Triton # 2 (T2) 49cc to 110cc & Nearly Everywhere In Between Sept 26, 2022 11:10:23 GMT -5 ryan_ott and aeroxbud like this
Post by 90GTVert on Sept 26, 2022 11:10:23 GMT -5
I agree. It went from such a fun atmosphere to batshit crazy, but social media has really been a big part of the downfall IMO. When you see people running up to put their heads next to tires as they do a burnout because they need to get their face in the shot; you know it's going the wrong direction. They will walk out into the street like zombies because they need that close up of whatever for their instagram. Lighting off fireworks while you do donuts in the middle of a 3 lane highway is not because you are a gearhead.
The other big problem IMO is that the crowd mentality took over there. They basically figure that in a big enough group, they can do anything and some areas start to look more like a riot than just wild a car show. Social media helps there too, because someone with a lot of followers says come to x street and there's a big crowd. It takes the term "followers" to a new level. I've gone to car shows in OC for 25 years and, even as dumb as I am, I've never felt the need to attack a cop, climb a street light, run out into the road, put my hands all over people's cars...
I'm not claiming in any way that I'm an angel. It does give you a good feeling TBH when you spin a tire or rip a little wheelie and people cheer. I would do this stuff anywhere/anytime and with or without cameras though. Any of my long time friends could tell you a lot of stories of stuff that I've done in cars and on small bikes as long as they've known me. I've always been stupid.
Watching one of the vids from last weekend's H2O and seeing people cheer when a car hits a golf cart with a family in it is sad though. At that point I think some people lose all humanity and believe the world is just there for their entertainment.