Drift City 2018

Incredible. Just incredible. And non of it would be possible without you Cape Town. Thank you for always being the awesome community you are. Drift City 2018 was once again jam packed with thrills and spills which kept Cape Town’s petrol heads on their toes and on the edge of their seat. I mean, did you guys see the Pyro?

This was our 3rd year running. Every year we try and do a little bit more than the years before. Drift City 2017 was brilliant because we were able to go into the night which gave the event a completely electric atmosphere. We would have loved to do it once again this year but unfortunately the next day was a regular working day and Cape Town would have been filled with zombies Tuesday morning.

Let’s jump straight into the action. As always Cape Towns best drivers entered and drove their hearts out at Drift City 2018. These are the real drivers who are motivated by the love of motor sport and not influenced by money, pressure from outside influence, industry politics and all the other negatives that affect motor sport. No. These guys drive for the right reasons. They drive for the love of motor sport, and we love them for it.

Coming to mix things up this year was the ‘Storm from the North’ We had at least 9 out of town drivers who came down with their machines in Drift City 2018. These are seasoned drivers who compete in the National Supadrift Series and they came looking for Cape Town blood.

Otto Graven was back in his Nissan Silvia defending his title.

A special guest this year was Danny Cross who came down all the way from Europe to come and slay tyres with the best is South Africa. Danny drove a Nissan Silvia s14 with a Boss kit which was built locally by Smokem’ Garage. Some misfortune however fell on the team and the motor decided it had had enough. Graven Motorsport then graciously stepped up to the plate and borrowed Danny their Toyota Soarer Missile to compete in.

With a field of just over 30 drivers it was going to be a good day of tire slaying. After the drivers had a chance to walk the track and then take a few practice runs we jumped straight into qualifying. Qualifying was by way of a top 32. After qualifying the drivers were paired up against their opponents and it was make or break time. And break some of them did. The technical course was just too much for some of the machines to cope with. Drivers and their pit crews gave it their all to get into the top 16 with close battles that kept spectators on the edge of their seats screaming for more. In some cases both drivers had clean runs and it literally came down to time. In other runs drivers managed to pick up penalties by either hitting course markers of going off course which killed their ambitions for top 16.

Top 16 kicked off and the competition was getting fierce. With the guys having a taste of what it felt like to advance a round they pulled out all the stops to get into top 8. As in top 32 the track claimed it’s fair share of victims and a few competitors got comfortable by-runs. One of the biggest upsets of the day happened during the top 8. It was clear that the Drift City 2018 crowd favorite was Izak Van Zyl and his v8 powered Toyota Corolla. Izak was slaying the course with surgical precision since top 32. Run after run he was flawless until his run against Zaeed Rajah in top eight. Izak made one little mistake by going off course and doing 1 to many 360’s in the washing machine. This unfortunately negatively affected his time and gave Rajah the win.

It was time for the top 4. Those that remained had been driving their hearts out since early morning and the pressure was getting real. Their machines had taken a beating. The pit crews were feeling the pressure. It was the final stretch. This is where it would count. This is what it was all about. The last 4 standing were Patrick Tuson, Bronny White, Zaeed Rajah and Jim Mc Farlane.

The first battle was Patrick Tuson vs Bronny White. Patrick unfortunately had a problem with the car and since he had previously used his 5 minute rule in his battle against Sean February he was unable to call it again. This handed the victory to White sending him into the finals. Next up was Zaeed Rajah against Jim Mc Farlane. As they lined up Zaeed had to call a 5 minute rule to fix a fuel leak they picked up. The crew was unfortunately unable to get it fixed in time handing the win to Mc Farlane. This the left the crowd with a final battle where Bronny White from Cape Town would battle Jim Mc Farlane from JHB. This one was going to be for all the marbles. It was make or break time and the drivers knew it. The crowd stood up from the seats, the flag dropped and as flames engulfed the start line the drivers were off like bats out of hell. In the first run drivers were neck on neck until White hit one of the cones, slowing him down and giving him a penalty. This one was going to Mc Farlane with a clean run. The drivers swapped and it was more of the same. Mc Farlane kept his composure and threw down a surgical run. It was all over Jim Mc Farlane was crowned the King of Drift City 2018 with Bronny white in 2nd place. 3rd place went to the highest qualifier of the day Patrick Tuson.



