Thursday 23 February 2012

Instant adrenalin boost.

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Have you ever had that feeling of racing the person next to you to the robots? Well, I have and I decided against it! Being responsible is my main focus point, but being a motorsport junky, I actually love the sight of modified cars. Men naturally have had that thought, or at least attempted to race or even speed.

Well in South Africa illegal street racing has become a growing trend. If you aren’t aware of what street racing or illegal street racing is, I’ll be giving you a crash course into it. Street racing or illegal street racing is an unsanctioned event which takes place on ‘temporary erected circuits’, better known as the public roads. The competitors usually monitor police radios and scanners, with the attempt to establish whether the area is safe to race. Once they get the go ahead from the radio monitors the actual race begins.

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According to Paul Reily, “street racers find a thrill in breaking rules. They are also known as illegal street racers of the night, in where men and women risk their lives and limbs to race their cars illegally.”

I went behind the scenes to chat with a Street racer and got his opinion on illegal racing. Anonymous said, “You’re not bound by any rules, you can race who you want, when you want and how you want. But the other driver has to agree. I’ve been racing for six years of my life and I will continue. Feeling that thrill of police chasing you is so amazing.”

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Well, if many street racers have this opinion could it ever be stopped? Most importantly would you ever consider racing illegally?

1 comment:

  1. If someone really wants to do something and is driven and passionate, get out of their way becasue you can't stop them. Here's some history: when the prohibition of alcohol was in place in the USA, smugglers would race their cargo over state lines at high speeds to avoid the cops.When the prohibition was lifted, the smugglers started racing against eachother. This was the birth of NASCAR. Amazing.