LOOK AROUND YOU
around you. You are among friends that have been
involved in the sport of drag racing and playing
with muscle cars for thirty to forty plus years and
it is taken for granted that this same popularity
will exist forever, so why support the events every
year. That was the same attitude that existed in the
'70's, as many of the drag strips ran a weekly
schedule and if we didn't get there, we would get
around to it one of these days.
York US 30 Dragway closed its gates forever and we
have seen other tracks since then disappear from the
landscape. We are living in a different
environmental time than back then. You can make a
list of the new drag racing facilities on one page
that have been built since then and have a full page
of space left over.
considered the old geezers or old fogies now, but we
have seen lots come and go over the years.
Complacency has taken its toll on our industry over
the years. If York US 30 were well attended every
week, do you think it would be closed today? The
same exists today as you see other tracks being sold
for development as the land is worth more than they
could make continuing with the operation. Many
people want to see the tracks back in operation
again, but these same people are part of that
complacency that set in and other uses for the land
became more paramount.
I can see
the same thing coming for nostalgia drag racing and
the events and shows that are appearing all over our
landscape. We went thru the same phases of
popularity in the '60's and '70's with drag racing
and muscle cars. It will prosper for a period of
time, but complacency sets in and the same thing
will happen as we go thru another cyclic experience
in our performance history.
publications that are beamed at our facet of
performance don't regularly cover the events and
provide exposure to make this facet of our industry
thrive thereby assuring that their future is in good
stead. The advertising dollar is more important NOW
and why worry about the future, it will take care of
itself, won't it?
events such as "York" keep the memories alive, but
we are also facing the fact that many of our legends
are departing us at an alarming rate. We cherish the
moments we have together at the annual York Reunion.
Savor it, for the same group will not be together
for the next one. It is a fact of life and it
shouldn't be taken lightly.
should have no place in our pastime, but we have to
be realists, it is. Many in our area of the industry
have not been recognized for their contributions to
our performance heritage because recognition is not
really based upon their dedication, accomplishments
and true deeds over the years, but their acceptance
by a set of standards established by each individual
on a selection committee and their personal
It is the
goal of the NNDRA with the Legion of Honor, to
recognize as many of the contributors to our
performance heritage as possible as long as we
continue to get the much needed support of all of
you with your memberships and attendance at the
"York Reunion" each year. Without it we're history!