There's no question the show is fake/lame/scripted, that's not what I'm talking about here. Not a chance a TV network would expose themselves to the liability of being involved in real
These guys were street racing before the show, and they'll be doing it after the show is gone. My concern is that the show is glamorizing an illegal sub-culture of our sport/hobby and that people who otherwise might not have gotten involved in this kind of activity will start forming their own local groups and heading out in the wee hours of the morning to race on the streets. The PTA moms are going to be "concerned" and cops are going to be ramping up enforcement to "keep the kids safe".
We saw a huge surge in the popularity of drag racing with Pinks and Pinks All Out. I used to receive calls from customers all the time telling me they were building a car for the show. Small local tracks were seeing increased numbers. Big tracks were seeing more people show up for Pinks All Out than they did for the NHRA pros. After the show was killed by Nascar, it all started going away. Tracks are closing and the sport is dieing again.
I've been hoping somebody would put the dots together and bring back some sort of racing show, the opposite has happened. Speed network is gone, and it's getting hard to find any legitimate car-culture based programing. Sure there's the thirty minute info-mercial "how-to" shows, and some auction based stuff, but none of that involves actual enthusiasts building and racing their cars. We can either watch shows that are trying to sell parts that most people can't afford, or shows about people buying and selling cars as commodities.
Street Outlaws is the only programing I can think of with actual enthusiasts. Sure the show is fake, but they were car guys before the show and they'll be car guys after it's gone. I just can't decide if this show will bring people back to the hobby, or if it's going to be the last nail in the coffin.
Yes, I see what you're saying Carl.
Its a two edged sword.....the media loves to expose and/or sensationalize every little thing it can for its own purpose.
The true street racers will continue to be the ones out there doing it, regardless of whats portrayed on TV.
In my area, we already have a group of street racers who kinda model themselves after the show.....meaning that they are keeping score in a similar manner like those guys on TV.
The show recently came out here to SoCal, and a few very fast local street racers were "chosen" to be on the show, and they were told NOT to win against the OKC boys by the producers!!
As as far as its impact on society, yes I think there will be more attention / awareness placed on the activity.....especially since the crash and death of actor Paul Walker, who was put into the illegal street racer catagory by the media before the fire was put out.
We as hot rodders need to keep a lower profile and just not drive like idiots on the public streets when we are out in our hot rod cars, because everybody will be watching us.
But after everyone has gone to bed, and the nighttime has fallen upon the land, we'll line em up on a deserted backroad!!