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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,
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.
Former user of Rip-Rap-Road International Raceway.