posted on Oct, 22 2007 @ 03:37 PM
But let's take it from a responsible enthusiasts standpoint. You all are looking at it as the only people who mod their car like that are idiots.
I drive slow, casual. If I bought another RX-7, I have researched for years, I know exactly what I would do to it. That wouldn't change how I
drive, but I still would like to do those things. Now, with that law, I am law abiding, driving responsible, but, I get my car crushed and lose all
that money (that goes into the economy) because I did what I liked to my car and some joker was irresponsible with a dodge neon who put hubcap spinner
on it and pushed the car off the road around a corner.
How is that fair to the responsible people who have the money and wish to mod their car and NOT drive like a maniac? Punish those who deserve it. I
have had several cars that would have been crushed that I only drove 2 miles to work and back, no racing, no safety risk. I just want to argue the
You do realize that a lot of modifications make the car more reliable and safer, right? When you modify the suspension, it handles and responds
better in emergency situations. When you replace rubber bushings for polyurethane is takes away some of the cushion from the road, but makes the
suspension work better, more accurately, steer better, more accurately. When you put on stiffer springs and struts/shocks, similar things ... less
lean in turns ... the vehicle and driver are more connected, thus, more able to avoid accidents, more in control of the vehicle on the interstate,
and on on/off-ramps. Suspension mods equal safety but giving up comfort. If you research cars, you will see some factory vehicles come with better
suspension than a lot of mods people do. Not everyone buys a kia.
When you put a 'street legal' intake and exhuast ... you allow the engine to breath better, increasing gas mileage and lessening the heat soak in
the engine block, thereby increasing its longevity. A chip tunes the engine to run most efficiently and rarely gives you a large leap in
performance. All these thing barely add any power ... to bore and stroke the engine increases its power as much or more than all those combined.
Now ... superchargers and turbos do add loads of power. Some cars come with them stock. Cars with low torque can benefit greatly from a
supercharger ... turbos are usually more for high rpm powerbands ... so less needed on the street.
Still, you can buy a Viper that has 500 hp and 500 torque for 80,000 usd ... so does that get crushed because it is a beast that is more powerful
than 90% of the modded cars off the showroom floor? The investment is about the same. What about a Cadillac XLR? Corvette? Does someone who buys a
Hemi qualify to be crushed?
Don't you realize that most accidents DON'T involve street racing? Most of the deadly or severe casualties are from people with cell phones,
playing with dials, shaving, make-up/hair, looking at themselves in the mirror, driving while exhausted, without glasses that need them, or just plain
out bad drivers or cars in disrepair.
To label all car enthusiasts are moronic street racers and destroy their life savings by destroying their one true passion - their car - that they
invested in for just knowing they have it the best they can is ridiculous.
I full agree with the illegal-ness of street racing. They should have their license suspended ... and if they do it again, permanently revoked.
They should have their cars confiscated ... but why not use them as undercover cars? Send them to a different region and let the police use the cars
to their advantage? OR ... donate them to driving schools to teach people how to drive? Use them to fund these driving lesson programs that I fully
agree with ... since most people don't even deserve a license in my opinion.
I also agree that ALL RACING should be in controlled environments ... on closed courses. Auto-cross events, road tracks, drag strips, etc. They
should NEVER be on the public road system. Too many variables and too dangerous to all those around. It is completely irresponsible and
I still don't think that punishing the responsible enthusiast is ever the way to go. It would be the same as restricting your freedom of speech
because someone else is a moron and says horrible things that have inspired hate and violence. It would be the same as forbidding people from going
camping because some idiot doesn't know how to safely contain a fire in the wilderness. Banning bicycles because someone lost control and fell,
breaking their neck (or rollerskates, skateboards, etc.).
Extreme measures against law abiding people because of a few idiots ... well, that is just wrong.
How about this ... find abandoned parking lots and set up weekend or daily races for those people ... or anyplace that will let them use a large
patch of concrete ... of course, have them all sign waivers to enter.
I know, it is an odd way to solve the problem, but, it is kind of like after school programs ... you give them a way to do something they like in a
legal way, they are less likely to do something irrational that will harm others. If those 'street-racers' had somewhere to play for free, they
would, I am almost certain ... except for maybe a few real morons.
It reminds me of the mass of people around here that used to go out to some dirt areas 'mudding' with their trucks ... they got busted ... but
they were in wilderness, doing mud runs, hill climbs, etc. of course, I am certain they found a new place to play, but, why not give them someplace
to do this without it being wrong? I only went once, since I am not redneck, but, they were having fun with each other. Never been to a street race,
but, know of them, and they are doing it for fun as well.
We should help them make it legal and safe, then throw the book at the rest. And confiscate those cars and let those who can't afford it race in the
legally defined place.
Before you discredit something ... like a modified vehicle ... drive one. Know the difference between how sloppy the average stock suspension is
compared to a tuned one. Know how it is to try and get a 60 hp vehicle up to speed on a crowded interstate versus beefing it up a bit. There are
good reasons sometimes. And leaving it to a person to decide, there is too much room for discretion and discrimination.
Target the bad ones, not everyone.