Street racers and car modders have been in existence for decades, but it was the nineties that saw the explosion of the boy racing/street racing scene. The Fast and Furious movies and video games such as the Need for Speed series moved street racing into the media limelight. Vice had the chance to catch up with street racers in the United Kingdom and see what the scene is all about.
“In the film, we follow the boy racers as they try—with varying degrees of success—to unify the scene in their local area. In Essex, we find car meets with hundreds of kids in kitted up cars, showing off luxury paint jobs and bass systems that ruin their girlfriends’ hair dos. And in North London, boy racers take to highways to find their own fun—which, in the past, has had grave consequences.”