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    Econo drags

    Ive been watching drag racing for a long time now and I think one of the things that is missing from the smaller events is the drag teams that work on the tightest of bugets, with a scatch built chassis and rover V8. Now I'm not saying that alot of teams are not feeling the financial pinch, but where are those racers gone, is it the rules,or whatJeff

    Or am I missing somthing
    Or the age thingJeff

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    Im wondering the same thing now youve mentioned it, its rules and regulations changing all the time i guess, its making the sport more expensive!
    When the flag drops, the bullshit stops.

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    I don't want to take anything away from any of the guys that already race but walking around the pits in the early days watching a racer take things of his own car so he could put another run in ,I don't know it just seems those racers are gone ,and what a shame.Jeff

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    Used to be lots a few years ago especially at Shakey, correct me if i am wrong but didn't the wild bunch start off as low buck racing? I expect over the years with safety issues and construction rules etc even that cheap racing has gone the other way and become expensive.

    Over in the States and Australia there seems to be an interest in the HA/GR class, have a look on the HAMB. Home made, back to roots racing, using in-line 6, 4s and flatheads with limited mods, no narrowed axles, manual boxes (I think), providing these cars are constructed safely I reckon you could have some cheap fun!! Hummmm where did I put the number for my local steel stockist...

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    The Wild Bunch came about to cater for nostalgia race cars which we're no longer competative or outdated in terms of current construction rules. There are still cars raced competativley on budgets as well as tagged cars running in MSA rounds. All the cars that run in the bunch pass scrutineering and comply to basic construction and safety rules.

    If there was a call for these type of cars people would build them ?

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    Trouble with most sport is that when the Big Money enters the scene a lot of the fun is lost. I used to help with a comp altered back in the day and it was done with surprisingly little money, eventually my mate gave up after some success saying that ''its not racing cars any more its racing wallets".
    Personally I prefer seeing events like Hot Rod Drags,Mopar Nats and the racing Damn Yankees put on at North Weald.

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    Perhaps there could be another class called "THE MILD BUNCH" run along the same lines? bracket type would be best so whoever gets to the other end first wins
    Last edited by 296moon; 01-10-2009 at 16:12.

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    Entry fees can all add up as well as meeting current safety regs.

    Santa Pod has a RWYB almost every fortnight...nothing to stop you taking a car there...we've been taking Deb's car for shakedown/tuning runs prior to her running in Pro Et next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 296moon View Post
    Perhaps there could be another class called "THE MILD BUNCH" run along the same lines? bracket type would be best so whoever gets to the other end first wins
    not sold on the class name... but if thats what you'd race, then go for it, all you need is group of like minded people and to run the club, meetings / championship.

    With regards to entry fees and safety regs. For us an MSA meeting is only marginally dearer than a RWYB. Obviously you can get knocked out in MSA but on the flipside you could win prize money. The safety regs are there for a reason, the only gripe I have with them in the reliance on SFI spec driver wear. Because of this the suits are virtually double the price of FIA spec suits, same goes for boots and gloves etc.

    Theres ways of racing on the cheap and having good competaive fun. I think an outlaw bracket series run at RWYB meetings for cars running no quicker than 11.99, no trans brakes, no throttle stop, no delay box, breakouts allowed , closest average to fixed dial in. No MSA license needed, track safety rules only, all it takes is somebody to run it !

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    i miss those kind of cars, simple build, rover v8 power, hence why me and tom are building the a40

    the old rover v8 championship was designed to be a low cost way into racing back in the mid 80s, which it was for a while, but as ever it progressed until a few tube frame cars remained and every one else kinda moved away from it, dam impressive those cars were though! remember steve green, ian hampstead, trev langfeild etc..... ah happy days
    i want cubic inches! lots of em!!

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