Sorry for the lack of updates - I've been slack in posting to this blog mostly due to the end of the season and because I didn't have a whole lot to say lately.
This AM I posted the message below to the Maritime Drag Racers Message Board in hope of getting some feedback. MAYBE I can get some people interested in option #1(my personal agenda)
QUOTE: Being as it's so quiet in here I thought we could discuss some possibilities for the 2009 season.
1. I would like to get some opinions on the development of a multi class Maritime Drag Racing Series consisting of one race per season at each of the four Maritime Tracks: Miramichi Dragway Park, Greenfield Dragway, Raceway Park PEI and Cape Breton Dragway. In addition to the regular Super/Pro, Pro, Sportsman and Bike/Sled classes there could also be Heads Up, Stock/Superstock, Pro Tree, Outlaw, 10.5, Real Street, Pro Street, etc. Obviously these events would have to coincide with scheduled ADRA points meets so as not to upset the "points chasers" in the crowd.
2. Another possibility is the addition of a Pro Tree only event but with the number of "box" racers in the Maritimes that might not catch on.
3. The Quick 8 idea tested at CB Dragway this year could be refined and then be included as part of any major event.
4. Rumors of racing under the lights at CB Dragway for 2009 - IMO that might put a lot more people in the bleachers and attract a lot more racers who work too late in the day to attend a normal Wed night T&T session.
5. Racer "Bed and Breakfasts" This one is a no brainer - invite a racer to stay at your house instead of a motel during a race weekend at your home track. Then they return the favor when you go to their track. This will eliminate a LOT of expense for the racer and except for a little food and some laundry wouldn't affect the host too much at all.
6. Hold a media day at each track - invite TV, radio and newspaper people to come and participate in their own little event. Had the weather been better at MDP during the CFSC shootout that might have been a bigger hit.
7. Arrange for a chassis certification session somewhere in New Brunswick with a large building and a few hoists - the IHRA guys wouldn't have too far to travel and it would save a lot of people a lot of money who would normally go stateside for certification.
8. More security. The effort by the track owners/operators in 2008 to have a common set of rules of conduct was a good idea but lacked enforcement(in my opinion)
So what do you people think? Any more ideas? We've got many months to think this out and it would be good to get a discussion started. Also because "out of sight/out of mind" is a factor I'm going to sticky this thread so it doesn't disappear from lack of use. END QUOTE
On another front I thought I'd share my latest "hare brained scheme" - It started out as a test session with Photoshop and led to a couple of hours of measuring and engineering on the Jetta I bought for parts. Weld up the back doors, cut the rear section of the roof and the front 12" of the trunk lid and move it forward. It will take two more 14" sections of trunk lid and quarter panel sections from junkyard Jettas to fill in the back end. That plus a lot of MIG wire and bondo and no doubt a lot of metalwork but IMO it would be a cool project to attempt.