Over the years the 1.8L cars have just about disappeared in WDC. Out of a 45 car field (that's right 45 SSM cars entered in every MARRS race) only 1 or 2 are 1.8L cars. Eventually I'd like to write them out of the class.
#17 SSM NASA
#11 SSM SCCA
Caution: thread hijack (and I apologize in advance for doing so)
I'm not trying to publicly pick a fight with you - it's a fruitless endeavor when done on the Internet
- but publicly stating such an attitude against
the 1.8 NA cars does a great disservice towards any sort of inter-regional participation here in the NEDIV of the SCCA (let alone NASA). Couple this with a direct refutation of your assertion on the total numbers of cars, least of all the number of 1.8 cars in "...every MARRS race.." as disingenuous leaves you with little credibility other than being "NASA-MA SSM Chairman".
I participated in two MARRS races last year (8 races total NEDIV-wide for 2010) and can assure you outside of the WDC region there are a large number of 1.8 cars running races labeled as "SSM". Now, whether you choose to accept the ruleset they're prepared to as being "SSM" or not (primarily around sealing and other minor parts allowances - shock hats & tie rod ends seem to be the biggies), you're alienating a potential group of participants solely to, in my opinion, maintain your
sandbox there at Summit as your own.
I don't have any qualms with that approach (since I'm only in my second season this year and the 2 complementary races series (Pro-IT & NJRRS) I'm focusing on for 2011 don't have any visits to SP) which may suit you better in the end anyway. Point in fact: after the qualifying session in October's MARRS11 event, without even an introduction from you, your first words to me were "Pop your hood." I obliged without question but I knew exactly what you were looking for (sealing, plug wires, plate, intake) to see if I was playing nicely in your
sandbox which I was (apart from being sealed) TYVM. You then went on to lecture me about "...to continue to participate in MARRS events you'll need to get sealed..." I may have been a rookie but I'm still an adult and do understand how series points are handed out.
This approach and attitude of "WDC SSM Rules" versus everyone else's seems to the biggest issue to potentially revise and maintain a "NEDIV SSM Committee". I was hoping to do something with that this offseason (in conjunction with Jerry Rigoli) but after speaking with some folks who I thought might make good participants I found willingness waning with the primary reason the ever-pervasive "WDC SSM Rules works for us" mindset. Shift that mindset and the single biggest barrier to agreeing on a common ruleset might go away...*shrug*
I wish we had coherent rules across the entire NE (SCCA & NASA combined) but we don't.
Apart from the NASA rules disallowing the NA1.8 I'd have to say theirs would be a better basis for SCCA's "NEDIV SSM Rules" ultimately.
I can dream, can't I?
Thanks for reading,