I already did that and was told that it would be up to those racing the class to work this out with them. So I came on here to ask those that are racing what they knew.
Do you race in this class currently or have you recently?
First, thank for answering my question, J Prich. Can you answer the part about which races will be included?
Second, I was merely asking a question about the future of this class at BITD. Instead of getting an answer, I got a bunch of trumped up hype to which I stated some facts.
I am not against the rule change as you claim, even though I feel that it will not save the class. If it does then great. But even changing it from a Pro to a Sportsman is altering the basis of the class to begin with. I imagine the reduced entry fee is just as much of a draw as the rule changes.
This class has tried to be resurrected several times, but as of yet there really isn't much improvement in it's condition, thus my questioning. I have even offered my own funds as prize money before to get people to race and that had no impact. I was heavily invested in this class and have been following it very closely over the last few years while I am taking a break from truck racing.
I know you have spent time getting this to where it is today, as you have stated in this thread (same rules as before this thread), but I don't recall you being a part of the discussion when the rules were changed a year before this thread started nor do I recall ever seeing you post in the Mini Metal forum on here so I am not sure you know the recent history of the struggles this class has seen. Maybe you do, I try not to assume on anyone's behalf. But I do have to ask what class you had in mind when you started building your truck 5 years ago. Was it designed for the rules of the 7100 class at that time?
I honestly hope that the class succeeds, in some form, just as I always have whether I am racing it or not.
Thank you J Prich for the insight and answers I was looking for.
I am sure we can both agree that mini truck racing will never return to what some may view as the glory days but that doesn't mean it can't experience a metamorphosis into something equal and up with the times.
It is sad for me to see the stock based classes die but I understand the economics involved and the attraction of the spec classes (TL, 6100, etc.).
I also wish that the leaf spring classes could have a unified set of rules across and sanctioning bodies so nobody gets "stuck" with just one place to race. (It seems like you have already experienced that frustration to some degree in your build) As it stands now, the BITD 7100 is not legal in SCORE 7SX or the other organizers' 7S classes. I realize that you can run an "old school" 7100 in BITD but you maybe at a disadvantage to the others.
There will never be a perfect for everyone set of rules out there, for this or any class. Lets just hope that the new 7100 can grow and last. I am more than happy to offer my experiences in the class and support you if I can. Perhaps we can grab a pint or two the next race we are both at.
First, thanks for all your effort to make this class work.
I'm going to be dumping my buggy program in favor of a truck or jeepspeed - the decision has been made. I've been seriously shopping for a couple months - from where I sit allowing in jeepspeeds would dramatically increase the number of vehicles available for me to choose from.
On the current rules, the stock motor restrictions only applies if you are 3000 cc and over (under that size they can be built up). Are you suggesting that motors over that displacement are aloud to be built up as long as the suspension travel is limited? And if you run longer travel suspension your motor must observe the stock rules unless it is 2999cc or smaller? Or would it be open motor (regardless of size) with limited suspension or open suspension with limited motor?