Van Wyk takes spinning by storm
Car spinning is still not that popular in Namibia, but a teenager by the name of Kyle van Wyk is taking mo-torsport spinning by storm and wants to become the best spinner in the country. The 16-year-old has been practicing since he was given a car to drive by his father at the tender age of eight years – something unusual for a father to give his car keys to a kid, especially given the risk of car accidents. Spinning involves turning the steering wheel all the way to the desired direction with the car in either stand- still of moving position, through shifting gears, applying throttle and handling the clutch, whilst manoeuvring the vehicle at the same time and it is typically done until the back tyres burst. Some spinners perform stunts by climbing out of a moving vehicle and thereafter jumping on the bonnet and roof be- fore re-enter- ing the moving car, whilst the tyres are still screeching. The driver typically manoeuvres the vehicle so that it spins round, creating a cloud of smoke and dust, while the driver casually steps out the car still spinning round. Van Wyk is a pupil at Delta Secondary School in Windhoek.