"ALL GOOD" we have had a reprieve on the new cage rule..
There was a lot happening behind the scenes proir to this new outcome , and there is a lot of people that I am yet to meet, to thank..
Kent Riches ,long time racer and current owner of at least three streamliners was at the meeting , wrote up this piece on landracing .com
of the outcome..
Thank you for your efforts Kent..
Well…. We arrived at the meeting tonight to a sold out house… it seems everyone and their brother was there to speak on one issue or another… Quite a bit of discussion on the vintage ignition issue, the “top chop” issues, and some door handle and trim on roadster issues…. I tryed to act interested and even acted like i was taking notes just in case Mr Warner looked over at me..... But Mr. Warner and President Lattin were busy doing a fine job keeping the momentum going on a busy night right up to the point when the floor was handed over to Mr. Butler to handle the Bike side of the rule changes…. Well, ya win some and ya loose some…. I gotta say this frame rule thing was without a doubt the most uncomfortable debate of the evening… You could see people kinda kringe, lower their eyes with an overall "oh crap here it comes" attitude take over the atmosphere... Oh, in case you guys don’t know, all of the Christmas toys for the Kids of El Mirage were stolen… A hat was passed around and over $500 was raised to help buy the kids some Christmas joy….. Ok back to my story….. Well Van had his say, then Mr. Cook raised some very good questions that engineer John Bjorkman answered quite well… Tom Evans made probably the first very passionate, strong argument I have ever seen him make….. Fortunately against the change, he spoke well… Then a motion was made to pass, but with no second…. Some more discussion made from Russ Eyers and Mike Watters…. Things were dragging along I was hoping there wasn’t going to be a second… I was hoping, praying President Lattin would say ”we don’t have a second, the rule change is dead, let’s move on” then out of the back came the dreaded ”Second”…… Crap!….. Crap! Now I was gonna have to stand up and say something….. I don’t know if you have ever been in this kind or situation, but for me it is very uncomfortable and difficult to stand up in front of people you respect and have to argue a point against your friend….. Even if you win, you lose…. I spoke my mind and opinion… Then it goes to vote… I will add that Van and those behind this rule change have a good heart. They think and wish the safety of all the competitors and are just as passionate of their views just as I am of mine…. The vote was close, 9 to 8….. The rules as originally written in 1971 and unchanged through the 2012 rule book will remain the same for 2013….. I would like to say I’m happy to announce this, but it raises a question in the back of my head that asks if I did the right thing…. Did I put my friends in possible danger? Did I put myself in danger cuz I race one of them Dodge things too? Some very good points have been brought up from both sides over the last few weeks…. What if?.... When all was said and done, I made a suggestion to the board that a committee should be formed to evaluate this question of chassis safety… Can what we are doing be made safer? A streamliner is supposed to be the pinnacle of design and innovation… Man and the best machine possible…. Are we restricting and holding ourselves back with archaic steel tubing? Today we won the battle, and today I lost 2 friends….
IT IS ALL A RACE AGAINST TIME.
TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE.
HOW FAST CAN YOU GO ?