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Old 03-13-2014, 08:21 PM
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Just was chatting with some friends about this earlier and the drag strip as well as the street scene is night and day different from ten years ago. back then you had people of all types coming out to run, it was a big event. you would often see music, a radio station with a booth and a lot of people. there were $2500 cars and on occasion $250,000 cars

now a days there are lambos, 1000hp vettes, GTR's and other cars that are 100k+ as the norm. very very few "common" people anymore

in fact one of the few i can think of is one of the HT members in this video


he puts his all into this and has the most bad *** integra the world has ever known and even that car being an affordable integra probably has north of 25 grand in it if i had to guess

what happened? you guys think it's just the money? that's probably my excuse for not racing anymore. the money is just too deep. you can spend the price of a house on racing in a few years.


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It's possible to enjoy a car without massive acceleration potential.

From bracket racing, SCCA showroom stock or even ice racing, there's many low cost ways to enjoy this hobby.
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Gringoteg got me into boosted setups.

Been following his build since wayy back.

Crazy how far his car came and commitment he has.
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Idk where you're from, but here, the street scene and drag strip is still full of broke kids barely breaking 15s. It's a sad day when my car is the fastest at the races. There are a few heavy hitters that come out occasionally but nobody ever wants to run them for obvious reasons.

Speaking strictly Hondas here.
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that integra boogies!!!
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I have drag raced that integra twice and beat it lol.
He is a member (gringotegra) this car has seen many stages,
and a lot of track time.
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Nope race scene is as shitty as every, buncha kids laying diesel on the road to do skids in their mum's corolla.

Last I was out there was a guy literally in a 1600 4age powered corolla talking **** about my hondas, the rx7 and my V6 mr2. Talking about how much he'd smoke me and all this crap, dude has a goddamn 112hp shitbox with blown struts and 175 tyres that can't even go round corners. It's everything I remember about that scene
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Nope race scene is as shitty as every, buncha kids laying diesel on the road to do skids in their mum's corolla.

Last I was out there was a guy literally in a 1600 4age powered corolla talking **** about my hondas, the rx7 and my V6 mr2. Talking about how much he'd smoke me and all this crap, dude has a goddamn 112hp shitbox with blown struts and 175 tyres that can't even go round corners. It's everything I remember about that scene
The race scene here is 100 percent high school brian oconnors with tricked out slow cars, like miatas and 3000gt base models. The VR4 was quick, but the base model is slower than my grandmas grand marquis.
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TX2K is unlike any "street race" meet up you've been to. I have friends who go this every year because it's that good. Of course an event like this attracts wealthy people who are into cars and as a result only top tier cars are there or featured in all the 1320 vids you'll see. It's the holy grail event of street racing in the whole world, and doesn't accurately portray the majority of street racing, etc.

I'm sure there are still plenty of 3,000 dollar Civics who street race though. Street racing is dumb anyways.
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This is what the real scene is about, true story.


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Those 2k events make my car feel slow…
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i think to a certain extent money ruins everything. look at the import scene late 90s era. fast forward a few years GM, pontiac, dodge and the elite honda guys that could afford tube frame cars pretty much killed the sport.
then it has evolved into what it is today. a dead dinosaur. this is strictly speaking about the import scene.
go ask a drag racer what they think about roll racing. you cant touch the UGR lambos.
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The 2k events are a RARE occurance. Loads of rich bastards and their cars all in one place.

Around me its still broke *** kids and illegal immigrants in their **** box single cam turds flying down I-95 or doing some gay roll-start **** that holds up traffic behind them till they get the F on down the road.
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Roll racing.

Racing has always been about who has the deepest pockets. In some types of racing (road racing, rally, etc) talent can somewhat overcome that but when you get into racing that requires virtually 0 skill it's all a money game.
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Last time I was at the strip it was still the same crowd as before. Mostly older guys with muscle cars.

I don't get many street races these days. I did have a turbo Volvo try me a few months ago. It was kind of a joke. I went to about 60 and had him by several car lenths, as I should have.
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Cars have always been a rich man's hobby played by the poor.

The good thing with so many cars out and the increase of tech you can play now and have a lot of fun with out being rich. There was not mx5 in 1920.
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Since moving down to South Florida I've been blown away by some of the locals and just how deep their pockets are. UGR lambos and GTR's are as common as mustangs down here.

case in point, these are two locals who are at my local track (PBIR) all the time.

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^ or your priorities are really skewed… which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
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Idk where you're from, but here, the street scene and drag strip is still full of broke kids barely breaking 15s. It's a sad day when my car is the fastest at the races. There are a few heavy hitters that come out occasionally but nobody ever wants to run them for obvious reasons.

Speaking strictly Hondas here.

Phett has a 10 second Integra. PekPek has a 9 second civic. Pretty sure MadMax is in the 11s. Cinderella does 12s. My car does 12s. Chris's CRX does 12s.

SUP WITH DAT 13 DOE DOOOD?





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Phett has a 10 second Integra. PekPek has a 9 second civic. Pretty sure MadMax is in the 11s. Cinderella does 12s. My car does 12s. Chris's CRX does 12s.

SUP WITH DAT 13 DOE DOOOD?





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**** you cuh it does 12.5 on a good day.

I'll be there but not running. Gotta support the homies.
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My car does 12s.
pics or else i'll assume you're talking bout 1/8 mile
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The race scene here is 100 percent high school brian oconnors with tricked out slow cars, like miatas and 3000gt base models. The VR4 was quick, but the base model is slower than my grandmas grand marquis.
Speaking of Miatas...

there's a guy that wanted to trade ****** for aftermarket parts for his miata....
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where?

I may get a free miata if i lighten the collection.

I mean interesting.
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pics or else i'll assume you're talking bout 1/8 mile

Pics of what? The time slip? I don't really feel like digging it out but it wen't 12.4 up in Vegas. On small cams and a DC header.

I now have bigger cams and am shopping new headers.

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Pics of what? The time slip? I don't really feel like digging it out but it wen't 12.4 up in Vegas. On small cams and a DC header.

I now have bigger cams and am shopping new headers.
At least call the specs... respectfully raise my bs flag on that.

MY civic's a lot lighter, I have a lot of wheel time and had slicks I may have had more power too and was not running 12s at one of the fastest tracks in the country.
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