THE LIMITS OF TECHNICAL skills that I hear running about in County Tipperary sometimes come from the exhasut systems of modified hot hatchback cars. These "hot hatchers" awaken me at night and one of them knocked down and killed our cat. Sometimes their driving causes accidents and even fatal accidents. Last week, some of Ireland's leading rally drivers hit out at the Irish boy racer culture, a sub-culture that is like a boil on the landscape of County Tipperary where I live. Rally Sports' "best newcomer" Shaun Gallagher said those who engaged in the sub-culture have nothing to do with his sport. In a report carried by the Observer, Gallagher said, "I don't think these people have a clue about the safety provisions we have in rally cars. A rally car can cost anyting up to £700,000--a lot more than the souped-up £2,000 car we see on the roads, ignoring every law that has been written."
Henry McDonald -- "Rally driver in attack on boy racers" in the News section of The Observer, 18 January 2009.