Originally Posted by UN4RACING
Not to start a fight but I think the rules are what gave birth to the basher.
Club racing is about practice racing. I would say in clubs on an club race the rules should and are pretty much lenient.
Not every one wants to play by the rules, its there hobby not there obsession.
Now in a sanctioned event I can see the need for uniformity. Its important to each participant that the race be fair.
Unfortunately, many members of this board have the same vision of club racing... that it is just practice racing. For those racers that attend regional and national events, it might very well be. But, a vast majority of club racers will never attend anything other than a club race. So, for them, club racing is what this hobby is all about.
Rules are required at ALL levels of racing. At large sanctioned events, it is required that the monitoring of the rules be much more stringent and public. But, even at the local level, it's important for all racers to feel that they are playing on the same level field.
I've been in this hobby for nearly 18 years now. I've run at quite a few regional and national level events. But, now I've decided that I'm more into the weekly fun racing. I don't want to spend the massive amount of time necessary to tune my car and motors properly. I also don't want to feel the pressure to compete at the highest level all the time. But, when I come to the track on raceday, I want to know that I'm racing against similar equipment. I have no problem being beaten by another racer. I have a HUGE problem if that racer is running a modified motor in stock class.
I love the earlier post "Racing without rules is bashing." Even if the rules are 'fudged' a bit at club racing, they are still rules as long as everybody knows where that line is drawn.
We need rules for 13.5, 17.5, 10.5 and whatever motor limit classes there are. Anything else is just changing all classes to Open Mod. Actually, I think that the change to brushless is a GREAT opportunity to bring Stock back to where it belongs. A motor with reasonable power (not too fast) that gives all racers roughly equal power and allows the racers to showcase their vehicle tuning and driving skills.