|Posted by vintagedirtmodified on March 30, 2015 at 11:00 AM|
Preservation – The Focus of Northeastern Vintage Club’s SHOW & GO Class
Since its inception, the Northeastern Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Club (NVDMRC) has primarily been about competition with preservation taking a bit of a back seat to the racing of the club’s vintage machines. As a matter of fact, the club founders purposely placed the word “racing” in the club’s name. For about 16 years the club has done just that….raced….the vintage cars.
However, the founding members also coined the club’s motto: “racing like it used to be”. Over the years the racing has been the mainstay of the club, but the cars and costs have been getting less and less like it used to be. The cars have progressed to styles and speeds more consistent with the 1980’s and 90’s rather than the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s as originally envisioned. This has resulted in decreased participation by vintage enthusiasts that own earlier original style cars.
In order to provide on-track opportunities for many of the vintage racers with truly old-style cars, the club intends to be presenting a second division with a focus on “preservation” rather than competition. The intent is to continue to allow for the competitive events as always, but also allow for non-competitive track time and static displays that will showcase the many original style cars that have been preserved, restored or re-created by enthusiasts who prefer to keep the cars more historically authentic, or who have reservations about racing their machines in a competitive environment. The goal is that increased events appealing to owners of original style cars will lead to additional cars being restored and brought back to the tracks for the enjoyment of the fans and the car’s owners.
Beginning in 2016 (with possible late 2015 events), the Northeastern Vintage SHOW & GO class will be formulated as a division of the NVDMRC. This will allow the two legs of the club to coordinate events for maximum participation and added interaction with the fans. The new name includes the words “show” and “go” due to the concept that participants would display their cars early on race nights and then perform an on-track exhibition later in the same program. Cars entered for participation in Show & Go events must have an authentic vintage appearance and be driven in a conservative manner. The objective is to present multiple opportunities for the truly vintage cars to be showcased on-track and statically displayed, while continuing to present the actual racing format for the newer style NVDMRC cars.
The benefits of such focus on preservation are great. The cars of the by-gone eras need to be preserved, from a historical perspective, and they are best showcased on the numerous racing venues the club currently visits. Shows will also be a part of the preservation initiative of the club with display at tracks and other venues planned. However, it is the on-track aspect, but with less risk than the competitive events, that is thought to be the biggest motivating factor in getting older cars restored and back into the spotlight.
In order for the Show & Go concept to be successful, the cooperation of the tracks and of the enthusiasts is needed. The tracks must make a commitment that ample track time will be allotted to allow the original style cars to run separately from the competition cars. Once the owners of the older cars recognize this, they will be much more likely to participate. The enthusiasts need to get the cars out of the barns, garages, fields, etc…and to the tracks and shows where they can be enjoyed by all. Also, the many enthusiasts/fans that have other racing memorabilia are encouraged to get active and share their historical items and experiences at club events.
Nostalgia is big and getting bigger all over the country. Now is the time to get the hobby of vintage racing energized with the additional focus of preservation. It will be the perfect complement to the exciting vintage racing currently being presented and should prove to be a very popular attraction to add to any speedway’s regular events.
For further information contact the Northeastern Vintage Dirt Modified Racing Club through facebook, the website at www.vintagedirtmodified.webs.com or e-mail: [email protected]