The recent crash that killed Roger Rodas
and Paul Walker has been in the news with
It started with video and pictures of the
wrecked car and has evolved to cover the
fans placing a memorial shrine on the site.
What we haven’t seen is any mention of the
dangers of street racing, or just blasting
around town at three times the speed limit.
Rumor is that there was no racing when the
first car was built but it really took off
when the second one was finished.
We have more sanctioned racing here than
one might think. We have drag strips, stock
car tracks, road race tracks, go-kart tracks,
the salt flats, and many more.
But the draw for some will always be the
streets. In my case, during my younger years,
it was an adrenalin filled, testosterone
based, need to win.
And when we raced back in the day, it was
on a seldom used highway late at night.
Meeting another vehicle on those roads after
dark was a rare occurrence.
Now people are out and about at all hours
of the day driving their mobile communication
centers and not really paying attention to
what is going on around them.
We also feel that all the safety equipment
that is on newer cars gives people a false
sense of security. Wise up; when it’s your
time to go that safety harness and side air
bag aren’t going to help you.
Don’t forget exploding clutches, snapped
tie rods, grenading engines, or over
estimating your own driving ability.
So if you must race, remember: Drive no
faster than your Guardian Angel can fly.
Comments are always welcome.