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Sparks fly and adrenaline surges in South Africa car ‘spinning’

By AFP
30 September 2021   |   8:06 am
Hundreds gather to watch a car spinning tournament near Johannesburg in South Africa. Now recognised as a motor sport, "spinning" was born in South African townships during the late 1980s, when gangsters would spin stolen cars to show off their spoils. Tournaments have resumed after a nearly two-year pandemic hiatus.

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