Drift City 2018 Spectator Info and rules

We’re counting down to the craziest motorsport event on this side of the equator. This Monday, Heritage Day, some of the best drivers will go head to head in Drift City 3.0. You don’t want to miss this action!

So here is what you need to know, before you make your way to the event:


Get your tickets at Computicket or at the gate.

Right of Admission Reserved.


NO Weapons of any kind, NO drugs or illegal substances, NO food, snacks or alcohol, NO pets, NO Shisha or Hooka, or any items deemed not suitable for admission by security.

No gazebo’s or braai equipment.

And no, there is no need to stress, there will be ample food and beverage vendors on-site.


Please note that Ambush Marketing will NOT be tolerated.

Unofficial merchandise with the intention to trade or market within event grounds will not be allowed and goods will be confiscated.


We highly recommend you car pool. Golden Acre Parking is being offered at a flat rate of R20 for the day. Other parking areas are available in Canterbury Street and surrounding areas.

ROAD CLOSURES are as follows

Darling Street

Castle Street

Parade Street


ID on request for entry into Bar Area.


Gates open at 11h00

Computicket will open at the gate from 09h00

Drift City 2018

We are super stoked to announce that Drift City 2018 is a GO GO GO!!!

All the tyre slaying mayhem that you have become accustomed to will be going down on the 24th September 2018. As always this spectacular display of vehicular mayhem will be hosted on the iconic Grand Parade. In 2016 we did our best to give you something fresh, something unique and exciting, and we were humbled at the amazing response and the we received from all of you. We listened to your suggestions and in 2017 we went bigger and better with grandstand seating, VIP access and most importantly more incredible driving talent. It’s starting to become a tough act to follow after the success of Drift City 2017 and all the love we received from everyone. But we won’t let that stop us. We are constantly striving to evolve, improve and show love and respect to the drivers and fans from Cape town and from outside the mother city.

This year around we will be inviting more drivers from all over South Africa to come and compete for the mad cash money prizes only ever offered at Drift City. This will not be a cake walk though. Drift City prides itself on the fact that it is the only event that has formulated it very own, very unique rule set based on a combination of drifting, and gymkhana. Emphasis is put on speed, smoke and all out entertainment value. We are currently busy designing the new track layout which will, as always, have a combination of high speed entries, smoke generating sweepers, mind bending donut sections and ridiculously technical obstacles for the drivers to navigate through. Everyone will have to bring their ‘A’ game to this one. In 2016 and 2017 it was a matter of split seconds between the top 3 spots on the podium. This year will be no different.

Tickets are available via Computicket from the link below.


Drift City 2017 – Press Release

Drift City 2017


It was a crazy idea in 2016. We knew this. ‘Motorsport on the Grand Parade? You must all have been inhaling too much tyre smoke’, they said.
We knuckled down and did it anyway. Words were not going to deter us from doing our best to give Cape Town and her children the world class motorsport event that
they deserved. Proudly for Cape Town, by Cape Town. Drift City 2016 was a resounding success. Drift City 2017 was better.

Drift City 2017, powered by Monster Energy and proudly supported by The City of Cape Town had more drivers including a few out of town powerhouses, more attractions and more activities. What made it really spectacular is that we were able to run through the gorgeous Cape Town
sunset into the night. This is another first for Cape Town motorsport. Fans had gotten real bang for their buck since this year we had supplied grand stand seating
after numerous requests after the inaugural 2016 event. It really was a jam packed day. The driftkhana was the main attraction but the event had so much more to
offer. More tyre slaying was available at Drift City with Cape Town’s Drift Squad, who were giving hardcore fans suicide rides in their drift arena. There was a mini
go-kart track for the kids and a custom car show handled by Cape Stance which formed part of Drift City’s clean culture initiative.

Drift City officially kicked off at 1pm. Drivers had been briefed early morning and were given a chance to walk and familiarize themselves with the ‘driftkhana’
course before opening the track for a few practice runs. Drift City has a unique rule set which we implemented to accommodate two driving disciplines, drifting and
gymkhana. Two drivers go head to head on a mirrored obstacle course. The driver with the quickest time and the least infringements after two laps is the winner.

