Gun shooting Saudi drifting is brilliantly scary [video]

A smooth new asphalt motorway with a constant layer of blowing sand makes for great drifting conditions. As a result, a Saudi Arabian style of drifting has emerged in recent years and it is known as Hagwalah.

With little regard for surrounding traffic, practitioners of Hagwalah take their vehicles to the limits of control by drifting at high speeds from left curb to right.

Taken to the extreme, as seen in this video, Hagwalah passengers are seen hanging out of the windows during a high-speed session. It's also not uncommon to see them shooting automatic assault rifles into the air.

At 0:40 in the video, a Honda Accord is seen doing a 360 degree spin past a school bus filled with lots of people. Other front wheel drive vehicles seen Hagwalah-ing in the video include the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata.

To quote a YouTube commenter, "Hagwalah is illegal and the people involved defy the police and government - a lot of them are actually in prison."

Published Sep 29th, 2011 4:19pm By Brian Potter
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NexKsa NexKsa
this is from my cam and this is my Chanel http://www.youtube.com/user/NextKsa?feature=mhee
Mar 23rd, 2013 10:00am
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Mukhtar B. A. Mukhtar B. A.
this is done everywhere around the world...i havn't seen any1 condemn "fast and the furious" or "gone in 60 seconds" or any American movies where u see fleeing criminals running police cars into school buses...y'all need to look at where it came from in the 1st place
Oct 25th, 2011 4:21pm
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TRDartz TRDartz
not really drifting when u're using a FWD accord and just holding the handbrake.
Oct 2nd, 2011 11:57pm
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NexKsa NexKsa
it is not holding the handbrake! there is many saudi drifting in my Chanel on YouTube come and see it ! there FWD AND RWD HAJWALAH http://www.youtube.com/user/NextKsa?feature=mhee
Mar 23rd, 2013 10:01am
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najdier najdier
It says in the paper today that the "King of Nadheem", as he calls himself, has been caught. Nadheem is a district in eastern Riyadh. Interestingly, the police spokesperson claims that the criminal or legal action that will be taken against the perpetrator will not be made public. Read into that what you will. Could the drifter be a royal? In that case he will be set free without consequences.
Oct 1st, 2011 2:43pm
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charlemagne charlemagne
Bunch of idiots. Their fathers used to "drift" horses and camels...;) Their kids will drift ...bicycles, 'cause there'll be no more oil to sell.
Sep 30th, 2011 12:48pm
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MoHd89 MoHd89
haha a typical hater. bro there is enough oil to buy your country and feed every single person in it. you know what. what ever makes you happy & sleep at night, yes "oil will run out soon and they will become poor" keep repeating that. but guess what youll still take the bus for transportation ;)
Oct 3rd, 2011 2:48pm
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NexKsa NexKsa
No there not! its just a bus! and some workers and its Saturday there is no school
Mar 23rd, 2013 10:03am
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just wondering where the Police was during this time when these certifiable road terrorists ought to have been apprehended and criminally charged with recklessly endangering public safety plus the illegal possession of and discharge of automatic rifles.
Sep 30th, 2011 1:09am
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kattanh3 kattanh3
Thank you Brain for your feedback and it seams fair. I love WCF and I've been a daily reader for the past 10 years. Believe me, I know first hand how hard it is to get original material and how hard it is to strike a good balance between the qualities expected by different members. Personally, I hate the picture such posts paint us to be, which brings my following point. Please consider adding a new feature in future WCF redesigns which allows us to select or rank our interests. This way, all member will get the same news but ranked by their individual preferences :) just my 2 cents and kudos for your feedback!
Sep 29th, 2011 11:11pm
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BrianWCF BrianWCF
Hi kattanh3, I appreciate the reply. I can say that plans are on the table to allow members to build a custom front page and news feeds depending on their preferences. I cannot give you a time frame.
Sep 29th, 2011 11:16pm
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BrianWCF BrianWCF
Thanks for the correction about the school bus everyone. Article has been edited.
Sep 29th, 2011 11:09pm
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BrianWCF BrianWCF
