Stacey-Lee May


Stacey Lee May

Tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Stacey-Lee May. I am 18 years old and I live in Eldorado park in Johannesburg. I am a 2nd year law student at UNISA. I am the eldest of my siblings, I have a sister Jamie-Lee, she is 15 and a brother, he is 11. My sister is my best friend.

At what age did you start racing?
I was 17 years old when I started spinning.

For those who don’t know, can you tell us what is spinning?
Spinning is a sport where you go sideways with your car (BMW325 box shape). You also get stunts in spinning where you get out of a spinning car you can jump in out on top of your car.

How did you get involved with the team from Soweto Drift?
Pule M, the chairmen of Soweto drift asked me to join Soweto Drift.

“Before spinning became legalised, it was mainly known for gangsterism. So I’m trying to help them change the name of spinning.” – Stacey Lee May, 18

What drives your passion for motorsport?
I always loved fast cars and at a young age my mum and dad would take us to spinning shows because my dad’s friends spin.

What is the highlight of your racing career?
I love my fans they keep me going and I just want to do better to impress them. I did a documentary for a UK based production company called Vice.

What advice do you have for aspiring drivers?
Keep at your dreams, we all have people that with be negative and say you can’t do it just stay focused and keep you head up.

In your spare time what would we find you doing?
Spinning or going to my sisters modeling and dancing shows.

What is left on your list of motoring goals?
I want to do drifting and I would love to race in Formula 1.

What are you driving right now?
I spin with a BMW325 but I drive a Mini Cooper.

Who or what has been your inspiration & how has this guided you throughout your career?
My mum, dad and sister also my best friend and spinning partner Austin Kruger.

 What do you think are the biggest obstacle faced by females in the local and international motoring scene?I think it’s that racing, spinning and drifting is a man’s sport and if we as woman don’t give up we can be just as good as the guys.

How can our readers follow your career/motoring journey?
I have a Facebook page called Team Stacey and Instagram: @stacalee

Interviewed by Deshni

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