By Donna Collins
JOEL Nambahu (owner Windhoek Spin City) is an inspiration to motorsport and the youth. He was instrumental in developing the first major spinning arena in the capital two years ago, which has since staged major events pulling huge crowds, as well as being the father of three young sons who are rising stars. Nambahu, a quantity surveyor by profession, has actively grown spinning in the country as a manager and promoter, whilst touring various towns with members of the Windhoek Spin City Motor Club drivers and their vehicles. He proudly tells us that this year he has taken spinning shows to Ondangwa, Keepmanshoop, Gobabis and Mariental. Three of these towns he says have been given the green light from the respective municipalities to build their own spinning facilities, which will host future events. In fact, this past weekend, the Mariental chapter hosted their first event at the new venue, which was organised by the Mariental business community and Windhoek Spin City under the auspices of the Namibian Motorsport Federation (NMSF). “We went with six cars on a carrier sponsored by PZN Panelbeaters, who has come on board to ensure we transport our vehicles safely from town to town when we tour,” said Nambahu, adding.” This was an introductory spinning event, taking the action to the people of Mariental with our motto ‘Burn tyres rather than burn drugs”. Eight spinners made the trip and received a huge welcome, which included his three sons, ranging from five-year-old Joleon who is already showing talent, 12-year-old Noel ‘Hulk” who performs stunts , and 17-yearold Joel (jnr) ‘ Wamboseun’ who clinched the 2017 ‘King of Spin’title. Nambahu said they are currently organising the big year-end ‘Battle of the Spinners’ event to be held at Windhoek Spin City on 1 December, offering three categories, namely in-car category, stunt category and woman category with some phenomenal ladies taking part. He said he is expecting over 15 top spinners from across the country to perform, and have invited three South Africa’s who will put on a spinning show. The trio includes Bad Company from Gauteng, Team Keeni from Bloemfontein, and Team Oor from Potch, all said to be “young guys”. “We roll more with the youth because they are the future of motorsport, with the plan to take them off the streets and into a safe spinning environment,” he said, adding that his own sons started spinning from very young under the guidance of wellknown spinners, such as ‘Driver’ and ‘Oom Chris’ from Swakopmund. “It was my aim to help develop and build Windhoek Spin City with all the safety re-quirements put into place by the NMS, which is the biggest spinning facility in the country and the second biggest motorsport venue, apart from Tony Rust Race Track. “We have major sponsors supporting us, such as Monster, CBS and Telecom Mobile, plus the good news is that Standard Bank have sponsored a lucky draw spinning car, with tickets being sold for N$100, and proceeds of ticket sales are being donated to the Shack Dwellers Association,” he continued. Nambahu mentioned that they are only staging club events at present, but are pushing for a national championship season for 2019. All the registered spinning clubs, such as the coastal DSD (Drift Spin & Drag Motor Club), Midway Rehoboth Spinning Club, Okahandja Spinning & Drifting Club, as well as Windhoek Spin City Club will be participating. With more spinning facilities up and running around the country and more sponsors getting involved, the future of spinning is looking good and stands by its reputation as being the fastest growing motorsport discipline with the biggest fan base in the country.
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