Illegal Street Racing Essay

2773 words - 11 pages


One of the fastest growing sports in the world is racing. Racing in general can consist of many different types such as: Drag Racing, NASCAR, Indy, Motor Cross, Truck Rally. The topic of racing that I am chose was street racing. Street racing originated from drag racing on the quarter-mile strip. The concept of drag racing is when two racers in different cars would line up at a white line, and in the middle of the two cars would be a light post, called the Christmas tree for its red, yellow and green bulbs. The tree does what a stoplight does, except backwards, it starts from red, then to yellow, then to green. On the quarter-mile strip, when the light hits green, the two racers are supposed to try to go as fast as they can before the end of the quarter-mile, which would then set off a electronic board showing their electronic times (E.T.) and their speeds.
As the sport of street racing began to boom around the early ‘90s, people couldn’t really afford to go to a legal track and race their cars, because of the price that it cost and the rules that they had. So there was a street track that was created on Terminal Island, called the Brotherhood Raceway. The Brotherhood Raceway or Brotherhood for short was basically a quarter-mile drag strip that was put down on a closed off street, where street racers could go and find out their quarter-mile times and speeds for the price of nothing. This was a quarter-mile drag strip to keep racers off of normal streets and highways. Around time of the mid-90s, the Brotherhood was then closed down, forcing street racers to take their racing to another legalized track, or to the streets and highways.
People say that street racing is bad, illegal and dangerous to everyone. There is another side which thinks that street racing is ok, and safe. All street racers know that street racing is illegal and can be dangerous, but in their minds they will think they won’t hurt people around them but accidents do happen. When it comes to racing on streets, racers an open or deserted street and line two cars up, and basically race off of the line and see who stays ahead of the other person, this set-up is basically like racing on a drag strip, just without lights and tech and safety people around. There is a person that acts like the lighting tree, who stands in the middle, and is called the “flagger.” This person puts his/her arms up, signaling to the racers to get ready, and as soon as he/she drops their arms, the two racers in the cars take off and whoever stays ahead wins. When the street racers thinks he is ahead with a sufficient amount of road and time in between the other racer and himself, the racers through on their hazards as a sign of winning or finishing.
In these past few years, there has been a booming growth to the street-racing scene, because of the movie “the Fast and the Furious” which doesn’t depict the car scene correctly as it is. Since the release of the movie, everybody who owns a car thinks they are...

Find Another Essay On Illegal Street Racing

Effects of street racing and efforts to deter the sub-culture

954 words - 4 pages double the speed limit. This is the rush that young and old alike look for in street racing. Some call it a hobby, some call it a sport, and some call it an illegal activity. However whether you like it or not since before any of us were born, street racing has been a culture. A culture that despite heavy police intervention doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon."There is kind of an adrenaline rush that you know your fast, but who is

A Race to Death Essay

1494 words - 6 pages From the era of James Dean, illegal street racing was the popular thing to do among the rebels of the time. Movies like "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Grease" inspired many to bring out their big-block Chevys and race them up and down the street, through the night, as people would watch in excitement (Lopez 4). As time changed, so did the generation of people and cars but street racing still stayed alive. The type of person racing can range from

Catch me if you can

902 words - 4 pages . Of course it is not a good thing to race and drift in real life it is actually illegal, but there are people who do it knowing all the consequences. This is where movies like Fast and Furious play a big role teaching and giving the message why street racing is bad and what are the outcomes of it. This movie it also teaches you that if you want to accomplish something, you could do it. This is when Sean wants to become the drift king and gain

History of Drag Racing

2370 words - 10 pages What is drag racing? According to amhistory.si.edu drag racing is defined as the straight dash over1/4 mile from a standing start for the shortest elapsed time(amhistory.si.edu). Drag racing is a form of racing that is unique to the United States. It grew directly out of illegal match racing on rural roads by high-school students in the postwar 1940s-early 1950s. Teens would rebuild their cars and “soup them up” to show off their mechanical

Street Racing

666 words - 3 pages place drag racing is legal is your local strip. So support it and enjoy being able to go to a place where it is hassle free. I also encourage everyone to be safe drivers, because the people who ruin it for everybody is one of the reasons why we have a bad reputation. Street racing will always be illegal as long as there are non-drivers on the road making driving unsafe. I hope everyone will take responsibility for their actions, and the consequences. Remember its all about having fun.

