Car enthusiasts want to set the record straight about illegal street racing

Posted at 3:11 PM, May 04, 2017

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. -- Colorado's street racing scene is on full throttle.

Denver7 showed you how cars built to go fast are flying down the highway at up to 160 miles per hour, putting other drivers at risk.

"We just simply couldn't keep up with them if we wanted to," said Douglas County Lt. Paul Rogers.

"And they know that?" asked Denver7 reporter Jennifer Kovaleski.

"I'm sure they do," explained Rogers.

Since Denver7 posted our story about illegal street racing, hundreds of you responded and commented on Facebook.

You also sent in photos and videos of other racing hot spots.

One person sent in photos of a parking lot on Federal Blvd. and Arkansas St. where you can clearly see burnout marks from cars.  

Then, there's Maddi, a car enthusiast who asked Denver7 not to use her last name for her privacy.

She wanted to set the record straight about the massive car meet-ups that take place on Sunday nights.

"I understand why people are scared of street racing, like it's bad. I don't disagree that it needs to stop, but at the same time, I thought that people needed to hear the other side of the story," said Maddi. "The public needs to know it's not strictly racing. We don't go there to race."

Maddi said for her and most people who attend these car meet-ups, it's about what's under the hood, not the speed.

"There's so many people that go out to them because they love cars," said Maddi.

Douglas County deputies told Denver7, and we did report, that not all the cars from the meet-ups leave to go race, but a majority of them do.

"I would say they're the bad apples," said Maddi.

Denver7 found the bad apples when we tracked a bright orange Corvette from the meet-up to the highway.

"The bright orange, probably not the best," said Maddi.

She said the organizers of the car meet-ups don't encourage racing, but they can't really prevent it either.

"Why do that? Why put other people's lives at risk when we're just here to talk passion about cars?" asked Maddi. 

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