DRAG RACING IS A TWO-WAY STREET
NHRA has been out of touch with what built (and maintained) a loyal fan and participant base for years. Pro stock truck? Give me a break! Pro stock bike? Like rice rocket pilots REALLY indulge in the 1320. The media show needs to stop.
People need to identify with what they see on TV (if we ever get coverage again) and what sits in the driveway. Isn't this "common" sense? After paying my last NHRA dues in '86 (and still being pissed when The County shut down!), I have been looking for a grass-roots organization to back. When the IHRA comes to Banning, I'm behind it all the way. I'll trailer the '68 out there over Palmdale ANY DAY to support them. I supported the NHRA in the '70s and early '80s because they supported ME.
Where is the backing for the "backbone" of drag racing? Does NHRA actively promote Wednesday night grudge racing or test and tune? NO. Why would I lay out money to go to a national event when the sanctioning organization doesn't support local racing? Where are the future supporters supposed to come from? Street racing in Rialto? Even Big Willie had more sense than that....
I'm done ranting, the Valium is kicking in....
"When I drive that slow, ya know it's hard to steer..." Sammy Hagar--I Can't Drive 55
MEDIA REVIEW #2
PRO STOCK TRUCK PETITION ADDRESS
FUEL BIKE CORRECTION
MEDIA REVIEW #3
I know your frustration with the L.A. Times, but there you are dealing with a editor (Bill Dwyre) who believes that tennis is god's gift to the world. I'm afraid as long as he is there, NHRA drag racing is never going to get its just due. And it's a shame because Shav Glick is one of the top motor sports writers of all time.
Keep up the good work,
INJECTED NITRO FUNNY CARS ARE WHAT THE TICKET
P.S. Good seeing jetcar BoB @ INDY. Keep looking for those Romeo Palamides chassis.
A REAL BLOW JOB
'STOCK' CARS...WHAT A CONCEPT
Wow Jeff, what a revolutionary idea. That's what the class/eliminator originally was conceived as ... even before NHRA claimed they started it. It quickly got subverted by the techies at Chrysler with the Motown Missile and later really killed by Jenkins' Vega and NHRA's love of the SB Chevy and little motor, David vs. Goliath stuff.
Actually if you think about it, Pro Stock could be considered the first "nostalgia" class/movement in drag racing as the brake pedal S/S and Stk. Eliminator racing had the fans and racers longing for the good old daze of heads-up S/S-F/X racing. What Pro Stock needs (not that I really care about NHRA racing) is to become what it once was, race cars based on real cars that are not tech heavy ... nor specialty shop built slot cars.
I'd rather see outlaw type Pro Stocks based on the original concept of the class that run non-NHRA tracks, at races promoted by independent promoters not under any sanction.
Let NHRA have its weekly tent show however it wants ... in my opinion.
Copyright 1999-2001, Drag Racing Online and Racing Net Source