Wild Cats lined up for SA show

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CAR spinning outfit, Wild Cats Drifting Association
CAR spinning outfit, Wild Cats Drifting Association

Mohalenyane Phakela

CAR spinning outfit, Wild Cats Drifting Association, has been lined up to perform at a three-country show slated for July 30 at Thaba Nchu airport in South Africa.

Wild Cats Drifting Association representative, Bofihla Neko, this week told the Weekender they will perform alongside spinners from Botswana and South Africa. The show is set to feature the likes of Eddie Rasta, General, Muzi, Alpina Boys, Selwyn, Stacey and Team Kyle among others.

He said the show would be the second time they performed in the neighbouring country.

“We performed in a show held in Thaba Nchu earlier this year in which they had invited different groups from Lesotho,” said Neko.

“We believe we outperformed the other associations from the Mountain Kingdom hence the invitation for us to showcase what have to offer. This is because, irrespective of the field, very event organizer only books the best.”

Neko, who will also be an MC at the event, said while the event would not be a competition, his team was more than ready to prove their mettle.

“We have been practicing every weekend since we got booked for that show and also tried out new stunts,” he said.

“In most cases, people from South Africa look down on Basotho, so our intention is to prove that Lesotho has got talent worth writing home about in Thaba Nchu.”

Neko said the 30-member Wild Cats were on a drive to promote drifting in the country by recruiting more people, especially ladies.

“We don’t like the idea of always featuring foreign spinners every time we have a show, so we are open to training whoever wants to learn. We would be more than delighted if ladies also came on board since there are no female drifters in the country,” he said.

“Drifting is not as expensive as most people think. It’s a matter of how a person is willing to invest in what makes him or her happy.”

The daredevil motorsport originated in South Africa’s townships in the early 1990s with the most popular cars from the 1991 BMW 3-series model range. The BMW 3-series cars have since been named Gusheshe for the sound their engines make when they are revved.

Although the motorsport was synonymous with car theft and township gangsterism during the 1990’s, it has since gained mainstream appeal with people from all walks of life participating.

 

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