27 Facts About Street racing


Street racing is typically an unsanctioned and illegal form of auto racing that occurs on a public road.

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Since a private racing venue was not always available, street races would be held illegally on public roads.

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Street racing is distinct from the legal and governed sport of drag racing; see terminology below.

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The latter Street racing community has even spawned numerous TV and video series including the Mischief film series and Bullrun reality TV show.

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Circuit Street racing is a common alternate term for race track, given the circuit configuration of most race tracks, allowing races to occur any number of laps.

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The track effectively became "no prep" at the drag Street racing meet weeks later, and after numerous complaints about the no-prep surface the event was run without championship status.

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Street racing drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, with loss of traction, while maintaining control and driving the car through the entirety of a corner.

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Globally, an "official" lexicon of street racing terminology is difficult to establish as terminology differs by location.

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Typically this term is used in reference to the rear tires of cars used in straight line Street racing, and refers to a car that has modifications to the rear framer rails and suspension system to allow the large tires to fit under the car, but sometimes low-budget racers will simply cut the body panels of the car and allow the large tires to extend beyond the body width of the car.

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Except San Diego, popular Street racing locations have been Los Angeles, Miami, Long Beach, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, and the Seattle suburb of Kent, Washington.

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Street racing racers, known natively as hashiriya, often run their cars on expressways and highways, where they are known as kosoku battle or commonly known as Roulette-zoku as they drive round and round in circular motions and frequently occur on the Shuto Expressway in Tokyo.

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The expressway Street racing scene is portrayed in the manga Wangan Midnight, as well as in the movie series Shuto Kousoku Trial.

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Illegal drift Street racing often takes place on dangerous hill roads such as Bukit Tinggi, Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands or Teluk Bahang, Penang.

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Meanwhile, illegal drag Street racing takes place on expressways such as the Second Link Expressway in Johor Bahru.

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Since the 1960s street racing has been a sub-culture of the Bagdat Avenue in Istanbul, where young wealthy men tag-raced their imported muscle cars.

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Towards the end of the 1990s, mid-night street racing caused many fatal accidents, which came to a minimum level due to intense police patrol.

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The most common way of street racing is grip on mountain passes, especially in the north of Spain, with roads like Montseny, in Catalonia.

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Street racing became more organized in the 1980s, and gained public recognition during the 2000s because of magazines like Max Power.

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Street racing is still popular in Italy, and can divided into highway street racers and Toge racers.

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Street racing has been a sub-culture of Albania since the 1990s following the collapse of communism.

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Street racing became more organized in the 2000s, and gained public recognition during the 2010s because of magazines like Max Power.

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The preferred sites for street racing are industrial areas, freeways, wide streets in the largest cities and expressways connecting locations around them.

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Areas where street racing is common usually have automatic speed cameras installed.

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Street racing began in the late 1960s as the local vehicle manufacturers began creating performance versions of their family cars both for attracting the growing male youth market and meeting racing homologation requirements.

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Unofficial street racing remains illegal and police are well endowed with equipment to use, such as 'sustained loss of traction' which carries a minimum sentence of licence disqualification and maximum sentence of imprisonment.

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Street racing is common in New Zealand and there are many small clubs offering street racing in remote rural roads.

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Rush arcade racing games featured street racing in simplified versions of real-world cities with the first and third game taking place in San Francisco, California.

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