Drivers had a challenging start to the day while trying to negotiate the technical course. After a few wayward runs and cone killing they soon got the hang of it and
quickly started laying down some solid times.

Starting with a bracket of 32 the drivers started battle chasing the clock to get to top 16. This is where the pressure started showing with some of the drivers and
their cars. Drivers here were going for gold, and more especially, the golden ticket prizes which would give them automatic entry into the Gymkhana Grid final.

Through the top 16 bracket drivers were getting more consistent and slowly started shaving valuable split seconds off their times. As the surface temp started to
drop drivers had to adjust their driving style to combat the reduced traction on the track. Drivers started taking tighter lines and getting closer to the nose clips
clawing after every split second.

The fight really got heated in the top 8 under the cover of darkness.
The cars and drivers had been in all out war whole day. They were physically drained and their machines had taken a beating. All the drivers were giving it all they
had and after a few hard fought battles the top 4 drivers of the day emerged. They were Izak van Zyl, Jason Gorman, Christopher long and Otto Graven.

Top 4

First up in top 4 was Christoper Long vs Izak Van Zyl. Both drivers had near flawless runs but Van Zyl managed to get into the box first in his 1uz powered Toyota

Next up was Otto Graven vs Jason Gorman. This was a real David and Goliath with Otto 7L V8 Powered Nissan Sylvia s15 against Gorman in his daily driven, 4cyl Sr20
powered Nissan 200sk. Gorman drove like a champ with clean tight lines but it just was not enough to keep up with the monstrous s15 giving Otto the win.

It was now Gorman and Long to face off and claim 3rd spot. Gorman was now defending his title since he stood on the 3rd step at Drift City 2016. He was unfortunately
not able to hold onto it as Long poured out every ounce of skill and gracefully muscled his 200sx into the finishing box ahead of Gorman and taking 3rd spot.


It was time for the big one. Crowds were no longer on the edge of their seats but standing with mobile phones in hand ready to capture what was about to be the most
epic motorsport battle Cape Town had ever seen.
Van Zyl and Graven were about to go head to head for the coveted ‘KING OF DRIFT CITY’ title. This was going to be a battle against the clock, the Drift City Course
and each other. The flag dropped and pandemonium ensued. The crowd were on their feet as Izak and Otto gripped off the line and through the box and ripped into into
the big sweeper. It was neck and neck all the way through the fast switch and into the 360. From there it was into the figure 8 and the drivers were not
letting up. With both drivers in the final box it was time to reset and switch courses.
After the switch it was more of the same. Fast, tight and clean all the way through the technical course Otto and Izak proved why they deserved to be in the final
battle together. Neck and neck all the way through the course Izak was determined to level up to the top step from his 2 place podium in 2016. With Otto’s fire
breathing v8 drowning out the roar of the crowds and Izak’s fluid technical driving style the runs were an assault on the senses. The drivers entered their finishing
boxes just a few split seconds apart. It was now up to the judges, Francesco Stemmet and Luke Woodham to call a winner. After calculating the scores the judges
awarded the win to Otto Graven after it was determined that Izak Van Zyl had toppled a cone giving him a penalty which would cost him dearly. It was dejavu since
this is exactly how the top step on the podium eluded Izak in 2016.

In the end it was Otto Graven from Graven Motorsport who drove his heart out to become the ‘KING OF DRIFT CITY’ 2017.

Images by Ashwin Whitten

Podium image by Skippy Photography

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We have the pleasure of introducing your tyre slayers for @DRIFT City 2017. These are the boys and girls who will be putting it all on the line come 24th September 2017. They will be throttling every ounce of grip and power out of their machines, chasing the clock while throwing insane angle and ridiculous amounts of tyre smoke for your enjoyment, and for that top step on the podium. Go ahead and share you favorite drivers picture and show them your support because on they day, the show is all for you. We will be updating the list of driver entries daily so keep an eye on the post. Remember that discounted, pre-sold tickets to Drift City 2017 are available at Computicket online via this link https://goo.gl/TR7ns8 or at your nearest checkers. #defeatthenight #bringtheruckus #driftcity2017