know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "its easy to see what a boy
racer is. They're those w****rs that screech round the roads in their alloy-wheeled,
big bore exhausted and lowered scrapheap cars and piss the rest of us drivers
off". Well, yes, you're right. However this feature, the result of several
years'* exhaustive research, might make you think that there's more to Boy Racing
than a clapped out car and a sunstrip...
* more like several hours, but who's to know.
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The term "Boy
racer" was originally coined as a derogatory insult for young male drivers
who drove in a way that would not look out of place at Silverstone, had loud
stereos, done-up cars and bad attitude problems towards other drivers. However
it has been adopted recently by "Boy Racers" themselves as a way to
describe themselves (rather unsurprisingly - the average boy racer is not original
enough to invent a new term) to each other and to members of the public.
Boy Racers tend
to be young, usually in the 17-25 age group, although there are exceptions to
this generalisation. After 25 or so many boy racers lose interest, get more
commitments (decent jobs, decent cars or a family), or simply grow up and become
With the success
of films such as The Fast and
The Furious, some boy racers have now taken to calling themselves "Street
Racers" as if bombing round their local town centres makes them in any
way similar to the characters in that film.
most boy racers are male, although there is a sizeable number of "girl
racers" too which are by and large identical in mannerisms to their male
counterparts. Boy racers are often "scallies" (also known as "townies")
with the dress sense associated with this kind of person.
boy racers have a lot of disposable income, essential to fuel their expensive
hobby. Most have basically menial low-paid and temporary jobs but are prepared
to work long hours to earn the money needed. Boy racers have no concept of budgeting,
and it is not uncommon for a boy racer to take out a loan to buy a new bit of
kit rather than save for a few months before buying it. Many boy racers also
have minimal living costs to deal with, often living with their parents who
will pay most day-to-day costs.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CAR MODIFIERS AND BOY RACERS
It is worth mentioning
at this point that there *is* a difference between boy racers and car modifiers.
Boy Racer is a term used to mainly describe the driving style (i.e. dangerous),
whereas "car modifier" is a term used to describe the practice of
"doing up" a car by adding "performance" parts and "styling"
to it. Most Boy Racers are car modifiers, although the reverse is not always
true. For a start many professional (or even amateur) car modifiers do a good
job of car modifications, when all Boy Racers usually do is stick the same old
tired mods on their cars in a haphazard fashion.
As Boy Racers
tend to give car modifiers a bad name, they tend to be disliked by the latter.
Boy Racers can be described as "Max-ing" their cars, a term which
is originally named (rather unfairly in our opinion) after a car modification magazine called Max Power, but which has since become synonymous
with badly modified, tasteless cars.
A comparison between
the stereotypical characteristics of boy racers and car modifiers can be seen
use for car
around town centres, music blaring, big bore um... boring. Sitting in local
car parks. Visiting local "cruises".
days", where a car is put through its paces on a race course, or normal
mods purchased with no consideration for the car's aesthetics as a whole.
Stupid spoilers, bad bodykits. Bodged installation. Car says "look
at me, I'm fast" but is probably shit.
styling blending in with the aesthetics of the car. Not too OTT. Time and
care taken installing mods. Car says "if you know about cars, you know
they can get their hands on. May not be expertly installed.
safety and handling mods. Performance mods aren't used dangerously.
usually low-powered models. 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2 litre engines, sometimes larger if the boy racer thinks they can afford the insurance. Mods often make
them look worse than standard.
be any size car but usually decent cars in their own right sans modification.
to the metal" on public roads. Erratic driving in public car parks.
Not all that much driving skill.
on public roads, but not averse to driving fast at special events.
At the heart of
every boy racer's heart is a car. It may have only barely passed its MOT, may
have debatably valid insurance and may resemble a pile of rust but to the boy
racing owner it is the centre of the world. It is often claimed by its owner,
often hilariously, that no other car can outperform it in speed, handling, manoeuvrebility
and/or looks. The average boy racer's car is with him just six months before
he either sells it, writes it off or just dumps it, yet they still spend a huge
amount of money on their cars.
the boy racer we must look at the various aspects of a boy racer's car and examine
their significance to the boy racer.
