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reply "Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> writes:
I'm taking the day off tomorrow to head out to the drag races. Woo-hoo!
Jul 24 2004
next sibling parent "Phill" <phill pacific.net.au> writes:
Are you taking you laptop? :o))


"Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> wrote in message
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 I'm taking the day off tomorrow to head out to the drag races. Woo-hoo!

Jul 24 2004
prev sibling next sibling parent Sha Chancellor <schancel pacific.net> writes:
In article <cdta2r$q0i$1 digitaldaemon.com>,
 "Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> wrote:

 I'm taking the day off tomorrow to head out to the drag races. Woo-hoo!

Don't kill yourself, we need you around to make revisions to D :P
Jul 24 2004
prev sibling parent reply "Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> writes:
"Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> wrote in message
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 I'm taking the day off tomorrow to head out to the drag races. Woo-hoo!

I'm back. Here's the fun we had: www.digitalmars.com/foo.jpg
Jul 24 2004
parent reply "Kris" <someidiot earthlink.dot.dot.dot.net> writes:
That doesn't look like you, or your car Walter ...

<g>

"Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> wrote in message
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 "Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> wrote in message
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 I'm taking the day off tomorrow to head out to the drag races. Woo-hoo!

I'm back. Here's the fun we had: www.digitalmars.com/foo.jpg

Jul 24 2004
parent reply "Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> writes:
Well, I can wish, can't I? I'm the nerd behind the camera! When I arrived
home, I found I was covered with specs of burnt rubber. Anyhow, I like drag
racing because it's the only motorsport left that treats the fans with
respect.

"Kris" <someidiot earthlink.dot.dot.dot.net> wrote in message
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 That doesn't look like you, or your car Walter ...

 <g>

 "Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> wrote in message
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 "Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> wrote in message
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 I'm taking the day off tomorrow to head out to the drag races.



 I'm back. Here's the fun we had:

 www.digitalmars.com/foo.jpg


Jul 24 2004
next sibling parent "Kris" <someidiot earthlink.dot.dot.dot.net> writes:
"Walter" wrote ...
 Well, I can wish, can't I? I'm the nerd behind the camera! When I arrived
 home, I found I was covered with specs of burnt rubber. Anyhow, I like

 racing because it's the only motorsport left that treats the fans with
 respect.

Amen. And they dispense free rubber too! Last time that happened to me was at the clinic ...
Jul 24 2004
prev sibling parent reply Stephen Waits <steve waits.net> writes:
Walter wrote:

 it's the only motorsport left that treats the fans with
 respect.

Nah.. motorcycle racing (as in AMA) is still good. Though I've watched it get bigger and bigger over the past decade and I don't know how much longer it will last. --Steve
Jul 26 2004
parent reply "Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> writes:
"Stephen Waits" <steve waits.net> wrote in message
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 Walter wrote:

 it's the only motorsport left that treats the fans with
 respect.

Nah.. motorcycle racing (as in AMA) is still good. Though I've watched it get bigger and bigger over the past decade and I don't know how much longer it will last.

You might be right, I haven't been to a motorcycle race. What I mean by treating fans with respect is that when you buy a ticket to the event, you have access to the entire event, including the pits. You can walk right up to the mechanics working on the top fuel cars, watch them work, ask them questions, and get their autographs. They've always been happy to talk to me, and this aspect has always been much of the fun for me. This year, however, they kept us away from the staging area, which is a new restriction. This is in stark contrast to airplane races, Formula 1, or boat racing. There, you're kept very far away from the pits by layers of security. Generally, you're treated with utter contempt despite being a paying fan. Formula 1 is the worst in this regard. No thanks, I'll stay away.
Jul 26 2004
next sibling parent "Ben Hinkle" <bhinkle mathworks.com> writes:
"Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> wrote in message
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 "Stephen Waits" <steve waits.net> wrote in message
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 Walter wrote:

 it's the only motorsport left that treats the fans with
 respect.

Nah.. motorcycle racing (as in AMA) is still good. Though I've watched it get bigger and bigger over the past decade and I don't know how much longer it will last.

You might be right, I haven't been to a motorcycle race. What I mean by treating fans with respect is that when you buy a ticket to the event, you have access to the entire event, including the pits. You can walk right up to the mechanics working on the top fuel cars, watch them work, ask them questions, and get their autographs. They've always been happy to talk to me, and this aspect has always been much of the fun for me. This year, however, they kept us away from the staging area, which is a new restriction. This is in stark contrast to airplane races, Formula 1, or boat racing. There, you're kept very far away from the pits by layers of security. Generally, you're treated with utter contempt despite being a paying fan. Formula 1 is the worst in this regard. No thanks, I'll stay away.

I have a friend who follows Formula 1 and he says it's funny when someone with a camera comes close to their monitors that keep track of the car performance as it races around. He says pit crews throw their bodies in front of the screen to prevent other teams from gaining any advantage. Not that it matters with Schumaker around. :-)
Jul 26 2004
prev sibling next sibling parent reply Sean Kelly <sean f4.ca> writes:
In article <ce3ogn$1er3$1 digitaldaemon.com>, Walter says...
You might be right, I haven't been to a motorcycle race. What I mean by
treating fans with respect is that when you buy a ticket to the event, you
have access to the entire event, including the pits. You can walk right up
to the mechanics working on the top fuel cars, watch them work, ask them
questions, and get their autographs. They've always been happy to talk to
me, and this aspect has always been much of the fun for me. This year,
however, they kept us away from the staging area, which is a new
restriction.

