As long as there are going to be vehicles that are still under human control, there will be street racing. It’s not safe, it’s not very smart, and it’s not going to go away anytime soon. Detroit Police Chief James Craig says that his department tracks as many as 500 street races some nights. The racing usually take place at 2 or 3 in the morning on weekends. The police can track them because street racers, like police officers, are creatures of habit.
French Road, on Detroit’s northeast side, has long been used as a dragstrip by outlaws racing cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
That explains how a 30-year-old motorcyclist ended up hospitalized in serious condition Sunday evening, the result of a racing crash. It doesn’t explain, however, why the as-yet unidentified driver of the other vehicle in that collision decided to choose a go-kart as his steed. That wasn’t the only curious decision the 21-year-old man made. He also, according to police reports, veered in front of the motorcycle, causing the wreck and his own death.
TTAC’s resident karting expert tells me that the go-kart appears to be an adult racing kart powered by a four-stroke motor, possibly an Animal-class engine. Considering that it was running fast enough to cut off the motorcycle, a four-cylinder sport bike, it wasn’t slow.
I can understand test running a go-kart on a closed off cul-de-sac, or even on an empty shopping center parking lot, (I’ve done that myself) but street racing a kart must surely put the deceased into competition for a Darwin Award.
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