Middle East drifting daredevils go beyond the bounds of sanity... in family sedans
Posted Sep 20th 2011 12:30PM
As a genre, automotive journalists have seen (and done) some pretty stupid things done in some pretty stupid cars. Collectively, we've been airborne in more vehicles than are worth counting, roasted enough tires to make Al Gore weep, and generally made asses of ourselves on closed-course manufacturer track days. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.
Surprisingly, all of that stupidity has been eclipsed by the efforts of a few determined motorists in the Middle East. If the comments on YouTube are to be believed, the drivers and passengers in the slew of workaday family sedans in the video after the jump are participating in something called hajwalah, wherein drivers throw their vehicles into an extended slide before eventually correcting and continuing along their way. We've seen videos like this before out of the Middle East, and we're thankful this one didn't end in a crackup and bloodshed the way some others do.
Crazy drivers can be found the world over, and normally, most aren't worth talking about. A few things are notable about this particular video, however. For one, the guys behind the wheel are kicking their vehicles around in what looks like full traffic in front of dump trucks and beside school busses. For another, none of them appear to be wearing seat belts. Finally, there's a smattering of small arms fire from open car windows at the same time.
We're nearly without the words to convey just how stupid this kind of driving is, but even we have to say, we didn't know that humble family-toting iron like the Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Toyota Camry could be pushed to such absurd slip angles – at least with such repeatability. Hit the jump to see for yourself.