Squealing rubber, raging engines, dizzying revs, and enough smoke to choke up a freight train, the sport of Spinning is bursting out of the underground motorsports world and making a name for itself. Here is all you need to know about the recent Red Bull Shay’ iMoto 2024 event in Cape Town, South Africa.

Austin Kruger performs at Red Bull Shay’ iMoto at Canal Walk, Cape Town, South Africa on March 16, 2024 Photo By Tyrone Bradley for Red Bull Content Pool

The longstanding and popular motorsport was born in the townships of Soweto, South Africa, as a ritual to honor fallen gangsters during the Apartheid era. Fast forward two decades later, spinning has transformed to become Africa‘s biggest motorsport. It is a wild mix of drifting and personal expression where drivers lock their cars into a spin, amidst screeching tires and clouds of smoke, to perform daring moves on the bodywork or even hang upside down from the window with their head just millimeters above the ground.

Elias Hountondji performs a demo at Red Bull Shay’ iMoto at Canal Walk, Cape Town, South Africa on March 16, 2024 Photo By Tyrone Bradley for Red Bull Content Pool

For Spinners, the key goal is to entertain the crowd with their high-octane theatrics. Expensive hi-tech cars aren’t necessary to achieve this; however, a classic BMW 325i remains the pinnacle choice car for serious contenders. Spinning is the pride and joy of the spinning community, deeply rooted in South African culture for over 30 years.

Samkeliso “Sam Sam” Thubane performs at Red Bull Shay’ iMoto at Canal Walk, Cape Town, South Africa on March 16, 2024 Photo By Tyrone Bradley for Red Bull Content Pool

Sportive Director of Red Bull Shay’ iMoto, Vic Pardal, describes Spinning as the art of controlling chaos while creating entertainment, likening it to theater. He highlights the difference between spinning and drifting, emphasizing that spinning is a culture and a movement that covers all races and faces.

Sushi performs at the Red Bull Shay’moto in Cape Town, South Africa, on March 16, 2024. Photo By Mpumelelo Macu for Red Bull Content Pool

Pardal explains that spinning has evolved over the years, becoming more of a performance art aimed at entertaining crowds. He states that it is akin to a traveling circus where performers travel from town to town, captivating the masses with their skills.

Chadwin “Boksie” Hadjie is seen at Red Bull Shay’ iMoto at Canal Walk, Cape Town, South Africa on March 16, 2024 Photo By Tyrone Bradley for Red Bull Content Pool

The 2024 Red Bull Shay’ iMoto event took place on 16 March 2024 in Cape Town, attracting nearly 4,000 fans. Chadwin ‘Boksie’ Hadjie emerged as the star of the event, defeating two-time defending champion Samkeliso ‘Sam Sam’ Thubane in the final battle.

“This is the most amazing feeling. I’ve been fighting hard over the past few years, and finally, the win has come.”

After his victory, Boksie expressed his elation, stating,

His victory in front of an ecstatic crowd is expected to help grow the sport further, as global drifting stars will be eager to participate in this entertaining event.

Boksie performs at the Red Bull Shay’moto in Cape Town, South Africa, on March 16, 2024. Photo By Mpumelelo Macu for Red Bull Content Pool

Despite the competitive nature of the sport, there is a strong spirit of camaraderie among the drivers. Spinning is not just a sport; it is a culture that binds them together. From the young to the more experienced, they have all played a role in building the status of Spinning in the country and beyond.

Boksie performs at the Red Bull Shay’moto in Cape Town, South Africa, on March 16, 2024. Photo By Mpumelelo Macu for Red Bull Content Pool

In conclusion, the Red Bull Shay’ iMoto 2024 event in Cape Town showcased the excitement and talent of the spinning community. With thrilling performances and intense battles, the event highlighted the unique nature of this motorsport culture. As spinners continue to push boundaries and entertain crowds, the future looks bright for Spinning on the world stage.

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