Car stories: street racing

Street racing is literally translated as street racing. He appeared in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century. They are counting down the history since 1948, although illegal street races were held long before the start of the Second World War. It became a mass phenomenon with the development of the automotive industry in the United States, when a four-wheeled vehicle became available to many. New models became more powerful and faster, and the street racers themselves learned how to remake cars specifically for racing, creating the so-called “hot rods”. The development of street racing contributed to the fact that because of the war, many airfields were built in the United States, which were not used after its completion.

The homeland of street racing is considered to be the USA.

They, by the way, fell in love with fans of unofficial races. In Europe, street racing became widespread in the 60s. It is believed that it originates from the official races, which took place at the end of the XIX century on public roads. The situation changed dramatically in 1903. Then the Paris-Madrid rally canceled the Bordeaux authorities for security reasons after numerous accidents among drivers and pedestrians. In Russia, street racing in the large sense of the word came in the late 90s, early 2000s, with an increase in the number of cars in people with average incomes. The popularity of street racing was certainly added by the movie “Fast and Furious,” the first part of which was released in 2001. By the way, the film itself is based on the real story of New York street racers.

Popularity street racing added the movie "Fast and the Furious"

It is believed that the first American high-grade, well-organized, but illegal race took place in California in the Mojave Desert. The turning point came when street racers agreed with the authorities to create an official route for drag racing, which was built in the California town of Goleta after some time, and soon the type of racing was recognized as legal. To date, in the US and Europe, many specialized routes for drag racing, and the competitions themselves gather thousands of spectators. It would seem that this story has a happy ending.


Oklahoma, December 2015. The consequences of illegal street racing in the United States

However, not all so simple. There are those who for some reason are not satisfied with official events. One of the main issues here is financial. You have to pay for participation in races, if this is a championship, even an amateur one, then you have to pay for each stage, you need to “build” the car itself - and this is very expensive, and it must also be made in accordance with certain technical regulations and safety requirements . Finally, participation in competitions implies its own, including physical training, responsibility - not everyone is ready for this and not everyone wants it. For many, the additional adrenaline and excitement is caused by the very fact of an illegal event. Someone talks about the "romance of confrontation with the authorities", "the spirit of rebellion" and "freedom." And there are several categories of "racers." On the Internet now you can find a lot of streamer clubs. All of them regularly organize and conduct races. As a rule, competitions are held at night and on roads where there are few or almost no cars. From the traffic police or hide or pay off.


Street racing in Russia, photo from the site of the Lada Owners Club

If we talk about Moscow, then in the early 2000s, street racers gathered on the Sparrow Hills, and then drove in column to the venue of the race. Events were held in Zelenograd and on the Khodynka field, in Krylatskoye, even in Sokolniki. In recognition of the street racers themselves, in such races the “organizers” ensure that the track is free from ordinary cars and that drunk drivers or drug addicts are not allowed to participate.

In Russia, street racing became popular in the late 90s, early 2000s

Accidents happen, were fatal, including among the spectators, but in most cases without serious consequences. Finally, it is accepted to call street racers those who “chase” at high speed even during the day along ordinary city streets and country roads, with a gross violation of the traffic rules. Even street racers call such “racers” “wild”. A few days ago there were reports that streetcar Maru Baghdasaryan, whom the court sentenced to nearly 600 hours of community service and administrative arrest, was invited to the amateur championship MaxPowerCars, but a wave of indignation arose among the racers. The girl was considered unworthy to participate in the competition.

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