INSIDE THE CRAZY ‘SPORT’ WHERE RICH KIDS DRIFT AND CRASH SUVS

The rules of hajwalah are easy to understand, if not execute. First, get your SUV up to 100 mph or so. Then jerk the steering wheel back and forth to get your ride rocking. Do it right and you’ll end up on two wheels, and if you’re really good, you’ll see smoke pouring from the tires. Be sure to hold your hand out of the window, using your fingers to indicate which gear you’re in. Hit fifth and you just might win.

Photography: Peter Garritano | Author: Charley Locke

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A SUV skids across the track.

Two men walk past skid marks.

Onlookers wait at sundown for the competition to begin.

A drifter during his three minutes on the track.

Hajwalah drivers peer under the hood to fix a mechanical problem.

Sparks fly during a three-minute run.

Hajwalah drivers meet in a garage at night to work on their cars.

A mechanic rummages for tools.

A hajwalah driver examines a turbocharger, which he'll fit to his engine.

Ahmed and Eisa Al Marzouqui at an airfield close to a hajwalah meet.