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Wheels of Fury: SA welcomes drift king 'Mad Mike'

2016-09-13 13:50

BURNING RUBBER: Red Bull athlete and drift racer Mike Whiddett, popularly known as Mad Mike, will enthrall crowds at the GrandWest Casino in Cape Town. Image: Getty Images / Red Bull Photo Pool


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Cape Town - Internationally celebrated drift racer Mike Whiddett, popularly known as “Mad Mike”, will head to GrandWest Casino lit as his South African tour hits the shores of the Mother City on Saturday, September 17 2016. 

The event promises to be nothing short of vehicular insanity as Mad Mike tears-up a track in his drift weapon of choice – the legendary Quad Rotary RX. 

In its fifth iteration, the event dubbed “Wheels of Fury” will test Africa’s leading drifters as they clutch-kick and counter steer their way through the maniacal drift gauntlet, 'Drift X'. Drifters will have to powerslide below a huge construction truck and navigate other hazardous obstacles. 

Event organiser and drifter, Noer Asmodien, said: “Judging by spectator turn-out at drift events and Killarney regularly drawing crowds of motorsport fans, the local drift culture continues to grow at an exponential rate.

"We are proud to be bringing Wheels of Fury to petrolheads 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.” 

“Mad Mike is the kind of talent we want to expose Cape Town to.” 


Additionally, Wheels of Fury supports a CSI initiative called G-CAP (Great Cape Ambassadors Project) which is spearheaded by the DJ and drift enthusiast, DJ Ready D. This initiative represents youth who are faced with social challenges including drug abuse, gangsterism and poverty.

DJ Ready D said: “With road accidents spiking over holiday periods and being prevalent in illegal street racing dominated by youth this initiative gives kids the opportunity to experience motor sport and get them to be more aware of road safety through linked SR4A (Safer Roads for All) programs." 

This event will feature an automotive aftermarket and lifestyle show, and an exhibit area to view exotic vehicles.

There will be accessories and services on sale with professional advice, a drift battling zone where the Drift X Champion will be crowned from the best of the best.  

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