“Prepare for some repair bills to that Mustang bud … your s-its gonna be scratched the f-ck up, people know where you live,” read one of the instant message threats sent to Danny Diaz at 5:19 p.m. on Sunday.
Diaz, 22, drove his 2014 Ford Mustang to the “Cars Coffee -N- Doughnuts San Diego” gathering on Sept. 25 at 6755 Mira Mesa Blvd. He said that he hung out with between 20-30 people, then took off around 9:30 a.m. — but too quickly.
“[Diaz] proceeded to pull a solid 30 to 45 second burnout,” said Brad, 38, the head coordinator for the gathering.
Diaz’s account was different: “It was only maybe 5 seconds, what’s the big deal?”
After Diaz took off from the venue, the moderator of Cars Coffee -N- Doughnuts San Diego posted a 3-part photo montage on their Facebook page.
“It was [a photo of] my license plate, my car and my face,” said Diaz, “that is when the hatin’ started.”
Below the image was a caption that read: TO THE OWNER OF THE BLACK MUSTANG NAMED DANNY DIAZ WHOM JUST LEFT THE MEET AND DID THE BURNOUT ON MIRA MESA BLVD – YOU ARE NOT WELCOME BACK THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY UNCALLED FOR AND THE STAFF IS HANDING YOUR LICENSE PLATE, INSTAGRAM AND ADDRESS TO THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES WE HAVE PHOTOS OF YOU AND YOUR VEHICLE
“It was only after his confessions of his actions that we posted a photo of his vehicle to one of our other social media accounts,” Brad said.
Diaz said that he received about seven direct messages from “haters.” He added that the majority of the “trolling” was found on back and forth messages under the shared and reposted posts of Diaz’s photos on Facebook and Instagram.
Not all posts were anti-Diaz sentiments.
“I bet if some rich guy in a old school Ford GT did a burnout at your meet you wouldn’t be mad,” posted John Klarich on the thread.
Diaz said that the organizers even tagged his place of employment and Kar Motorsports (a shop that he frequents) to the “burnout post.”
Brad and his friends that organize car meets usually coordinate with local businesses to draw large amounts of traffic (allegedly over a thousand cars at a recent meet in North County) into their parking lots. Businesses like the money that comes in from the traffic, but are said to not like the stigma attached to the car scene: revving engines, bumping sound systems, street racing and burnouts.
On many car-meet digital and print fliers, they all share the same rule: PLEASE RESPECT THIS MEET AT ALL TIMES — SHOWBOATING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED
“The burnout was taking place in the street,” Diaz said, “they don’t have any jurisdiction.”
“This has been an ongoing problem that event organizers are trying to combat,” Brad said. “The driver in question at no time has denied to us his actions, nor has he apologized for his actions.”
“I’m going back (to the next car meet). I don’t care,” Diaz said in regards to him being “not welcomed or banned” from future car meets.
One more photo of Diaz’s “440 horsepower car” surfaced online. On this photo a police car is parked behind his Mustang with the lightbar on. Diaz said that the photo "was taken a long time ago."
As of press time, the San Diego Police Department has not responded on the charges that can arise when a driver is caught burning out on the city streets.