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Old 08-09-2000, 08:59 AM   #1
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Unhappy Need to stop street racing

I really need to stop street racing because I know it is dangerous no matter how good of a driver anyone is or how good their car is because unexpected road conditions and other sucky drivers. I have tried hard, but just can't do it. I especially try hard not to do it when my pregnant wife is in the car. I need all the suggestions and pointers in the world from anyone and everyone on how to overcome the urge to street race.
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Old 08-09-2000, 09:03 AM   #2
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Hey, i feel your pain. I love to do it, but now i won't race anyone but my friends. Maybe stick to that. Generally, what i like to do is just look over and snicker at someone who's trying to race you, as if you know you'd kick their ass, then don't even try. Hell, it seems that chances are, most of the other cars are faster than our subes, so look at it htis way. Don't let them know that they are faster. That's all they need, a bigger ego!
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Old 08-09-2000, 09:06 AM   #3
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Don't they have Racers Anonymous?
Get an RC car and race that instead. When you see a Honda, resist the urge, let it build up on you, then pull out your RC car and race at an RC track.

Racing while pregnant wife is in the car is a no-no.
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Old 08-09-2000, 09:08 AM   #4
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Go Karting... lots.
 
Old 08-09-2000, 09:09 AM   #5
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I do exactly what JGard18 suggests. It works great, especially on the highways/twisties. I just say to myself.. "I know I can out-drive that guy anyday, so why do I need to prove it?"
The only time I'll stay in front of someone is if I see them driving recklessly; then I'll want to stay in front, so I'm not involved in an accident. But then again, the better thing to do there is to get off the road for a few minutes, and let the moron pass.
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Old 08-09-2000, 09:19 AM   #6
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my advice is do what I do. I realized I was doing it too much and my girlfriend would get very pissed when I did it and she was riding. I realized it is stupid to drive 80 mph on L street with at speed limit of 40... what if someday I get caught there goes the liscense and maybe the car.
Start to Auto-X it is an outlet, if only they had them more often here, every other weekend would be good. If you need to drag, go to a local dragstip, I'm sure they have open night. They have one near I live in Scribner, it is $20 per car un-lmitied number of runs from about 6:00 PM until 11:00 PM on friday nights. It is a good place to drag and watch. I haven't dragged out there, but Auto-x will help. I went for the first time and won my class, it was sweet. For the next week I didn't feel the need to prove myself to anyone cause I knew I could smoke them around the cones. Now the last Auto-X got canceled and I'm jonesin' I need an outlet again, I have to wait until the 27th of this month until the next one.

basically now that all my rambiling is done... I hear you man and I'm with you. Just think before you mash the pedal, is it really worth it?? What are you proving??

Good luck we need a SRA (Street Racers Anonymus)(sp)
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Old 08-09-2000, 09:44 AM   #7
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Old 08-09-2000, 09:51 AM   #8
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Get two tickets within 6 mts., it'll stop you from driving quick REAL fast.

On a side note, I still street race a little, but only up to 50-60mph since most of our roads here are 40-45mph. I've also been driving 5-7 ovre the limit for the past month and have found it gratifying knowing that I'm not about to get pulled over anytime soon.

Also, I dropped in a nice set of front speakers up front (JL components) and it makes driving so much more relaxing it isn't even funny. I can just kinda roll around and chill... next will be a sub, but not until I'm back from my trip next week. Gotta keep my spare for a LITTLE while longer.
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Old 08-09-2000, 09:54 AM   #9
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What, Sean? I don't get it.

I definitely am not racing anymore with my pregnant wife in the car, but I don't want to do it anymore even when I am by myself. We do need to organize more auto-x and I need to frequent the go-kart tracks and get my own. I'm game for Street Racer's Anonymous hahaha
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Old 08-09-2000, 10:31 AM   #10
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Umm...your kid is gonna need a dad. Does that help?
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Old 08-09-2000, 10:37 AM   #11
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I guess I'll be seeing you at the Auto-x on August 20th in Sebring? I believe the September auto-x is in Palm Bay, just a little south of Daytona (maybe an hour). Check out the scheadule.
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Old 08-09-2000, 11:49 AM   #12
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Guh. OK, here goes. I'll insult someone along the way on this one.

There's nothing making you street race. Just don't do it. You may race out of pride. If someone challenges you, you may feel the need to comply. Just don't do it. Nothing is forcing you to stamp down on the gas pedal.

On the other hand, I have a running joke with my wife on how men base the size of their penis on how fast their car is. My wife jokes that as I modify my Impreza, my penis will shrink and she'll have to find another lover.

With that in mind, some men need to rise to a challenge. Some men just aren't mature enough to back down from a confrontation. That's how bar fights start. That's how pedestrians get killed when boy racers street race in the middle of suburbia. The penis is in charge. Testosterone flows, adrenaline and endorphins kick in and the foot goes down.

It's all about self control. Mentally overcoming a problem. If you street race because it's fun, your solution is simple. Don't have fun in public. If you street race because you have to, you may have a mental issue. People are addicted to drugs. People are addicted to food. People are addicted to adrenaline.

You have a kid on the way. Just look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself if you want to be around to see him graduate high school. Make the decision to stop endangering yourself. Go Autocross or Rallycross. Guaranteed you'll drive more passively on the street if you have an outlet for your driving aggressions.

