Sixteen of Mzansi’s most talented spinners from various parts of the country, battled for the championship title in
the one-of-a-kind spinning competition, Red Bull Shay’ iMoto.
After a smoking-hot final against Kayla Oliphant from Kimberly, Vernon
“VEEJARO” Hendricks from Nigel took the title.
The inaugural event took place at Wheelz ‘n Smoke Arena in front of an
enthralled 4000-strong crowd. The venue is a well-known hotspot for
spinning action and it was only natural that it becomes the home of the
first-ever Red Bull Shay’ iMoto event. The contestants all had three
minutes to wow spectators and judges with their best tyre-slaying
skills. They used the stage to earn the respect of the masses and
establish themselves as true street spinning royalty.
The competition consisted of 4 rounds – the first, a seeding round where
the judges scored each spinner on driving skills and showmanship. In the
subsequent rounds, the judges were joined by the voice of the crowd in
deciding the spinning champion.
The road to the final was an exciting one for the two spinners: Kayla
topped the first round, while Veejaro had the crowd screaming for more.
After an outstanding event with the smell of burning rubber in the air,
screeching tyres, and car-spinning maneuvers it was the legendary
Veejaro who came on top.
“It’s such a privilege to have won the first Red Bull Shay’ iMoto, I’m
so emotional and cannot believe it,” commented Veejaro, “I’ve had an
an absolutely amazing day with amazing people, from the crowd to the pit
crew to the organizers and it’s all thanks to God for making it
possible,” he added.
Kayla Oliphant said, “I’m usually nervous ahead of spinning competitions
because there aren’t a lot of female spinners, but today I came in full
of confidence and just enjoyed myself behind the wheel, and it paid off.
I won the first round and made it into the finals. Thank you, Red Bull,
for giving us such an epic experience.”
Judges included respected industry spinners and opinion leaders Magesh
Ndaba, Jeff James, Shahiem Bell, and Sparky Hendricks.
“I’m really proud to have been part of such a ground-breaking
the competition that will pave the way for youth who have a passion for
spinning. When I started, I never thought we’d eventually have
international brands such as Red Bull creating opportunities for
spinning to be further recognized as a sport,” said, Magesh Ndaba.
The evening was a thrilling experience for attendees, MC Vic kept the
crowd revved up, while Ready D and DJ Bokkie gave smoking performances.
The event sponsor PUMA also hosted a PUMA Pitstop where spectators had a
chance to get exclusive deals on motorsport products.
By: Bradley Brizzy