Hard Core Nostalgia with Racin' Rick
Welcome everyone…to the new face of drag racing, “Nostalgia Drag World”!
My name is Rick Krafft…a nostalgia nitro funny car racer who’s had the pleasure of knowing our publisher Rob Huckstadt for many years. It’s most likely everyone has seen Rob’s name sometime and we hope you enjoy what he’s bringing to you now. Thank you Rob for your initiative and for the honor of letting me be a part of YOUR show.
Folks, I have to say nostalgia drag racing isn’t just growing…it’s absolutely exploding! More cars and teams are being assembled now than ever imagined. However for those just learning about our sport, please understand nostalgia drag racing is nothing new. Cars and teams have match raced independently for many years. However because our sport is about perception and for all this to finally come together, drag racing had to literally grow away from what we knew years ago into what has become the near unrecognizable state of cost and performance of today. Couple that with dwindling events for local race fans wanting real nitro racing, and what’s left is a huge present-day void starving for the real thing.
As I think back to the “era of departure” in the sport - perhaps from when 18-wheelers started rolling in the “big show” concept or the computer age almost overnight began carving an entirely new approach to performance - that somewhere in that time-span drag racing really changed. Sponsorship became vital and drag racing quickly grew into an enormous commercial enterprise. It was simply a matter of time, however, when things would fall back into the laps of semi-pro drag racers like ourselves who chose not to sell their soul for nitro and stick with what they knew and loved best.
These hard-core racers – several of whom I’ve been blessed to race for - along with great promoters and legions of race fans who believed that the roots of the sport still had meaning, have hung in there, self-cultivating themselves into a present day action-packed blast from the good ole’ days like it just happened yesterday. And believe me, the fun is just beginning! Rules are rather well established and events can be found around the country. With so many cool things already happening, I will even make some predictions: Within the next five years we will see existing categories redefining themselves by branching off. We’ll also see more outlaw cars where teams prefer to race what they know. I see television entering the “picture” and sponsorships really stepping up - which helps everybody in every way.
Perhaps our biggest present day dilemma is not be how fast we go or how often, but remembering why we do this in the first place…because it’s great fun and within the economic realm of more than just a few. If we lose those standards in the mix of re-establishing ourselves, then history will once again repeat itself and we will have lost all we’ve waited for...for good.
NDW - Rick Krafft