BS on the left coast; Los Angeles Street Racers Face Crunch Time

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Thund3rstruck_n0i wrote:


Just thought that I'd point out that there is no constitutional right to drive. Certainly a right to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances, but driving? Nope.
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Two less Mustangs on the road, can't be a half bad law. LOL :).
Seriously, racing is stupid. That's what a track is for. Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 27k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 143k and still going....
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Bigjfig wrote:

abandoned airstrip.
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On 18 Oct 2004 23:19:26 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@aol.com (Bigjfig) wrote:

All that quoting for two measly lines?
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Yup :). Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 27k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 143k and still going....
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<snips original post out>
The subject of Street Racing is often a touchy one on-line. Heckle and belittle me all you want, I still do it.
It's no where what it used to be around here. Any more it's degenerated in to a un-organized stop light gran-prix. They stopped out every area around here it was done at, a lot of the serious guys either bailed out totally, or ended up in jail, paying gross fines, losing there drivers licenses, and a few cars. Thankfully I bailed for the serious scean before I ended up being cuffed and stuffed.
Before you say: "Take it to a track" you have to understand how different that is. First thing you have to look at is how do these people meet up?
Usually at Cruse-ins that are open to every one, or gathering spots. Like a business parking lot at night. the latter usually doesn't start until well after 10PM. Some times it will last till 4 AM. Usually most of the people at one of those gatherings are socializing. They all want to run, and sooner or latter some one will suggest a match. More often then not, for money. Not that many people race for titles. That's something a clueless newbie offers to do.
At a track you really don't get to pick who you run. Not to mention atleast in this state, Gambling on racing is illegal, and will get you tossed out for good at the track. You can't hang out in the pits, till you find a match. Nor can you after losing come back and get another match. Street Racers biggest enemy at a track is the time clock. Having people know what they run. Street Racers more often then not only use as much power needed to clearly win. Doing more then that will lose you any bets, as well people will be leery of racing you.
Organized Drag racing sprung from Organized Street Racing many years ago (late 1940's). Yet it has evolved so much in that time periodto be a totally different form of the sport. Law Enforcement never gets that fact, most people who never were in Organized street racing do either. Especially when they see idiotic movies like "The Fast & The Furious", where people run 4 wide, and play video games while doing so.
To get Street racing to get legal, you would need the following:
Full usage of a Drag Racing Park (tower, pits, staging area, stands, parking lots).
A company that would insure it.
Racers to comply with NHRA or IHRA rules for safety.
Legalized gambling on the event.
No usage of the time display boards. No one disqualified form running again because they lost a run.
Grudge Match style staging.
Then there is the real kicker. Very few people will want to pay track entry fees, so they will have to be cut down to $10 per car, and $2 per spectator.
If people really want it to go away, that is what it's going to take. I have had this discussion over and over again with other guys that I used to run with. I still bump in to a few of them here and there.
Charles
Former user of Rip-Rap-Road International Raceway.
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Charles Bendig spilled my beer when they jumped on the table and proclaimed
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In reply to your gambling and not racing who you want at the track, I never had that problem on test-n-tune day at Tristate Dragway. :)
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I have known people who have been kicked out of Kil-Kare speedway for it. Some one over hears it, and has to go snitch. Not that Kil-Kare is much of a track. Now any one 9.99 or quicker is only allowed to run the 1/8th mile. As the shut down area is just too short. Charles
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