Essay Street Racing
A look at the effects of street racing on today’s youth.
This paper examines how street racing has existed for generations and how it was most likely James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause that spurred American youth onto the streets for nighttime drag racing, creating a cult that lives on among today’s youth. It looks at how street racing is found in every city and town across the country and how the consequences can often prove fatal for many youths. It also discusses attempts by the police and lawmakers to curb illegal street racing.
“In the 1940’s bored teenagers began making their own cars from frames of 1920’s and 1930’s Fords and Chevys and started racing along the dry lakes of Southern California(Street pg). The vintage gangster mobiles were the first proven formula cars, especially Fords and Chevys and especially the 32 Fords with the first V-8 engine (Street pg). Then street racing began to take over city blocks, however, the police turned an eye, it was considered harmless, unlawful, but harmless (Street pg). By the 1950’s street racing teams had formed, collaborating on one high performance car, the engine bored and stroked with headers and Mallory ignitions (Street pg). Across America, stoplights became the unofficial street racing launch pads, and police began cracking down and making arrests (Street pg).”