THE Cleary Park shopping centre in Port Elizabeth, which has frequently been used for illegal drag racing in the city’s northern areas, is hoping new security measures will discourage dragsters from using the parking lot.
A far cry from the glamorised speedsters depicted in the hit movie series, The Fast and Furious, Port Elizabeth’s growing underground drag racing fraternity uses different venues, which include the centre and busy Stanford Road.
Cleary Park shopping centre spokesman Kobus Bernardo said while the drag racers had been staging the races from the centre and its vicinity for a while, “it certainly was not with our blessing”.
He said the centre had invested in a number of measures aimed at curbing the racing. “From this week, we will effectively be stopping all these activities at the centre.
“One is the vehicle booms which have been installed at the entrances to the centre. Signage and other measures are also being implemented. This is expected to stop these type of activities from taking place, while still giving access to the centre for genuine customers.” – Shaun Gillham and Tremaine van Aardt
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