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has grown more and more sophisticated for boy racers, who often have a lot of
disposable income to buy the best in audio (and increasingly video with console systems
and DVD players appearing in some of the more professional boy racers' cars)
for their motors. After all, if you spent most of your time in your car wouldn't
you want to be entertained? Here are some of the more common aspects of ICE;
- At the heart of any boy racer's pride and joy is a stereo system. Typically
rated at around 300 - 400 Watts these babies are a joy to listen to and watch,
as many of them have pretty but ultimately pointless graphical spectrum analyser
displays on them which dance to the music and provide a welcome distraction
to the boy racer if they ever get bored of watching where they're going. Boy
Racer stereos are usually replaced around once every three months (incidentally
as long as the average relationship) as their owner is lured by the promise
of an even more impressive graphical display in a nearby electronics store.
WOOFER(s) - Sub woofers are speakers designed to play the bass range
of sounds. Boy racers are notorious for their love of bass, and due to their
characteristic lack of any musical appreciation tend to ignore the need for
treble and midrange sounds resulting in the thumping noises usually associated
with boy racer cars. Sub woofers (or "subs") are usually located in
the boot in a specially constructed "sub box", which takes up half
of the storage space in the boot and makes it impossible in most cases to take
out the spare tyre.
SPEAKERS - Many boy racers have two "six-by-nine" (named
after their dimensions in inches) speakers on the car's back parcel shelf, if
possible. "Tweeters" can be used by boy racers to boost the treble
range of their sound systems, but are often not used or used clumsily (for example
being placed at foot level, the optimum position being at ear level). Mid-range
speakers are very rarely used - a boy racer usually does things to extremes.
- Despite the fact that their stereos usually are more than powerful
enough to power all the speakers they could wish for in their car at decent
volumes, most boy racers opt for extra amplification. Amps are usually rated
at stupid powers such as 1200 watts, and mean that the boy racer's stereo is
even more annoying. Many boy racers make the mistake of hooking their amplifiers
to the bass only, this is an unfortunate offshoot of their inability to see
the importance of the rest of the musical range.
I.C.E. - It is not unusual for the boy racer to have other gadgets in their
car, such as consoles, DVD players and the like. Quite how they are supposed to safely watch or play anything visual while driving is beyond our knowledge.
(short for "modifications") are changes the boy racer makes to their
car to attempt to make it appear to look, sound, handle or drive better. Boy
racers are not usually particularly skilled in either engineering, mechanics
or styling so predictably 99% of mods done to boy racers cars make them look
slightly more than ridiculous.
are also expensive. A whole industry has sprung up to serve the needs of boy
racers, and body shops, accessory stores and custom car companies are very common.
However this industry also realises that the average boy racer is unlikely to
have any control over their spending (which is usually on impulse) and is a
niche market, and thus prices are invariably very high, especially when branded
goods such as tires and air filters are concerned.
of the most common arguments boy racers will use to defend their "modded"
cars is "it makes it original". However, as you will see, most mods
have been done before and are merely cheap rip-offs of motorsport designs or
copies of the ideas of their peers - meaning most boy racer cars can only be
described as "original" in a bad way.
are listed some of the most common "mods" and the reasoning behind
- Often complementing the boy racer's already impressive bass power is his exhaust
system. These can range from the bog-standard "exhaust pipe" (an overpriced
bit of metal to attach over the exhaust to make the car sound like an angry
bee in a tin can rather than just an angry bee) to the top-of-the-range "sports
exhaust" (an overpriced bit of metal to replace their car's existing exhaust
and make the car sound like a HGV and give the boy racer endless opportunities
to claim his car is a racing car).
- If you are a fan of rally driving you will notice that many professional rally
cars have these "sun strips" to protect the racer from the sun and
advertise the racing team name / sponsor on the car. Boy racers, keen to emulate
their far more talented idols, also stick these "sun strips" on their
cars. Typically just plastic strips these are the ideal first mod for the aspiring
boy racer as they are not difficult to fit (well, not difficult to fit badly)
and very very cheap. Unlike most of the other mods...
