Cape Town Welcomes Mad Mike to Wheels of Fury

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Mad Mike Whiddett preforms at the Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach, USA on April 9, 2016 // Graeme Murray/Red Bull Content Pool

Internationally celebrated Red Bull athlete and drift racer Mike Whiddett, popularly known as “Mad Mike”, will have GrandWest Casino lit as his South African tour hits the shores of the Mother City on Saturday 17 September 2016. The event promises to be nothing short of insane as Mad Mike tears the track up in his drift weapon of choice – the legendary Quad Rotary RX.

Running for its fifth year, 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”, which will test the fine line between physics, creativity and epic wickedness as athletes’ powerslide below a GoodHope construction truck, amongst other mind-blowing obstacles.

On the drifting scene in Cape Town, Noer Asmodien of D1S Lifestyle Productions says, “Judging by spectator turn-out at drift events and the ever popular Killarney regularly drawing crowds of motor fans, the local motor and 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,” says Asmodien. “Mad Mike is the kind of talent we want to expose Cape Town to.”

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Additionally, Wheels of Fury supports a CSI initiative called G-CAP (Great Cape Ambassadors Project) which is spearheaded by the Grandmaster of SA Hip Hop and Drift enthusiast, DJ Ready D. This initiative represents youth who are faced with social challenges including drug abuse, gangsterism and poverty. G-CAP connects youth from different backgrounds in an effort to bridge the gap by building a non-racial and non-economic bias relationship amongst participants. “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,” says DJ Ready D.

This event definitely caters to all motor enthusiasts, their families and even newbies looking for an entertainment extravaganza as it boasts an automotive aftermarket and lifestyle show, an exhibit area to view sexy, exotic show 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 and for those who still want to keep the party going, Wheels of Fury have secured top Cape Town DJ’s and Rap Artist YoungstaCPT to drop some sick beats and killer rhymes to end off Cape Town’s most anticipated drifting event.

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Mad Mike Whiddett preforms at the Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach, USA. Graeme Murray/Red Bull

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