By Donna Collins
EVER since the Municipality handed over a chunk of ground to the Drift Spin & Drags Motorclub (DSD) this year for the development of the ‘Swakop Spin City’ facility, spinning at the coast has reached a new high.
This past Saturday saw a turnout of around 15 entries entertain some 1 300 action hungry spectators, with a show that was described as “incredible”, bringing just the right amount of burnouts, dare-devil antics, nail biting stunts and billowing smoke to blow your mind.
Whilst most of the spinners were represented from the coastal towns, there were also visiting spinners from Okahandja and Rehoboth who came to enjoy the day, with a show that pumped from mid-day to sunset.
All the coastal spinning and drifting guys who fall under DSD Motorclub are affiliated to the NMSF (Namibian Motorsport Federation). This was the third event the club hosted at ‘Swakop Spin City’, which they established earlier this year, and was “the best ever”.
Speaking to Chris Van Rooyen, club chairperson, there has been a noticeable growth in active spinners, since Swakop Spin City opened in March, and with already three events hosted, they are providing much needed motorsport entertainment for the public, plus a top class facility for the sport.
He explained that the spinning pitch has been interlocked and designed with two ‘kitchens’ on either end, a comprehensive tyre safety barrier, safety fencing all around, an inside pit area for the cars, plus there is a DJ booth, mobile ablutions, fire extinguishers, marshals, and everything organised on the day to make it a huge success.
“We have brought a higher standard to spinning in Namibia, and only registered spinners may enter the arena,” said van Rooyen, who believes that safety precautions are necessary as well as adhering to regulations set down by the NMSF.
He said that many of the coastal guys are preparing their cars for the big Kind of Spin event being hosted in Windhoek on October 1, followed by another big spin event in Okahandja a month later. The DSD Motorclub is planning their year-end spinning show on December 17.
Two forces to be reckoned with from the coast are 16-year- old Namib High school boy Robert Arendse a.k.a Boyster, who started out driving his dad’s car at the age of 14, and has spent the past two years honing his skills on the Namibian spinning circuit.
The other guy to watch out for is Jonathan Goliath, who is also making big waves.
“And all I can is Windhoek spinners is watch out, because here we come,” said van Rooyen.
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