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Old 09-18-2003, 12:07 AM   #1
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This is probably a stupid post that most of you won't relate to probably, but do any of you have any peer pressure from friends trying to get you to race your car ever? I have a bunch of friends who are always trying to get me to race all of these people and try to top out my car (which I've never gone more than 80 in) and I don't really want to do it. They say what is the sense in owning a supercharged car if you're not going to use it? My reply is that just because it'* supercharged it doesnt' mean you have to race every car out on the street. It was made for great passing power, not to waste every car on the street... anyway, I have 1 warning for wreckless driving on my record, and 1 civil infraction already on my license, if I ever got caught speeding at those speeds or racing albeit I'd lose my license, or my insurance would go up so high I wouldn't be able to afford it! (insurance on this car is in my dad'* name because under mine it would have been $1,200 every six months.) I'm 18, friends are the same age.. Do you guys think I'm just over-reacting here or what? Don't get me wrong, I like to have fun sometimes, but I don't like to go out and drag race a BUICK against other cars and try to go fast all the time, it'* pointless. Just because it'* fast I don't need to prove it to everyone else that it is..
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"people" are idiots. i have people aggin me on to race all the time. i feel the same way as you. and i dont know about your state but here if you got caught while "topping out" youd be up for attempted manslaughter.
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You have a wreckless op and you have never been above 80? Was that in a school zone?

Peer pressure can be rough but it takes stronger character to ignore it and forge your own path in life than to bend to the will of the stupid majority.

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You're not overreacting, your "friends" are just immature. Hell I know how you feel, one more strike and I could lose my insurance. So do what I do and go to the strip every chance you have. I bet you money if you challange any of those people to a race at the track they will turn you down. Why? The track tends to intimidate people.
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All the time, not in my Bonnevilles but my Chevelle. With it'* solid lifter big block and the red paint with black stripes all of the local racers have thier foot down trying to edge me on. I also have a few co-workers challenging me with their newer cars, one even has a Mitsubishi EVO that thinks his car is the fastest thing on wheels I ignore them, no use getting into the danger zone on the street. It is way to risky for myself, not to mention the innocent bystanders. I could not imagine taking the responsibiliy for an injury or worse just because I wanted to have 10 seconds of fun.

I race at the track, no exceptions.
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Street Racing is part of the male machismo growing up I have to admit. When I was in my early 20'* I had an Olds 442 rag-top, had a 455ci and had motor work done on it to get 425HP out of it...totally mod'd out! I was working at General Motors at the time so had money to burn.
We use to race every Sunday night on Coon Rd. a country road next to the Horse Track in St. Catharines, Ont. Back in the 70'*/80'* street racing was common and the competition unlimited...GTO Judges, 440 six-pack and Hemi Cuda'*, 454 Chevelles, Road Runners, GTX'*,etc...etc....We ran that 1/4 mile every Sunday and had a blast! Although there were spectators at the sides of the road, nobody got hurt. It was part of an era...
Street Racing nowadays consists of ricers racing on city streets.....BAD NEWS!
In my humble opinion, street racing was alot of fun...but to jeapordize the public, is not.
Take it to the local drag strip...or a country road...out of town.
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Ahh, one of the greatest forces on Earth, peer pressure. It can be constructive, or destructive. Most of the time, it'* destructive. You are at the age when maturity will be achieved at different times between you and your friends. Sounds like you're reaching full maturity before they are. Don't give in. They'll respect you alot more in the long run. Like others are saying, have fun racing, but do it responsibly and at your discretion, not others'.
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only problem with that is that its getting harder and harder to find country road that arent trafficed(spelling) at least moderately heavily. i know around here. even the gravel roads where i can remember when i was little if you saw 1 or 2 cars in a day that werent your family you were in utter shock and disbelief. but now theyre all faily heavy trafficed.especially on weekends when all the city people come down to their weekend havens.
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Street Racing nowadays consists of ricers racing on city streets.....BAD NEWS!
Yea, that or they drag from one end of the Tim Horton'* parking lot to the other... Must be a Canadian Rice thing....

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You're bang on there Todd, its still funny to see these idiot kids show up in moms van and hammer the chit out of it. Pisses me off. You should see that place around 9-10pm, geez, what a joke. We just laugh right out the window.... Its fun to roll in there with Paul in the Accord and me in the Aurora, black and white turns heads and puts em to shame

As to racing, the cops swarm that place like vultures. There is a great network of industrial roads just south of that location, used to be a big drag locale. Not anymore.

I hate surburban CDN rice kids.
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