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Old 05-01-2002, 09:09 AM   #1
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Default did ne1 read the vancouver sun in the last few days?

a friend told me that there was an article in the vancouver sun from a reader regarding street racing and newbie drivers owning hi-po sports cars.... and the wrx was specifically named as one of them. but in the article they called it "subaru WRC"
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Old 05-01-2002, 01:29 PM   #2
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I remember watching the news a while back just after some of the street racing incidents and they talked about how car commercials were conveying the image that cars were to be raced. They showed the blue WRX commercial and said that this clearly was showing to youths that the WRX was meant to be used to race
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Old 05-01-2002, 02:10 PM   #3
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Subaru WRC??? it would be nice if we do get that here

I guess sooner or later they will show the SUBARU commercial where they used Impreza RS and Forester to show the toughness of the chassis so that customer will buy it. That commercial itself could be said as Subaru is a fast tough car where Teenagers will use it as racing car.

I hate it when the media uses other medias to make news... shows the world we live in.... bunch of hypocrites
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Old 05-01-2002, 02:11 PM   #4
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"CAR DONT KILL PEOPLE .....DRIVER KILL PEOPLE" those DAMN STUPID REPORTER.
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Old 05-02-2002, 12:58 AM   #5
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That's like saying car commercials that brag about doing well on crash-tests are telling drivers to buy the car and go and crash it.

If car commercials are so effective, why don't I know more SUV owners that actually take theirs SUVs offroad to emulate the "macho-go-anywhere" SUV commercials? Geez...

BTW, I would think twice before I use any lines that the NRA (National Rifle Association) uses...
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Old 05-02-2002, 01:08 AM   #6
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Default The article . . .

I found the article - it's from Monday's paper, Lower Mainland section:

Slower Cars, fines could help end street racing

We received numerous e-mails and phone calls from readers in response to column, How You Can Steer a Teen Away From Street Racing. We thought we'd take this opportunity to share some of their views and suggestions with you.

One reader suggested that "there is no solution to street racing - nor to speeding," and that we need to make it "very painful to go past the speed limit, anywhere, anytime!" He stressed that "we are making two potentially lethal mistakes: Publishing reader opinions who clearly support speeding, and radio stations alerting drivers to radar locations."

Another reader urged parents not to purchase cars for their teens that would encourage street racing. He recalled seeing a couple of teens driving a Subaru Impreza WRC [sic] (stands for World Rally Championship) recently, a car that retials at $35,000 and is extremely challenging to drive even for seasoned race drivers. A small or medium sized car with a horsepower rating of 90 hp to 130 hp such as a Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic, he suggests, would be more appropriate. "So to the parents, use a little common sense when purchasing or choosing a vehicle for your children - personally, I don't care how fast they get home, only that they get home."

From another e-mail: "I am a Crime Prevention officer [with the RCMP] and street racing is a big item on our plate. For that reason, I am veyr interested in ideas to make Street Racing uncool and was hoping you might share the good ideas suggested to you by your readership. One point we are trying to make with the media is street racing encompasses much more than speed in most cases. The other factors are aggressive and criminal driving practices that include impairment by drugs and alcohol. As well, injuries and death would be reduced by wearing seatbelts. It is important the media doesn't create tunnel vision on this deadly issue." We agree.

Lastly, a reader offered a solution to the problem of street racing in an e-mail entitled "Immature People." He wrote: "If you don't know how to steer a teen away from street racing, then you are as immature as them. Tell H.M. of Delta to be a parent and make the 16 year old responsible for his actions. If he can't do that and hasn't learned from the other stupid teens who have died then let him do the same and ruin his and possibly other innocent lives. It is simple they have to grow up."

If only it were that simple - we could solve all the world's problems.

Finally, it seems that our discussion on street racing has been very male-focused, and all responses also came from males. What about you, girls? Do you face pressure to street race or drive recklessly? How can we make it uncool? We want to hear what you think!


(e-mail the authors at gogirlcanada@yahoo.ca)

So, any comments on the "extremely challenging to drive" comment?
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Old 05-03-2002, 12:33 AM   #7
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WRX is easier to drive then a 330CI....
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Old 05-03-2002, 05:19 AM   #8
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Originally posted by banman
I found the article - it's from Monday's paper, Lower Mainland section:


Another reader urged parents not to purchase cars for their teens that would encourage street racing. He recalled seeing a couple of teens driving a Subaru Impreza WRC [sic] (stands for World Rally Championship) recently, a car that retials at $35,000 and is extremely challenging to drive even for seasoned race drivers. A small or medium sized car with a horsepower rating of 90 hp to 130 hp such as a Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic, he suggests, would be more appropriate. "So to the parents, use a little common sense when purchasing or choosing a vehicle for your children - personally, I don't care how fast they get home, only that they get home."

From another e-mail: "I am a Crime Prevention officer [with the RCMP] and street racing is a big item on our plate. For that reason, I am veyr interested in ideas to make Street Racing uncool and was hoping you might share the good ideas suggested to you by your readership. One point we are trying to make with the media is street racing encompasses much more than speed in most cases. The other factors are aggressive and criminal driving practices that include impairment by drugs and alcohol. As well, injuries and death would be reduced by wearing seatbelts. It is important the media doesn't create tunnel vision on this deadly issue." We agree.


(e-mail the authors at gogirlcanada@yahoo.ca)

So, any comments on the "extremely challenging to drive" comment?
With regards to the first paragraph, what people don't realize is that there is such a broad range of cars being invovled in these 'racing' incidents. ANY car from a entry level Japanese car to Domestic muscle car to German luxury car. Lately, we've been seeing more of the accidents involving stock/relatively stock entry level cars like that Accord 4cyl or luxury cars like BMWs. There have been no cases of heavily modified cars crashing, yet the modified cars are taking the heat for the recent incidents.

The comments made in the second paragraph by the RCMP officer really hit the mark. Many of the fatal crashes have involved alcohol and aggressive driving, more so than racing. Had the drivers been sober, most likely they wouldn't have been that stupid. The last statement regarding tunnel vision is something EVERYONE should see.
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Old 05-03-2002, 12:57 PM   #9
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I was at a restaurant last night and I stepped into the bathroom to take a leak and the advert next to me in the urinal was for dunlop tyres. There was a picture of a railing with two motion blurred out cars..You know, like a picture of someone haulin' oats... and the caption read; "Go ahead, stroke my ego. Give me a speeding ticket." Somebody had drawn a skull and cross bones over the top of the image and written "die young" underneath.. which was the truth.

It pisses me off that companies don't give a *****. period. all they care about is selling more product.


and a big :monkey: to dunlop. You make good tyres but **** you for that commercial.

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Old 05-04-2002, 12:07 AM   #10
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i read that hahahah i was laughin my A** off!!!!
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Old 05-04-2002, 12:28 AM   #11
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You know, I would have think that we have tuned out all these hypersensitive reports, but apparently not. On the other hand, driving the Sube at 180 sounds enticing after what I have experienced over in Europe.
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Old 05-04-2002, 09:43 PM   #12
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how often do you guys see or hear of smashed up tuned imports
I have not seen very many, however I have seen lots of rookies street racing more or less stock hondas and those types of cars
I used to that kind of crap but the cops are right, it is just stupid and a death wish, you may not hurt your self but could you live with killing some one else
I'm thankful that there is auto clubs (like the Iclub) where you can go and race in auto or rally X and get all the speed you need

oh ya I heard those subaru wrc's are really hard to drive hhhmm
ha ha ha what a nob
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