On the other hand, if you're addicted to the adrenaline feeling, seek help. I'm serious. Some people just can't get over situations like this on their own...

There. I may have insulted you. I may have opened your eyes. So be it...flamesuit on.

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Old 08-09-2000, 12:01 PM   #13
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I'm one of those adrenaline junkies, but I have other outlets, so I don't need my car for that. That's why I ski and mt. bike. Autocross takes care of my nfs in the car. I definitely don't street race my Impreza, 'cause it's usually slower than the other cars anyway. (Unless there's lot's of snow on the road, then I just launch and disappear down the road and around the turns!)

But seriously, just think of who you'll physically and/or emotionally hurt if something goes wrong: Your kid, your wife, your friends and relatives, and complete strangers who want nothing to do with you but are involved thanks to stupidity.

Okay. I'm done. Drive safely.

ps-SubieFL: Congratulations to you and your wife!
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Old 08-09-2000, 02:49 PM   #14
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i know it's not easy...

believe me, you are the scum they are if you give in.. you are no better or worse even if you "win" - how smart are you???

street racing w/a pregnant wife in your car?? even if she's not in the car... what's gonna happen when u orphan your child before even meeting him/her??? all cuz you wanted to prove u were faster/better driver???

come on!!! think!!!

i should be dead right now w/all the *****e that i have done... even a $480 road rage ticket didnt stop me... self control did... i had to learn that I AM NO BETTER THAN THEY ARE WHEN I ACT AS THEY DO.... be the better man... let the losers go... you'll be amazed at the reaction you get when you DONT even look at them...

smile and laugh as they go by... it's tough.. but try it... it's very rewarding..

if not for yourself, do it for your wife and unborn child.. eh???

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Old 08-09-2000, 02:59 PM   #15
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Here-Here Subie Gal, and everyone else who has learned self-control. Here's to you, Subiefl joining the club-you CAN do it.
...If these "Street Racers" had gumption, then they'd take it to the track to really prove who is quicker. Street racing is Bad-
Track Racing is Good and a lot more fun. And most of all, a Lot Safer!!

My .02cents

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Old 08-09-2000, 03:07 PM   #16
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Do you guys realize that if you are street racing someone, and the person you are racing against crashes killing himself or another person, then YOU can be charged with manslaughter or even murder (not to mention conspiracy). Just letting you guys know that if anything goes wrong, neverever admit to racing.
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Old 08-09-2000, 03:23 PM   #17
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Thanks, SubieGal, but that was a little harsh. I do not race with my pregnant wife now. I know I should be beat for doing it in the past, but right now I am fighting the problem of racing on my own. You know what.... I think that I need to be spoken to like that so that I actually don't race anymore. Thanks, again, SubieGal
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Old 08-09-2000, 03:25 PM   #18
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u know that...

just use that thing between your ears!!!

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Old 08-09-2000, 03:33 PM   #19
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I've got the best idea yet. Jim, why don't you swap me for my 95 L. Its only a 1.8L and you're sure to get smoked by anyone. I just remember everyone passing me at the Orlando meet and me giving up in vain in any attempt to catch anyone. I couldn't even catch Mike in his turbo with a blown MAF. I know if I had an RS, I'd drive faster, and I've had almost 4 years without a ticket and I want to keep it that way.

So...how 'bout that trade?
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Old 08-10-2000, 01:52 AM   #20
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Thanks, ttoversteer.
Sean, I do not take offense to any of what you said. I understand believe what you say and could say that you and the others helped open my eyes. That is why I asked for help.
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Old 08-10-2000, 06:22 AM   #21
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Good try, Matt, but if I really didn't want to stop I would just 'supe' the L coupe up and race anyways. So, are you coming to my Daytona meet on August 26th?
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Old 08-10-2000, 06:56 AM   #22
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Hey SubieFL here's the contact info for the SCCA district in your area:

CFRSCCA District 7
John Macquaide
721 S. Beach Street; Apt 317A
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-5411
(904) 255-3007

Meeting Info:
The 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:00pm
Julian's
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You could go check out their meeting on Aug. 16th and check out what is going on.
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Old 08-10-2000, 07:09 AM   #23
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Thanks, Opie. That will definitely come in handy. Why do they have an SCCA meeting in Daytona, though?
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Old 08-10-2000, 10:15 AM   #24
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In the Central Florida Region there are 9 (or 10) local districts, each district holds its own monthly meeting to keep the members informed as to rule changes, upcoming events, etc. If they don't mention anything about SoloII events, be sure to ask. Some districts don't have a large SoloII membership and don't discuss event information unless asked.

How far is Ormond Beach from Daytona? I don't know why the local district Govenor lives in Daytona and has the meetings elsewhere. But go check it out.

My local district meeting was last night, there were only 2 SoloII members there (usually there are 4-8), but our district usually discusses the auto-x events. The majority of the members in my district run IT cars (different class, they run road courses with other cars on the track at the same time) so I get to learn/hear about many different types of events. It's a blast, for the most part my involvement in the SCCA keeps my lead foot on the track, I can usually control it on the street

Also on a side note, the new Rally School in North Florida has expressed an interest in letting the SCCA hold autocross events at their location, the only problem, it's all dirt (unpaved) roads! Can someone say SCCA sanctioned Rallycross! I brought it up last nite, there are currently no sanctioned Rallycross events in Florida, maybe with some "interest" us RS's could have a place to show of our AWD abilities!
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