Boy racers claim 'we want to admire cars - not race!'

Thurrock Gazette: Lewis Turner with his Nissan Micra Lewis Turner with his Nissan Micra

BOY racers have hit back at police and claimed they don’t all want to speed around Lakeside - but merely want to get-together and admire each others cars.

However, since police heightened their presence at the shopping centre, the meets have been hard to sort out.

Lewis Turner, 18, who lives in Grove Road, Grays, and owns a souped-up Nissan Micra, said: “We do not all want to race.

“We want to view each others cars and that is all, but it is becoming increasingly hard to meet up because of these police restrictions.

“Two months ago there was a big meet where all the cars engines were off and we just walked around to see everyone elses cars.

“No-one gets hurt and noise pollution was down. However, if places like this are taken away racers will only meet up at roadsides or other more anti-social places.”

Lewis added police would be more than welcome to attend such a meet and said similar arrangements have been made in the past in places like Rayleigh.

He added: “We like seeing the police involved and completely respect what they are doing.”

In October more than 80 racers were charged by police for speeding offences at Lakeside.

Thurrock Chief Insp Ben Hodder said the car park at the new Range centre had been popular in the past with car cruisers.

“We have been working with landowners to improve security measures to reduce the risks around poor driving and anti-social behaviour. This forms part of our wider plans to tackle cruisers in the area.

However he added: “I would be happy to arrange a meeting with cruisers to discuss concerns.”

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9:19am Thu 12 Dec 13

FullSP says...

With a car like that mate, you should stay at home!!
With a car like that mate, you should stay at home!! FullSP

10:50am Thu 12 Dec 13

chuffster says...

FullSP wrote:
With a car like that mate, you should stay at home!!
Even the number plate says "UGH"!!
[quote][p][bold]FullSP[/bold] wrote: With a car like that mate, you should stay at home!![/p][/quote]Even the number plate says "UGH"!! chuffster

11:57am Thu 12 Dec 13

C.E.R. says...

What a load of crap that just want admire each others cars, so why were there 80 arrests in October and a lady nearly got killed?
Why the hell do us resident have to put up with the noise from their racing?
What a load of crap that just want admire each others cars, so why were there 80 arrests in October and a lady nearly got killed? Why the hell do us resident have to put up with the noise from their racing? C.E.R.

12:46pm Thu 12 Dec 13

d_2da_ougle says...

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12:48pm Thu 12 Dec 13

chuffster says...

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1:00pm Thu 12 Dec 13

I-say-you-say says...

C.E.R. wrote:
What a load of crap that just want admire each others cars, so why were there 80 arrests in October and a lady nearly got killed? Why the hell do us resident have to put up with the noise from their racing?
Here we go again....same old conversation going round and round! Just because someone has a modified car, does not automatically make them a "boy racer".

Speaking from experience - there are a number of idiots (boy racers) who want to ruin it for the majority who do actually only go to admire the other cars (modified car enthusiasts).

I for one used to be one of those who went to admire and be admired and have a catch up and chat with like-minded people. Even to this day I still get stopped by the police thinking they're going to get some silly little boy racer. Unfortunately they're highly disappointed when I get out and they realise I don't speed, I have no points on my license (and never have had), all my modifications are legal and my car is fully taxed, MOT'd and insured.

And d_2da_ougle - I think a case of "pot calling the kettle black" in your comment (after I managed to finally read and understand it). But he did not refer to himself as a racer, he just commented that racers would meet somewehere else. Which they will.
[quote][p][bold]C.E.R.[/bold] wrote: What a load of crap that just want admire each others cars, so why were there 80 arrests in October and a lady nearly got killed? Why the hell do us resident have to put up with the noise from their racing?[/p][/quote]Here we go again....same old conversation going round and round! Just because someone has a modified car, does not automatically make them a "boy racer". Speaking from experience - there are a number of idiots (boy racers) who want to ruin it for the majority who do actually only go to admire the other cars (modified car enthusiasts). I for one used to be one of those who went to admire and be admired and have a catch up and chat with like-minded people. Even to this day I still get stopped by the police thinking they're going to get some silly little boy racer. Unfortunately they're highly disappointed when I get out and they realise I don't speed, I have no points on my license (and never have had), all my modifications are legal and my car is fully taxed, MOT'd and insured. And d_2da_ougle - I think a case of "pot calling the kettle black" in your comment (after I managed to finally read and understand it). But he did not refer to himself as a racer, he just commented that racers would meet somewehere else. Which they will. I-say-you-say

2:00pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Rob-C100 says...

I have no problem with people who want to spend inordinate sums of money to make their cars look special - I used to travel to Fulham most weekends years ago and enjoyed watching the 'Chelsea Cruise' going up and down the Kings Road; no racing involved, just a display of some amazing handiwork. The thing residents most despise are those idiots who create the noise midnight onwards on a Saturday night. Perhaps accidentally dropping a couple of boxes of carpet tacks across the road where they race might have some effect!
I have no problem with people who want to spend inordinate sums of money to make their cars look special - I used to travel to Fulham most weekends years ago and enjoyed watching the 'Chelsea Cruise' going up and down the Kings Road; no racing involved, just a display of some amazing handiwork. The thing residents most despise are those idiots who create the noise midnight onwards on a Saturday night. Perhaps accidentally dropping a couple of boxes of carpet tacks across the road where they race might have some effect! Rob-C100

5:36pm Thu 12 Dec 13

I want my street back says...

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The people who organise these cruises need to self police themselves. They need to report to the authorities the people who are spoiling it for the vast law abiding majority. If they fail to do or can't do it - then I am afraid the Lakeside meet will eventually be doomed.
Rely on the police and you will fail. Sort the minority out and you will go from strength to strength.
Show the local community you are good guys - charity runs etc etc
Once the public are on your side - you have cracked it.
My user name does not relate to this article. The people who organise these cruises need to self police themselves. They need to report to the authorities the people who are spoiling it for the vast law abiding majority. If they fail to do or can't do it - then I am afraid the Lakeside meet will eventually be doomed. Rely on the police and you will fail. Sort the minority out and you will go from strength to strength. Show the local community you are good guys - charity runs etc etc Once the public are on your side - you have cracked it. I want my street back

8:40pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Sheridan Farquhar says...

How about the boy-and-girl racers raw their souped-up chav wagons on Grove Road, Grays instead?
How about the boy-and-girl racers raw their souped-up chav wagons on Grove Road, Grays instead? Sheridan Farquhar

12:23am Fri 13 Dec 13

e5mitch says...

'Souped up Micra'........lol
Does his granny know he's got it?
'Souped up Micra'........lol Does his granny know he's got it? e5mitch

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