The year was 2001. I had just graduated high school. The mini-truck scene of lowered pickups on airbags, wild scalloped paint jobs, and enormous twenty inch wheels for the day were standard across every car club in town. Mens fashion was baggy jeans, oversized t-shirts, and the infamous Caesar hair cut. Womens fashion was the opposite... low rise tight jeans, baby-doll spaghetti strap tops, and the Rachel hairstyle was still a thing... and The Fast & The Furious was about to change the vehicle landscape for all of us.
Our little group of idiot friends called ourselved "The Crew" because, well, big fish in a small pond I suppose. We had looked forward to seeing this flick for months at that time, sort of with the same energy every tough 80's had watching Road House. We were ate up. The local drive in was the summer joint for movies, but that June weekend was rained out. Luckily, we had a buddy that was assistant manager of the local twin theater and he was totally up so having a middle of the night private showing for just our crew. The lights came down around 1am and what transpired over those next 106 minutes was pure elated car club joy. It was such a good time we ended up seeing it again in the same manner the following Friday night too. Goodbye mini-trucks, hello tuners.
It's odd to sit here and think of such a vivid moment in time so long ago. I wouldn't have understood it ten years ago, but as I grow older, the cringe of how we were is almost enduring to me now. Twenty years gone, and we're just now hearing about the Fast and Furious street racing scene in Oklahoma City? Makes me wonder how old and un-cool I must be if I had to see it on the news just to know it exists. It'd crazy.
The real eyebrow raising of the news clip above is how they're describing the "street racer" scene. They describe it as violence but then the actual details almost come straight out of the original movie... back when street racing was street racing and nobody was asked to save the world for a chance at redemption. Hit play on it and laugh it up as you see The Fast & The Furious come to life in a news report.
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