Inside real Fast & Furious where shameless boy racers turn roads into 190mph F1 tracks & ‘don’t give a s*** about cops’ | The Sun
THERE is a deafening roar as a gang of boy racers compete against each other to get the fastest speed.
It may be late at night but the motorway is full of unsuspecting motorists as the reckless yobs hit 170mph – more than double the national speed limit.
It’s part of a terrifying new trend, fuelled by social media, that seespublic roads turned into their own Formula One race tracks – with one boy racer calling it the 'real life Fast & Furious.'
Now, a new Channel 4 documentary, Untold: The Secret World of Boy Racers, has been given unprecedented access to the leaders of this secretive, underground car scene, which sees them bet up to £10,000 as they compete for the top spot on the leader board.
One car fanatic says: “The ladder is a nice way to compete, to have fun.
“Every so often money comes into it when somebody’s getting a bit too c***y. You can put down £5,000 to £10,000 in one night.”
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The boy racer, known as Speed in the documentary to protect his identity, adds: “I’m not worried. I’ve got 700 horse power on tap.
"Nobody’s catching me.”
Another petrol head, known as Race in the film, admits he has 21 points on his licence and has been disqualified for speeding – but he still keeps driving.
He says: “I was doing 140mph down the M6. For me, there’s no better feeling than your heart absolutely f***ing racing.”
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Race, who, along with Speed, wears a mask throughout the documentary, brazenly claims the police aren’t fast enough to catch him.
He says: “I just don’t worry. If they’re going to send out an Insignia or a Corsa and I’m driving a BMW, I’ll be fine.
And he adds: “I’ll be completely honest with you. I could not give a sh** about the police and that is the god’s honest truth, I couldn’t give a f***.”
Speed is in his early 20s and has a WhatsApp group containing 50 drivers.
He says: “I’ve got a really exclusive WhatsApp group for drivers and people I personally vouch for as driving specialists and the cars are equally as equipped as mine.
“I turn the public highway into a race track.”
He claims to have one of the fastest BMW XMs in Europe. Speed says: “It’s not uncommon to see 170mph average on the motorway.
"We can push 190mph to 200mph.
“The fastest I've ever been in this car is 180mph. I’m trying to break 200mph.
“I won’t be happy until I get to 200mph.”
This is only slightly slower than a Formula 1 car, which can average speeds of 250mph.
Despite his addiction to speed, he is adamant he is not a boy racer.
He says: “I think that label has negative connotations. They cause an obscene amount of noises. They don’t go anywhere.
"That’s different to me, man.”
Speed says he paid £105,000 for his car – funded through “business and entrepreneurial stuff” – and he chose the colour red because it’s a “crowd pleaser”.
He says: “Everywhere I go, cameras out, videos, thumbs up, crowd pleaser, that’s what it is.”
Speed adds: “I want the attention. I think this car is a way of me expressing myself. It’s like my personality has spilled out onto this car.”
The documentary sees filmmaker Ben travel the country, attending car meets, where boy racers perform death-defying stunts in front of huge crowds.
Engines are modified to go as fast as they can and exhausts are made to make as much noise as possible.
At one, he meets Min, who is in his early 30s, and runs one of the UK’s most active car groups, Mpire, which has more than 70,000 followers.
He brazenly claims: “I took the UK car scene to the next level. Cars are becoming more and more affordable, monthly finances available to more or less everybody.
“Porsches, Lamborghinis , Ferraris…we went from being boy racers to having some of the most expensive and fastest cars on the planet.”
The police can issue fines or seize cars if they think they are being used anti socially.
A Freedom of Information Act request submitted by the filmmakers to all police forces found the number of cars seized for anti-social behaviour since 2020 has almost doubled.
But the organisers have ways to stay one step ahead.
Min explains: “There’s always planners and preppers for all of these car clubs. They check out locations and throughout the night they will switch from area to area.
“It is definitely a cat and mouse game with the police.”
And last year, a Sun investigation found illegal street racers are now monitoring undercover traffic cop cars via an app on their phones, which captures number plates.
As he takes filmmaker Ben for a spin in his BMW, he tells him what is behind his love of speed.
Min says: “It’s the adrenaline. Not everybody is into taking drugs and partying and to the club. Some people like cars.”
He adds: “This is like Fast & Furious but in real life.”
Another car fanatic says: “It’s like a rollercoaster. You can’t go to theme parks everyday so we make it into a theme park on the roads.”
But many of these top secret meet ups across the country have ended in tragedy.
Last November, Liberty Charris, 16, and 19-year-old Ben Corfield were killed when a car ploughed into a 200-strong crowd during a late-night car meet in Oldbury, West Midlands. Two others were seriously injured.
Locals described the stretch on the A457 as a "very long straight road" notorious for illegal car racing.
And Connor Richards, 23, from Sheffield, died in hospital after being hit by a car at a meet in Flixborough, near Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire last September.
A video shows the high-speed race moments before the horror crash, which left 11 injured.
In 2019, show-off boy racers were blamed for a high-speed smash which injured 17 people and saw victims knocked down “like bowling pins at a car enthusiasts’ meeting in Stevenage, Herts.
The documentary also hears from dad-of-two Greg Sumner, 32, who has been left paralysed and needing round-the-clock care after a drink-driver friend crashed his car at 90mph.
The young dad was a passenger in his friend Vincent Atkinson's BMW when he smashed into another car while racing against another car on the way home from a night out – killing Vincent and the other driver.
Greg, who lives in Bristol, broke 27 bones, including his back, and was in coma for four months.
He says: “Trying to be a father without picking them up for a little cuddle when I want, that will rip me to pieces for as long as I breathe.”
Greg adds: “People don’t ever consider the impact of it going wrong until it’s too late.
“You don’t want to ever be the one to say ‘ooh slow down’. The consequences of having that crash of deaths of two fathers, four children going to go up without their dad. I’m like this for life. I’m the lucky one.”
And filmmaker Ben meets petrol head Robert, 28, who has spent £30,000 suping up his green Polos.
Four years ago, a car going up to 100mph smashed into him at a car meet, leaving him with life-changing injuries.
He says: “I just got hit by the front wing of the car so he flipped me up in the air and I just landed on the back of my head.”
The two drivers involved were jailed for a total of nine years.
In total, 19 people were injured. Robert suffered a concussion and a back injury.
He says: “Some mornings I can’t get out of bed because I’m just in pain.”
Despite this, he is adamant that he will not give up racing.
He says: “I know I’m in control and I know my limits.”
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And Robert adds: “I don’t think I could ever step away. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have a car. I’d have nothing.”
Untold: The Secret World of Boy Racers is available to stream on Channel 4 now
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