State all your complaints and cars short comings here. I am going to start deleting posts ( included my own) off topic that are scattered through other threads. It is getting ridiculous. All parity posts, should go here from now on. If I can figure out how to move posts, I will move otherwise I will just delete. So I advise you to put here if you want them read.
Most of us who actually race the cars routinely feel that the racing is closer and better right now than it has ever been. I know I feel this way. The engine rules have finally panned out and most all of the cars from different engine builders are all the same or at least within 1-2 HP. Unbelievable really.
There are many older and under built cars of all versions that are no longer competitive in SM, including NB cars. The sad fact is that less a fully developed, properly set up car that is driven by one of the best in the class, pretty much a pro caliper driver, you aren't winning any longer. The class has just become that competitive. Especially the Majors races. I think that fact is more what drives these parity threads than the actual parity debates. Most of the cars that have been passed by are the 1.6's naturally as they are the oldest cars. The class itself is not what it was 5-10 years ago. It has become super competitive and definitely become more of a "national" class than where we started. You can argue that a lot of the fun and camaraderie went with it. I would tend to agree. Perhaps, we all take ourselves too seriously for something we pay to do and is supposed to be fun. I know i have to slap myself in the face once in awhile and give myself a reality check.
The reality of the situation is that unless at a huge advantage, no one is picking a 25 year old car 1.6 car as their starting point right now. I don't understand why that is so hard to comprehend. The ONLY way we see an influx of 1.6 cars coming back is if we screw the rules so badly to where the 1.6 is the the only car that wins and that isn't happening. As a reminder, there will be no parity adjustments this or next year, Even if the general consensus is the 1.6 was slightly better, I doubt many would build as they are the most expensive and hardest to build to the limit. The 99 car is much easier to build close out of the box with the help of the 38 mm straw it breathes through and just a better designed car, it is a 10 year improvement on the 1.6. Many laugh about the suspension changes, they are significant, if they weren't, I doubt Mazda would have spent the money to redesign all that suspension.