Street Racing in Our Community

1494 words - 6 pages Street Racing in Our CommunityThe other day I was watching a movie, "The Fast andThe Furious". It is a movie from 2001, which had atremendous amount of street racing. Almost every weekendthere are hundreds of young drivers out in the streets trying to prove that their car is the best, while playing cat and mouse with the police. It happens in virtually every city, all over the United States. It really had me thinking of the illegal street racing

Global Flow of Drift Racing - From Japan to America

797 words - 3 pages Tsuchiya are now A-list celebrities-a status practically unreachable for motorsport drivers in the US (Tokyo Drift Production Notes, 2006). Tsuchiya, also known as "Drift King," has been a huge contributor to the drifting culture in Japan, not only by creating legal drifting events, but also being a driving force behind the anime series version of "Initial D"; an anime about the illegal Japanese street racing (Cabell, 2003). A little known truth is

Street Racing

1520 words - 6 pages improving upon it. As I have learned, this is not just a hobby; it is a way of life. This lifestyle does carry a price, racers face persecution from police and the general public. They have their cars impounded and defaced by those who reject racing. Having a racer is not illegal, but some of the things people do with them are. This is what the general public does not understand. The IRA* is a legal racing circuit that embraces Street Racers. It

track

1072 words - 5 pages insurance was already out of hand and now this would surly make me lose my driver’s license but surprisingly my lawyer managed to work it out so I can keep it. I think after the police seized and crushed my race car that I put every dollar I had into, I learned this valuable lesson. I was in California at the time and street racing was a huge thing, the fast cars and thrill of racing and getting away had everyone mesmerized. Every weekend everyone would

My All American essay about football - Clay - Essay

1152 words - 5 pages family & friends fight Cipher and her team to get his son back and be a family once again. The two plots are different because ones trying to stop the hijacking and not letting them get hurt and the other is getting his family back together once for all. The purpose of The Fast and Furious movie is to entertain the people with illegal street racing and to show that family means everything and that you never turn your back on anyone. The purpose of

Untitled

1522 words - 6 pages learned, this is not just a hobby; it is a way of life.This lifestyle does carry a price, racers face persecution from police and the general public. They have their cars impounded and defaced by those who reject racing. Having a racer is not illegal, but some of the things people do with them are. This is what the general public does not understand. The IRA* is a legal racing circuit that embraces Street Racers. It gives the much-needed outlet

Similar Essays

Illegal Street Racing Essay

1879 words - 8 pages Illegal Street Racing Vivid moonlight, dim city, slight overcast on the noxious night. Cool breeze blows over your sweltering body. Heart racing, sweat pouring, adrenaline pumping through the body like gas through the engine of a car. Body trembling, hands shaking, eyes twitching, foot uneasy as beady eyes observe your every move. Thunderous noise coming from the crowd, situation getting heavier the closer you get to the line. Tension

What Is Drag Racing? Essay

1705 words - 7 pages performance standards that helped legitimize the sport. He was its first president. (NHRA) Though police believe drag racing encourages illegal street racing, drag racing provides a safe legal way to race and actually discourages street racing. The whole idea of drag strips being created is to provide a safe and legal way to race and to get people off the streets therefore discourages illegal street racing. Drag racing is a sport that has been

Street Racing Essay

857 words - 4 pages charges deferred, or dropped, and off his record. ( ) shares the information “Morgan can have the manslaughter count dismissed in August 2013, after a probationary period. Morgan received a concurrent one year suspension sentence and a misdemeanor conviction on the DUI”. Even if racing seems like a good idea, always think of the consequences and fines that can follow them. Illegal street racing creates risks to themselves, and others. It can

The Thrill That Kills Essay

1014 words - 4 pages The Thrill That Kills Street racing has become a very dangerous sport in the 20th century. In the article The Thrill That Kills by Paul-Mark Rendon, he describes the dangers and consequences of illegal street racing. This article was published Sept. 17, 2001 in MacLean’s. This is an article that tries to reach out to street racers and also anyone interested in knowing more about street racing and its dangers. The article discusses how for