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  • Brian Lohnes
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    Nik...good thinkin'.

    Fast is a pretty relative term too I guess. When I was 16, my anemic 305 powered Monte SS (that was probably making all of 150hp by the time I got it) was really "fast" to a 16 year old kid. In reality is was a horrific pig, but with two chamber flowmasters on it, "speed" was replaced by "noise" two terms that mean much the same thing at that age.

    It's insane that the kid even had access to that car. My dad always had cool stuff growing up, and my fondest memories still reside being pressed into the back seat of his 1964 Pontiac GTO. He still has the car, and I've still never driven it (now I'm 28). Once we started racing together (and I had a couple years of driving experince under my belt) I developed a far more realistic picture of what high speed driving is and what the associated risks are. Those are a couple of things anyone under the age of 25 (or without some genuine experience behind the wheel of a race car or serious driver training won't get).

    Turk, you are 100% right. I was "that guy" a couple times back in the day that got the hell out of the car. Unfortunately a lot of kids don't have the balls to say anything and fear getting labeled a "chicken" (or in my case far worse..he).

    Brian

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    It's sad to think a parent would let their kid out in something like that. My son wants something fast just like I did at his age, but he's getting a 6 cylinder Ranchero to learn on, the fast stuff can come later when I feel he's responsible enough to handle it.

    Nik

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  • Gary 351C
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    How long has this been happening? For as long as I can remember, and that' a long time.

    I think VTJUNK hit the nail on the head, there are alot of new cars out there that are WAY above the driving skills of most people. It reminds me of the "Superbike" proliferation of the mid '80s, when some kid who had never ridden anything bigger than a 250cc dirt bike went out and bought a GSXR 1000 Suzuki and died a week later.

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  • JeffMcKC
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    There are a lot of people that think they are drivers :, anyone can go fast when nothing is going wrong, a driver knows what to when its not going right, there are few drivers.

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  • KeithTurk
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    There were three other people there that could have stopped this stupidity... None did... the Parents... the get to live with the decisions they've made... nobody else was hurt...

    K

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  • sawracer
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    I hope I can make my young son understand that it's ok to say stop this car and let me the hell out if he finds himself in danger. I couldn't bear to lose my son in a senseless tragedy like that. Just plain sad. No, my boy won't be in a high powered car on the street either. I'll put him in something close to a suburban for his first car.

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  • Pumpkin
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    Originally posted by KeithTurk
    Gene pool adjustment...

    Nuff said...

    Keith
    IMO the gene pool adjustment should have been the parents for providing that vehicle for their kid. Wrong people died for any kind of adjustment.

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  • milkovich
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    Originally posted by ImpalaKonrad
    its amazing how diffrent you drive 500 horses if you buy them as opposed to building them yourself!
    That's about as good as you can put it. I'm going to steal this quote to use in other forums :D.

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  • JRoberts
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    It is just mystifying to me that a parent would actually buy such a car for a young kid. ??? Keith's right -- shallow end of the gene pool indeed.

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  • Huskinhano
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    There was a bad accident in my neck of the woods. A 16 YO with a learner's permit wanted to find out the top speed of his friend's Jetta. Both were killed after hitting a tree or something. He left 300' of skid marks, can you just imagine the fear and panic in those last 300' ?

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  • KeithTurk
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    Gene pool adjustment...

    Nuff said...

    Keith

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  • Scott Liggett
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ8s1R8lv9Q

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  • Fordplay0621
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    The sad part is, is that he could have paid $50 for a Membership to the ECTA and could have raced his brains out safely, and then have something to talk about.

    Makes me want to go out and buy some of the Street Racers here in Greenville, SC a Membership. Try to get them into something before they get out of hand.

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  • starterguy
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    1fast mopar has it right. parents should be teaching kids to respect their cars, its an awsome responsibility. I was lucky as a kid as my father taught me that respect early. As it was my first car was a 68 Barracuda 340-S when I was 16 ;D it spooked me a couple of times and had nowhere near the power of the Bimmer. These accidents are very sad but hopefully someone can learn from it

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  • TheSilverBuick
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    A guy I used to work with was selling a '70 Buick Skylark GS455 that loped at idle, ran easy 12's, at the Pomona Swap Meet. (I would have bought it except I had just bought my Firebird a few months earlier) Anyways back to the story, a Father and son came up and the Father made an offer on the car for the full amount he was asking for saying he was buying it for his 15 year old son. The guy refused to sell it to the Father saying he would be setting his kid up to kill himself in a lapbelt only car with that much power. The Father was a little peeved, but walked away. The car was eventually sold for the asking price to someone else.

    Of Course as the son it would have been awesome to have a car like that as a first car, but would probably would have wrecked it. I was glad my first car had an anemic V-6, taught me to drive before I could go fast.

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