WHEELS - These are purely to make the car "look better". Most
boy racer cars need all the help they can get in this department, so boy racers
are willing to spend amazing amounts of cash on their alloy wheels. Models range
from the cheap plastic (incidently, not technically "alloys") "fake
and untrendy" ones (which will no doubt cause the aspiring boy racer to
get laughed at) at around £30 each to the hyper expensive "£1000+
a set" proper alloy-metal models (which will no doubt cause the aspiring
boy racer to be the victim of an easy theft). Purchasers must be careful to
buy the right types of alloys however, because the three spoke ones are untrendy
(for reasons unknown) and generally the more of your brake disc you can see
(i.e. the smaller the actual alloy) the more fashionable the alloy wheel is.
BRAKES - The reason that smaller alloys are more fashionable is because
they show off more of the boy racer's braking system. These may be expensive
"performance" parts designed for more powerful cars, but it will not
be that rare a sight to see the alloy merely revealing the boy racer's bog standard
drum brakes. Most people agree that better brakes are a Good Thing for boy racers
CARS - "Lowering" your car is when you take out the existing suspension
springs and replace them for shorter suspension springs, meaning your car is
lower off the ground and (in theory) more manoeuvrable (for those idiotic high
speed car chases most boy racers indulge in). However one major flaw overlooked
by boy racers, who often lower their cars until they are mere inches off the
ground, is that the average speed bump, hill or unevenly surfaced road can result
in the bottom of their car scraping the ground and can cause considerable damage
to the exhaust.
KIT - Some boy racers also spend a fortune on plastic moulded panels to
stick to the side of their car in an attempt to make it look better, or often
to make it look like a better car than it is (for example a Ford Cosworth, rather
than a standard Ford Escort XR3). These "body kits" contain front
and rear bumpers, "side skirts" and occasionaly other things distinctive
of the car the boy racer is attempting to emulate. The major part of the body
kit is the bumpers, which are described in greater detail next;
- Boy racers love having large, garish bumpers on their cars, which make the
car look lower than it is. This, they feel, is a good thing. So you will often
see boy racers with huge plastic front bumpers like snowploughs attached to
their cars. Some boy racers even attempt to make these things themselves, resulting
in the boy racer's car looking like it barely survived a collision with half
a plastic bathtub (which is what the offending bumper probably started life
as). Boy racers also tend to forget that bumpers are primarily designed to protect
the car from minor impacts and so the bumper designs are more for show than
for safety, cracking under the slightest pressure, and causing the boy racer
to find it even more difficult to negotiate speed bumps.
- It is not much good to the boy racer if their car looks like a Cossie
but still has the telltale XR3 badges on the back. To make sure everyone knows
the boy racer's car is "pukka" many will remove all of the badges
from the rear of the car, or replace them with badges for the car they wished
INDICATORS - Boy racers are renowned for their complete failure to appreciate
the finer points (and often even the essential points) of design, and clear
indicators are one such example. No doubt inspired by one person modding his
white car with clear indicators, most boy racers have followed suit (in the
traditional manner of boy racers to follow trends rather than actually think
about their designs) and replaced their traditional yellow-tinted indicators
with clear ones.
(FOGLIGHTS) - Boy racers often take their inspirations from rally cars,
and these often have several spotlights on the front which help the driver see
the road better at night. However as usual many boy racers feel that modifications
designed for rally driving would look good and be useful on a standard road
car, and this is one of the more common modifications. Unfortunately for the
boy racer the police have a dim view of these "spotlights" (which
are better known to the law as "foglights", and have laws surrounding
their use - even though many non-standard "spotlights" are not intended
or wired as foglights at all) when they are used regardless of weather conditions.
Also installation of these additional foglights often will ruin the boy racer's
TIRES - Designed primarily to give greater stability while cornering, these
also have the unfortunate result of giving the boy racer's car the appearance
of a badly modded 80's dragster due to the extra surface area of the tyres.
PAINT - Having noticed that some race car teams paint in the names of the
manufacturers of their tyres, some boy racers did the same thing. The result
is hilarious, especially if the boy racer has purchased a "budget"
brand of tyre.
WHEELS - Boy racers are obsessed with the size of their wheels (often noted
by impartial observers to be suspiciously Freudian) and the bigger the wheel
radius the more impressed fellow boy racers are with the car. Often drastic
modifications need to be done to the wheel arches to accommodate the bigger
wheels, so this mod is not recommended for novices. 18" wheels are an acceptably
large size, especially on smaller cars where the extensive engineering work
required to fit them is greatly admired. Aspiring boy racers must however be
very careful to make sure that their modifications to their vehicle's wheel
arches does not render the car illegal - it is easily done.
