|09-23-2007, 09:35 PM||#1|
STREET RACING - A Rant and a WARNING
Myself and other Mods have been accused of being Nazis when it comes to our supervision of the racing forum on the whole.
As enthusiasts, we are certainly understanding and supportive of "spirited" driving.
At the same time, we have a social responsibility to ourselves and the rest of the online FF community to ensure that we are held above the typical "ricer mentality".
Like it or not, regardless of age or experience, when you line up at a stop light on a public road, you cast a shadow of derision on ALL OF US.
I am not trying to sound like some old curmudgeon or like anyone's parents, but the truth of the matter is that perception is reality.
If some of us, as part of this online community, participate or continue to participate in illegal racing then we ALL suffer.
Some will disagree with this position, but stop before you drop the hammer at a light or on any other road and ask yourself a couple of questions:
1. What does it prove?
2. If my ego is THAT important, then maybe I should think about backing it up with something beyond folklore?
3. Am I or my car REALLY that good?
4. Is the risk worth the pay-off of a "good story"?
Ask yourself these questions. In addition, ask yourself what is the fear/concern of taking my very capable vehicle to a sanctioned racing event?
If you are afraid, then there is doubt.
So, pony up and show us what you've got! Money isn't a concern. For a day at the drag stip or the AX course, you will spend less than if you went to dinner at Taco Bell and a movie.
You have something (i.e. a trophy, prize money, or both) to PROVE that you aren't blowing smoke up everyone's hind end.
Posers are what they are and at the end of the day, they are the ones who look in the mirror and have to confront their own inferiority to TRUE RACERS.
I am not so naive to think that because of this post or any other that street racing will not continue...
At the same time, ask yourself "why?"
And why do I want to be part of this "subculture". Notice that "SUB" is a key component to this term.
I pledge this to all in the FF community:
1. After this message, I will NOT preach
2. I WILL lock and remove any references posted to this forum concerning street racing that violate the rules set forth
3. I WILL look down my nose at any and ALL who do not have the intestinal fortitude to REALLY show what they are made of and put themselves and their equipment on the line in a SANCTIONED racing event.
If these things are not acceptable to you and others who chose to race on the street, then so be it.
Just understand that you are not now, NOR EVER true racers in the definition or the term.
Too many ply their trade now, and before you, to have their practice and passion besmirched by idiots.
OK, I'm done...
FORMER Avenging Moderator of the Apocalypse and Leader of the Axis of Oversteer
"I live with fear every day and sometimes, she lets me race."
2002 SVT Focus... Stock
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