Atlanta Looks to Legitimize Its Street Racers

Atlanta Looks to Legitimize Its Street Racers

We’ve now seen dozens of stories about car enthusiasts using this new, less traffic world to enjoy their respective vehicles. It’s even made way for modern-day outlaws to cross the country in record time. Atlanta is hoping that if it designates a spot for safe and legal drag racing, the city’s rubber burners will use it. As a former hooligan, I think they’re right.

According to CBS46 in Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is looking at just such a proposal after it was suggested by her 18-year-old son.

“Along with Bloomberg, who we’ve reached out to help us do some benchmarking and assessment of what’s happening in other cities has been to consider a designated space for street racing,” said Mayor Bottoms while on a call with the city council.

CBS talked to a few people on the street about the proposal.

“I mean, if it’s a safe spot, they’re going to do it anyway so why not have it be a safe spot,” said Yannick Nzeza.

“I’m with what he said. It keeps the culture of Atlanta alive, we do love our burnouts and our cars,” said Xavier Dickinson.

Others, like Atlanta Council member Dustin Hills, thinks it would not eliminate the street racing issues and is introducing a new law to punish those who gather and organize even harsher.

According to CBS, many are also, rightly, questioning who would pay for such a project, still in the early research stage.

However, the city is also within an hour of three different racetracks. Atlanta Motor Speedway is 35 minutes south and offers a 20 buck, run what ya brung drag-race event on Friday nightsAtlanta Motorsports Park, about an hour north of the city center, is a road course with open track days and karting events. Road Atlanta is 52 miles away. They’re a good bit more expensive, for obvious reasons, than AMS’ drag night and they’re closed right now due to the pandemic. Maybe they could open them back up for a socially distanced public race night?

Personally, the first second I went legal at an autocross course was the last second I raced on the street. One of the comments in the story said part of the reason for street racing was the thrill of the danger of getting caught. That might be true for some, but the majority of the people in my circle—and I would bet in the Atlanta racing scene—would love to take it to a legitimate track.

Hey everyone! You can race safely and legally and it’s much better! They have fire extinguishers! Tell your friends!

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