By Michael Kaplan. October 26, pm Updated October 26, pm. Around 2 a. Clutches of twentysomething guys — and a few young women — group around customized, low-to-the ground Hondas, Mustangs and BMWs. They pass joints, talk about horsepower, and issue challenges to race. Suddenly, cars skitter onto the street, spewing exhaust as they head for Nassau Expressway. Leading the way is Jimmy, a year-old from Jamaica, Queens, behind the wheel of a horsepower Honda Civic with the gas tank re-situated in the trunk to enhance fuel flow.
His opponent, also in a Honda, does the same. Standing between the two cars, a man forcefully drops his arm in a simulation of a starting flag. The opponents scorch down a quarter-mile of blacktop, getting up to mph and leaving behind smells of burnt rubber and spent E The race lasts less than 30 seconds, then the expressway traffic is allowed to resume its normal flow.
Back at E, Jimmy accepts a fist bump in celebration of his win. A regular participant told The Post that racing has led to crashes on the Belt and Southern State parkways. In January, at a hot street-racing spot along Review Avenue in Long Island City, a racer nicknamed Mello smashed into a street pole at high speed. Paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene.
Michael Gibbs, of the th Precinct, which counts the avenue in its turf. He actually grew up in the neighborhood. But not long after he became captain of the th in January, Gibbs prioritized putting a stop to the racing.
Jimmy was there when Mello ran his last race. The top is from an Integra. The bottom is a Honda SUV. For me the joy is in driving a thing that I built. No radio or any distractions. He has no shortage of competitors. Kitty, who works in the beauty-products industry, grew up in The Bronx and started going to local street races right after she finished high school. Then I blow them away. I love being underestimated. Street racing is not a cheap sport.
In , he bought back the shell of his old car and decided to take up professional, legal drag racing. But on one Saturday night in September, the E racers look for a spot with no luck. Along the road near a shopping mall, cops lay in wait. Review was a non-starter. Speed-bumps were not yet up, but officers from the th were. The drivers finally find a street just off of a Brooklyn Queens Expressway exit ramp, not far from Review but in another precinct.
But about an hour, red and blue lights start flashing, and racers squeal away in every direction. Ironically, this feels like the most dangerous moment in any street race — when the spectators and racers are desperate to escape. Read Next. Why these Keith Haring, da Vinci art works are stirring up This story has been shared , times. This story has been shared 66, times. This story has been shared 59, times. Learn More. View author archive email the author follow on twitter Get author RSS feed.
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