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What is it about street racing that just drives teenagers and young adults out of their wits? Even the most uninterested person will have to admit that, in some way, speed still provides an exciting rush unparalleled by any human feeling. Why else would there be numerous movies and video games created to tell the story of, or simulate street racing? Despite the popularity and fanfare however, it is just imperative to know that street racing is very dangerous and illegal.

When man first started racing automobiles, one thing was certain: race car drivers were held in high regard and idolized by spectators. People would dream of being race car drivers themselves one day. The problem was, commercial vehicles back then were just not fast enough. As time went on, new race cars were developed and the ability to reach speeds that were unheard of in the beginning is now realized. Likewise, commercial automobiles increased in top speed as well. Now, because of this, racing fans have taken matters into their own hands and into the streets.

Vehicles used for street racing are normally commercial vehicles that are souped up to racing performance levels. Engine and power enhancements, complex exhaust systems and fuel intake are just some of the items on a racerís shopping list. These people are willing to spend thousands of dollars in turning their regular city car into a wild, speed-hungry racing machine. Exterior design and artwork is also spent on in order to match the inner robustness of the vehicle. In addition to the value of the experience, street racing has become an arena to showcase new car set up designs and the latest innovations in automobile racing technology. Here, looks definitely have to be as good as the performance.

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Street racing usually takes place at night or before dawn, in a long, clean stretch of road pitting two cars (and drivers) against each other. However, there are some instances when an entire block (or series of blocks) is turned into a racing circuit. The number of participants in a race may also vary. Sometimes, even 3 or 4 cars race at the same time. This is precisely the reason why street racing is illegal. Thousands of deaths have been the result of street racing accidents all over the world.

So how do you control the need for speed? Take it to the strip. Many municipalities in various countries all over the world have recognized the enjoyment and excitement of car racing and have now developed car racing programs for the youth. Racing strips have been built and organizations have been formed for legal and controlled racing for speed enthusiasts. The goal is to enjoy street racing in a safe environment while interacting with other racers in a more positive manner. Thereís definitely a racing association in your area where you can learn new racing and automobile info, share your experiences, and of course race to your heartís content. Look it up and hook up now!

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