Parker?

martininsocal

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does the information in the 'racing news' section mean that the CRIT are only allowing the 1 race to occur on their land? if this is the case, it kinda sucks. does whiplash lose this course? seems like something is beginning to stink in the best desert!

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martininsocal

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OK- I spoke with Casey Folks this morning. He explained how the Parker race came into his posession.
He was asked by the Parker Chamber of Commerce to promote the race. He said this was not the first year he was approached and he stated to me he told them he would not promote the race there if there was another promoter also promoting there. He was given the only permit issued by the BLM for a race in that area because the Chamber of Commerce wanted him as the promoter. I asked him if this represented another new race on the calendar and he said no, it would be replacing another date from his schedule. He moved the date into February so as not to conflict with the Laughlin race. He was adamant that he did not steal this race. He also said that SNORE had shown some interest in promoting this race, but that the Chamber of Commerce wasn't receptive to that idea. There will be a full news release about all the specifics from Best In The Desert soon.

I also want to point out that Casey Folks also wants to see the sport grow, and we agreed that there are just too many race dates right now. He said he would like to see a combined series with maybe each promoter taking on 2 races for a championship series.

I take back my stinky remark.

Martin



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frankh

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Seems to me that whiplash did a fine job last year. Just turn a $400 event into a $1000 one for the racers. So we race 3 cars for $1200 last year, 3 cars $3000 this year, scratch 3 for the list.
 

Mike_McCluskey

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I agree with Frank on the entry $. I'm not sure all the Pro1600 guys will vote to run that race due to the added cost. That race alone will cost just about the same as the 3 races the 1600's did for their series this year. I have nothing against BITD, it's just too expensive for the limited classes. (IMHO) Yes, I realize their are other classes, but the limited classes made up a huge portion of the entries this year.
 

martininsocal

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guys-i agree wholeheartedly about the cost of racing for the limited guys. casey and i spoke about this a little. from what i gathered, from the standpoint of the parker C.o.C., the casino folks, and the CRIT, it was BITD or nothing. Casey even said he heard from the racers standpoint, most were very happy with the race and turnout. it was not the racers decission as to who promoted the race.

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bajaruner11

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Sounds like a game of, "The more you want, the more we want!" Money that is. Obviously BITD is bigger, and has more money to offer financially, which is something the town of parker, and the BLM want. I mean if you have one guy that will to give you X $ for using there land, and that guarantees a bigger turnout in terms of revenue, as opposed to the other guy at a lower profit, who would you go with as the buyer? Now absolutely nothing against BITD, or Whiplash here at all, that's not where I'm going with this, they are both great to say the least! It just sounds like a game of crappy politics, and Casey got stuck in the middle. I do feel that it would be of best interest though, if Casey could explain to the Chamber that mixing things up like this will hurt the wealth of the sport, it's sponsors, and the economy of the hosting town's, eventually backfiring. It's time the promoters put there political powers together, and work together. It would be a shame but if Whiplash is put out of a race, who's next?? SNORE?? SCORE?? BITD?? You have to ask yourself where all this will lead to!!!!!!!!! I'm just getting sick and tired of having tax money JACKED out of our pay checks to pay MR. BLM ranger, and have MR. ranger tell us we can't us our land for recreation!! Everything boils down to money,and the F*!^N BLM. DAMN ENVIRO'S!!! Now I could be all wrong with this, but I'll bet I'm not to far off.

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STEVE
 

BradM

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If you haven't already, direct your frustration towards the political system. First off, know the candidates and their views and VOTE. Second, take time to stay informed on all current and proposed legislation and then take the time to call and write your representatives. Some times it seems like a losing battle but it really does make a difference. Finally, join the associations like CORVA, CLORV, ASA, AMA, Blue Ribbon Coalition, and others. Those organizations fight for us and our rights to use the land. They need our support in both time and money. Time to make phone calls, write letters, and attend meetings but they also need donations to fight these battles in court. Finally, these organizations also send out newsletters and email updates to keep you informed of current issues as a reminder and to help rally the troops.

I realize that this is sort of off topic from BITD hosting the Parker race. I suspect that the politics of the town of Parker and the local chamber of commerce have more to do with that change than the BLM.
 
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