By Lawrence Trusida
CAR spinning frenzy has hit the country with organisers jostling to come up with ideas that outwit each other, and this Saturday, Magamba Hockey Stadium was the place to be as Smoky Wheels took centre stage.
Some live in the fast lane but spinners live in the smoke.
Burnouts are the practice of keeping a vehicle stationary and spinning its wheels, the resultant friction causing the tires to heat up and smoke.
Burnouts started in informal street racing, usually for showboating however burnouts eventually became a serious form of competition and entertainment in their own right
Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton had his Mercedes car impounded for allegedly performing a burnout in Melbourne, Australia while leaving the Albert Park Grand-Prix Circuit.
The frenzy has also hit Harare with weekly shows now a thing. After last week’s show at Chitungwiza Aquatic complex, crowds gathered at Magamba Hockey stadium, and they were not disappointed.
“We are very happy with the turn out we are trying to encourage others to do this as well because back in the days it used to be seen as a thing for the elite,” said Shingirai Kupara, Team Ghost co-ordinator.
The spinners have come together to form an association.
“We are in the middle of registering, we have talked to the motherboard and they gave us direction and now we are doing so and very soon we will be formally registered,” he said.
The speed and thrills of the sport have also brought out injured national team rugby player, Lenience Tambwera out of hiding.
“I have always wanted this and I started four years back, I love adrenalin but when I got injured my love for the sport grew and I have found a renewed purpose as I do my rehabilitation to try and get back in the park,” said Tambwera.
While the adrenalin junkies will be enjoying the sport has its toll.