AIR FILTERS / CARBURETTORS - If the boy racer's engine uses a carburettor,
improved air filters and carburettors can be fitted to "improve performance"
of the car. Such improvements often cost a small fortune and result in a minimal
performance gain of a few BHP, but the prestige of having an air filter manufactured
by certain brands is very great for a boy racer and often worth every penny. It is
also not unheard of for boy racers to fit parts from other, better, cars to
make their car appear cooler - turbo intercoolers being the obvious choice.
- Boy racers often attach ridiculously large "spoilers" onto the back
of their cars in the mistaken belief that a) it makes it look better and b)
will actually make people believe their car can go fast enough that it will
be in danger of taking off. Perhaps small understated spoilers would be okay
but most boy racers believe in the concept of "the bigger the better"
and so their spoilers invariably look like spare parts for Cessna jets.
WINDOWS - Boy racers like to pretend they are more important than they really
are and so try to copy the star's limosines by tinting the windows. However
since tinted front and rear windscreens are illegal in the UK most boy racers
just tint the side ones, which seems rather pointless to me. On the plus side,
tinted windows can protect the outside world from the boy racer's appearance
and any antics the boy racer might be getting up to inside the car.
ENGINE SIZES - It is a well known fact in boy racing circles that "the
bigger the car the bigger the dick". The 1.2 litre engine in the standard
car the boy racer plans to "improve" is invariably not powerful enough,
despite being the only thing they'll get insured on for a reasonable premium,
and so larger engines often with turbos are fitted sending the boy racer's insurance
premium through the roof but making him the envy of his peers.
VALVES - I really had to include these. You know the whoosing noises lorries
sometimes make when stopped at traffic lights due to their air brakes? Well
some boy racer's fit devices that make similar noises onto their cars, little
aware that it makes them the laughing stock of the general population. It is
quite amusing seeing a whacked out car zoom by making a little whooshing sound as
the driver changes gear - a bit like seeing a cat roar like a lion I guess :)
Many of these noise-producing devices are proper dump valves for cars with turbos,
designed to reduce pressure on the engine. However some are just basically speakers
with a prerecorded whoosh noise. We kid you not.
JET NEONS - These little things attach to the boy racer's washer jets, and
are commonly available in any colour as long as it's a bright garish blue. Consequentially
they are completely illegal in the UK resulting in boy racers often fitting
switches to turn them on and off at will (much like any other illegal "mod").
They also look somewhat naff, merely serving the purpose of proving they have
washer jets. Oooh, lucky them.
NEONS - Some boy racers go a step further than the "neons in the boot
next to the sub" approach and fit neon lights underneath the car. Boy racers
have the mistaken impression that this makes their car look cool, giving it
a surreal "floaty" appearance, but in reality the only purpose of
this mod would be to perhaps allow mechanics to look underneath the car easier
at night when it's broken down on the hard shoulder of the M4.
- Some Boy Racers feel their cars should look "smoother" so remove
all of the locks from their car doors. They also claim this makes their car
more secure, as there are no locks for scally kids to remove with a screwdriver
to get at the stereo. However its a bit of a bitch if the batteries have run
out on the Boy Racer's remote, and who's to say the kids won't just use the
screwdriver on the window in combination with a brick? :)
KITS - Don't ask us what the point of these are. They can be fitted to exhausts,
and ignite excess fuel escaping through the exhaust, making a nice pretty flame.
Very Mad Max. Our instincts tell us to be wary of these, in the same
way that you would be wary of any scally with a can of petrol and a lighter.
FONT" PLATES - These were introduced in the UK a while ago but became
illegal soon afterwards as it was realised they're often harder to read than
the standard ones. However some Boy Racers use them anyway, usually choosing
the most illegible and naff fonts they can find. Some of the richer boy racers
can also buy custom numberplates, although it only really serves to make the
general public wonder why the boy racer bothered putting such a unique plate
on such a cheap nasty car.
BOY" BONNETS - Some boy racers love modifying their bonnets. As well
as the tacky, pointless bonnet vents that they adore,
they can cut the front of their bonnets in such a way that the bonnet is slanted
over the headlights - kinda like a frowning cartoon car in a children's TV programme
- and this technique is known as "Bad Boying" the bonnet. Presumably
these boy racers like their cars to look like a character from a children's
TV series, although we really couldn't tell you why.
