THE SPORTSMAN CLASSES AWAY FROM THE PRO SHOW?
That said, NHRA needs to discern what classes belong at their professional level (National Events) and which ones belong at the regional level. For me the answer is simple: move the not-so-Super classes to regional events only, solving the pit space problem and allowing a more relaxed schedule for the remaining competitors.
While the professionalism of the drivers in those classes is unquestionable, the cars are another story. Spectators who shell out $30 to $60 on raceday should be spared the thrill of all those throttle-stopped, low revving big-blocks lumbering down the track. The only place I have enjoyed them is past the finish line, as they sound racier at speed, thanks to Mr. Doppler.
HEY, BURK CAN'T GET THE VCR TO QUIT BLINKING
MORE STUFF BURK WON'T BE ABLE TO DO EITHER
…I have run in the low 4.6's and 315 but I hear about others running 4.40 at near 330. The tune-up deal is really, really neat. There is the Racepak computer program that you can use to study your run; just like the pros you can save your runs from the different tracks and weather conditions.
All this is at the advance (or whatever it is called) level. I suggest you try that advanced level and then just run with the tune-up it gives you and try to get down track without hitting stuff. Your ET's won't be that great but it will give you a learning chance to steer at speed. Then you can go to several sites on the web, get a tune-up that someone else has had success with and use it.
Each run I then look at the weather conditions and mess with the clutch based on that and I normally can get it down track fairly well. If I put too much clutch…whamo…smoke the tires before 330.
For a tune-up site try nitrosim.com. There is a league and all there. For nice paint downloads try nitrografix.com. Here you can get the real paint jobs of Bernstein, Kallitta, Scelzi and such that the game does not have. Have fun!
RIGHT BACK ATCHA, BERSERKO
Check out my Jungle Jim page on www.70sfunnycars.com
YOU TALKING TO US?
I especially enjoyed reading your interview with Don Schumacher. I am a BIG fan of Tony Schumacher.
That's all for now. Keep up the great work.
Kevin A. Bennett
Thanks, Kevin, but we haven't done an interview with Don Schumacher. Maybe you swallowed too much sea water when you were surfing the web. Anyway, keep reading us. (We like Tony too.)
WE PREFER 'ONLINE MAGAZINE'
My response to this dilemma is the same as most. I don't feel people are ready to buy toys, furniture, and stocks online. But, what is the main purpose people access the internet, "INFORMATION". Okay folks, I never said I had the great vision for curing the world's problems, but in either case, in my opinion drag racing has taken the ultimate step.
E-Zines, as we refer to them as, have truly evolved from the print magazines we all see on the shelves. I feel we have achieved the same thing as print media, but being able to reach more readers, much easier. Let's face it, the internet is here to stay, and we may as well work with it, not against it.
Keep up the fantastic work, Burk, see you at the races.
WE THANK YOU AND RON THANKS YOU
However, as far as not killing trees, consider this: in California, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric are claiming to be on the verge of death…in which case, my #!%*&@ computer won't work. "Scotty, I need MORE POWER!!!"
Thanks for the teaser of Ron Lewis' photos. You ARE planning to publish MORE, RIGHT? Ron has been not only a friend of mine since 1986, but a great mentor (although he probably doesn't know that) in my own racing photography. Although I will never be able to hold a candle (flash?) to Ron's work, his influence has helped me improve my shooting skills both on and off the drag strip. He is, indeed, one of the best!
WE THINK, THEREFORE WE EXIST
Not this year, Kevin, but who knows about 2002.
WELL, WE'RE NO NITROFAN.COM, BUT WE TRY
As usual your mag is still tops and getting better all the time.
THINK HOW MANY TREES WE SAVED BY HAVING ALL
THIS INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET
Sorry to hear of Steve Collison's untimely passing. He was one of my favorite writers. He, along with several that you mentioned, have done their best for the little guy. Just hope that you guys can keep it up, butting heads with big money interests. I was really surprised when Wayne Scraba went to writing for National Dragster! I kind of thought he sold us out!
