Colin Chapman had it right when he gave us that famous quote. Especially the simplify part, blogs Stephen Cox.
They envisioned multi-million dollar endorsements and interest from every major auto manufacturer. Special events were planned for electric cars and alternative-fuel racing machines. Not surprisingly, the entire idea sputtered and lost funding halfway through completion. They were gambling with a losing hand. They forgot what Colin Chapman said decades ago and paid the price.
Most of the blather about high-tech alternative fuels will go down in history with Crystal Pepsi and the Laserdisc. The only alternative fuel that has genuine potential is compressed natural gas (CNG). We’ll talk about that in a later blog.
Short tracks and small racing organizations should stick with what’s affordable and available. That would be four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive pieces of low-emissions junk from The Automotive Dark Ages (1975-1995). As unappealing as it sounds, these cars are really cheap and plentiful. Using such machines is the first step to simplifying participation.
Road racing has also found recent success with several successful new series. Endurance racing in particular may be the fastest growing form of auto racing in America right now. Again, production-based cars that are affordable and available have saved the day. Ask the World Racing League, which drew 94 race teams to its wildly successful event at Texas World Speedway last summer. Rich or poor, Porsche Boxster or Ford Fiesta, endurance racing can find a class for anyone.
Photos: Nelson Skinner/Sopwith Motorsports.
Stephen Cox is a racer and co-host of TV coverage of Mecum Auctions (NBCSN), sponsored by: http://boschett-timepieces.com/ http://www.mcgunegillengines.com/