british media is strange.
i lived in toulouse for two years and came out to dresden last month for a 6 month stint.
two well developed european country's but give these people anything motorised and they are on a suicide mission. just absolute bonkers.
I'm not going to get into 'how they drive so well on the autobahn' spend some time inner city, if it wasnt so dangerous it would be absolutly hilarious.
At the end of the day, for all the crap drivers and idiot selfish morons (be it 'boy racer' or 'out of my way exec') we still have some of the safest roads in the world. Surly the safest when you account for population density per sq mile of tarmac.
by the way the flavour of the month here are the 'banditos' a gang of bikes with chopped hogs farting around town ignoring all traffic rules, no boy racers as such but at least you can stick your fingers up at a boy racer without a serious fear of reprisal
i have had a few french hot hatches (with a loud exhaust) and currently a fiesta rs turbo. just because you own these cars doesnt mean your going to rev the nuts off it outside a spar shop!
I think the differing views on car culture and modyfing must be geographical. ok if you live in a big inner city there must be an abundance of twats in knackered death traps causing a nusiance. for me growing up in north wales there werent many, yes there are plenty of modified cars, the occasional idiot, but we also have all the night and road rallys, car shows such as the VW show in bodelwyddan and plety of fun runs / days out for car clubs which represents the good side of car enthusiasts and hobby'ers