Hmmm...I guess I cant assume people will get my point with just a little info!
Mazda didn't come up with the Spec Miata platform.." We" collectively did.. Started from Shannon,DDG and Daniels.. Then taken from there by MANY volunteers including myself to get it where it is now.. Where is it now? The best and closest form of amateur racing PERIOD. Closer than SRF or Mx5 global when you compare the top 10-15 cars in each class. It will be closer than the new class as well, there rules will need tweaking just as ours did, regardless of how well they think they are written.
Thanks for clarifying the history of SM...only been here 8 years...and maybe Mazda wasnt involved early on...but am I wrong in saying they are now? Agree with you 100% on your comparison with SRF and MX-5. But take our top 20 drivers and flip cars with the top 20 drivers in those other series...SM would look different! And so would those series! That's a compliment to SM BTW!
Steve...if it came across as me telling everyone to shut their pie hole...my apologies. No agenda here other than I appreciate the effort Mazda seems to put forward in racing support. With that in mind, I for one wont be telling them if I feel they are being dumb asses or will I be telling other drivers they are dumb asses to get involved! IMO...that's A-political? Maybe telling you what I(singular/me personally)plan to do is wrong? BTW...I(singular/me personally)will be standing for the Flag/National Anthem this weekend(Go NE!)
My spec class comment was a little out of line without detail...my bad. For years people here have complained SM isn't a true spec class...and by definition it isn't. But I for one have always argued it is the best and as close as it can get just as Jim and Chris have stated...we are all in agreement!
With regard to the NC, I have heard rumors through the grapevine(no idea what is fact or fiction)of single source motors and ECU's to start. Basically, with hindsight being 20/20, many things that have been learned over the years with SM can be applied from the start. There is no reason if it takes off to think that an NC spec class of cars wont be close...taking drivers and set up out of the equation! For sure things will be learned but hopefully it wont be being tweaked for 10 plus years.
Do I think the NC will replace the popularity of SM anytime soon...not a chance in hell!! Will it appeal to some...yep