Originally Posted by pejota
Speaking of history, what happened to the rules in 1973? 1972 was chock full of Camaros, Mustangs, Javelins and Firebirds?
The manufacturers (other than AMC) all pulled their financial support out of the TA series after the 1970 season, and AMC pulled out after 1971. The series was, basically, on life-support through 1972 with smaller fields of hand-me-down cars racing in front of ever-smaller crowds.
Politically, let's see.
We were in a recession coupled with high inflation...the president enacted price freezes as an attempt to mitigate inflation.
Muscle car sales were WAY down due to a variety of factors (fuel, insurance, market saturation, etc).
In the midst of declining sales and a recessionary economy the big three were having to implement the "next" (and far more encompassing) round of safety and emissions improvements. 1973 saw the first real "bumpers" on cars and 1974 saw the catalytic converter.
OPEC flexed their muscle and we saw the oil market in tremendous upheaval resulting in heretofore unheard of prices which combined with supply disruption to create LONG lines at the pumps and not everybody getting gas.
We were enmeshed in a war we could not "win" that our leadership couldn't seem to get us out of.
The economic situtation saw sponsorship dollars (such as there were at the time) AND fan attendance dwindle.
A new series created by defecting leaders of SCCA had been created and was drawing away competitor and fan base. The upstart series was called IMSA and was created by folks FOR the racers to make better economic sense--rationalized rules structure, better payout, etc.
Hey...how much of this sounds familiar
? The more things change the more they stay the same.
In the midst of all this, Porsche was willing to spend money in the series if it was massaged a bit to make their cars more competitive. GM was willing to put some money/development behind the Corvette, etc.
The effect IMSA had was tremendous. There was a GREAT advantage to accepting cars that were running in the IMSA series. This gave manufacturers more incentive to invest and develop cars, gave racers more opportunity to use those cars, etc.
And on and on.