Well that's no fun. If I went to a race I'd want a chance to talk to the mechanics. After all, I'd think most "real" fans of the sport are gearheads, not groupies. Sean
Jul 26 2004
parent "Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> writes:
"Sean Kelly" <sean f4.ca> wrote in message
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 Well that's no fun.  If I went to a race I'd want a chance to talk to the
 mechanics.  After all, I'd think most "real" fans of the sport are

 not groupies.

I'm definitely in the gearhead camp. I find the technology fascinating, and couldn't care less about the personalities. What was amusing this year was they apparently hit on the idea of selling their exploded engine parts as souveniers instead of throwing them out <g>. I asked one chief mechanic if the kevlar blanket around the supercharger really worked in keeping the parts from an exploding blower contained. She said they hadn't tested that yet this year, crossing her fingers.
Jul 26 2004
prev sibling parent reply Stephen Waits <steve waits.net> writes:
Walter wrote:
 
 You might be right, I haven't been to a motorcycle race. 

I suggest you try one out!
 What I mean by
 treating fans with respect is that when you buy a ticket to the event, you
 have access to the entire event, including the pits. You can walk right up

At an AMA race you'll have to pay a bit extra for a Paddock pass - but then, you will also be able to stand at the edge of teams' tents (each garage is a tent off the side of a transporter) and watch mechanics prepare bikes. That said, you won't talk to them - it'd be inappropriate while they are working (Thursday & Friday of a weekend you might be able to though). Anyway, the racing is the best in the world. (Tune in a MotoGP race on Speed for the absolute best racing action anywhere today)
 This is in stark contrast to airplane races, Formula 1, or boat racing.
 There, you're kept very far away from the pits by layers of security.
 Generally, you're treated with utter contempt despite being a paying fan.
 Formula 1 is the worst in this regard. No thanks, I'll stay away.

Well, in F1, you've got Millions, or, maybe Billions of $$$'s in play. Also, you've got many times the fans, spectators in attendance. With NHRA, you've got a massively popular sport - which most people don't realize. However, the number of events makes it so that attendance at any event isn't out of control. F1 can see 200k people at a single event. MotoGP 150k, and a big time AMA event (Laguna Seca) can hit around 110k. At that point, things have to get less personal! --Steve
Jul 27 2004
parent reply "Walter" <newshound digitalmars.com> writes:
"Stephen Waits" <steve waits.net> wrote in message
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 At an AMA race you'll have to pay a bit extra for a Paddock pass - but
 then, you will also be able to stand at the edge of teams' tents (each
 garage is a tent off the side of a transporter) and watch mechanics
 prepare bikes.  That said, you won't talk to them - it'd be
 inappropriate while they are working (Thursday & Friday of a weekend you
 might be able to though).

Of course. It would be quite rude to interrupt them when they are hard at work prepping for the next heat. Drag racing pits have the same setup, a tractor trailer with a tent coming off the side. The work area for the mechanics is simply cordoned off (some are, some aren't), there is no fence and no security. The fans simply respect it and don't interfere.
 This is in stark contrast to airplane races, Formula 1, or boat racing.
 There, you're kept very far away from the pits by layers of security.
 Generally, you're treated with utter contempt despite being a paying


 Formula 1 is the worst in this regard. No thanks, I'll stay away.

Also, you've got many times the fans, spectators in attendance. With NHRA, you've got a massively popular sport - which most people don't realize. However, the number of events makes it so that attendance at any event isn't out of control. F1 can see 200k people at a single event. MotoGP 150k, and a big time AMA event (Laguna Seca) can hit around 110k. At that point, things have to get less personal!

I can understand that - but that makes it just not interesting to me. The drag racing organizers have put up signs making it clear that drag racing events can be hazardous to the spectators. That's part of the fun, but I suppose the day will come when a fan gets injured from exploding car parts, and the resulting lawsuits will ruin it for everyone. I'm a little surprised there aren't some serious fan accidents - years ago I saw a top fuel machine take off backwards when the light turned green (he had the silly thing in reverse!). Lots of people hang around behind them with no barriers at all, amazingly he didn't hit anyone and got it stopped before he hit the grandstand. (You'll note from the picture I was sitting off to the side, no way I'd sit right behind them!)
Jul 27 2004
parent Stephen Waits <steve waits.net> writes:
Walter wrote:

 "Stephen Waits" <steve waits.net> wrote in message
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F1 can see 200k people at a single event.  MotoGP 150k, and a big time
AMA event (Laguna Seca) can hit around 110k.  At that point, things have
to get less personal!

I can understand that - but that makes it just not interesting to me. The

Yes, and I'm interested in F1 for reasons other than the racing. Actually there isn't really any racing in F1, and hasn't been for a LONG time. I just love the technology. And yes, to a degree, I'm interested in the personalities. Anyway, the AMA season is nearing its end with two races left, at Road Atlanta and VIR. I'll be shooting at VIR on a media pass. :) Unfortunately, there's not really any venue up in the Northwest, or else I'd say you should really get to one of these events. The nearest events are at Laguna Seca, Sears Point, and Pikes Peak I.R. --Steve
Jul 28 2004