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The bizarre car stunts by young Saudis

Last updated on: April 11, 2013 11:24 IST

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There's nothing more thrilling for the young generation of Saudi Arabian than sidewall skiing or driving on two wheels.

The dangerous stunts such as sidewall skiing and drifts are popular hobbies.

Rediff.com takes a look at the weird world of sidewall skiing

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Photographs: Mohamed Al Hwaity/Reuters

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According to the National newspaper, a few years back, footage of Saudi daredevils skating on the country's dessert highways while clinging to speeding cars went viral on video sharing sites like YouTube.

But that got old really fast, and the bored youth had to come up with something even more dangerous exciting.

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Photographs: Mohamed Al Hwaity/Reuters

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These days Saudi youth get their kicks by driving around on two wheels, while passengers perform all kinds of tricks, like standing on top of the car, or even changing tires at high speed.

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Photographs: Mohamed Al Hwaity/Reuters
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The life-threatening stunt was apparently popularized by action films like The Dukes of Hazzard or Diamonds Are Forever, and was recently featured in rapper MIA's Bad Girls video. 

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Photographs: Mohamed Al Hwaity/Reuters
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When it comes to sidewall skiing, you're not only putting the driver and their passengers in a dangerous spot, but everyone around you as well. Simply put, this craze involves driving a vehicle only on its side wheels at a high rate of speed.

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Some junkies even take part in their death defying routines by laying down on the asphalt and allowing the vehicle to pass over them at breakneck speeds. Drivers use a ramp to tilt their cars on two wheels, then rely on their manoeuvring skills to keep it from flipping over and potentially killing their balancing passengers. 

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A video uploaded in February shows a passenger changing all four tires of a car while it speeds down a road on two wheels. The passenger leans out the open door to replace the tires by hand. The car is tilted so far sideways the viewer can see its entire underside.

However, commenters on YouTube point out that the video was somehow altered, because at the 1:15 mark, a truck appears to disappear from the background.

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Photographs: Mohamed Al Hwaity/Reuters
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