3 For Fans of Street Racing

When the regulations of NASCAR and F1 have simplified their craft too much in the interest of safety, there’s only one place you can experience the proper thrill and skill of racing–the streets. With no rules or barriers to hold them back, these stories propel you through their fast-paced narratives all the way until their screeching conclusions. If you are a fan of street racing, try these:

Slammed: Honda Civic
After getting out of reform school, DeAndre lands back in the life that put him there: racing souped-up cars with stolen parts. But in trying to earn back his Detroit cred–and his girlfriend–he’ll learn what it really means to win.

Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo
Andrew and Eddie did everything together, best friends bonded more deeply than brothers. When Eddie dies of an apparent suicide, Andrew is left with the backstabbing academic world where Eddie spent his days and the circle of hot boys, fast cars, and hard drugs that ruled Eddie’s nights.

Initial D: Legend 1: Awakening
When aspiring racer Koichiro Iketani witnesses an unplanned street duel between Keisuke Takahashi, a member of a rival race team, and a mysterious Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86, Koichiro’s totally blown away by the skill of the 86’s driver. What Koichiro doesn’t know is that the driver is fellow gas station attendant Takumi Fujiwara, who was making a late-night tofu delivery for his father, a legendary Mt. Akina driver himself.