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Rocklands High Fundraiser event

10 December 2010 2 Comments

On Saturday 4th December, I decided to support a fundraiser event at a school on the Cape Flats called Rocklands High in Mitchells Plain. The reason for the event was to raise funds to complete the building process happening at the school. Being a teacher, I know that schools in the Western Cape suffer financially, especially in the poorer communities. Parents struggle financially due to job losses or unemployment and don’t have the extra money to pay their children’s school fees as well as to contribute towards fundraising functions. For the last two years or so, most of the schools on the Cape Flats turned to the “Spinners” for help. Spinners? Yes, car spinners, drifters or sliders as they call themselves. They use the school grounds to show off their spinning skills. They use a tarred pitch, 100m by 50m, surrounded by old car tyres as a barrier, to spin and slide their cars on. This type of sport has grown so familiar in the Western Cape that Cape Town’s “King of Custom”, Magadie Fakir traded the “show scene” for “adrenalin scene”! Most of you will know him as the owner of “Strawberry Milkshake”. The man is busy and happy with his newly found sport and spins with a yellow mark 2 Ford Escort aka “Banana Split”! He has his own spinning team called “House of Custom Spinners”!

He and his wife, Asia aka “Bad Mom”, were approached by the school to help raising funds. They decided to have a three-in-one event; “Spinning”, “Sound Off’s” and a “Show and Shine” on this particular day. The event kicked off at 9 am with the “Spin doctors” attracting the crowds to the event. The likes of Top Dogs, Hellride Spinners, Spin Addicts, D’Boys Ford Spinners and House of Custom Spinners are a few names that impressed the crowds. There were a number of Skylines, BMW’s as well as Datsuns entertaining the crowds. One car that caught my attention was a Ford Cortina called “Fear Factor”. The car was fully fitted with functional steering wheels, clutch pedals, break pedals and accelerator pedals on both sides! The owner of the car jumped between the front seats while spinning and drifting the car. There was a time when the car was doing a burnout with the driver exiting the car through the boot- A MUST SEE! It seems that the Fords were the crowds’ favourite as they went crazy when one pulls up, irrespective from witch club the “spinners” were from. These spinners had their own pit crew members filling the cars with petrol, replacing the wheels and even mechanics fixing a car when something breaks. I saw a guy replacing his Skyline’s top gasket after over revving the car. An hour later he was back to impress but the day belonged to young chap called Nino in his yellow and black BMW. He was also one of the crowd’s favourite and walked away with the 1st place, “Best Spinner” award.

On the sound side, it was definitely “WAR AGAINST SILENCE”! DB runs started at mere R20 per single run, yep, only on the Cape Flats. The three Amigo’s, Nizaam, Emo and Justin made their appearances. Nizaam, in his black Conquest, impressed the crowds when he did a 147,6dB and that with only one twelve inch subwoofer, powered by two Targa Brats amps. Emo on the other hand did a personal best of 150,17dB with four 15 inch Targa subwoofers powered by two DD Z1 amps. What impressed me most was the fact that he played his system throughout the day! Justin hit a personal best of 148dB’s with two 15 inch Targa woofers. Another guy called Donovan also didn’t fail to impress. He wowed the crowds with a 151.1dB’s using only two 12 inch subwoofers. The loudest car for the day belongs to guy called Nico. He did a db reading of 154.2 dB’s, using only two 12 inches in his Golf. In the sedan class, a guy called Jeffrey in a white Astra, managed to do a nice reading of a 144,52dB’s with two 12 inch Ice Power subwoofers.

On the show side there were a number of cars and bakkies on display. Magadie and his wife Asia did the judging. There were also some nice looking Golfs but it seems that the show was dominated by the Toyota brand this time. Yaseen with his infamous pink caddy bakkie drew the crowd with his banging sound system and nine TV screens! Yes, I counted them all-I wonder if he pays his TV licence? Abdul Sayed represented Soundmatch with his Lambo’d door, banging black Corsa bakkie. This bakkie is also fitted with a decent body kit and some nice 18 inch wheels. As usual, Team Toy Freaks came all the way from Paarl, not only to support the event, but also to bring some nice looking cars to the show. One thing about this club is the fact that they support any “Show and Shine” event happening in and around Cape Town. Dean David’s, chairperson of the club, pilots a decent and good looking custom blue Toyota Conquest. It has a unique body kit, something different from most of the custom Conquests in Cape Town. He just fitted a Twin Cam 20 valve engine and man, those wheels! Its 18 inch in size with a high polished lip, finished in white with a blue pearl! In the old school class, another car that looked stunning was Wilbur’s blue Toyota Corolla GLS (boxed type), also fitted with a Twin Cam 20 valve engine. And just because he can, he revved this thing the whole day, thanks to their tuner guru, Fabion aka Skip! Even though this event was well supported, I was hoping to see some more custom cars pulling up.

Show and shine results:

Bakkie class: 2nd – Yaseen (pink Caddy bakkie); 1st – Abdul (black Corsa Utility)

Street Class: 3rd – Jeandre (Toyota Corolla Gli); 2nd – Wade (silver Toyota Yaris); 1st –Dean (blue Conquest)

Old school: 3rd – Lee Roy (red Uno Turbo); 2nd – Wilbow (blue Corolla GLS); 1st – Joe, yours truly! (green Ford Tonic)

All and all, it was a great event, well organised and planned! It was good to see and hear that people supports AM! One request though- we do need more fundraising events like this to help our schools financially, especially in the disadvantage communities. Until next time, God Bless!!!



  • ettie said:

    joe u da man and thanx for informing me ettie on a regular base sir thnx for the articles and i cannot wait for jk next shoutout represent da automodified thanx


    Blair Reply:

    Glad you liked it Ettie, Joe has covered some very cool events and his write ups show his passion for “show and shine”


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