Popular spin arena gets renovation ahead of Redbull event

16 spinners will battle it out at the newly renovated venue to be the first Red Bull Shayโ€™ iMoto champion.

One of Johannesburg’s longest running spinning arena’s, Wheelz n Smoke in Alberton, south of Johannesburg, is getting a renovation ahead of the Redbull Shay I’moto event that will be hosted there on the 19 October 2019.

In the video posted on Wheelz n Smoke’s page you can hear what sounds like the owner of saying, “can you see we are working….right now we are knocking off, everything is coming together, tomorrow at this time we will take pictures, claim that the ‘township’ has risen and say ‘AZISHE’ [It’s on]”.

He further explains “this is the extra piece we have added on, it’s over 4 metres. You see how the concrete barriers have been removed and it looks like a mess. Here is the new place Mthizo, 1, 2, 3, 4 metres.

This event has had spinning fans very excited because unlike other events, this event is by invite only for the ‘best’ spinners and these spinners will be competing against each other to be crowned the best spinner of the night.

16 invited spinners go head to head in an innovative competition format to be crowned the first Red Bull Shayโ€™ iMoto champion.

The 16 drivers



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Stay Humble๐Ÿ™

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If ‘no fear’ was to be expressed as a person, Katra would be his name. He is young, hungry and undoubtedly one of the most popular in the sport right now. Katra is known for his crazy high speed and high risks stunts and is bound to impress.

Sam Sam


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Donโ€™t just exist, live.

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Sam Sam started spinning at a very young age and was mentored by Jeff James. He is respected as one of the best in spinning. He won ‘So You Think You Can Spin’ and established himself as a household name in African fans’ social media feeds.



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โœจHappy Sunday ๐Ÿ’•

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The little dynamite package hails from Kimberly. Small in stature but explosive on any given pitch. Well respected by her fellow spinners as the best female spinner right now, she is not scared at all to kick it with the big boys, throwing down high end stunts.



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every new level brings a new devil.

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This young spinner has a huge fan base, and a huge bag of stunts that he is able to throw down on any given pitch with one of his many multiple cars. Ruthless on his competition, he is here to win.



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Expect nothing , Appreciate Everything xx๐Ÿ’†โ€โ™€๏ธ

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This girl throws it down proper. Her facial expressions let the fans know that she is a dominant force in the spinning community. She only knows 1 way to spin – foot flat!

Bad Company

Bad Company is the most booked entertainment package in the spinning industry. Every weekend these guys get fans up on their feet with there team tactics, tricks and stunts.



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Katemba Bridge vibes……..

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Respected as a veteran in the sport, He has over 14 years of hard-earned experience. A well calculated technical spinner, he is able to place his car exactly where he wants it during his rounds.



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#e30 #325 #customwheels #Wheelshop ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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His rounds consist of flamboyant 360s, deep kitchens and mad amounts of smoke. Finds himself quite at home in competitive spinning.


A solid, well-rounded spinner, this girl can spin through a technical course with ease and grace, whilst smoking them rear tyres to a total destruction of rubber.

Dayne Hill


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#TEAMhoudings will be in East London this weekend ๐Ÿ”ฅโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช you ready ?

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Hardcore, never say die attitude! Ready to sacrifice his ride for the entertainment of the fans. He will put it on the wall for the extra points.



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Hailing from the coast this spinner is well known for high-speed slides and multiple crazy flips. His laid-back and friendly nature belies a true competitor. This man is ready to bring the coastal flavour to the pitch.


This young gun has taken the scene by storm! He may be young, but there is no doubting his hardcore roots. The kid is willing to spin at high speed to achieve the win and claim the fame.

The Judges

Magesh Ndaba

Magesh has been spinning since the early 2000s and is credited for being the first spinner to get commercial fame. He was also known for being one of the first spinners to throw stunts and jump up onto the roof of his M3-powered e30 whilst it threw 360 doughnuts.

Jeff James

Jeff James has over two-decades of spinning experience. He is seen very much as a spinning elder, in that he has mentored many of our country’s young spinners today, including Sam Sam.

Shahiem Bell

Shahiem has helped build the spinning community of the Cape Town area with neighborhood programs to get the youth away from negative elements and into positive environments to teach them the technical elements around spinning.

Sparky Hendricks

Knows as Mr Consistent, always on time at events with well-rehearsed stunts and rounds. He is well liked and respected by his fellow spinners and always a popular choice for promoters.


MC – Victor Pardal
Vic has been amplifying the action on various pitches in and around Africa for over a decade. Whether behind the wheel spinning or on the mic spitting rhymes to entertain the masses! He has always pushed for the betterment of the culture of spinning with consistency.


All your questions answered:

Where can I park?
Event parking will be available at the venue
Will there be vendors?
Yes, but there will be no atms on site
How long is the event?
18h00 โ€“ 24h00
Can I bring food or drinks?
Can I purchase alcohol?
Yes, not for sale to persons under the age of 18
Will there be merchandise?
Yes, exclusive PUMA merchandise will be on sale
Can I bring umbrellas/ picnic chairs etc?
Are children allowed?
Do I need earplugs?
Tickets are for sale from Computicket for R100 for general admission tickets and R500 for Red Bull hospitality tickets.
– compiled by Skid Marks reporter with additional reporting from redbull.com
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