Matt Johnston said that important WRC people think:
>Lots of them also think our cars are pieces of crap..
>Only a couple of them (M-Sport people) had actually BEEN to a
>U.S event. They told me the cars were crap I lol'd.
HA. That's the last thing I care about. Give me 100 crappy cars and I'll put on a super fun rally for you.
(apologies for having nothing Grist-related in this post)
When prodrive came over first, they said US rally was 15-20 years behind, and sadly the gap isn't getting smaller! 2 championships/2 governing bodies. How do you think this looks? Maybe Kermit the Frog should be in charge!
>When prodrive came over first, they said US rally was 15-20
>years behind, and sadly the gap isn't getting smaller! 2
>championships/2 governing bodies. How do you think this looks?
>Maybe Kermit the Frog should be in charge!
How many 'national' championships are there in the UK?
Besides which, competition (including sanctioning bodies) is the American way (IRL/CART, USAC/CART, NHRA/IHRA, IMSA/Grand American, RA/NASA...). It may not be the most effective way to get things done, but it is the nature of the environment, and it isn't likely to change any time soon. I think this is the main reason the FIA has such a lot of 'trouble' dealing with racing in the US.
Nicky was very well informed of the state of rallying in the US. I don't think that he was suprised, disappointed, or otherwise by his visit to NY. The most suprising thing about him (at least to me) was that he was never condescending, always helpful and supportive. If only a few of our own could take a lesson from him in tact, politics, and vision we could be in a much better state than we are.
He did have some interesting insights. One was that we need an organization of drivers/co-drivers to better represent our interests to the two sanctioning bodies. Based on recent history this seems like a good suggestion, maybe even common sense that we all seemed to have missed.
>an organization of drivers/co-drivers to better represent our
>interests to the two sanctioning bodies. Based on recent
>history this seems like a good suggestion, maybe even common
>sense that we all seemed to have missed.
We had an organization of driver/co-drivers in the SCCA rally department before the NWO, WRC-wannabees took over.
Oooops... sorry... you missed your chance. The corporate types are taking over rally, because the NWO cheerleaders couldn't see beyond next week.
>>...One was that we need
>>an organization of drivers/co-drivers to better represent
>>interests to the two sanctioning bodies.
>I agree, but you get labeled as anti-organizer to do such a
I wouldn't mind if that occurred. I just wouldn't invite them to my event! JUST KIDDING! I think an injection of humour was needed here.
Can't see me in your mirrors?
I must be in front of you!
>Lots of them also think our cars are pieces of crap
I find this a bit humorous. I've seen plenty of crappy cars at international rallies! At the Swansea Bay rally last year most of the Peugeot 205 Cup cars I looked at in detail would be considered in the bottom 50% of the rally cars here! Same thing at the Ulster Rally in Ireland!
I think they assume that we don’t have high quality cars because we don't have $250K ex-WRC cars running around! The fact of the matter is that Cascade, VT and other top US shops build cars that rival almost any European prep shop. I would venture to say that we actually have the same number of nice cars per event (as a percentage of total entrants) as a large club rally in the UK (like Swansea Bay).