The Car Spins. Tires Squeal. She Relaxes. | The Daily 360 | The New York Times

The Car Spins. Tires Squeal. She Relaxes. | The Daily 360 | The New York Times


When I’m spinning I feel calm.
Like, it relaxes me. Especially when I’m doing the suicide
slide, it’s like a stress reliever for me. And, the smell of burning tires just, I don’t
know, it just makes me feel so at home. I actually just wanted to learn how to
drive. I mean, nobody wanted to teach me because I was too young so I just got
into a car and started driving on my own. Spinning was illegal, it was more
of a gangster sport. People used to steal cars and
go and spin it. Today spinning is more of a family sport.
We have controlled environments. It’s now a legal sport in South Africa.
It’s now, part of our life, it’s part of our culture. I don’t feel scared because, before
I go spinning, I get into my car and I start praying, asking
God to keep me safe. When I’m in that car, my face, it’s just,
you can’t explain the look on my face. I feel like nobody can tell me
what to do, what to be. I’m just being myself. And
that’s amazing because I feel like I’m on top of the world,
like I control everything. I tried a new stunt, and I
ended up falling off the bonnet and getting hurt. After I fell and got hurt, I decided that
I’m not going to let that stop me. I got back up and I went back out to show the world that
this is what I do for love. I think it’s very important for women to
experience feeling in control because at that second it’s like the world is yours,
you can do whatever you want with it. I plan on opening up a school for
spinning, and showing younger females that you can spin, you can do
anything you set your mind to. I mean, the sky’s the limit,
just do your best.

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