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Shifting Gears

Shifting GearsMaybe it’s time to shift gears.  Since the days back 20 years ago, when we started dragging our early iron, front engine diggers out of our garages and attics just to have some fun running them again.  When ANRA and GoodGuys began organizing meets and car shows as a means to once again bring back those good ole’ days, we have seen quite a change.  The fuse was lit and thousands of retro racers and fans exploded on the scene – Nostalgia cars at Hot Rod Reunions across the country.  There was the resurgence of the March Meet at the Famoso strip in Bakersfield Ca.  The NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series and numerous nostalgia meets across the nation have seen our division of the sport come a long way.  The number of cars and classes has increased measurably … and the rules have changed.

With the advent of today’s economy, it’s tough for all of us.  It’s nearly impossible for the would-be racer to field a car and team.  The rules have changed to the point that many racers are being forced out of the sport due to the expense of new items needed just to stay “legal”.  For instance, new nostalgia rules will require funny cars to change the construction of the driver’s seat and require 4-wheel CARBON FIBER brakes … very expensive.  We want to stay safe but we don’t go 330 mph in four seconds and we don’t need carbon-fiber breaks.  There are other various and sundry items the Pro classes must follow while adhering to the NHRA “Big Show” rules … very expensive.  Maybe we should think about ”Shifting Gears”.  What about some sponsorship?Dollars are the key

I know the died-in-the-wool, no corporate America in OUR division of the sport, old timers, will dig their heels in on this, but it’s something that should be given some thought.  Research industry sources indicate a need for major companies to downsize their multi-million dollar motorsports marketing investment programs.  Drag racing has up to 75 million fans and climbing, third only behind Pro Football and Nascar.  Nostalgia fans number between 6 and 8 million and are increasing each year.  If not team sponsorships, possibly a series sponsor that would increase the schedule, substantially raise purses and pay entry fees.  Think of how the sport flourished back when we were growing up, MAJOR SPONSORSHIPS!  We’re putting on the greatest motorsport show on earth but we are spinning our wheels.  In my opinion it’s time to “Shift Gears”.

Thank you.  ‘See you at the races.

Ron

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Nostalgia

Ah, Nostalgia.  Nothing brings hearts and minds in agreement like days of yore.  It’s why retro-oriented things are so popular.

I’ve been asked what the best Nostalgia drag race is and I couldn’t really answer it without some caveats.  If you want to see classic cars galore with your racing, Goodguys puts on the best meets by far – truly a swapmeet/carshow/race.  If you’re interested in racing in particular, you’ll probably not see more classes of cars than at Boise for the Nightfire Nationals, but if you want to see the most massive drag race in Nostalgia drag racing, nothing beats the March Meet.  Now if you want the whole Nostalgia scene, with drivers of old, cars of old and more pure longing wistfulness, the grandest drag race, maybe in the world, is the California Hot Rod Reunion.

Sure, there may be bigger events, although not too much bigger.  There may be others with old drag racers but not many more.  There may even be some with more Nostalgia drag cars, but not a good deal extra.  In other words, no meet gives you the overall ambiance along with everything you need to see a Nostalgia drag race meet – The Reunion (as it’s known) is the granddaddy of Nostalgia drag racing.

So if you’re ever going to see a Nostalgia drag race, The Reunion should be high on your list.  Heck, you get the added thrill of coming to the venerable grounds of Famoso, one of the most historic racing facilities in motorsports.  Plus Bakersfield has it’s own charm.  Careful.

Oh and one other thing; a lot of other people do the same thing so be prepared to reserve a room early and get to the track as early as possible – parking’s a little lacking – unless you don’t mind parked between orange groves.   Yea, it’s an experience and everything you can imagine and whole heck of a lot more.

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