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1.
An activity popular among the import crowd that involves meeting and racing cars late at night on deserted roads.

Typically, the cars one will see at a modern street race are imports, though some domestics may attend as well.

Most of the drivers racing at such events are idiots with rich parents. Such idiots rarely buy their own cars, more often than not it is the aforementioned rich parents who do so, also paying for every penny of insurance, gas, and extra money which ends up in useless and performance-detrimental modifications such as a 'fartcan' mufflers.

Idiots who street race have claimed many lives, including their own. With the advent of films glorifying street racing, such as 'The Fast And The Furious' and its sequel, '2 Fast 2 Furious', street racing activity amongst young morons has exponentially increased.
Due to street racing, insurance rates for young drivers have dramatically increased all over North America. Thanks, assholes!
by Zack S. April 06, 2004
 
2.
Generally, an act of two vehicles, maybe more, engaging in an illegal contest of speed on various public thoroughfares. Historically, street racing in America got it's start in the 1960's when the three main American car companies were producing high powered rear-wheel-drivecars called muscle cars (example's include the Chevrolet Camaro, Plymouth Barracuda, and the Ford Mustang as well as many others). A private racing venue was not always available, and therefore the race would be held illegally on public roads, typically uncrowded highways on city outskirts or in the countryside, though some races were held in industrial complexes. One popular venue was Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Movies like "American Graffiti" and "Two Lane Blacktop" illustrated this culture and gained a cult following in the process.

Fast forward to the mid to late 80's where young men based in southern California began modifying small compact 4 cylinder engine import cars, specifically the Honda Civic, and racing them on the street. While there were still many muscle cars in existence, they were rare, and typically were not commonly raced on the street. This vacancy led to the uprising of the "boy-racer"; young men sporting modified imports (usually Japanese) with turbochargers, nitrous oxide, engine modifications, and wild bodykits consisting of aftermarket bumpers, side skirts and wings, with styling considered very radical for the time. This "boy-racer" or "ricer" image quickly caught on and spread, ushering in a new breed of street racer and street racing machine. The culture gained a huge following and garnered much attention in the media, with a number of automotive magazines dedicating themselves to this specific culture. Some of this new breed of racer was more daring, more dangerous than their predecesors, challenging races in traffic and on busy highways, though many races were similarly held like their predecesors, in abandoned industrial parks and highways at night. Popularity soared with the availability of cheap sport compact cars that took very easily to speed modifications, and venues and races grew in size, leading to more media popularity as well as news reports concerning this "new" culture. Movies such as "The Fast and the Furious" and video games such as "Need For Speed: Underground" were inspired by this culture. Eventually, people in this style of culture were refered to as "tuners".

In early 2000's, rivalry between those who preferred the older muscle cars and tuners began to take shape. Many races were "import versus domestic" (though many tuner cars are actually considered domestic). There was much smack talk between the two sides.

Today street racing is still very popular in a number of locations across the nation, though rivalry between makes seems to have waned. Today's street racer is usually associated with a team, or a crew, and is generally very organized thanks to today's wireless communication abilities. Ages can range from as young as barely licensed on up past 60+, though the average age is 27. While many kinds vehicles are involved in the culture, Three generalizations are usually realized; the long standing muscle car and tuner car, as well as luxury or "exotic" cars (such as the Audi S4) which is also gaining popularity.

NOTE: Street racing should not be confused with road racing, which is a legally sanctioned race event that takes place on closed off public roads.
I just saw an Audi S4, Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4, and a Ford Mustang Cobra street racing in the industrial complex.
by BoostCreep May 14, 2009
 
3.
Racing that takes place between imports because domestics arent allowed because none of the ricers can stand losing all the time. Usually going less then 100mph but thinking that there going more, annoying sounds coming from the coffee can, more for showing off there shitty ride then actually racing.
No im not racing, my tires are bald but look at my kickass subs man. That supra is fast man that stang will never win, U cheater that stang had nos man we said all motor. Leave now Cheater. When actually domestics just own and imports cant stand it.
by sloppycory August 12, 2005
 
4.
one of the most bad ass hobbies ever. a dangerous sport that gives you an adrenaline rush like nothing else can. sometimes performed on closed roads, and often performed on busy highways, street racing should be and usually is performed with an import. tho rare some drive domestic cars . street racing can be two cars racing each other in a quarter or eighth mile race. Or a "roll" run, a race done from a "roll" means that it is started from a set amount of speed such as 20,40 or 60mph, which can end at a set amount of speed such as 120mph or until there is a few car lengths between each other. in order to be a street racer you should be able to run a 13 second quarter mile or faster. cars like dodge neon's or honduh's that have euro lights and a muffler ARE NOT STREET RACERS no matter what they say. street racing can also be performed on busy highways. tho much more dangerous, this is where "ricers" are separated from street racers. you find someone that thinks they have more speed and balls than you do, or someone that just loves to race, and you challenge them, then you race, weaving in and out of 6 lanes of traffic usually doing well over 100 mph the race can be over when one racer can no longer see the other or one of the racers pussies out and stops racing.

racer 1: hey homie wut u got.
racer 2: a Toyota Supra, runnin nos, full exhaust, turbo charged.
racer 1: is it fast?
racer 2: it's ok, wut u got?
racer 1: it's only a Honda civic, but I engine swapped it for a H22a1, and I got it runnin 14 psi w/ my turbo.
racer 2: not bad, wanna race?
racer 1: you'll probably win, but I don't care I do it cuz I love it.

I LOVE STREET RACING!!!
by mason the great October 09, 2008
 
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one of the most badass hobbies ever. a dangerous sport that gives you an addrenaline rush like nothing else can. sometimes perfromed on closed roads, and often performed on busy highways, street racing should be and usually is perfromed with an import. tho rare and pointless, some idiots drive domestic cars and "rice" them out or try to make them look import, they then get big stickers that say "import hater" or "domestic pride" and any number of other retarded things even tho they have import taillights and a number of other import things on their piece of shit car. street racing car be two cars racing eachother in a quarter or eighth mile race. in order to be a street racer you should be able to run a 13 second quarter mile or faster. cars like dodge neons that have euro lights and a muffler ARE NOT STREET RACERS no matter what they say. street racing can also be performed on busy highways. tho much more dangerous, this is where true racers shine. you find someone that thinks they have more speed and balls than you do, or someone that just loves to race, and you challenge them, then you race, weeving in and out of 6 lanes of traffic usually doing well over 100 mph the race can be over when one racer can no longer see the other, one of the racers wreck, or one of the racers pussies out and stops racing.
racer 1: hey homie wut u got.
racer 2: a toyota supra, runnin nos, full exhaust, turbo charged.
racer 1: is it fast?
racer 2: it's ok, wut u got?
racer 1: it's only a honda civic, but I engine swapped it for a H22a1, and I got it runnin 14 psi w/ my turbo.
racer 2: not bad, wanna race?
racer 1: you'll probly win, but I don't care I do it cuz I love it.
by I fuck dumb bitches April 27, 2005