'Spinning Donuts'?

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  1. DeathStar1

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    I've seen this happen twice in my area. We live at the end of a cauldesac(You know, that thing seen in Cartoon Networks 'Ed, Edd, and Eddy' show [​IMG] ). Twice, I've seen two whacko's drive around it in circles for about two minutes straight. I hate ANYONE doing anything suspicious in the neighborhood, ever since someone called in a bomb threat, so this got my nerves up. I was thinkning of calling the cops to check it out, or a bunch of neighbors, when they drove off...
    Now I'm wondering what could drive someone to do something that idiotic, I see on a CBS 2 commercial for Dan Rather, that this tactic is called "Spinning Donuts". I'll have to remember to watch this report, because I just don't get it. Anyone else see this practice near them?
    Now, if only I can figure out why another set of teens kept on driving back and forth a few feet for about 3 minutes. Middle of the Cauldesac, end of the Cauldesac, Middle, End, Middle, End. In one straight line for two minutes.
    Go figure.
     
  2. Chet_F

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    I have done this on many occasions but never in someone's neighborhood. Way too dangerous. I always did it on some gravel road or a buddy's driveway away from other people. I would definately call the police if it is in a neighborhood. Especially if they r doing it for 2 min.[​IMG]
     
  3. Leila Dougan

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    I've seen people doing it as well.

    I'm confused, though, what's the point??
     
  4. Jared_B

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    Ahh, donuts - A favorite passtime of mine!
     
  5. AllanN

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    In a neighborhood, id be pissed and call the cops. But I to am guilty of doing donuts in a empty parking lot in the winter.

    There really is not point aside from the fact of spinning your car/truck in circles and having a good old redneck time. But if you really think about it what is the point of anything what is the point of HT? Scary thought!

    Although usually when a fist good snow strikes I take my truck out to a empty parking lot out at the mall to get used to how it handles in snow. Oversteer, understeer, breaking, traction, etc.
     
  6. Bill Catherall

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    Turning around and around in a cauldesac isn't "donuts" unless they are getting the back end to whip around the front end (the front almost acts as a pivot for the back to swing around) and are leaving tire marks in the road.
    Donuts are dangerous, but just repeatedly turning through the cauldesac isn't. I used to do this as a teen as a joke (when there was no other traffic and no one was in danger/inconvenienced) just to get my fellow teen passengers dizzy. It's fun...for an occasional joke. Teens like to do all kinds of things just as a joke. They don't even know why they do them.
    Weren't you ever a teen? [​IMG]
     
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  8. DeathStar1

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    >>Weren't you ever a teen?>>
    Yep, but a very quiet one [​IMG]. I didn't slowly break out of my shell untill senior year when I started to lighten up a little. My idea of a fun time during the entire highschool/pre-one year college run, was to sit down with a good book in front of the radio, play a few video games, or bone up on my computer skills trying to teach myself how to use it.
    No thrill stuff or parties for me [​IMG]
     
  9. Charles J P

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    Yes, spinning donuts is the act of actually "breaking loose" the rear tires and spinning the back end around. This is really not easy to do in a front wheel drive car, so I'm wondering are they actually doing donuts or just driving around in circles.
     
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    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
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    Yes, you can do them in reverse in a FWD car, and its really not any harder to pull off than a regular one in a RWD, however, it is much harder on the transmission seeing as how your doing them in reverse. Also, you look like a retard doing them in FWD car [​IMG]. I was speaking strictly of doing a regular donut in a FWD car. Actually, I dont believe RWD donuts to be that dangerous, especially in a high powered car. The easier the wheels actually break loose, the safer the manuver is, provided your doing it on purpose and not overextending the car.
     
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    You can also do donuts (going forwards) in an AWD car [​IMG]
     
  13. Joseph DeMartino

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    BTW, in case anyone cares, the term is "cul-de-sac" Which is just a fancy way of saying "circle at end of dead-end street" in French.

    Also the action described doesn't sound at all like doin' donuts. It just sounds like an idiot driving around in circles.

    Regards,

    Joe
     
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  15. Charles J P

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    Well, I'm sure the police disagree with a lot of stuff I think [​IMG] :b
     
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    The masters of spinning donuts: Krispy Kreme
     
  18. Charles J P

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    Yeah, Bill, I agree. I guess I forget sometimes that no everyone grew up on a farm in BFE. NOTHING is within 5 car lengths of ANYTHING else where I learned to drive. [​IMG]
     
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  20. Grant B

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    I did plenty of donuts when I was learning to drive in empty parking lots.

    Over the next 20 years those skills saved my life a couple of times.
    Hitting an ice patch at 50 miles of hours you dont have time to think
     

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