Parker Tech- The casino VS. on the street. What do you like better?

dan200

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I’m gonna say I like the street better.

The casino always seems hectic and more complicated than it needs to be.
As a vendor with a pretty large setup move in/out is kinda a PITA at the blue water and I like the space we get on the street where we’ve had tech for the first two races of 2021.

How do the rest of your feel?
 

Chas Moore

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As a vendor and racer, I preferred the street.
 

BRINGTHERUCKUS

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I love the street, but I am biased. The Chamber (special thanks to Melissa and Danny), the Town, BITD, and all the other contributors work very hard to make this work especially with all the covid issues.

Hopefully, we can continue to make this work and improve in the future.

UTV tech needs dual lanes the entire way like the "big" race.
 

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I for one hate the trailering thing, takes up a lot of real estate, lot more idling in a 'confined' space, trailer surfers never paying attention to when the truck is about to move, spectators not paying attention to the moving trailer, etc. Also, its just less social.

If you hate the sun bring an umbrella, or maybe try an indoor sport.
 

dan200

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If you have a car and have to push it or start it 50 times it's a pain in the ass and for me its about getting my car throu6 tech not a social event
The other side of the coin is the vendors and sponsors pay to make it a social event. Shake hands. Sell stuff. Do social things. This helps offset what it costs to put on the races.
 

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A rabbit hole that is probably not worth going down to risk the point of this conversation but...a discussion about how tech and contingency is done is kind of interesting to me. Definitely competing interests as a lot of racers (and in some cases even the orgs themselves) probably really just want to get vehicles through as part of pre race inspection and don't care about the social part, but other orgs include that process as part of their business model, and the industry partners that support the community value from it too.

An interesting brain storm to envision alternatives that would satisfy both elements (pre race inspection and social/marketing visibility) in a more efficient way.
 

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The social aspect isn't what slows the line down, its the tech process. I don't have an answer for how to speed that up outside of more, better trained volunteers.

Again, pushing the car around never bothered me, enjoying the sunshine with my friends and cold beverage not working is always a good day. Unless that day started at 6AM and its now 9PM and you still haven't gotten to the end of Fremont and you race at 5AM the next day.... but the mint is a whole other animal.
 

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@dan200 You should have made this a voting poll, unless of course you were just triggering discussion.

And because the discussion has started, I'll chime in. Contingency for big races is a necessity for the event as a whole. When you think of other racing events, the pre-parties and shows are a major part of the event as a whole (even more so for mainstream sports). I personally like the bigger contingency events, both from a racer perspective and fan perspective. For the fans, it is another attracting piece of the schedule. It is usually the young groms and people that stroll in (unrelated to the race) that end up taking the free stickers, posters, koozies, etc. And this is great for the sport (expanding the footprint). And for the racers, it is like a shopping mall for gear and tools/parts. You almost always get a better price than MSRP and sometimes sales tax does not apply. You get to meet people, vendors, and media in a concentrated space. You also get some cool demos like the Cruz Armor wire brush at the SDHQ trailer. I will say, less turns the better. Spools and beams don't like tight turns, and I have both :confused:.

As for tech, I'll save my breath, as this experience ranges from 2 minutes of checking that I have a fire suit and sticker on my helmet to 2 hours of waiting just to be told I am missing stickers on my roof.
 

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Again just thinking out loud...but why couldn't there be both? It seems possible to have a completely separate tech set up that is solely focused on tech, and a separate fan fest/show and shine kind of thing that either happens at the same time or towards the end. For the folks who don't want to deal with the hassle...cool. Go through the tech line, avoid the crowds, load up and leave. For those that do want the hoopla, they can then roll their vehicles over to the fan fest or whatever and have the social side too.

Would have to detail it out more but in my head you could still get the engagement and activation sponsors and vendors want, and create a singularly focused tech process that is separate from the hype, crowds, etc. I assume other high profile forms of racing have an inspection process but that process probably isn't done as a side show to fan/social access. I feel like you could reasonably have both things here and keep them somewhat separate.
 

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Social thing is the worst in the old tech I don't know how many times I've went up the line and ppl drink9 beer just sitting there and nobody in front of them.
 
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