KTVU spoke to one drag racer who said their cars can go up to 130 miles per hour. But that's exactly what one drag car racer, who asked to be anonymous, lives for.
"It's just a great feeling. Free. We go once or twice a week. (We) hit the port," said the drag racer.
KTVU found dozens of videos posted online where amateur street racers openly roar down public roads or perform sideshows right in the middle of the Bay Area.
They drive expensive and extensively modified race cars made to go well over 100 miles an hour in the middle of the day just off a main freeway.
Some of the videos are largely shot on two major streets at or just next to the Port of Oakland. Maritime and 7th streets are two of the most popular places to race, often on weekend days or any weeknight.
As KTVU was downloading some videos for this story, one of the street racers posted this on the web site, "Start blurring the license plates. Plates bra the Ch. 2 news is catching on." KTVU followed that trail to an auto shop in Hayward where one of the race cars featured prominently in one video was parked out front.
The Port of Oakland officials said street racing is a problem for the Oakland Police Department.
Officer Johnna Watson came to one of the street racing hot spots with a KTVU news crew and noticed dark tire marks that defaced the roadway.
"We do believe that has increased. It is coming back," Watson said.
She said the Port has security cameras and officials there are supposed to report street racing. Since last fall, police have only issued one citation.
"People can be injured and killed," Watson said. "We are pulling a lot of components together to address this problem and reduce it."
Some of those components will likely include speed bumps or so-called "rumble strips" that make speeding noisy and uncomfortable.
But for one racer KTVU spoke to, it won't matter.
"If they shut down Oakland," he said, "We'll just do it someplace else."
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.