Fresh Donuts Come to Bernal Heights (But Taste Kind of Rubbery)


Several readers have written to us recently about new tire-mark “donuts” that have appeared at intersections around Bernal Heights.

Last week, your Bernalwood editor was awakened in the middle of the night by the squealing sound of automobile tires — over, and over, and over again. I could hear someone hooning around the ‘hood, and it sounded as if they were following a specific route, several times in a row.

Neighbor Cara heard it too:

I emailed you earlier about the guy who dangerously picks intersections in Bernal to burn some late night rubber. He came back! This is his THIRD time to the intersection at Nevada and Powhattan. It was about 11pm on Friday night and we heard the tires screeching. This time we ran outside to look from our porch. White, 80s looking convertible with a black soft top. He had a friend filming the ordeal from the sidewalk. After a few minutes of donuts, his friend got in the car and they sped away. Particularly made my blood boil because he came within about 2 feet from slamming into my parked car.

PHOTO: Nevada at Powhattan by Neighbor Cara

19 thoughts on “Fresh Donuts Come to Bernal Heights (But Taste Kind of Rubbery)

  1. We have donuts a the intersection of Folsom and Tompkins as well. It’s particularly scary given it’s at the intersection of Paul Revere Elementary School. Of course the fools do this in the early morning hours, not during school hours but to see it so close to a school sucks.

    • I’d actually call 911 for that (as it was happening,not after, of course- 311 for after)… when someone is spinning donuts, they are one wrong twitch of the wheel from being up the curb and all up in your livingroom.

      • Concur. This is definitely a 911 situation if you witness it while it is happening.

  2. Dare I say that these could be caused by the very same people stealing vehicles or would it start a whole discussion on my so called bias towards car thieves

  3. It doesn’t state if neighbor Cara got the license plate no. & reported it to the police.
    Also, lots of donuts around the area of Alemany Projects.

    • Unfortunately, no. I didn’t get the license plate number to report it. They sped away pretty quickly after I stepped outside on my porch. Wish I had seen it, but it happened too fast and they were too far away to see. I’ll report it to 311.

  4. Hopefully these wannabe stuntmen crash in to something (no property or real people) and get badly maimed or destroyed!

  5. The fact that someone was filming it means it might well end up on YouTube or MySpace and produce a lead.

    For instance, check out this local video from late last year: There’s an 80s convertible soft top doing donuts at 2:00 in, albeit in an industrial area, which seems to be more typical of organized “car club” events. I’m not saying it’s the same car or that the organizing club is involved in this incident! Just pointing out that the culprits could very well out themselves, should they post the video publicly.

    Not that I want to sit around watching donut videos of course. :/

  6. We also had a TON of these donut tracks on 26th St around Treat St Folsom St intersections around the same day. I heard them doing it but was not able to see the car(s). I originally thought someone was racing cars because it sounded like more than one car.

  7. C’mon weren’t any of you people ever teenagers?

    When I was a kid I used to do donuts all the time in my 84 ford escort. Mostly late nights in mall parking lots. Lots of fun. Somewhat dangerous. Would not do it anymore.

    But also not worthy of too much worry warting.

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