… As spin brothers go head-to-head
By Jeoffrey Mukubi
THEY may be brothers, but when Emmanuel ‘Driver’ Opali and Peter ‘Most Wanted’ Opali, get into their vehicles to perform mindboggling spinning and stunt manoeuvres, their intense rivalry is there for all to see.
Being chased by the police, and getting fines for reckless driving, used to the order of the day for these two siblings, but they have since turned their rebel hobby into an entertaining motorsport.
“Before I started spinning, Driver used to take me on joyrides around town, while being chased by the police, and he encouraged me to start spinning as well,” says Peter, who is popularly known as Most Wanted.
Their intense rivalry began at a spin show in Okahandja, when Driver asked Most Wanted to spin his car, because he was tired.
“Driver was impressed with my spinning skills, because I could do what he could not, and that is doing stunts outside the car, while it’s spinning,” Most Wanted said.
Driver is more of a power-slider and drifter, which evidently makes him a better driver, but Most Wanted is the stuntman and master spinner of the family, who, according to fans, takes spinning to a whole new level, with his intense and sometimes very dangerous tricks.
However, for most, the jury is still out about who is the best spinner, and thus a never-ending battle has ensued.
“Driver bought me my first spin car, which was a box-shaped BMW 325 and to some extent one can call us Mr Miyagi and the Karate Kid, because he’s my teacher, but the student has to become the master at some point in time,” said Most Wanted.
His reference to Mr Miyagi comes from the classic Karate Kid movie series, which features a teenager, who is taught to defend himself by a karate master.
His electrifying and death-defying stunts almost cost Most Wanted his life.
At a show in Arandis, back in 2015, when he was showboating, he lost control of the car, and it ran him over. This, however, did not deter him, because two months later he was back in his car and doing shows.
“Driver constantly tries to prove that he’s better, but I am better, and once we gave the crowd a show, to the point that Driver blew his car’s engine.”
Most Wanted said his battle with Driver will no doubt be something to look forward this Saturday, 27 May at Windhoek Spin City, where they will feature as part of the line-up for the ‘Women Rock’ Spin Show.
Most Wanted said that both drivers have new tricks and stunts up their sleeves.
“I’ll be spinning in my BMW E30 with an M3 engine, which is more powerful than Driver’s BMW E30 333i.” It took Most Wanted only four years to become a professional spinner and he can spin, drift, power-slide any car, if it’s powerful enough.
“Athough Driver is the more experienced spinner, I always steal the show; I don’t fear death and will go to extreme lengths to give the nation one hell of a show.”
Although Most Wanted and Driver will be two of the main attractions at the first-ever ‘Women Rock’ Spin Show, there will also be other drawcards at the fun-filled family event, including two of Southern Africa’s best female spinners.
Before it became a sport, spinning was mostly a hobby and was only done by those who wanted to live on the edge or wanted to be rabble-rousers.
Spinning is a male-dominated motor-sport in Namibia, but the organisers of the ‘Women Rock’ Spin Show want to change this impression, and have thus invited 16-year-old Kaylin Oliphant and Felicia van Staden from South Africa, to showcase their skills and encourage woman in Namibia to take up the thrilling sport.
Kaylin is more of a stunt spinner, and Felicia does more power-sliding and drifting in her Nissan V8 bakkie.
Most Wanted, who is the main organiser, says the event is there to empower women and make them interested in taking up the sport.
“Due to the lack of women engaging in this entertaining motor-sport here at home, we decided to invite these two ladies, so that they educate our Namibian women, who have aspirations and want to take up the sport,” says Most Wanted. “We are trying to find untapped talent and expose it, because women are a bit sceptical, and if we show them that they can do it, then more women will start spinning.”
The DJ line-up for the event is also strictly all-female.
Women who do attend will be in the running to win a spin car, which will be given to one lucky lady who wants to learn more about spinning.“We spinners are not as stuck-up as people doing other motor-wwsports; we engage with the public and that is why we have gotten so much support from them, and that’s why we always give back to the community as well,” says Most Wanted. The owner of Carzilla magazine says that the demand for the spin shows to come to other Namibian towns has been great.
“We recently did a show in Otjiwarongo and it was unbelievable how so many people came and watched the show.”
The ‘Women Rock’ Spin Show is one show that should not be missed. Other surprises include seeing the youngest spinner in Namibia, Noel Nambahu, who is just 10 years old.
Other spinners in the line-up include Wamboe Seun and Sheriff. The first 200 women enter free, and the normal entrance cost is N$50 for women and children under 12, while men will pay N$100.
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