Waxing Nostalgic While it Ices in Texas
by John Dearmore
You know, this month I was looking at making a few races. That was until the ice storm came the first week and put a stop to just about everything…..
As most of you know, the granddaddy of them all is this month. The March Meet in Bakersfield California, where just about every class is full and everyone is ready to race. Lots of work has been going on through the winter months. Most classes in the Nostalgia racing do not have any issue with being full and in some cases even turning away entries. That is not the case in the NHRA’s big show; you and I know why, but the suits don’t have a clue.
It looks as if the IHRA is making a move to the Nostalgia side of racing, bringing in the N/FC to race their series. With the new head guy at IHRA being a track owner (one of the best), he has made lots of changes in their “big show” and I believe it will make for some of the best racing ever. I was recently surfing the web (and I can remember this very same thing happening in the early ‘70s when racing was at its best) and see where track operators are trying hard to figure out how to increase their bottom line. I think they just have to look at what IHRA is doing and jump on board. They can run MINI shows, book some match races, and have all kind of special cars out there: N/TF—N/FC—AA/GS—fuel altereds, etc. All of these put on great shows! The kind where you need to tell your friends at work - and anyone and everyone - that they need to come out and see some good, old-fashioned drag racing.
We live in a world where there are lots of things to do; however, sometimes you just have to step back and take a look at what your interest is at the moment. I have a truism about drag racers that has been proven correct for a long, long time: all you have to do is tell them what day you are having the race, what time the gates open and how much does it pay. They will come!
My final thought? The big show in Bakersfield California will be hard to beat as it is the oldest, longest running event that I know of for Nostalgia racing. If you’re not there, you can read about it and see lots of photos in the future pages of Nostalgia Drag World.
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Nostalgia Drag World - by John Dearmore; photo by Connell R. Miller
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