There’s no shortage of stupid people doing stupid stuff in cars all over the world. Most of which we can get behind, because it’s usually pretty cool if it involves a motor of some kind. But there are a couple that we just can’t seem to understand why in the hell you would even want to do it in the first place.
For example, we brought you the craziness they call “Sidewalk Skiing” in the Middle East. For those of you that missed that one, a driver will get the vehicle up on two wheels and then the passengers get out and hang off the vehicle, or even more bizarrely they will take the wheel off the car just to put it back on again before driver messes up and come crashing down. We can’t understand why you’d even want to do something like this, but we have to admit it’s entertaining as hell to watch.
The latest addition to that list was recently brought to our attention via James May and the second episode of The Grand Tour. It’s called Spinning and apparently it’s quite popular among the youth of South Africa. It’s a fairly simple concept, they just get a rear wheel drive car then take it to an open parking lot and do non-stop donuts usually until the rear tires explode. That in itself isn’t all that ridiculous, I mean they have burnout competitions all the time and that’s not crazy or all that unique anymore. Where the madness comes into play is again with the passengers of the car. These guys are hanging out the windows while the car is spinning out and it’s amazing the centrifugal force doesn’t throw them across the parking lot.
The drivers get involved too as we saw in the episode of the Grand Tour. They’ll sometimes get out of the car all together while the throttle is still pinned and the car just continues spinning in circles. We get that you need a little danger in your life and therefore you sometimes do stupid things, but this kind of stupid? Now just to clarify, this isn’t drifting, these aren’t controlled slides at speed. This is just a bunch of donuts in a parking lot with people hanging from every opening in the car. Does this mean I’m getting too old? I sure as hell hope not, but at the same time if me thinking this Spinning thing is absolutely pointless and ridiculous, well then I guess call me old.
Pardon the music in this video, and the quality, but it has a 10 year old kid doing the driving.