BOY RACING PHENOMENON
of 1,000 cars of people are attracted to Guildford on the first
Sunday evening of every month.
it is not the cathedral or the theatre which draws many in.
racers’ congregate for ‘cruises’ in the town centre.
the young car fanatics, these cruises are a chance to show off their
‘cruise’ them through the streets as darkness falls.
of them have spent thousands of pounds and countless hours on car
boy racers' cars are often very expensive models|
expensive car modifications add little to the resale value of the
boy racers’ reward is admiration from their peers, self satisfaction
and the ‘glamour’ of Guildford.
from the semi-clad girls who had a tendency to hang around the boy
racers also appears to act as a reward.
Guildford's younger residents, hanging around the cruise is a cheap
and entertaining night out.
all the locals feel so positive about the regular events. They complain of
noise from boy racers' and their cars until late at night.
driving conditions for others during 'cruises'.
mayhem caused by the crowds cruises attract.
there is nothing illegal about driving on a public road, the police
cannot stop the cruisers if they are not breaking traffic regulations.
is not always the case. One Guildford Police Officer told Inside
"There is a lot of bad driver behaviour.
tried numerous times to warn people about their behaviour but they
do not head warnings."
Inside Out’s investigation, the Police tried a new tactic.
wheels are worthy of respect amongst boy racers|
of the boy racers’ cars are modified or ‘souped up’.
police take pictures of the cars and send these possibly undeclared
modifications to the owners' insurers.
of cruising say this is harassment and that the cruisers should
be left alone to enjoy themselves.
boy racer told Inside Out;
"They think that by slapping fines
on people they will be able to stop it.
they are going to do is encourage more people to come and be awkward
Guildford police don't take kindly to such threats. One
Guildford Police officer told Inside Out;
"I have not doubt
that if we do not police this event, someone is going to get killed."
police intervention and common sense of the boy racers will stop
such an incident happening in the future.