Ever since guys with cars could get together, street racing has existed. This passion simmered on pop culture’s back burner for a few decades starting in the 60s. Then, with the 2001 movie “The Fast and the Furious,” street racing exploded again. The draw of flat, wide roadways in deserted areas is all it takes to get a street racer’s heart pumping.
Street racing fans come from every nationality and background, and sometimes races start out as impromptu car shows where people get together to show off their rides. Once the crowd thins out, the probability of a race increases. Throw some money down, and it is on. But if you aren’t near a live street race, online videos make it possible to get the adrenaline flowing while you sit in your ergonomic chair enjoying your after-work beer.
Here are three of the craziest real-life street racing videos, for those who like their races real, raw, and risky.
1. Mitsubishi Evo 8 against Mercedes E55. Expect the Mercedes to mop the floor with the Mitsubishi? Keep watching till the end as these two fast cars take to the highway.
2. Nighttime street racing in Newark and Jersey City. Are the highways jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive? Find out in this video. It’s New Jersey street racers at night, staying ahead of the cops who want to put a stop to it.
3. Trinidad Street Racing Compilation. You think street racing is only big in America? Think again. This video features numerous street races in Trinidad, where they take this warm weather favorite past-time very seriously.
Street racing will exist as long as people are willing to drop $10K turning a humble Honda Civic into a racing monster. Put two or three such people together, and it’s time to open it up on a flat wide stretch of highway. Oh yeah.