Beastly drift skills at Wheels of Fury



September 16, 2016
Beastly drift skills at Wheels of Fury

HOT WHEELS: World-class drifting action to look forward to

Catch the legendary Mad Mike.

Now, this is one weekend best you devote to motorsport, because there’s some rare not-to-be-missed action going down on the tar.

First off, we have legendary Red Bull Drifter “Mad Mike” Whiddett, who is on a tour through the Mother City. He’s around, chiefly, to pit his equally legendary Mazda Quad rotary RX, affectionately titled Radbul (or is it Madbul?), against a Drift X course at this, the fifth incarnation of Wheels of Fury.

There’s another huge attraction, and it’s at the very same venue. “Big power, lots of angle, massive grip and extremely loud” is one way we’ve heard this particular Nissan Silvia S15 beast described. Affectionately named Bad Ass, the S15 will be out and about and doing it sideways.

And that’s just some of the motoring goodness you can look forward to when you get down to GrandWest this Saturday for the Wheels of Fury Drift spectacular.

We say “some of” because you should never underestimate the excitement a local boytjie in an E30 can deliver for the crowds.

In short, Wheels of Fury promises to be a humdinger, a festival of wickedness as Africa’s leading drifters clutch kick and counter steer their way through the maniacal drift gauntlet, “Drift X”, which will test the fine line between physics, creativity and epic wickedness as athletes powerslide below a GoodHope construction truck, among other mind-blowing obstacles.

Bobby Nitro spoke to organiser Noer Asmodien of D1S Lifestyle Productions, who says: “Judging by the turn-out at drift events and the ever-popular Killarney regularly drawing crowds of fans, the local motor and drift culture continues to grow at an exponential rate.

“We are proud to be bringing Wheels of Fury to petrol-heads in a manner that’s not only exhilarating and fun, but safe because its focus is not only about beating your opponent with speed, but rather with stylish skill and driving technique,” says Asmodien, adding: “Mad Mike is the kind of talent we want to expose Cape Town to.”

Noer is also the owner of probably the Cape’s most intense Drift machine, the Nissan S15 mentioned earlier. It’s been in the works for some time now, with various changes, but the first time Bobby saw this machine it was at Xmodz Fibreworks where Niaaz was busy with the body.

This was after a Nascar V8 motor and drive train had been fitted. Cue the radness right there. Niaaz says: “It’s fantastic, on another level. Easy to handle and with power that’s just amazing.”

With Wisefab Drifting suspension, this S15 is capable of insanely huge angle, and with the aggressive stealth of the overall look (designed by Noer himself), this vehicle will appear in a new incarnation (going for a full body dip) at GrandWest on Saturday.

This event definitely caters to all motor enthusiasts, their families and even newbies looking for an entertainment extravaganza, as it boasts an automotive after-market and lifestyle show, an exhibit area to view sexy, exotic show vehicles.

There will be accessories and services on sale with advice, a drift battling zone where the Drift X Champion will be crowned from the best of the best and for those who still want to keep the party going, Wheels of Fury has secured top Cape Town DJs and Rap Artist YoungstaCPT to drop some beats and rhymes to end off Cape Town’s most anticipated drifting event.

Catch the drift at GrandWest Casino on Saturday between 11am and 11pm. Tickets are available at Computicket, ranging from R50 to R350.

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