Drag Racing in Tehran, Iran
There is a GREAT divide in Iran between the people and its government who hates Israel, hates Jews, hates America, blocks satellite TV, blocks Internet, feeds the locals propaganda about the West and why they need nuclear energy and the bomb.
Yet, the disconnect between the ordinary citizen and the government is real. Many Iranians with any intelligence only agree with the government to protect themselves from suspicion. Privately, they speak otherwise. If they had a choice, Iran would be good friends with the USA.
Yet, to appease the population, they allow so many products made in the USA to exist and purchased via third party channels, from old American cars, Apple products, clothes, consumer goods. Some American TV shows or movies are shown.
Drag racing in Tehran is not new, it is a small group armed with mostly 80's American cars, maybe late 70's. The Chevy Camaro and Pontiac Firebird are favorites. These big cars are seldom driven for preservation reasons, like any old car, plus the cost of fuel is very high. But periodically, the government allows drag racing and car shows, which mostly have American cars. The drag racing is conducted at a nearby airport and the muscle cars (by their standards) put the pedal to the metal for a quarter mile as the crowd watches in awe.
Iran's government knows that its 30 million who are under age 35, tend to love all things American, despite how they try to steer them away from it. Instead of erasing all evidence of American culture from Iran, they allow small bits to keep its population happy.
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