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How things have changed...  

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Author: 3-Wide   Date: 7/12/2018 12:56:10 PM    Show Orig. Msg (this window) Or  In New Window

Sure guys... There are lots of reasons why....  and the purpose of the thread wasn't really the "why", but just my curiousity as to if there were any shops out there at all that might have a racecar on site.

But since we're talking about "the why", here's probably the biggest reason:

Most people that run repair shops/work at repair shops aren't interested in short track racing.  I can say this from first hand experience having called on almost every repair shop in Middlesex, Union, Monmouth, Somerset, Ocean and Mercer Counties, along with repair shops in Montgomery and Bucks County County PA.  Many of those shops are no longer there as the majority of car repairs has shifted to dealerships and franchaises.  Some mechanics have interest in some form of racing or another, but I've also seen where guys have burned themselves out so much by working on cars all day, that the last thing they want to do, is to then spend the nights working in a garage on a racecar.  Like I said in the original subject line... "How things have changed..." 

Here's another reason:  Many guys who race today aren't really all that mechanical.  They like to race, and they know enough about their racecar to make it go, or know enough to have somebody on speed dial they can call to make it go.. but they are not "mechanics" and are not employed in the the field as mechanics. 

There were a few exceptions, but back in the day, either the car owner or the driver (or both) either owned a shop, worked at a shop, or worked in a plant/municipality in some kind of a mechanical capacity.

Like I said... just another one of those things that have changed.  I'm not delusional enough to think it would ever return, but just acknowledging that what was once the norm, for the most part, no longer exists.

So, I ask my original question again, in 2018, are there any garages/body shops that have a modified/sprint car that you might see when driving by?


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How things have changed... 3-Wide 7/12/2018 8:05:19 AM