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When I heard of the passing of Doc Sipple the different emotions and stories that ran through my brain were countless. Here are just a few.
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON?
After the first few IHRA national events I hope the plan to take the product world wide is put on the back burner because if the results of the first two events are any indication, the American drag race fan isn't buying. I tried to watch some of it on the stream and what I saw was some really good racing. What I didn't see was a really good show. There is a difference.
I will get slammed for saying this, but when the likes of the Cool Bus, Bob Motz’s Jet Kenworth and similar acts were pulled from the show it lost some of its flavor. They were not the whole pie but an integral part of the presentation. Why do you think Edmonton grew to be one of the biggest IHRA events in history? It was the show. It had an incredible variety of classes and goofy exhibition vehicles. It had a fly by from the Canadian Air Force. It had burnout contests. It was fun plus the market wasn't cluttered.
If IHRA is going to present a bold new product worldwide, don't forget that surrounding the race you must have a show.
DRAG RACING NEWS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
Aaron Polburn is returning to drag racing as a driver. With a keen eye toward self promotion, this Parkinson’s Awareness-sponsored early model nitro burning American Motors Hornet will be called Shake and Bake.
Jeff Burk will soon publish his life history in a gift box 35 napkin set.
Hell officially froze over when Terry McMillen and Terry Haddock both completed an NHRA national event without blowing something up.
In an effort to raise more capital, NHRA will allow first and second round buy backs in Pro Stock.
Citing market exclusivity, IHRA will hold its first 2017 worldwide event in Antarctica.