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What Drug Smugglers and Racers Have in Common | WheelHouse

What Drug Smugglers and Racers Have in Common | WheelHouse


Being a racer takes a certain kind of person. The willingness to take calculated risks is
what separates the “decent” from the truly great. That willingness is also a key personality
trait in smugglers. Racers and Smugglers have a lot in common,
and Psychology can prove it. According to a study done by the New York
Times, some of the main traits that determine how successful a racer can be are: Dominance,
Self Sufficiency, and Relaxation. A racer needs to be assertive, both when driving
and off the track. If a driver is unsure how their car is performing,
they can’t relay that to the mechanics “Honestly, what the F*** are we doing here?” Being Self-sufficient is also a critical racing
skill. A driver might have an entire team behind
them relaying car information and strategy calls, but when shit hits the fan, the driver
will be forced to make tough calls on their own. The same is required of you when you’re
running contraband. If you’re fleeing the cops, you won’t
succeed if you can’t think on your feet. It’s also crucial for a driver to keep their
head when the heat is on. Racing isn’t a very chill activity.Taking
turns at 100 miles an hour with cars all around you isn’t for people who panic. American racing legend Bobby Rahal once said
that ”Emotion is the enemy of the race car driver.” Like racing, smuggling also requires that
you keep your emotions under control. “Say Hello to my little friend!” One final trait mentioned in the racing study
was shyness. It doesn’t have much to do with driving,
but a lot of professional racers are shy people and naturally introverted, which you can tell
by watching old Kimi Raikkonen interviews. “Just leave me alone, I know what I’m
doing.” Looking at the two groups and their traits
side by side, you might think that Smugglers would make great racing drivers. And you’d be right. Randy Lanier was the 1986 Indy 500 rookie
of the year. Before the race, Randy’s name was pretty
obscure, He’d only been racing since he was 25. But according to his driving instructor, Lanier
was one of the most talented drivers he had ever seen. At age 30 Randy bought two race cars and started
his own team, and began beating factory teams, despite the fact that he didn’t have any
big sponsors. And that’s because Randy was paying for
racing with drug money. “I like weed, and sometimes when my friends
need weed I hook ‘em up.” Randy grew up near Fort Lauderdale and started
selling weed as a teen. He eventually made enough money to buy a 27
foot powerboat and started smuggling pot from the Bahamas back to Florida. It was easy money, and he was good at it. His empire quickly grew from one man to an
operation that sprawled the entire US, and included a fleet of speed boats and a barge
modified to carry over 100 tons of Marijuana. It’s estimated that Randy made over 68 million
dollars, and used the money to buy vacation houses and collect a fleet of exotic cars. His life was basically a Rick Ross song. BOUGHT A FLEET OF CA- But the authorities had caught on to Randy’s
drug running ways. Randy left his glitzy racer lifestyle and
fled to Antigua, where he was soon arrested at gunpoint. It’s possible that Randy was so good at
both racing and smuggling because he saw the similarities between the two. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine
he remarked on how alike smuggling and racing are. Quote : “You’re hitting your lines, hitting
your apexes – you’re in the zone.” I don’t think the comparison is that surprising. The worlds of racing and smuggling are high
stakes and high stress. I don’t want to glorify what Randy did but
pulling off those huge jobs must have felt pretty awesome, like winning a race. In Randy’s case racing and smuggling were
separate activities. But what if someone combined the two? Vic Lee Motorsport was a top British Touring
Car Championship team in the early nineties. And like Randy Lanier, the Vic Lee team did
this all without factory support. The team did a lot of testing outside of the
UK particularly in the Zandvoort circuit in Holland. They did so much testing in fact, that the
cops started to get suspicious. Why was a British team going to the Netherlands
to test so often? The answer was lots and lots of cocaine. Turns out the Vic Lee Racing team was using
their race hauler as a drug barge. British police stopped the trailer on it’s
way back from Holland. In a secret compartment was nearly 40 kilos
of coke. “So much coke, That’s a lot of coke” I think the reality of racing is that it attracts
people who are willing to take risks. And nothing demonstrates this better than
the inception of America’s top racing series. The 18th amendment made the production and
sale of liquor illegal in the United States. People started smuggling homemade moonshine
in the back of their cars, even going so far as to modify them to make the job easier. They put stiffer suspension in the rear, They
took out the rear seats to hold more product, and they put bigger engines under the hood
so they could outrun the cops. The moonshine runners were basically building
race cars, and it didn’t take long for them to start pitting their custom builds against
each other in unofficial contests. Even after prohibition ended, they were still
racing their cars, but a guy named Bill France wanted some organization. The National Association for Stock Car Auto
Racing was founded in December of 1947.NASCAR was built from smuggling. Racers aren’t more likely to be criminals
than any other athlete, obviously. Drug smuggling is often portrayed as a victimless
crime, something that Robin Hood-like figures do. Because of this, it’s not hard to glamorize
it and neither is racing. Racers and smugglers alike become folk heroes. And when you’re someone who does both, you
almost get elevated to another level. As if someone like that could only exist in
a movie. But they don’t, these did it for real. Subscribe to Donut Media, the more subscribers
we get the more cool stuff we get to do. Have you ever smuggled anything? The FBI and NSA aren’t watching these comments,
let us know! If you liked this episode of WheelHouse check
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100 thoughts on “What Drug Smugglers and Racers Have in Common | WheelHouse

  1. I once took play blocks form play time when I was in 1st grad and stole a piece of gum from a friend

  2. my grandpa has told me about smuggling beer in the heater vents when he was underaged… they never found it.

  3. I used to do it in Florida before I met my wife. Start in central Florida and I go all over the state, pan handle to the Keys. Never got busted but I was pulled over a few times.

  4. All those traits can apply to most jobs. And he was so successful because the methods of snuggling weren't as common. Hard to pull off these days

  5. OK that's why I am a terrible sales person Bcz my suitable career option are Smuggling or Racing. 😉😉

  6. I used to smuggle Pakistani mangoes for family into the USA and marlboro lights for my borther back into Canada. Ah the glitzy life.

  7. Shhhhhhhhh……..dude, you don’t tell the secret on the racers community. Now watch those mafia tailgaters

  8. YouTube: Is that drugs I see in the thumbnail? Aww man, I love that demonetisation button so much I wanna smack it on it's butt

  9. The only reason why I chose this video is because I race. It’s called quarter midget. Basically NASCAR for kids. I agree that you stay calm and every other fact about racing. I don’t like I relate with drug smugglers. Still I like your videos donut, keep up the good work

  10. No mention of the Whittington Brothers. Bought their way into the '79 LeMans, and won. Bought Road Atlanta because it had a straightaway you could land a plane on. That proved useful… Great story.

  11. If you can find the story of the guy who would drive his early model Viper, all black, with no lights, and night vision, from chicago to Detroit, you'll have an amazing racer smuggler story to cover. That shit was epic.

  12. Lmaooo I've done a little bit of both. This video will just get you arrested. If you aint got the balls, dont try it at all.

  13. I'm smuggling mdma and lsd from Thailand to Malaysia using my mitsubishi evo3 and mitsubishi pajero thats a lot a stress

  14. I'm going to be a great racer one day cause DONUT MEDIA said introverts r likely to become great racers. Thank you Donut Media! Love ur videos

  15. There just hype beast that love the rush

    They need the fix the fix of a win is the same as getting a way with some thing for some people

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