Pontiac GTO vs Buick: All Bark No Bite
This may be a prank, but the fact remains some people do foolishly race each other on the streets. High performance cars are not new to the USA, and the temptation to gun your classic Pontiac GTO at amazing speeds, racing a friend’s equally vintage Challenger, is difficult to resist. The dangers, however, are always close by.
Street racing isn’t new; in the 1950’s newly liberated youngsters raced their customized Ford Model A’s in semi-organized meets; the sheer excitement of the speed and the sound was something to behold. It was dangerous then, and it’s even more so now with high powered Ferraris, Maseratis and Corvettes going head to head under the streetlights. Speed and street furniture, quite simply, don’t mix.
Fatalities and injuries on the roads are a fact of life; accidents will happen, and often the outcome is tragic. Modern cars may be intrinsically very safe, and may also have colossal performance ability, but the roads we use daily are not designed for high speeds. That’s why we have speed limits, and it’s why they should be adhered to. (more…)
One car hitting a street lamp is dangerous enough; two cars colliding with each other doubles the impact speed, and adds to the risk of injury. Fun it may be, but street racing al
One car hitting a street lamp is dangerous enough; two cars colliding with each other doubles the impact speed, and adds to the risk of injury. Fun it may be, but street racing also endangers those who are not involved. Other motorists, cyclists, even pedestrians can easily be injured by a fast moving car that goes out of control.
In all honesty, many of the drivers who take part in illegal street races think they can drive like Dale Earnhardt, but the truth is they can’t. Few people on the roads are trained to drive at high speeds, and it takes a very different mind-set to get it right. The concept of street racing is not confined to the USA; Japan has a popular version in which members of the ‘Midnight Club’ meet and race their highly modified Toyotas, Mazdas and more on the streets around Tokyo and other major cities.
The police have a hard time catching them, such is the sheer performance of the vehicles involved. There is, however, an option for US drivers who want to take their high performance vehicle to its limits. High Performance Driving Experience classes, or track days, are available at many race tracks across the USA, and they are supervised by professionals who can offer tuition and advice to those who are new to the game, or who want to build on their experience. Full medical facilities are provided, and in some cases there are organized time trials or races for entrants to take part in. It’s a great way of enjoying the full performance of your fast car, and as safe as it can possibly be.
The choice is yours; engage in illegal activity, risk your life and those of others who may not even be involved, and also increase the chances of losing your license, or pay a small fee and join up for a track day experience at a real race track. The full experience comes only with the latter option.