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So would the RAC or whatever that organizing body is called now. And the FIA themselves is starting to get upset about conditions like this.
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>The scca would have a melt down if this happened here.
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>I think it is time for a new sanctioning body.


You're not the first to complain about the SCCA and thier rules and procedures that ensure a safe racing enviroment. EMRA, a small sports car club in the northeast that sanctions road racing events exists mainly because of people not liking all the rules and procedures of the SCCA. Basically people who think the SCCA is too officious.

However, I spectated an EMRA event, and saw up close some of the cars that they allowed on the track, and how they ran the event. Not exactly safe. They didn't have enough people to man all the flag stations, so they grabed me (I was 15 at the time) and someone's wife/girlfriend to run a station. My dad knew some of the organisers, so that's how I got nabbed. Is this how an event should be run?

The SCCA would have a fit over that because should a car go into a large crowd like that, and kill say, 12 people and injure more. A very real possiblility, don't kid yourself. Then, no matter what happens, we're not going to get insureance, and quite likely will have various government bodies trying to outlaw stage rally. The SCCA has over 50 years organising amature racing events, if they are having a fit about something, there most likely is a damn good reason. Regardless of arcane methods of decision makeing, (some of which get on my nerves as well) The SCCA has been around this long for a reason. I prefer to stick with the people I feel safe with. No matter how annoying.


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>The scca would have a melt down if this happened here.
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>I think it is time for a new sanctioning body.

That happened here. It was called Brockway Mountain, 2001. And, the SCCA didn't have a meltdown. The local municipality did... that site doesn't look to have the same problem, as there probably is no local municipality.
 

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I hate to say it, but I'm afraid that it is scenes like this that fuel the popularity of rally. In our world of ever increasing regulation and order, this is the last bastion of lawlessness and stupidity. Hey, the old west was a really dangerous place as well, but everybody romanticizes it and thinks it was cool as hell. Same with rally. As rally drivers we stare down death at every corner (or so we let people think), and get a rush when we defeat it. It's only natural for our fans to be looking for the same. I'm not saying it's safe, or even very good, but it is an integral part of the sports popularity.

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Frankly, I see nothing wrong with the picture.

Get real people, rallying and spectating a rally is not for everybody (Thank God), nobody is begging anybody to rally or to spectate, those who are involved are aware of the risks involved, you take a certain risk and live with the consequences, those who would like something less risky are free to get involved in quilting or poetry writing or whatever they choose (on the other hand poetry can be risky too).

When we realise rallying is not an ordinary spectating sport,when we implement more feasable and effective regulations that don't hinder the sport, the sportsmen and the spectator we'll be done debating on petty issues.

There are only two ways, you either do it right or you don't do it at all.

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There were people that close to the road at the Rim specator areas... but true, Greeks are not, on the whole, too worried about lawsuits. You can go to just about any karting track there and plop down a few bucks to drive a professional race kart around their track without even a driver's license.
 
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