Thanks for all of the honest feedback everyone. I really appreciate it! The reality of the situation is that WCF is an internet magazine whose goal is to reach as many people as possible. Some may say that WCF is "selling out" and that's fine but we're not rock stars. We are a small internet business trying to survive in the most balanced way we know. As Mister Stig mentioned above, if the story doesn't interest you, please move along to the next. If this is not good enough, you're free to never come back to WCF as well, although that's not what we want. However, survival of the fittest is in full effect here, and WCF needs to be as competitive as ever. As some comments mentioned above, many of you visit several car news sites in addition to WCF. We can't be so naive or full of ourselves to believe that WCF is the only automotive destination that you visit. So we have to try and be as competitive as we can and these types stories is an area where we are weakest compared to our competitors. When the WCF redesign is launched, which is very soon, this issue will be addressed as all "Auto Trash" category stories will be removed from the main news headlines so those who do not wish to see them don't have to. As unrealistic as it may be, we're trying our best to satisfy everyone.
Sep 29th, 2011 10:45pm
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vilivo vilivo
That is just wrong... I say, keep putting things up like that and let the public decide if they are going to check it out. The fact that they are commenting means they looked at it and it got their attention. Perhaps the fact that they watchd it upset them, but the article states what is on there, so read 1st, then decide if ur gonna watch it. I think its more about feeling bad that they are interested in the topic, not so much about being upset that it is here. If ur gonna move these to another ategory, I suggest naming it something funky, because auto trash would be wrong- some of us like to watch these, shake our heads at how silly people can be and move on. Dont let a few panzies put you off adding a lot of content. If U go down that road, w are soon going to have 1-2 articles per day AT MOST. I say, bring the articles and to hell with the haters.
Oct 1st, 2011 1:40pm
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kayutr90 kayutr90
SV-maniac91 is right, those school bus never carries any children it's used for carrying workers. they are also playing Indian music some portion of the time.
Sep 29th, 2011 10:30pm
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These guys should drive donkeys and camels, not cars. All of them are potential killers
Sep 29th, 2011 9:15pm
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kattanh3 kattanh3
Since when did WCF turned into a tabloid. This isn't the quality expected from WCF and it's not even news anymore, been posted elsewhere a while ago. I am from Saudi and I have to say, WCF just lost a rank or 2 in my book. On another note, our school busses look different. The typical yellow school busses are usually purchased cheaply from the US and shipped to Saudi to transport low-wage construction workers to/from work sites. And just so everybody know, this is not a common scenery, this lunacy is practiced in the far outskirts of couple of cities, typically with stolen cars and they are typically gay. Yup, ask anyone who can read arabic to read the stickers on the rear windshields. Word has it that they seat their "boys" in the back seats lol
Sep 29th, 2011 8:37pm
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jerry05cod4 jerry05cod4
ppl you should lighten the f**k up...it relieves the stress of the day...having said that, i watched this at jalopnik a week ago and the 'stunt' these arseholes pulled is absolutely condemnable....but props to the driver (fpr his skills not his brain obviously), he must be professionally trained to control a fwd car like that!
Sep 29th, 2011 8:29pm
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SV-maniac91 SV-maniac91
as i am saudi... i can surely tell u all that that school bus had no children in it at all... not one school in the whole country uses that bus as a school bus they use it in my country for workers... its still wrong but atleast their not children! and whats wrong if WCF posts this video im shocked from ur childish behavior... just how other countries have their way of drifting so does saudi... so all u haters can STFU!!
Sep 29th, 2011 8:17pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
It's not because they are Saudi but because this kind of driving behavior is extremely dangerous on public roads.
Sep 29th, 2011 10:19pm
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tumbo tumbo
I am shocked that this is posted here on WCF... Seriously? What were you thinking? Remove it before its too late.. This makes me want to puke!!
Sep 29th, 2011 7:19pm
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911TT 911TT
This makes me want to puke. Utterly Disgusting.
Sep 29th, 2011 7:18pm
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benz_man benz_man
Geez ladies, pull your panties out of a twist. Its just a post. If you're not interested in it, DONT WATCH IT. Why lambaste Brian when you can simply not view the post?
Sep 29th, 2011 7:16pm
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adz612 adz612
Neither big nor clever.
Sep 29th, 2011 7:07pm
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Definitely not I would buy a used car from them ;-D
Sep 29th, 2011 6:09pm
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Mister Stig Mister Stig
But of course we don't HAVE to watch these links.... Isnt that right Brian? Neither do we have to visit this site at all - and TBH the content here of late is making me wonder if I should keep bothering.
Sep 29th, 2011 6:06pm
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dudeluk dudeluk
It is truly disappointing to find WCF posting sh*t like this. It may be impressive driving, but who gives a fvck when this is clearly abandoning any sense of reason. I'm a car nut through and through, but this is neither brilliant nor scary. Its just stupid!
Sep 29th, 2011 5:49pm
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