Petrolheads’ fight for home

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CAR fanatics who say they are sick of being branded ‘boy racers’ are fighting to find a meeting place.

Members of a group called the Real Wakey Cruise claim they are forced to meet up in Thornes Park and city centre car parks because there is nowhere else to go.

But now they are campaigning to find empty waste land or an unused industrial unit to use.

Sam Jones, 21, of Doncaster Road, Crofton, said: “A lot of people have misconceptions and stereotype us as boy racers.

“But we’re not – the cruising scene is like a big family. We don’t race, we just meet up, look at each others’ cars and talk about cars.

“We want to promote road safety and stop younger drivers from racing around town.”

Last week the Express reported that police from the central neighbourhood police (NPT) team had taken three vehicles off the road after they broke up a gathering in Thornes Park.

Craig Yates, 22, of Rockley Drive, Kettlethorpe, said: “The meeting was in memory of our friend Tom Cole who died last year.

“The problems were caused by people coming from out of town. We want to find some empty land or something else away from houses we can fix up, insure and use to meet up.”

Mr Jones and Mr Yates plan to go along to the next central PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting to speak to officers and residents.

Sgt Mark Beet, of central NPT, said: “Any issues with anti-social driving will be dealt with.”