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EDITOR’S RANT

by

Chris Biro

YOUR WORD IS YOUR BOND

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e started off ur RPM/ Lucas Oil Extreme Events for 2015 as a supporter for both Doug Fields’ Pro Street Night in Virginia and the Auburn Shifters’ show in Indiana. Then, within a few weeks, we moved right into our first race event, the War In The North. While weather took some shine out of Auburn, the Pro Street night saw a doubling of cars over its first year (2014) and the War In The North had nothing but sunshine and horsepower all weekend long! Getting support in the way of cars through gates for both shows and races is tough at the best of times, but throw the world wide web into the mix and it can either help or hurt the numbers. The internet has definitely provided the “wannabes” with a massive venue to become legends in their own minds. Behind their keyboard or smartphone, anyone has the baddest or fastest car or can launch a verbal assault on an organization or individual “just because,” and most times without any sort of repercussions. A perfect example in racing is the quest to have the quickest/fastest street car. First, what exactly is a “street car?” We don’t have enough pages in this magazine to examine and debate that again, so let’s not and just say that if it is legally licensed and tagged and driven on the street, or at least has all of the equipment to get it there, it’s a street car. Doesn’t matter about tire size, power adder, chassis or suspension. Next, what makes it the fastest? Is it running time trials at the track on Friday nights or in the “tour” style events, or is it beating the other guy (or girl) who claims to be the fastest? In my opinion, both would qualify and it really depends if you are into going quick and fast on a solo pass or with someone who might be able to beat you in the other lane. One of the best solutions to help decide who is the fastest is the creation of the many diffe ent classes in the world of street car and outlaw drag racing, such as in the NMCA (National Muscle Car Association), where each

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class is carefully designed to level out the playing fi ld as best as possible and hopefully give any car entered a shot at winning. Yet still, so many keyboard racers say, “if you give me a class to run in, then I’ll show up and show you,” but they seldom do. The various organizations build and adjust their class rules based on the commitment of racers, real racers. Not to mention that fans (the ones who help pay the bills to keep the racing organizations out of the red) come to watch, hoping to see all the badass cars they read about in all the magazines and on the web. My point is, that if you have enough nerve to mouth off nline, put your money where your mouth is and have enough class to support the organizations that support your sport – or simply go away. That being said, I was a bit shocked when a racer recently threw out a completely open-ended challenge to any type of street car from anywhere to come meet on common ground and prove that they had what they claim to have—a fast street car. Not necessarily the fastest, but rather just a fast one. So committed were these racers, that they were willing to drive 16 hours to meet all challengers with no questions asked. For several months the internet was buzzing with many that “would be there” and equally as many that had every reason in the world why the particular record holding car in question was not a street car, by their own personal definition of course. The results of the class created for these outlaws of the street—Mickey Thompson Real Street Outlaw presented by Pro Systems and Harland Sharp—are interesting and highlighted in our War In The North article on page 24 of this issue. One thing is a sure bet though: those who did show up to race went with home with not only cash and prizes but confidence in the fact that their word is their bond, and that they are willing to put their money where their mouth is (in the real world, not the virtual one), no matter what the odds!

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