VENTS - Bonnet vents on rally cars are designed to increase air flow to
the engine, to cool it. Naturally 99.9% of boy racer cars aren't rally cars
and if driven properly shouldn't need additional cooling, but some boy racers
add these vents into their bonnets anyway. This, as far as we can tell, is done
either with the mistaken impression that it makes their car look good, to compensate
for their inability to drive sensibly, or to cater for the stupid "performance"
engine they've put in to help validate the insurance.
MESH RADIATOR GRILLS - As with bonnet vents,
radiator grills are designed to increase air flow to the engine and cool it
down. However boy racers tend to shun standard and perfectly functional radiator
grills for "wire mesh" versions. The similarities of this mesh to
chicken wire can often have the unfortunate effect of making this modification
make the car look like a chicken hutch, especially if the boy racer uses too
is not enough just having the car. Being a boy racer is more about image and
how they act than what car they drive - so much that a boy racer can still be
a boy racer driving something as untrendy as a delivery van. So what is the boy
LAW - Boy racers are generally self-styled enemies of the law. Passive resistance
against "the pigs" is therefore not an uncommon behaviour, with boy
racers hanging around in groups in car parks or driving irresponsibly. The Law
itself loves the easy fines boy racers bring, for such things as invalid insurance
(see "insurance"), tax, dangerous driving,
speeding, antisocial behaviour, and illegal modifications and it is not uncommon
for boy racers in modified cars to be pulled over by the police far more often
than a regular driver of the same age.
- Insurance is an issue close to boy racer's hearts and worth commenting on.
Car insurers generally hate boy racers - often being in the "young male"
category and often driving poorly modified cars, they are a high risk. Consequentially
premiums tend to be high. In an effort to bring these premiums down many boy
racers fail to declare the modifications on their cars, which they see no problem
with - after all it is only the greedy insurers taking all of their dole money.
However this leads to problems for third parties involved in accidents with
boy racers, with some insurers failing to pay out in accidents involving undeclared
modified cars. Boy racers must be treated with caution for this reason.
WHITE BASEBALL CAP - Ever noticed how many boy racers seem
to be wearing that white baseball cap? Well this is no coincidence. The cap
is an essential part of these boy racers' image, along with the lit cigarette
and "scally" clothes.
COMMUNITY - There is no "boy racing community" to speak of, with
most boy racers being members of local gangs of scallies. However many boy racers
visit online bulletin boards to discuss their interests, and it is common for
many boy racers from different "communities" to turn up at events
such as motor shows and "cruises" (see "the
RACERS - Having one's girlfriend practically live in your car is the trademark
of just about every boy racer. Girl racers have been known to pick boyfriends
almost exclusively because of what car they drive, presumably because they will
spend most of their nights out sitting inside it. However beware of dismissing
them all as just bimbos, this stereotype is not *always* true. Indeed half of
girl racers are just female "boy" racers in their own right and not
just expensive car modifications as commonly believed. It is however statistically
true that most girl racers (and indeed boy racers) are just in relationships
for the sex, so care must be exercised when dealing with them. There have also
been some observations made by various people that many boy racer's girlfriends
are rather... young, usually in their early to mid teens (perhaps due to the
influence a big shiny car can have on young inexperienced minds) but generalisations
cannot be made.
- Alcohol is an important part of the boy racer lifestyle. The driver doesn't
usually drink (due mostly to drink driving laws more than any particular sense
of responsibility) but as the boy racer's friends are usually stuck sitting
in the car (which usually has minimal forms of entertainment contained within
it, despite the boy racer's lavish spending on ICE systems) drinking is an established
pastime. It also has the beneficial effect of numbing the brain to the boy racer's
frightening driving and often complete lack of conversational skills beyond
any subject other than cars. Many of the boy racer's friends may be under the
legal drinking age, and unable to frequent pubs, so drinks enjoyed by young
drinkers such as various alcopops and cider are popular.
