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From Vocatic.com:

 

In small towns across America, manly men are customizing their jacked-up diesel trucks to intentionally emit giant plumes of toxic smoke every time they rev their engines. They call it “rollin’ coal,” and it’s something they do for fun.

An entire subculture has emerged on the Internet surrounding this soot-spewing pastime—where self-declared rednecks gather on Facebook pages (16,000 collective followers) Tumblers and Instagram (156,714 posts) to share photos and videos of their Dodge Rams and GM Silverados purposefully poisoning the sky. As one of their memes reads: “Roll, roll, rollin’ coal, let the hybrid see. A big black cloud. Exhaust that’s loud. Watch the city boy flee.”

 

Of course, there are things about diesel lovers and their trucks that the rest of us weren’t meant to understand. Like how the guttural noise of a grumbling engine sounds like music when the muffler is removed. Or how the higher the lift and the bigger the tires—the better the man. As Robbie, a 25-year-old mechanic at a diesel garage in South Carolina, puts it, “Your truck is not just something to get you from point A to point B. It’s who you are.” In other words, mushrooming clouds of diesel exhaust are just another way to show off your manhood.

Robbie has been rollin’ coal since he got his first truck 12 years ago, but he admits the allure is “kind of hard to put words on.” “It’s just fun,” he says. “Just driving and blowing smoke and having a good time.”

The pollution pageantry has its origins in Truck Pulls, a rural motorsport where diesel pickups challenge one another to see who can pull a weighted sled the farthest. In order to have an edge, drivers started modifying their trucks to dump excessive fuel into the motor, which gave them more horsepower, torque, speed and a better chance of winning. It also made their trucks emit black smoke, an affectation that apparently won the hearts of country boys everywhere. Today kids will spend anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 modifying their pickups for this sole purpose; adding smoke stacks and smoke switches (which trick the engine into thinking it needs more gas), or even revamping the entire fuel system.

Aside from being macho, the rollin’ coal culture is also a renegade one. Kids make a point of blowing smoke back at pedestrians, in addition to cop cars and rice burners (Japanese-made sedans), which can make it dangerously difficult to see out of the windshield. Diesel soot can also be a great road rage weapon should some wimpy looking Honda Civic ever piss you off. “If someone makes you mad, you can just roll coal, and it makes you feel better sometimes,” says Ryan, a high school senior who works at the diesel garage with Robbie. “The other day I did it to this kid who was driving a Mustang with his windows down, and it was awesome.”

The ultimate highway enemy, however, are “nature nuffies,” or people that drive hybrid cars, because apparently, pro-earth sentiment is an offense to the diesel-trucking lifestyle. “The feeling around here is that everyone who drives a small car is a liberal,” says Ryan. “I rolled coal on a Prius once just because they were tailing me.”

According to the Clean Air Taskforce, diesel exhaust is one of the country’s greatest sources of toxic pollutants and leads to 21,000 premature deaths each year, but even that won’t deter the coal rollers. “I’m not a scientist, but it couldn’t be too horrible,” Robbie says. “There are a lot of factories that are doing way worse than my truck.”

It should be said that not all diesel drivers roll coal. Older enthusiasts call it a waste of fuel and think it gives their kind a bad name, but like a tobacco habit, the younger set are willing to overlook the risks. “It’s bad for the environment. That’s definitely true,” says Ryan. “And some of the kids that have diesel trucks can look like tools. And you can cause a wreck, but everything else about it is pretty good.”

 

I guess cow tipping got boring with this crew. 

 

post #2 of 15

Wow.  Just wow.  

I've actually had the misfortune to see one of these d*ckheads rolling around my town and I thought he was just a singular aberration. 

 

How unfortunate that he has company.

post #3 of 15

I was much more of  the noise pollution type myself as a youngster.  Loud stereo and loud headers/exhaust was how I rolled.

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Wow.  Just wow.  

I've actually had the misfortune to see one of these d*ckheads rolling around my town and I thought he was just a singular aberration. 

 

How unfortunate that he has company.

 

Sadly they will soon be living in a trailer park and breeding some day.  

post #5 of 15

Scary thing is that they vote...:nono:

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Scary thing is that they vote...:nono:

 

Well, probably not. What percentage of Americans bother to vote? Do you think they bother to go and vote?

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Well, probably not. What percentage of Americans bother to vote? Do you think they bother to go and vote?


They will vote for tea party folks that run against gun control folks for sure.. Around here they definitely vote, Rural in red and urban in blue.

post #8 of 15

Bumper sticker says... "My other car is the General Lee"

 

post #9 of 15
I'm kinda pretty sure they aren't 'blue' voters.
post #10 of 15

Hadn't ever heard the term "rollin' coal" before until I saw this posted up by a friend on facebook a couple of days ago: http://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/index.ssf/2014/06/beaverton_driver_messes_with_w.html.  Article is unclear on the final outcome, but perhaps a little bit of karma coming to bite someone.

post #11 of 15

I don't think this would have flown in Texas...of all places!  

 

Vehicles are required to get an emissions check yearly to get their state-required inspection sticker, and if seen by the cops (they blow it on cops intentionally...really???), it would be an automatic gleefully given citation for "Excessive Exhaust."  In fact, an officer could probably seize it as a hazard to other motorists.....and presumably anyone in the vicinity who breathes oxygen.

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I'm kinda pretty sure they aren't 'blue' voters.

 

I just doubt that they vote at all. Probably too busy rolling coal on Priuses (Priii?).

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Bumper sticker says... "My other car is the General Lee"

I used to know someone who worked for a railroad who had a bumper sticker that said, "My other car is a locomotive."

 

Makes a Cummins Power Wagon look pretty wimpy.

 

Also, I'm a civil engineer. I spend a lot of time around heavy equipment. Pickup trucks? Glorified passenger cars.

post #14 of 15

As a Prius driver in the wilds of Oregon, I can guarantee you they do this all the time though way more toy than the pics. Hard to get a modern Diesel to put out that much smoke, they are electronically controlled not to do it.  They have to slow way down (not their favorite speed) which gets them honks from other drivers for their "Prius like" behavior, for not that much smoke. But they do enjoy themselves.  I run into them in our only gas station...yikes gotta be $100+ a week keeping them in fuel.

 

Of course it is Oregon so the unexpected (for the "coalers") happens.

 
post #15 of 15
The days of smokin twin stacks are gone. Def, clean air idle,ultra low sulfate fuel and ultra shift autos for those less the skilled drivers.
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