Didn't mean to give the wrong impression. The show was better than we are used to, but again, in my opinion, still not on par with what we should expect for a so called "PRO" sport.
I've only spectated snow drift, never driven it, but I've done Tall Pines and Maine Winter in it's good old days. I believe Pines is slippier and with no snow banks to help drivers are more cautious, and this provides more of a challenge for camera work. Yet, the Canadian TV coverage is more true to actual speed than the Speed show, and I doubt our Canadian friends are playing with the same level of production budget, but I don't know. Regardless, it not so much about how many cameras you have but where you put them. We've all seen them, they walk in far enough to get their shot wherever they can stand and that's it.
Last year at STPR we walked by one of the film crews before the start of a stage and suggested they walk in another 1/8 of a mile to a spot we thought might be good (we had the stage note on us and where still wearing our driving suits). They said no, this is a good spot and they stayed there. That lame shot made it on the show. Anyone who knows anything about rallying would have never considered spectating from where they where. We walked the extra 1/8 of a mile and ended up at one of the safest best viewing spots I've ever seen in STPR. My friend was filming with borrowed palm corder and aside from actual video quality his footage was much better than anything they aired on that specific show. Where's David Richards when you need him? }>
And Dennis, you are 100% correct. Everything around the sport has grown inmensly, exept sponsors, they don't seem to be jumping on the rally band wagon just yet.