RACER MAGS - Car modification magazines are heaven for boy racers. Some cater specifically for boy racers rather than the generally more sophisticated car modification community and merely contain the boy racer's
two favourite things - porn and cars. Most feature articles
about the more successful boy racer's cars, pictures of semi-naked women draped
across bonnets, rants about speeding fines as well as adverts for car modification/ICE
bits. Often expertly written, these are often an amusing read for non boy racers
as well and definitely give a valuable insight into the mind of the average
SCRAPYARD - The scrapyard is the boy racer's Mecca. In it can be found cheap
bits for almost any car, and there is plenty of opportunity to steal small items
without anyone being the wiser. Such places do not guarantee anything about
the bits you buy/steal so it is not recommended for aspiring boy racers unless
you know someone who knows what they're talking about. Most scrapyards also
stink and have mud and petrol/diesel/oil lying everywhere, which of course is
no deterrent to the average boy racer (unless it makes his car dirty).
- Car modifcation, as mentioned earlier, is a vital part of the boy racer image.
However as also previously mentioned most boy racers are less-than-talented
car modifiers, resulting in cars that look like they've been put together with
superglue and polyfiller (see BarryBoys.co.uk).
Many boy racers just don't see the problems with the dodgy styling on their
"CRUISE" - The "cruise" is a gathering of boy racers
where they go to show off their cars to each other and completely ruin the lives
of the local public. Most major towns and cities in the UK have one, in one
form or another, seaside towns such as Southend and Morecambe being more popular
than others for some reason. The format of the cruise typically involves boy
racers converging on a car park / seafront / main road and sitting in a traffic
jam caused by their peers all night, while looking at each other's cars. Unsurprisingly
the police are also attracted to these unofficial events, as they are often
a convenient place to fine the group of drivers most likely to have something
illegal on/in their car. Other side events often take place at the "cruise",
including women exposing their breasts (don't get too excited, these are just
average girl racers and usually not particularly attractive), magazine reporters'
cameras, "sound offs" between vans and cars packed with huge sound
systems and the obligatory boy racer driving manoeuvres such as wheelspins and
burnouts (explained later). Boy racers are prepared to spend lots of money and
time driving to their local cruise which can sometimes be hundreds of miles
away from where they live.
CAR PARK - When they cannot visit their local cruise, boy racers often just
sit in local car parks and indulge in cruise-like activities. They should be
avoided by members of the public due to their complete disregard for anyone's
CAMERAS - With all the driving they do, boy racers invariably hate speed
cameras (which is no surprise as most other motorists do as well). In the UK
the main type used are GATSO ones which have the fatal
weakness of being able to be seen by you before they can catch you, due to the
fact that the camera takes pictures of the rear of the car. This weakness is
aided by the law which requires them to be covered in bright yellow stickers,
ever since local authorities were caught "hiding" them behind signs,
bridges and trees. Local authorities therefore lately tend to place them on
hills, dual carraigeways and other places where accidental speeding may occur
to maximise revenue. Slightly newer are the infra-red cameras which take pictures
of the front of your car and so tend to catch more people who don't notice them
in time, but they're more expensive. Local authorities tend to put them on motorways
and dual carraigeways, especially where there are temporary changes of speed
limit due to roadworks, again in a bid to maximise revenue. Speed cameras by
and large are not put in accident "blackspots", but merely where the
local authorities think they can catch a lot of "criminals" easily.
The sudden changes of speed that speed cameras encourage also can increase accident
RACER FILMS - There are a number of these which presumably influence some
boy racers. Apart from the obvious The Fast And The Furious and its'
sequel, there are such films as Gone In Sixty Seconds, Vanishing
Point, Grand Theft Auto and Mad Max. Entertaining though they are, some boy racers seem unable to distinguish real life from fiction as they drive as if they were stars in one of these films.
may argue that driving technique is merely part of the boy racer image, but
as it is such a significant part I have decided to give it its own section.
Firstly, it must
be understood that rather than being a heavy, powerful and very lethal chunk
of metal, a boy racer's car is seen as just a toy by the boy racer. No thought
is usually given by the average boy racer about the consequences of their driving,
and while the vague threat of injury or death looms on the horizon it is considered
too vague to be of any concern.
