Deadly passion

2010-03-13 11:54

ALL my life I have been a petrolhead. I was born to drive and love all things motoring. The sound of a revving ­engine could always calm my soul and invariably my love for cars started on the streets.

I was a young girl when I would lie in bed at night and hear cars racing on the highway. I couldn’t wait to get my own car. The thing is, we all know that street racing is dangerous as was evidenced by the tragic incident in Soweto this week.

It’s a dangerous sport because people get hurt.

Back then, at a few of our favourite racing spots, people would gather in large numbers and they tended to stand right on the edge of the roads where cars sped past in a quarter mile or 400m race.

I regularly meet with friends who share the same passion. In most ­instances we just watch the race and socialise. When we do want to race, we choose a quiet night with just a few racers and no spectators on a deserted road so we don’t disturb nearby residents.

Street racing is dangerous and against the law, but it can still be done properly. More often we take our racing to the track on a Friday night and race legally to our hearts’ content in a controlled environment.

Streetracers don’t wake up in the morning thinking they will kill someone at their race. Racing in broad daylight with people around is plain stupid and irresponsible.

The adrenaline can’t be helped though and every person at some point in their life must have come across this situation – whether you or your driver chose to participate or not. Parked at a red light, you hear a revving engine next to you; you look up and nod at the driver in the next car.

You rev and when the light turns green the next thing you know you’ve put your foot down for a little playful race to the next set of lights.

The adrenaline surges and at that moment you don’t think of the risk you’re taking, that someone might get hurt. All that matters is keeping ahead to win.

Your opponent turns down the next road, you hoot and flash each other to acknowledge the win or loss. Just two racers living out the passion.

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