View Full Version : how the pike was and where it is today(plz read)

05-26-2003, 05:53 PM
from the admins of www.thepike.net. i thought it is pretty good and true.

My sorrow goes out to the families of the two kids who died, there is
nothing in this world that can be worse than to have your children die
before you. ThePike.net team would like to send our condolences to the
families of the accident victims.

About 5 years ago myself and few other people started a forum where we
can talk, mainly about cars, but mostly just to chat with good friends
and hang out. I personally consider myself one of the founding fathers
of ďThe Berlin TurnpikeĒ message forums, and to this day I do not
regret being so. The Berlin Turnpike was the place to go, especially to see
people that had so much pride and joy in their cars, they wanted to
show the cars off, and ďThe pikeĒ was the place to do it on any given
Friday or Saturday night. I met a lot of good people out there, including
people who I consider close friends to this day. Back then Roy Rogers
was the common hang out and eatery, people would go inside, order dinner,
and come out to look at the cars coming through. The pike was a ďCar
show in motionĒ, instead of parking your car, you were able to drive
through locations that were considered hang outs, such as: The old movie
theatre, McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Action Auto, Tweeter Etc and many
more. It was a fun place to even talk to the police that would drive
through on occasion and talk to some of us. AS long as there was respect for
the law then there was respect for the cruisers.

Then and now.-

As time went on, the crowd had changed; kids that had limited money
supply would modify any car they had, whether it was a Ford Escort, or a
Hyundai Elantra. The crowd was getting younger year by year, and the
cruising on the pike had gotten to be bad. The kids didnít have respect
for the police nor did they have respect for the property that we hung
out on, leaving garbage all over the parking lots and doing burnouts
everywhere destroying the pavement. As a result, the property owners have
decided that this was not in their better interests, and that they no
longer wanted to allow people on their property after hours. After this,
it snowballed, the kids didnít have a place to hang out anymore so they
just drove around, from spot to spot, being kicked out by police and in
some cases ticketed. It has not gotten any better since. The police are
stricter and the hangouts have completely diminished, with good reason
too. Today it has gotten down to a few hangouts where we still are
somewhat harrased yet the police seem to realize that we are here to stay.
We respect them as they make us leave our spots, and we find another.
Anybody on here can vouch that when we go to the pike, we go mainly to
talk with others, not to start trouble in any way.

I consider myself an avid auto enthusiast, I love nice cars, and I love
to work on cars as a hobby. My love for this hobby has brought me to
the point where I like to share my passion with others; this is the
reason for ďThePike.netĒ. People can gather here, without the bother of
Police, or being kicked out of hangouts. The result has brought us over 900
members, and according to our statistics, people from all over the
world have visited our site. Yes, thatís right, ALL OVER THE WORLD. Does
this make me a bad person? No, in fact it makes me a better person to
know that I am helping people gather and talk about what we love in a safe
and secure environment. For better or worse, we occasionally gather at
some places on the Berlin turnpike to talk in person, or to meet some
of the people that we talk with online. I speak for the administrators
of this forum when I say that we are proud of what we have accomplished
here, along with the members that make us what we are.

For you as a journalist to sit there and say that our forum is the
reason for deaths on the pike or anywhere else, is absolutely ludicrous.
Are you so closed minded to think that our forum is the reason that
people die in auto accidents on the pike? Reality is not in grip for your
readers to believe that. What we do here has no impact on anything on the
pike. If our members decide to street race and drive maliciously,
thatís there freedom to do so. We live in a country where we have the
freedom to do as we want, sometimes with consequences, and sometimes with
death, thatís life. If you honestly think that this forum is a result of
people to gather and see where the next street race is, or where we can
elude police, then youíre wrong. Our members are all proud to be a part
of history, yes history. For as far back as our fathers and some
grandfathers, the Berlin turnpike has been the place for car nuts to hang out
and talk, though some of you may think that itís ridiculous and a
waste, but we donít sit there and harass you on your hobbies.

In closing, I demand that The Journal Inquirer publish an immediate
apology to our staff for publishing such slanderous remarks about our
website and members. We, as a whole, do not appreciate what has been said
and insults our intelligence, and the demeanor of our sponsors. Our
members and staff are all whole hearted people who love what they do, as
Iím sure you do as a journalist. ThePike.net is here to stay, and in no
way shape or form will allow this slander to effect our passion for cars
and cruising.

05-26-2003, 06:09 PM
Too bad most kids act like assholes today. The pike could be 1000x better if people were just a little more mature.

05-26-2003, 06:10 PM
8) i agree rich

05-26-2003, 06:13 PM
yeah true... now everything sucks for us... everything is strictly enforced and were the ones that get introuble due to people's stupid shit

05-26-2003, 07:50 PM
i think most racing spots nowadays are messed up by stupid ricers and people acting immaturely

05-27-2003, 08:41 AM

do u have the orginal article from the paper they got pissed about?