This means it
is very difficult to convince a boy racer to drive more safely as he honestly
can't think why or how he might accidentally do something stupid. Boy racers
are usually good drivers, due to the fact that they get a lot of practice, but
only drive well when they HAVE to drive well - for example when being followed
Listed below are some of the more common boy racer driving manoeuvres. We apologise
in advance for any factual errors in this section; we are not boy racers and
have never performed these manoeuvres ourselves ;)
WHEELSPIN - Produced when a driver presses hard on the accelerator while
lifting the clutch quickly causing a screeching tyre sound and often black tyre
marks, this is the easiest and most common of boy racer manoeuvres Oh no, wait,
the next one is...
DRIVING - While boy racers are usually technically good at driving (when
they are forced to / want to) due to their interest in cars / driving and their
large amounts of practice, they often drive very aggressively with little or
no regard for other road users and pedestrians. Most will not see anything wrong
with racing their friends at several times the speed limit down residential
streets at night.
BURNOUT - Produced when a driver performs a wheelspin while the handbrake
is engaged, resulting in a lot of strain on the engine and lots of smoke from
the tyres. Boy racers often cannot successfully perform these manoeuvres and
often blow up their engine or crash into something when attempting them.
DOUGHNUT - As far as we can tell this is just driving round in circles in
an effort to make the car behave even more unpredictably than it does normally.
The manoeuvre is so named because one set of wheels spin around the other set
of wheels when performed properly, leaving a circular tyre mark which kinda
doesn't look like a doughnut. As far as we know it must be done in reverse by
front wheel drive cars. Rear wheel drive cars must do it facing forwards, and
we assume 4x4 cars can choose either. Also, apparantly trays like those used
in fast food restaurants can help aid doughnut technique by reducing friction.
HANDBRAKE TURN - Produced when a driver engages the handbrake and turns
the steering wheel in the direction of turn, resulting in a fast turn. Not overly
used by boy racers due to its technical complexity.
Some of the
terms used in The Boy Racer Guide may be a little confusing. Here are a few
- See Pig.
BOY - A scally who has badly modified a car. As in
"that guy seems a bit of a Barry Boy". Can also be used as
a verb as in "to barry up", to make something bad.
BORE - Large exhaust. Can be described by size as in "Big Bore
- Slang for bad. Must not be confused with The Dog's Bollocks, which means good
- Boy Racing slang for "Vauxhall Cavalier". Also see Pug,
Scort, Onion, Fester,
- See Shed.
- Policeman. Also see Pig, Bacon.
- Boy Racing slang for "(Ford) Cosworth". Also see Pug,
Scort, Onion, Fester,
HOOK - Boy Racing slang for the way some Boy Racers hold the steering wheel
while driving; leaning forward, one hand at 12 O Clock, bent wrist (hence "cripple").
Cheers to Is It A Boat?
for coining this one.
- Someone who attends cruises. Unfortunately it is extremely
common for people at these events to have incredibly badly modified cars.
- Boy Racing slang for "Ford Fiesta". Also see Onion,
Scort, Cav, Pug,
- Design of speed camera in the UK, which take pictures of the rear of the car.
See Speed Cameras section.
- In Car Entertainment. A global term for the crap that Boy Racers put in their
cars, not just stereos.
- Short for "modification". What Boy Racers usually do to their cars,
- Slang for bad, usually in a tacky way.
- Boy Racing slang for "Ford Orion", a commonly modified car in the
UK. Also see Pug, Scort, Cav,
- Slang for Police, as in "watch out - it's the pigs". Most
likely taken from "gangsta rapper" terminology. Also known as Bacon.
- Boy Racing slang for "Peugeot". Also see Onion,
Scort, Cav, Fester,
- Slang for good. "My car is pukka". Also see Sorted.
- Boy Racing slang for modified cars of East Asian origin, usually Japanese.
- Also known as Townie - usually young people in their young to mid teens who
hang around town centres in the UK in their tracksuit bottoms, grubby white
trainers, jackets and (invariably white) baseball caps. The female scally dresses
in a similar fashion to the male.
- Boy Racing slang for "Ford Escort", perhaps the most common Boy
Racer car in the UK. Also see Pug, Onion.
- A badly modified, or just bad, car. As in "that car is a bit of a
shed". Also see Chariot, Trolley.
- Slang for good, as in "this car is sorted, mate". Also
- An event, typically at a cruise, where two boy racers pit their stereos against
each other in an attempt to see which one is the loudest.
- Short for "Sub Woofer". Bass speaker.
- See Scally.
- A bad car. Also see Chariot, Shed.