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"AGuyNamedSteve" <seeverist@GS455.earthlink.net> wrote in message
: You're lucky with something like that for only $5. They started a
: street legal drag program here several years ago. I think it now costs
: over $20 to get in and you're lucky to get many runs at all.
: For the $5 program, do they just run the lights and forget about the
: ET's? Or is it a full test-n-tune style setup?
: I guess you need the ET's to determine safety equipment, to comply with
: insurance, NHRA/IHRA rules for associated tracks, etc...
: But it seems that it could still be stripped down to the minimum cost
: for the track while keeping things within safety standards.
: Unfortunately, when something like this gets popular, they immediately
: start to jack up prices to turn profits. Thus it's back to the streets
: where the price is free, but the risks are higher.
: 72 Skylark Custom455
: SVTKate wrote:
: > I think you're gettin' old Patrick.
: > Give them a place to do it, and let them have some fun.
: > We were going to do it anyway, they will too.
: > Here, there is a strip in Jackson that anyone can run anything as many
: > as they want for $5.00 for the whole evening.
: > Last Friday night we saw Quads racing, a motorcycle that was doing some
: > amazing times with nitros, Hot Rods, and a dork in a PT Cruiser that had
: > everyone laughing but he never gave up and did better each time and so
: > much more.
: > They get a shot at racing, get their time slips and they are in a
: > environment. Meaning NOT on the street.
: > Some of the cars were pro quality, others were pretty sad, all had fun
: > there were several groups having a beer along side the track and
: > Families (like mine) everyone had fun. There was even a mom, her hubby
: > couple of her teenagers in a BMW that was not fast, but she ran about
: > times and had a grin all over her face.
: > Something should be available to people who like to play with their cars
: > across the country. If someone had the capital to make it a nationwide
: > thing, I think it would be as hot as Sonic.
: > Kate
: > <NoOption5L@aol.com> wrote in message
: > news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
: > : Listen to the article and then check out the video link below the
: > : picture.
: > :
: > : http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...toryId=4791099
: > :
: > : Here are my thoughts... this coming from a 40+ year old guy who has
: > : done his fair share of illegal street racing, cruising and hanging
: > : In my opinion, in *this* video these guys are completely out of
: > : control. With all the tire smoke, the drivers have no idea how close
: > : the crowd is to their car. And members of the crowd have to be either
: > : drunk and/or high to have the ass-end of 3,000 pound vehicles flinging
: > : around to within feet of where they are standing. These people are
: > : truly stupid! And in the article where they are molesting women,
: > : getting in fights, etc... they're criminals. We (cruisers) would
: > : distance ourselves from people like that, and they'd piss us [the
: > : cruisers] off because they'd spoil a good thing. The "good thing"
: > : being hanging out with friends, trying to meet girls, and... every
: > : in a while... occasionally... okay every night, there'd be a little
: > : street racing going on. But we were always cool about what we did.
: > : Here were our rules:
: > :
: > : "Hanging out" meant we'd meet on the main drag in town usually in the
: > : parking lot of a local business where we'd talk, bullshit, listen to
: > : music, and watch the other cruisers drive my. But we never vandalized
: > : anything, or left garbage or beer bottles (hey, it was the 70s/very
: > : early 80s - driving and driving was okay if you only had a couple.) in
: > : the parking lots.
: > :
: > : "Meeting girls" meant being on the constant lookout for cute girls or
: > : car load of girls who were cruising looking for guys. We'd beep,
: > : they'd beep, we'd motion for them to stop somewhere, and from there it
: > : was the usual teenage trying to get to know you better thing. Guys
: > : harassing girls was frowned on, and any guy hurting girl was a reason
: > : for that guy to get his ass kicked (beat up, not killed).
: > :
: > : "Street racing" usually meant a progression of "are you interested"
: > : signs. The blip of a throttle, a drop of a gear before you cruised
: > : a little scratch on a gear change, a quick punch, after which, if the
: > : other guy had returned the signs, the search for some clear pavement
: > : quickly ensued. The race was on! Sometimes the race was a quick
: > : to light job. But most times any serious stuff/speed was done on the
: > : far end of town where the road was wide and the traffic was really
: > : spread out. Or we'd head out to the highway and organize a quarter
: > : mile run. Yeah, it was a little stupid and dangerous, but we tried to
: > : keep it "controlled". Nothing like the guys in the video who are
: > : donuts in a crowd of people. IMO, these guys are taking what we did
: > : a *much* higher level. Our stuff, for the most part, was misdemeanor;
: > : their's is mostly criminal. The cops would only give us the bump once
: > : in a while if we stayed in one place too long or the crowd got too
: > : For the most part, we policed ourselves... stupid people got yelled
: > : at/ridiculed. On the other hand, IMO, the guys in this video should
: > : arrested.
: > :
: > : However, arresting kids is the not the complete answer though.
: > : Cities/urban areas need to offer the kids some outlets. Drag
: > : strips/race tracks need to be available. That way when "exhibitions"
: > : get busted up the cops can say, dude, next time drive 30-60 minutes to
: > : the track instead of paying a fine/ticket.
: > :
: > : Does anyone agree with me, or am I just being a hypocrite? What are
: > : your thoughts?
: > :
: > : Patrick
: > : '93 Cobra
: > :