OEM grills or exact duplicates need to come back. no flat plastic covers. etc. every truck class needs to get closer to a oem looking body. also a lot of the glass companies have little incentive to provide up to date body's. someone needs to get with manufacturers to get them to subsidize molds of new body styles as soon as truck models are updated. then they can also have a say in what the product looks like. I love my vintage race truck body but would run a exact duplicate 2021 f-150 body if I could do it in a cost effective manner. I cant shell out $1000's to make molds on a superstock budget.With both ford and chevy having displays at crandon hopefully that means manufacturer support is on the horizon and maybe there will be enough pie to go around
Ford and Chevy were at Crandon , and the hopes and thoughts are they they will come on board to offer more support then that already do for the future of our sport Looking at the sportsman truck classes for example- How many trucks out there look like they survived WW3, no branding on them (for Ford, Chevy) how many of them unrecognizable for the average Joe. From Chevy and Fords standpoint - how do you pump an influx of cash into those classes when the return on investment for marketing (because lets face it as racing is used for marketing and its a business , you need to justify spending the money) when you have a sheet metal nose, no branding stickers (headlights, grill design etc) like the pro trucks use , hell even stock cars run a fiberglass nose with chevy or whatever on them. I understand its a low buck race program but becoming upset when you dont get the time you deserve - the series simply cannot afford to from a business standpoint.
Very true, but when you as an oem that is multi national and has millions in marketing dollars that you can disburse in contingencies, support, parts allowances and in return can use the return in investment in your marketing platform for your demographic and the people interested in the industry - its a huge boost for the racers. I had a 45 minute conference call with CanAm (skidoo/brp) today about rules and moving forward and they said if things get to where its about the driver and not the equipment and money spent they can justify bigger paybacks to the racers and more support.I will agree with this. Super Stock is almost worse than Stock Truck with looking like a generic drawing of a pickup truck. I am part of the problem, running a blank nose. Why? Because the vinyl for said nose is $125 bucks. Doesn't seem like much but to stock/superstock guys its just easier to run nothing. ( I will say Im currently working on a solution for expensive nose stickers with our company Lake Superior Press)
The other problem is the class rules really catering to old trucks. I had to fight for over a year for the class to allow my 2012 Chevrolet in. I think that should be addressed soon. These old trucks are hard to come by and don't provide much incentive for manufacturers. 20 years ago Ford was giving out trucks for "super stock" guys to build into race trucks. Not much of a better sales tactic to see real full frame trucks racing that you could buy at your dealership.
Bias opinion here, but you could line up a Can-am, Honda, Arctic Cat, Polaris, Yamaha, what have you and I wouldn't be able to tell you which is which