05-27-2003, 04:38 PM
ugh i know how you feel they are doing the samt thing in sv.. i havent been to the pike ... but i plan on it... burn outs and everything else... ppl always blame other ppl 4 what happens they cant take it upon them selves 4 what has happened.....another thing you never heard the good things that happen at race spots or hang outs it is alwasy the bad or the bustes.. that is messed up... i am offended just like everyone else movies make us look like the bad guys.. when it is rice and and ppl who dont act there age that is just my 2 cents

05-27-2003, 06:08 PM
yea. thats why its cool on this webboard because the majority of people feel that same way about it. Like when we have our meets, we act normal and dont cause too much problems but we know whats nice and whats fuckin rediculous. What I do to try to help things is ignore ignorant people or point out to them how foolish they are. When they realize that no one is laughing with them but laughing at them and yell at them hopefully it goes to there head. but on the otherside of things, its funny to watch people act stupid and make a fool of themselves. except that attracts the cops and gives them a bad stereotype for us.

06-02-2003, 12:28 PM
:uzi: Fast and the Furious

06-09-2003, 09:11 AM
I agree that the pike has changed and its changed quickly. I used to go to the mcdonalds right next to dunkin donuts cuz thats where lots of good burnouts were. Then people started gettin out of control and harassing everyone that drove through. Then it was the circuit city lot next to friendlys. That was huge, till some asshole threw glass bottles onto the pavement where everyone drove through. I stopped going to berlin, its just not the way it used to be, no respect for anyone and its a big rice gathering, granted there still are sweet cars, but its just easier to do something else now.-- :cry:

06-09-2003, 10:49 PM
Theres a Friendly's in Berlin?!?!

06-10-2003, 07:46 AM
yea at the other end of the circuit city lot.

06-10-2003, 11:37 AM
Theres a Friendly's in Berlin?!?!

Yea i went there 8)

06-10-2003, 04:52 PM
:o How did I not know about this?!?!

06-10-2003, 05:11 PM
:o How did I not know about this?!?!

you = we-todd-did

06-10-2003, 11:13 PM
:o How did I not know about this?!?!

because ur car is so fast that u drive right by it.

06-10-2003, 11:15 PM
:o How did I not know about this?!?!

you = we-todd-did

:lol: It took me a lil bit to get that. :(

06-11-2003, 05:16 PM
richie... FREINDLY's good food... yumm

06-11-2003, 05:19 PM
No one did burnouts back in the day???

Why do I find that a bit hard to believe :roll:

06-11-2003, 05:56 PM
i guess its ok for american cars to do burnouts but its reckless driving when imports specifically FWD cars do burnouts. i dont think i have ever seen one musle car pulled over at the pike.

06-11-2003, 10:26 PM
Most of the muscle car guys arent idiots about it and there arent that many real muscle cars that frequent the area. Mustangs and camaros are most popular, somtimes if your lucky a chevelle or GTO will drop in.

06-11-2003, 11:26 PM
i guess its ok for american cars to do burnouts but its reckless driving when imports specifically FWD cars do burnouts. i dont think i have ever seen one musle car pulled over at the pike.

:nod: Cops respect the classics.

06-17-2003, 05:32 PM
i used to go to the pike along time ago, then one of my friends crashed his Z24 after a long night there
then my GFs rents moved there and i started crusing again, i have seen an explostion of police. they seem to be pulling over normal cars and not modded rice

06-17-2003, 05:40 PM
they seem to be pulling over normal cars and not modded rice

:nod: I noticed that too...

06-17-2003, 05:54 PM
most of the time i dont even cruse, but i have to go on th epike to get to her house.
i just drive the speed limit and hope i dont get pulled over or hit

06-30-2003, 07:50 AM
I completely Agree, The pike has changed dramatically. If people would only respect others property and use it as a place to chat, and enjoy the hobby with everyone else we woudln't have nearly any of the problems there are now. I liked going up to the pike and hanging out but now when i go up there all it seems like i am doing is evading from getting a ticket.

07-01-2003, 09:22 AM
I'm fairly new to the Pike even for being 48y/o. I heard about it years ago but after high school I went into the Air Force for 8 years. I got into cars in 1973. I spent 1977-1981 in Southern California. I don't need to say any more about that. Last summer my 15 y/o son and I had a body kit and yellow paint put on my 92 Civic Si. To teach him how to use the car and cruse, we began to go to the Pike. Hopefully he has learned to be respectful of others property. We are using someone else's property. You should leave it at least as nice as you would like it if someone barrowed something of yours. When you take advantage of people and screw them. They are going to complain. If the younger people crusing the Pike would learn that, maybe the Cops wouldn't be such a pain.