Street racing is only illegal if you get caught. The catch here is that people who engage in street racing (in the underground places that are hidden from us) get away with it because it is hidden. Although the risks of danger can be higher than an insured and well-suited race track, racing itself is a sport of thrills and danger that necessarily involves some risk-taking.
Whether you are topping 210 miles per hour on the smoothest racing track in the world, or you are drag racing to the finish line for a quarter mile on a barren highway, the dangers of a scary tire blowout or collision will always exist. The glamorized image of street racing in video games and movies like the Fast and the Furious series have cemented the status of street racing as a cult favorite among enthusiasts and dreamers alike.
What Are the Different Kinds of Street Racing?
Drag racing is the simplest and arguably safest form of street racing. People who engage in drag racing usually have some helpers to shut down a short stretch of a straightaway temporarily. The cars can arrive in packs and park along the sides of the roads to create the illusion of a rest stop for a traveling group. A few cars can block off the roads at both ends to prevent any non-essential personnel from trespassing on the private party. They can communicate with key leaders and direct them to open or close the roads between races.
The crowds can bet on the winner of the race. Or, at times, it is merely a wager between which the driver thinks they have the faster car. The stakes can be high, at least for thousands of dollars, considering the potential for drivetrain damage from pushing the envelope.
In other situations, the drivers can pick a course and plot out the finish line. The first to the finish line wins the race. This is more of a freestyle method that can have its own unique rules defined in advance. The cars can be fitted with dash cameras to relive the experience and to share it with friends.
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What Are the Rules of Street Racing?
The universal rules of street racing are heavily conscious of safety while still keeping that unrefined edge of thrill that draws drivers to compete. Although the rules do not fully negate the fact that non-participants can be injured during the course of the event, they at least seek to minimize those chances. Therefore, the rules are as follows:
- Never race in a car that is not yours because your edge to maneuver it is reduced.
- Never race with any passengers in the vehicle.
- Never race on congested streets where the risk of an accident is more than negligible.
- Never race in unknown territory or a new course because of the unquantifiable dangers.
How Much Do Street Racers Spend on Their Cars?
Street racers like the No Prep Kings are a fickle bunch that like to tune their vehicles themselves in most cases. A street racer is just as proud of the work that he puts into making his performance vehicle as he is of its styling and its victories. Therefore, it is not uncommon for street racers to invest anywhere from $10,000 to $30,000 just in styling and performance upgrades. Some of these upgrades serve a dual purpose of increasing the power-to-weight ratio and also making the vehicle look more sporty with its carbon fiber body parts and aerodynamic body upgrades.