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IQ: The fast and the furious

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Not that it ever went away, but thanks to Hollywood, street racing has made a comeback.

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Marvin Johnson
Former street racer Downtown

What's the glamour of street racing? The glamour of it is the fun of being idolized. Why do you think people spend $5,000 on an engine? I would spend that kind of money because I just loved to drag. It just enhances you; I would love for people to look at my ride. You get close to death, when you feel that pressure pushing you in your seat, doing 140; it's death.

What's the fastest car on the road? Right now, I'd say the GTO Goat: 440 horses.

What's the sexiest car on the road? The Cobra: it's curvy; it's feminine.

What do you think about the increase in female street racers? They're like tomboys. I don't look at it being female; I look at it being about who's a stud.

What's your street-racing fantasy? Just going fast, getting my woman back. The standard.

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Laurie Anderson
Creative director Woodland Park

What's the fastest car on the road? Probably a Porsche; I hear Porsches are pretty fast.

What's the sexiest car on the road? The Cooper Mini; I love that car. It's sexy because it's just really cute.

What do you think about the increase in female street racers? I guess everything is moving towards equality, so why not street racing?

What's your street-racing fantasy? My street-racing fantasy? I'm a woman, so I guess I don't really have one.

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Danielle Starkey
College student North Nevada

What's the glamour of street racing? My guess would be that [racing] is primarily dominated by men. It has much to do with power and ownership. Like: "Look at my car: it's an extension of me, and I'm strong and I'm fast and I'm better than you."

What's the fastest car on the road? Maybe a Porsche.

What do you think about the increase in female street racers? It might be coming from the movies, and maybe women just wanting to become a part of that male culture.

ºWhat's your street-racing fantasy? I really hate car racing, but I guess the fantasy would be ... I guess to be the winner with the car.

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Chris Backaberk
Landscaper Bermuda

What's the glamour of street racing? It's all about male ego and testosterone I'd imagine.

What's the fastest car on the road? Probably the Lamborghini, you know, the one with the doors.

What's the sexiest car on the road? That's a tough one, I like the new Ford Mustang: just because of its profile, big wheels. The name; it's the image.

What's your street-racing fantasy? Oh, I don't have one. I'm a safe driver; I wouldn't want to race cars.

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