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Gangster sport goes mainstream in South Africa FEATURE 06/03/2011

Friday, June 3, 2011

Gangster sport goes mainstream in South Africa

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06/03/2011
JOHANNESBURG — The white BMW appears to float across the asphalt as it does a 360-degree turn, its steel ballet incongruous with the acrid smell of smoking tires and the lunatic snarl of the engine.

The car skids perilously close to the crowd of spectators clustered behind the wall of old tires encircling the arena.

But these fans of “spinning” — an illicit urban motor sport practiced on the streets of South Africa’s townships — greet what looks like a near-death experience with wild applause.

“Check out the distance! Brother, that was inch-perfect!” says an enraptured spectator after the driver, 25-year-old Sunesh Pursad, leaves the circle of pavement known as the “dance floor.”.... MORE

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