From the outside looking in, I would like to be optimistic, but I am not so sure about the participation levels and numbers being decent in LO206 and some of the other classes. Outside of vintage sprint track racing, I’ve not been a sprint track racer/road racer, but an oval racer with LO206 and Clones. I’m soon going to be changing that as I bought a sprint to put a LO206 on.
This was the second year that I attended RIGP running the vintage exhibition race and spectating. The staff run a fine program, and many tracks could learn from them on organizing things. I know in the past some oval LTOs ran there (likely mostly for fun) and most of those karts were designed with 6-inch tires in mind. My father and I run our own oval chassis design so 5 or 6-inch does not matter to us as we can make parts for either. SIRA, I believe is open 5 or 6-inch tires. Briggs stepped up and fronted some money towards entry fees for running additional classes. How many were running multiple classes? From the outside, did any of this make a difference in entries? Maybe I’m off base…
Believe me, I want to see this succeed from a participant and spectator point of view. I think its the coolest thing that I go to throughout the season. I can only imagine how much work goes into this and leading up to it. Roger and the crew ought to be commended for that effort. I think some things could be tuned and hopefully increase the participation. And for all I know it could have just been a down year. I’ve gone to many modern and vintage events throughout the Midwest this season and most all of them have been down for whatever reason.
Bug - Alley Kat II - McCulloch - Coyote - B&S LO206