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Los Angeles Street Racers Aim to Bring Drag Racing Back to Terminal Island

Posted January 06, 2015 10:00 AM by dstrohl

Terminal Island in the Port of Los Angeles didn't play by the typical dragstrip operations manual. Intermodal shipping containers surrounded the strip and served as the basis for some of its structures. It had no national drag racing organization affiliation, and everybody pretty much run what they brung. It opened and closed nearly a dozen times over the course of three decades, and now, in the midst of an LAPD crackdown on street racing in the city, fans of the dragstrip are working to bring it back.

"Our main goal is to keep everybody off the streets," said Donald Galaz, a lieutenant with the International Brotherhood of Street Racers and the founder of Project Street Legal, an initiative to return racing to Terminal Island. "But you know the way politics is - the wheels go very very slowly."

What happens to the dusty circuits on Terminal Island?

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01/06/2015 8:01 PM

Why is that "the Authorities" Don't want us around? I do not want to race on the street due to the possibilities of mishap, but they won't let us organize a place that is out of the public arena.

For years I have seen the police, government and property owners fight organizations that just want a legal place to race that is NOT ON THE STREET!.

Track owners will for a fee allow you to use their facilities but they are not always there when a pick-up race happens, so the racers take to the street at the chagrin of "the authorities" and of course the chase is on.

I happen to live really close to a very nice road course track that is available on an appointment basis for a fee, but no drag racing facilities even close, while the area I live in does not have a lively street racing scene it is there.

So I ask why is it so difficult to get a safe place to race?, ok liability, I get that but most racers know that they race "at their own risk" and are good with that, race tracks make you sign a waiver to participate, and insurance companies will not cover accidents during a race of any kind that I know of.

I say let 'em race, it'll keep the public from becoming involved in incidents, it'll keep racers from blocking streets for a race and the authorities will be free to pursue real criminals.

Racers for the most part are a conscientious bunch that clean up after themselves and watch out for each other, so why criminalize the racers for trying to do what they do in a safe out of the way environment.

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01/06/2015 11:54 PM

Follow the money trail. If there is nothing in it for the political puppets, there is no reason to support it. I'll bet the insurance lobby does not want it, and I'm sure that they let their political friends know that.

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