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Anyone catch the first episode of Street Outlaws from Discovery? It's based in OKC about a supposed group of hot-rodders that race on city streets...
First impression - "reality" TV is faking it too hard nowadays. First scene cut to an "unnamed city street" that was clearly a runway and lit by portable lights (that they didn't even try to hide). Then the "police" show up, and it wasn't a cop car I'd seen anywhere in or around OKC.
I purely watched for the OKC references/visibility. Good shots of OKC here and there.
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I know one of the guys on the show and yes a lot of this is staged! On the other hand what they say about underground street racing in OKC is 100% true! There is a top 10 list and racers from both coast's do come here and for the most part get spanked.Nationally OKC is THE underground hotspot for illegal racing. I myself when younger had a modified race car that pushed 850hp on the dyno and did very stupid things on city streets!If anyone remembers the idiot who video recorded himself going 210 mph on the Kilpatrick turnpike in a black race car during rush hour, this is not an uncommon thing! I realize now 15 years later how stupid and dumb illegal street racing is!
Well dangit. I did a search for "Street Outlaws" and nothing popped up. Pete - is there a better way to search?
Youtube anyone of the racers on the show and you will find videos from 5 years ago to now, also they just don't street race they also make passes at Thunder Valley!The Murder Nova is stupid scary fast!
The show is pretty staged...but those dudes really do run those cars on the street, and often.
I've ran a couple of them...they're no joke.
I watched tonight. Race at the end looked to be filmed out on I-40 Business Route west of El Reno out by the prison. Seriously, look at it.
I guess I'll be the first to call this kind of show irresponsible. These people should be locked up and their license taken away for a period of time. Instead, they're glorified on national television.
I watched it last night and noticed that one of the garages is located on NW 31st & Western. I have to wonder if the Cops watch this show for info.
The cops know all about them. Have for years...There are videos all over Youtube of these guys as well as another group of dudes that go even faster than the MWSC guys (different kind of racing but equally, if not more, dangerous). But they're careful, they plan thoroughly, and it's not like they line up on NW 10th and Meridian and wheelie down the road at 5PM and in traffic.
(I do not own a 458(at this current point in time ) js so i don't make it sound like I do) claimer: i will one day though!
I watched last night for the first time. Talked to a guy I know who used to street race and is still into hot rods and he says the fact that those guys are from here, that they street race, and that they are among the fastest in the country is indisputable. He actually knows several of them, and raced against a couple (who beat him badly, he adds). He says they are no joke, and specifically that the top guy with the car called Murder Nova is well-known nationally and insanely fast. That said, he agreed the show has quite a bit of scripting.
I also know the shop on Western (Varley's) is legitimately there in business, and has been for years. I've passed it a thousand times. At least one of the cars/competitors has its/his own website and merch: Farmtruck
What I noticed was that in the climactic race scene at the end - I believe the location that OKCisOK4me suggests could be correct; when scouting on the show the guy called Big Chief called it "Route 66" - was that they had generator light towers set up along the course, trailers everywhere, and the whole place was lit up like a Christmas tree. I'm guessing they had permission to film out there, with a permit to close the road or whatever. I would guess those types of locations are negotiated (and even required) by the production company. Now, when they were doing burnouts in parking lots and back streets and getting shooed away by the Po Po I think those scenes might have been more or less impromptu.
I would also share the concern that the show might cause an uptick in illegal street racing activity in town. The danger factor is way too high. Take it to the track.
That said, the show has lots of great OKC building porn!
Unless we're talking about going around corners, then it's a different race and the 458 would likely run away from them.
But seriously though, are there any decent racing tracks in OKC? I've gone to a few, fairly large tbh, go-cart tracks and had some fun. I would love to take some cars that I get every now and then on track and have some fun, without the risk of getting a ticket and killing someone. I really wish they would've built that F1 deal they were looking at awhile back to.
Also, a couple of questions for anyone who knows.
Do the cops ever sit out there and arrest these guys?(I'm sure they can outrun the cops as cop cars really aren't that fast, I know this for a fact)
Maybe they could EMP them, if the tech is there and not horribly expensive.
Does anyone know the performance class of these vehicles?
Does the OKC police have any specialized cars that are somewhat fast?
This auto body shop(OKC Bodyworks), near my fathers car lot has a beautiful GTR with 1,400 ponies hiding in the back. I wouldn't mind a quick 5mins with that beauty lol.
Local tracks - Thunder Valley in Noble is the drag strip, there's one in Tulsa too. Autox/SCCA stuff is held at both Remington Park and the Sheriff's training facility on NE36th. Full-on road course stuff goes down at Hallett up north.
The EMP statement is just bizarre.
You've been watching too much scifi, Panda.
level of control over the production factor and that's why the race nights are likely at least set up and done in that fashion.
And, a big YES to the OKC building porn... lol. There are bumper shots in and out of almost every scene and/or commercial break that has some pretty great local shots and many of them are very striking HD aerial tracking shots. Very nice stuff.
What the heck is that?OKC building porn
Do you think he was really talking about Electromagnetic Pulse? Hummm. Strangely enough The Oklahoman's sister newspaper in DC had a story about this just yesterday.
Lights out: House plan would protect nation's electricity from solar flare, nuclear bomb | WashingtonExaminer.com You have to give Congress an award for best acronyms! (SHIELD Act=Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage)
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