Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The accident happened during a meeting of the modified car club Cruise HertsCredit:Gary Dawson This is the same junction where the two cars collided on Thursday.He said the event had been running regularly for 17 years, providing a “safe space” for car enthusiasts to meet within a controlled, closed environment.Mr Sidhu added: “We have a liaison officer to pass number plates to police if there is ever any trouble; we try to make it as safe as possible.”Some people like drinking and that sort of thing, we just like cars. They are our pride and joy, what we are interested in.”Unfortunately this incident means we are all going to be tarred with the same brush – people will say we are boy racers. It appears to be a crowd-pleaser, with people lining the streets to hear the cars screech back onto the public road, the drivers flexing their vehicle’s muscles. As the night draws in and cars begin to leave, the more people can be seen on the grass bank adjacent to the road as well as the central reservation.A video recorded on June 27 shows a police car parked around 100 yards down the road from the junction. On that evening, officers were filmed pulling a driver over having flashed the blue lights.  Ambulances and police at crash scene outside Stevenage football ground Two cars were involved in a collision, injuring bystandersCredit:Gary Dawson  A witness wrote on Facebook: “Horrific incident in Stevenage. A car (boy racers) has ploughed into at least 10/15 people on the side of a road who were watching on.”Must be 30+ emergency services on the scene. Thoughts are with all involved, looks so bad.”Ciaran O’Connor, 33, who witnessed the crash, reportedly said he saw three or four young people lying in the road.Mr Sidhu added: “It was horrific, the crash. We are first-aid trained, just in case, and members of the public were really good too, helping us get to those who were injured.”There was one woman who couldn’t walk, we had to get four of us to carry her to safety.”I’m thankful that nobody died. Nobody wanted this, we try so hard to make sure this doesn’t happen, we beg people not to race on the roads – if they want to race, there are places they can go for that, tracks where they can go at speed. Initially, the number injured was understood by the Hertfordshire Constabulary to be 14, but on Friday morning it had increased to 17.A spokesman added: “I am not aware of any fatalities or arrests at this stage, however investigations are ongoing.”We are working with the road policing unit and local policing teams for further updates and will be in touch in due course.” From beefing up their engines to bolstering the car’s sound systems and from changing the car’s shape with a body kit to installing neon lights – the idea is for drivers to be able to display their cars for enthusiasts to admire. Those attending events are invited to walk around the cars, buy merchandise, share advice and plan further meet-ups.But, with adrenaline running, high-powered cars and the lure of likes on social media, Thursday night’s event turned rogue. Despite organiser Nix Sidhu pleading with participants not to race – the message did not get through. He said: “We held the meet in a car park with a speed bump at the entrance. But unfortunately some people went a bit rogue.”We try and stop that, we urge people – urge them on social media beforehand – not to go out on the roads, not to risk injury or anything.”But unfortunately, in this age of social media and Snapchat, people want to get footage and post things to their friends, which seems to drive some people to the main road.”Video footage dedicated to the event – but not posted by Cruise-Herts – shows dozens of cars arriving and leaving the retail car park and joining the dual carriageway.  “But we’ve decided we’re not going to run these any more. After 17 years, it’s over.” At least 17 people have been injured, some seriously, after two cars crashed and ploughed into bystanders at a modified car meet in Stevenage.The accident took place on the A602 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, on Thursday evening as hundreds of people gathered to admire cars. But the event – raising money for charity – turned into a nightmare when both cars collided with pedestrians.Footage posted on social media showed one car emerging onto the main road while another vehicle was passing at speed. They collided, causing both cars to hit bystanders on the side of the road and on the central reservation. Describing the incident, Rix Sidhu, 29, of the Cruise Herts club which had organised the get-together said the crash involved a Nissan 350Z and a Toyota GT86.”We saw the car (Toyota) come into the car park and recklessly do a donut manoeuvre,” he said.”It pulled out of the car park on to the main road and then it was hit by the Nissan, which was coming at speed. I’d say at least 60 or 70mph.”I was walking down the main road to meet up with some friends and then I saw it happen.”The cars collided and then went into the crowd at speed. There were several younger people in the crowd, but they weren’t kids. They were about 18 years old-plus.” “We pleaded with everyone to not race week in week out, and also not to stand to close to the road because of this happening.”We never condoned reckless driving, we said every week our meet is strictly static, we had young children attend with parents, we created a family atmosphere unfortunately a few ruined it for the rest.”We worked with the police week in week out, we have for years. We can not control every individual.”Our meets were simply in the car park, not on the public road. I completely agree we always urged people to race in a safe controlled environment (a track day at a track) but people don’t want to pay etc.”This isn’t our fault we don’t stand and edge people to race we always try and stop it.”Cruise-Herts modified car club – what is it?The community of motor enthusiasts have been meeting for 17 years – making it the longest-standing car club in the area. Describing itself as a modified car club, drivers descend upon a nominated area and park up. Usually in a car park after the businesses have closed for the day, the car owners will showcase the modifications made to their vehicles.  One witness said on Twitter: “I’ve just witnessed that horrendous crash in #Stevenage, no more than 50ft away from me. I’m still trying to process it all.”Police have urged any witnesses to get in touch and have asked anyone with footage of the incident to retain it.The accident happened during a weekly meet of the modified car club Cruise Herts.A post on the group’s Facebook page read: “This Thursday night meet is an extra special meet we as a group are raising money for the excellent charity of 4Louis who help supporting families through the heartache of miscarriage stillbirth and child loss.”This is a Strictly Static Meet & Any Antisocial Behaviour Will Not be Tolerated! Any Such Behaviour will be Dealt with by the Local Authorities!! So strictly NO Wheel Spins NO Burnouts and NO Drifting.”Car club cancels its meets indefinitely Rix Sidhu, 29, of the Cruise Herts club, said the group were not boy racers but “car enthusiasts”.Posting on Facebook, he said: “After what happened tonight me and Dean have decided we will not be having anymore Cruise Herts meets. “We are devastated. I’ve been running this for 10 years and we have never had one incident. We were raising money for charity, as we often do, and there was no speed element to it.”The meetings were well established – offering enthusiasts the chance to buy Cruise-Herts hoodies, banners and stickers. They were also raising money for charity and Thursday’s event was dedicated to 4Louis, who provide equipment and training free of charge to hospital units, hospices and other professionals who “sadly have the job of comforting grieving families who suffer a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal or child death”. As well as the weekly meetings, Cruise-Herts also put on convoys, where drivers would meet at a specific place in Hertfordshire before travelling en masse to a bigger meet.The most recent was in May, when the fleet travelled to London for the Car Culture UK Final Meet.Almost 2,000 attended from across the country to display their vehicles at the car park of Pets At Home in Newham. But, as video footage from the meet shows, it turned into hundreds of people gathered around cars wheel-spinning and drifting on the tarmac.  Ambulances and police at crash scene outside Stevenage football ground where a car has ploughed into kids watching cars speeding. Thursday 18th july 2019