Sure wish it hadn't taken me so long to put my thoughts into writing this, but I really liked your site.
Thanks for the kind comments about DRO, Brad. And think kindly of Wayne too. Paying jobs are few and far between in racing journalism and he's got to make a living, just like the rest of us who do this full time.
WE GET SOME RESPECT
Over thirty some odd years (Old Farts may remember some of these) I have visited and/or participated in events at regional dragstrips in Calhoun, GA; Brainard, TN; Loudon, TN; 411 Dragway, TN; English Mtn., TN; Cherokee Dragway, TN; Richlands, VA; Richmond, VA; Farmington Dragway, NC; Piedmont Dragway, NC; Atmore Dragway, AL; Greer, SC; Darlington, SC; Gainesville, FL; Atlanta, GA; Bristol Dragway, TN; and a few others I can't remember.
I want to give you my perspective on the state of Professional Drag Racing today. Hope we can talk later.
Thanks for the resume, Randy. Send us something to read and we'll take a look at it. We're always looking for intelligent, well-written, non-libelous, thought-provoking Guest Editorials.
HEY, THAT'S HOW PHOTOGRAPHERS WIN THOSE AWARDS
No person affiliated with this, the best motorsport racing in the world, needs to be reminded of the speeds that are being produced by the fuel classes at as little as sixty feet from the starting beams. With natural consequences of the sport being unexpected wheelies, blowovers, lost wings, punctured tires, collisions, etc. Is it really beyond imagination that a car or errant components may come over that wall and collide with one of these persons? I think not.
Sure, the print photographer can just lay down and pray, but where does that guy perched up there on the t.v. camera platform go?
I have been a racer and fan for 35 years and actually took photos for my school newspaper in the '70s at our beloved Great Lakes Dragway, so I realize from standing in those positions the speed and inertia that is being created that you do not understand from being in the stands.
I, like any other NHRA fan , would love to see coverage of our sport in the daily papers, but not when it involves an injury or worse. No other motorsport condones this accident waiting to happen; why do we? Any thoughts?
SUPER SUPER CHEVY SHOW AT VEGAS
Do you know if the NHRA is going to limit the number of cars that will be attending their Pro Mod races next year? (pre-entries, etc.) I keep looking for them to make an announcement about it, but none so far….
R.I.P. STEVE COLLISON
MY MONEY IS ON VEGAS
Chris did one hell of a job on this Wally Parks story. Yes, there have been some times when I have blamed Wally for the things I didn't like about NHRA and he hasn't always been right BUT where would we have been without him? Wally and Barbara have truly dedicated their lives to drag racing and I am thankful for that. I do, however, believe he needs to see what the real world is like for the 98 percent sportman racers that make up the real show for the 2 percent Pros that get all the TV time, purse, and glory.
OK, MAYBE THE PHOTOS RAN FIRST IN AUSTRALIA,
BUT THEY LOOKED UPSIDE DOWN…
I've always said to my U.S. friends, if you want to know what's happening ring me in Australia…
Still, love your ezine and site. Great news and gossip. Keep up the good work.
ANYBODY GOT ANY RON LAHR ORIGINAL PHOTOS?
Very nice of you to have printed (my) Magic Muffler shot [in Fuel Altereds, Part 1 in the December issue] I live in Las Vegas now and have recently become active again in shooting races. It turns out Las Vegas is quite the drag racing nexus now with Goodguys/NHRA/Super Chevy, etc. all with big events here.
It's true about my archive…gone for many years. I've been on a quest to recover any and all prints, scans, drag rags that have my stuff. Remarkably, I have recovered about 30 shots. You will be able to view these on my new photo heavy website going up this month. DRAGSHOTS is a very exciting project for me.
As yet I have found no prints though I know they are out there. I've been trying to track what has to be one of the first flame shots printed. Harrell and Borsch at Irwindale that was a center spread in SS&DI in maybe 1966. It was a transparency in 4x5 or 2 1/4 x 3 1/4.
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Lana J. Sosenka (Mrs. Magoo)
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