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April 2004
Cruising Notts
Vauxhall Corsa 2ltr 16v
Vauxhall Corsa 2ltr 16v (Picture courtesy of Marshall)

They're passionate, maybe fanatical and drive expensive cars - they're car cruisers. We spoke to a couple of Nottingham cruisers who told us all about it.

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The law says that cruising in itself is not illegal unless a nuisance is being caused.

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On Saturday, 3rd April, car cruisers from Nottingham joined over 500 people for the latest big cruise. Around 17 convoys from all over the country joined those from Nottingham.

Cruisers came from as far as Devon and Scunthorpe for the event.

Car cruising is a hobby where people passionate about cars meet up to show off their cars. It is an opportunity for those who have an interest in modified or 'souped up' cars to share ideas about their cars, meet with mates and make new friends.

The cruises usually last for around three hours, beginning at about 8:00pm.

Car cruises normally take place on public roads, where cruisers drive proudly round the streets.

The law says that cruising in itself is not illegal unless a nuisance is being caused or driving offences are being committed.

Many genuine cruisers are angry at a minority who attend but deliberately break the law by speeding and exhibiting other dangerous driving.

Daniel, 21, from Eastwood says, "A small minority spoil it for the rest of us by doing full handbrake turns and doughnuts".

BBC Nottingham has been told that the car cruising club based in Nottingham has said that it will take measures to ban for life, those who drive dangerously.

Dangerous driving and ridiculous speeding reflects badly on genuine cruisers and enforces the image of 'boy racers' which many are trying to shed, "It's the idiotic drivers who push it too far and go racing up and down" says Daniel.

According to Mewstar, a Nottingham cruiser, police have lately been attending cruises and, "last year had a clamp down".

This resulted in the confiscation of a Mitsubishi at one of the cruises after the driver allegedly ignored a warning she had been given at a previous meet.

Many people will wonder why these events have to take place on public roads. Some say that there have been attempts to find off road venues for these meets but they have so far found nowhere - "If it was possible, I would do it off road", said one cruiser.

Car cruisers have been known to congregate in off road private car parks, such as those of large supermarkets but they do not have permission to use this land.

It is an expensive hobby. Daniel will go to every rally that is organised but is not himself, involved in organising them. He bought his car for £2700 and has spent another £4000 on modifications to it since to turn it into the car of his dreams.

Modifications usually involve improving the suspension, upgrading the wheels and many other changes to a standard car.

He explained that doing handbrake turns would do nothing for his car and is frustrated by those who drive dangerously.

On top of the cost of the car, is the cost of insurance which will be high due to modifications and the younger age of many of these cruisers.

However, for many people the cost involved in car cruising and the risk that they may be deemed to be causing a nuisance, which could result in the impounding of their cars, is worth it. They are fanatical about what they do and are determined to continue.

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Cruising Notts - Photo courtesy of Sam Care - LeftLion.co.uk
Cruising Notts - Photo courtesy of Sam Care - Read more about Cruising Notts at www.LeftLion.co.uk

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Are you from Nottingham? Do you love your car? Well, here's your chance to share your cars with others. Send us in a nice piccie of your automobile and we'll turn it into an e-card.

E-mail your pictures to nottingham@bbc.co.uk (Subject : Cruising Nottingham).

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