Grassroots & Street Racing around the globe
A Turkish Police Departments point of view delivered in English (Sounds like they have been watching Street Outlaws)
The Problem of Street Racing
While street racing and cruising share some common characteristics, there are important differences between the two activities and those who participate in them. Cruising typically involves an older crowd and is a highly public and largely nostalgic event that is often confined to downtown areas. Cruising can also provide an economic boost to the community. Street racing typically involves a younger crowd that conducts its activities in an underground fashion to avoid police attention and presents significant risks of serious personal injury.
On a more serious note:
More than 520 people have died in U.S. auto racing in past 29 years
Two of every three deaths in U.S. auto racing occurred at short tracks. These tracks have been slow to embrace changes that are saving lives in racing’s major leagues.
Most short-track owners have not mandated head-and-neck restraints or other safety features to cars. Much like NASCAR’s reaction to Earnhardt’s death, the smaller venues have responded to individual tragedies. But unlike NASCAR, short tracks haven’t made sweeping safety changes. Most smaller tracks cannot afford to make the changes, but this also results in higher insurance costs for the track that are passed along to the drivers.
Of at least 523 racing deaths since 1990, 53 percent have been at short tracks. That has climbed in the past five years to about 70 percent. Short tracks are also where most U.S. racing takes place.
Twenty-two percent of the deaths in the past 25 years were at drag strips.
The number of racing deaths annually appears to have dropped in recent years from an average of more than 20 to about 15 over the past five full years. There were at least 40 deaths in 2001 alone.
No one in racing keeps track of how many people die, so it’s possible the count doesn’t include all fatalities.
Drivers at short tracks generally prefer to spend money on tires and parts to make their cars go faster, rather than safety equipment that could keep them alive.
If you hit something at 40 miles per hour and you have an average neck, it can break your neck. For ease of access, here are a few links to some of our trusted distributors to protect your neck.
Summit Racing Equipment – Head and Neck restraints
Speedway Motors – Head and Neck restraints
ECS Tuning – Head and Neck restraints
Most racers don’t use a safety product unless it’s required. People had to be required to wear seat belts before they started wearing seat belts.
About 10 years ago, enthusiast Richardson tried his hand racing dwarf cars, replicas of vintage race cars from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s – and was instantly hooked.
He had a love affair with “anything fast and scary” said Mr. Rose, who helped Richardson run a truck and trailer repair company in Truckee, Calif. Richardson didn’t win many races, but he liked to push himself, and he held his own against much younger drivers.
The head-and-neck restraint was sitting in the back of Richardson’s truck on May 25, 2013, as he headed into the last lap of a race at Reno Fernley Raceway in western Nevada. That’s when another car plowed into Richardson’s at about 90 miles per hour at the end of a multicar crash, fracturing his neck in two places. Richardson and the driver who hit him, Leroy Kay, were pronounced dead on the track.
Brad Keselowski is one of many racers that experienced hidden danger. At Talladega damaged crush panels on his Cup car exposed him to carbon monoxide. When he climbed out of the car between the Cup and Nationwide race, it was discovered that his carbon monoxide levels were bordering on dangerous and just below the NASCAR limit.
Fumes from the cars can be extremely dangerous to drivers. In a normal car, you have top of the line ventilation systems to keep drivers safe. Drivers only can do so much to keep the fumes away for the four to six hours they are in a car during a race.
You can use the same basic technology for home and office in your car or truck. The important difference is that to be useful, an automotive carbon monoxide detector has to run on a 12-volt accessory outlet or battery power.
A links for top carbon monoxide detectors for the car:
Top 10 Carbon Monoxide Detectors
We don’t want to be a bummer, but we do want our QuickTrick family to be safe. We, of all people, know a driver wanted to stay completely safe, he or she wouldn’t even leave the bed in the morning.
Please, before you get out on the track, evaluate your safety gear to ensure you get home in one piece. And NEVER get out of your car on the track unless you have the all clear.
Some reminders of what not to do. Warning “Profanity abounds” in all languages.
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