Ford V6 therefore Gusheshe could not be silenced nor stopped. The deafening sound the Gusheshe made when it revved always ignited excitement and attention.
The local spinners like The Magistrate, Graveyard, The General and Satane O Mala Mantsho with his modified Altezza, tried their best to turn the event into a battleground. However, in the end it was Team Saluki from South Africa who stole the show.
Last year fans were wowed by a 13-year-old Panjero during Spin City’s Earthquake, this time around everyone was at a standstill as they saw another teenage boy, Lorenzo Dadda proves that age is nothing but a meaningless number. As a team in the same arena, Dadda and his team Saluki from Kuruman in the Northern Cape, were a marvel to watch.
They got into the track to showcase their spontaneous drifting and power slides. The sight of massive clouds of smoke blurred the spinning arena, the smell of the burning rubbers overwhelmed the breathing space, the sound of the revving engines outclassed the spectators’ cheers and screeching tyres.
The hurricane had indeed lived to its expectations and to top it all, the headliner and a female spinner, Felicia Van Staden brought in by Spin City to encourage local women to engage in the male dominated sports entertainment. Driving a BMW V8, Felicia’s free-drifting showcased her skills in twisting and turning the car.
Felicia who spun at Ennerdale for Women’s Day last year inspired women in the crowd to become interested in the sport. In the past, female spinners like the young Layla and Brandon had shown people that spinning is for everyone.
Dubbed The Hurricane the event is organised by Spin City Motor Events in conjunction with Botswana Motorsport and sponsored by Shell Botswana attracted a larger crowd this time around.