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The Price We Pay to Play

By motortopia

Check out the gas prices in that picture. Not, it isn't Photoshopped--those are actual prices seen Tuesday in the San Francisco area!

With oil prices up to a record $109 a barrel and the increased warm-weather fuel demand just around the corner, gas prices in the U.S. are certain to rise over the next several months. Some are even predicting the rest of the country could see prices like those in the picture.

Assuming prices do rise, how will that affect your driving habits this year? Will you participate in fewer car- (or motorcycle-) related events? Will you continue the same level of participation but cut down driving in other areas, such as family vacations or commuting to work? Or will you just clinch your teeth and dig deeper into your pockets? And how high do the prices need to go before they DO cut into your participation? And for those of you outside North America who already live with high gas prices, how does that affect the hobby in your country?

Let us know in the comments!

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kitt2000’s Profile Photo
Apr 4, 2008 at 8:01 am
heres an interesting activity that will surprise you and piss you off at the same time. look up what the price per gallon cost for gas is in saudi arabia or venezuela currently, see for yourself.
rotorhead’s Profile Photo
Apr 1, 2008 at 7:56 pm
Everyone start buying cars with FlexFuel. If we all drive on corn fuel then the oil companies won't have a leg to stand on. ALSO, if you don't want to buy new cars...then supporting flex fuel will get us there too because it only costs maybe $100 to convert an engine to run 100% on ethanol.
We are making the gas prices high ourselves....because we buy the black stuff.
sykestudio’s Profile Photo
Mar 22, 2008 at 12:36 pm
Whilst I understand your resentment of rising fuel prices, at current exchange rates, that equates to about £2.50 a gallon. I think we can beat that in the UK with a price or around £4.80 per (UK) gallon! Almost 70% of that is Government tax, most of which does NOT get spent on roads or other directly related car stuff. On top of that, we're now being threatened with an increase of annual "Road Tax" in 2010 to maybe £450 for so-called "gas-guzzlers" and an extra "showroom tax" of around £1,000. This means SUV's, big V6s and V8s. Bio-ethanol would be fine, but it seems to be screwing with crop-based food prices, which are already rising because of ... you guessed it ... transport costs!
scatpack’s Profile Photo
Mar 21, 2008 at 6:46 pm
I drive a truck for a living. 6-7 hundred to fill up and 6.5 mpg. I may not make any car shows with gas going over 4 bucks a gal. It's way beyond outrageous!
jebfastlane’s Profile Photo
Mar 15, 2008 at 9:06 am
As I see it Ca. will always have the highest gas prices, as they are the first to push clean air laws for the auto industry. The gas prices are going to go up, that's for sure, but here in Sidney NE they are $2.89 a gallon. Knowing that the prises are going to hit, I think $3.75 average in the USA, I have change plans. I am not going on the Bandit Run, 3,000 miles round trip would set me back over $700 bucks on fuel alone. This fuel shortage is to build the oil reserves in the US, it has been coming a long time. The oil company's want to get our prices up to the average of the overseas countries. Clean air, start with the big companies all over the world that produce the most of the polution, lead by example. The hobby will change with the new generation smaller engine cars, but it will still be a hobby of choice by many. In 25 years the big V-8's will be rare at car shows and brought in by trailers pulled by Green trucks. All forms of racing will also change, but there will still be racing. If the fuel companies could figure out how to make money off of water we would be burning it now. If all we had to do, at present, was change our big engines to burn Hydrogine to keep them we would. Thanks for asking my view point!

Ragtop_Gall’s Profile Photo
Mar 14, 2008 at 8:58 pm
KRIKEY...and ere i thought we ad it bad in North Carolina....aint gonna complain ....wheeeew!!!
monteman1978’s Profile Photo
Mar 14, 2008 at 9:50 am
I just paid $4.14 a gallon for diesel for my van. $100 does not go far.
racerx23’s Profile Photo
Mar 13, 2008 at 6:43 pm
Gas prices here in GA. are atleast $3.17 @ gallon ! I own,and operate a Freighliner diesel truck for local deliveries,and cannot find fuel for less then $4.00 @ gallon ! I have several BB.and SB. cars,and 3 diesel trucks,and I'm not a happy camper !! All you can do is keep on living with a little hope there is light at the end of the tunnel.If I had it my way I would drill through a carabous head to get to the oil if it would'nt get out of the way.We should also send all the tree huggers to a 3rd world country to see how they will be living if we don't do something NOW !!!! I feel better now !!!!!!!!!!
Fastenuf67’s Profile Photo
Mar 13, 2008 at 10:13 am
thanx bush,hey he's an oil man from texas,you really think he's gonna offer any kind of solution that takes money out of his own pocket?we need to build some new refineries and quit shipping 70% of the oil from our alaskan pipeline to china.thats right bet you didn't know thats where the majority goes.they are supposidly stocking it up.we need it really think a young person working at mc d's or wal-mart for 6$-9$ an hour can afford car insurance and gas?hell at these prices they are just working to put gas in their vehicle.if we refined more of our own fuel big oil companies cuold easily drop gas prices back to 1.50$ per gallon and still make a substantial works over seas,gas in saudi arabia is only 45 cents per gallon and in venezuella its only 38 cents per gallon.go figure that one out !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
84foxbody’s Profile Photo
Mar 12, 2008 at 11:40 pm
The price for oil is well above equilibrium price and has no need to be this high. If it keeps rising like it does the economy will be severly up a creek without a paddle

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