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Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: RapidusMaximus] #2648290
04/23/19 08:31 PM
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47 years young here.

I Friday night grudge race at the track a few times a year and there are LOTS of guys show up to those. Lots of fun to e.t. chase and run against late model stuff.

I really prefer the nostalgia events like The HAMB, The HotRod Reunions (Mo-Kan) and The Rumble at Bethany, MO. I try to get to the Mopar events at Tulsa and Mo-Kan but hard to make it every year with kids and other commitments.

Bracket racing is something I would like to do but just can't commit to that many weekends at one track in a year.


'63 Dodge 330
11.19 @ 121 mph
Pump gas, n/a, through the mufflers on street tires with 3.54's. 3,600 lbs.
10.01 @ 133mph with a 250 shot of nitrous an a splash of race gas. 1.36 60 ft.

Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: BradH] #2648321
04/23/19 10:57 PM
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Puyallup, WA
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I turned 53 last week. My story is pretty typical, I suppose. Hot Rodded and raced a little when I was younger. Couldn’t afford to really race, but I played around in it. At the time I met my wife I had a street musclecar and was building a 440 Duster that probably never would have gotten done. Sold all the car stuff, got married and bought a house. Had kids, two girls (raising girls will make a man of you!). They were both athletes and we spent every bit of time and money we had chasing volleyball and softball tournaments for a decade. Both ended up playing sports in college at the D1 level, so it was a lot of fun, I wouldn’t trade a moment for anything. Once they were getting older I convinced the wife to let me play with cars again. I bought my Satellite about 10 years ago, and thought at the time I would just like to have a mild streetcar. Shoulda known better. Now it’s on the verge of being a racecar, and I’m having a blast with no intention of stopping anytime soon. Only question I can’t seem to answer myself is whether to keep going with the Satellite, or cash it in and buy a Early B dedicated racecar. For right now it’s keep the current car...... ask me in an hour, answer may change.


LemonWedge - Street heavy / Strip ready - 11.18 @ 119
Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: StealthWedge67] #2648574
04/24/19 05:58 PM
04/24/19 05:58 PM
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Canada north shore lake Ontari...
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I"m 73. No tracks close to me but I have completed Drag Week for the last 13 years and will be there this year as well.

Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: cudaboy] #2650251
04/29/19 02:42 PM
04/29/19 02:42 PM
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Metro Detroit
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Originally Posted by cudaboy
Originally Posted by BradH
Originally Posted by cudaboy
Originally Posted by 6PKRTSE
Man, where is the 35 and under crowd?
I see plenty of younger ones at the track. They’re just not on Moparts, they post on FB and IG.

Dennis

That leads to my next question: Is this basically a Moparts demographic, or also typical of what people see at the track in general?
IMO, it’s a Moparts demographic.

Dennis


I agree...I think the Purple shaft crowd scares them away...also, it seems forums are kind of a dying platform

I see plenty of young guys with new challengers/chargers at "street car" type events, but anytime any new technology is brought up on Moparts, people cry heresy.
You can't mention EFI or power adders without being chased off the lawn around here. Younger people are going to gravitate towards where they are accepted...


Faster, Faster until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death...

71 Swinger - slowly collecting dust/parts
66 Belv. II - FITech test rig...
Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: OUTLAWD] #2650266
04/29/19 03:29 PM
04/29/19 03:29 PM
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Marion, South Carolina [><]
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iagree They're all on facebook and/or instagram. Forums like this are dying out. Sad b/c I much prefer them over any of the facebook groups.


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'70 hemicuda...8 sec street car
'69 road runner 440 w/ Indy SRs
'69 road runner 440-6, 4 speed...Dad's ride
'71 Demon 340 resto project
'06 GMC 2500HD LBZ Duramax...toy hauler
'16 Grand Caravan SXT...baby hauler
Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: an8sec70cuda] #2650278
04/29/19 03:54 PM
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South Park, Pa.
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Being one of the oldest posting here, and probably the oldest running a stick car, here are my thoughts. I like racing with the UMTR guys, and with some local NSS events, but being on a fixed income I now look to doing Test and Tune nights (days) to get more than two or three runs in for less money. Most of the youngsters I see at Keystone (my home track) are running new muscle cars. The kind I could not afford when I was their age? When I go to local car cruises and talk to the younger generation, I ask, Have you taken your car to the track? Most say no. For some reason, they want the look, but not the performance to back it up. As long as I can still hit the gears, I'll have fun with my Roadrunner. When my Arm/Leg co-ordination fails, then I'll think about hanging it up.


4 speed street legal. Best time 10.99 @ 124 mph on 93 octane pump gas @ 3926# total weight
Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: 68LAR] #2650282
04/29/19 04:09 PM
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64 years young here.
Race 2 x a month at my home track with a bunch of old as well as younger guys.
If i didn't have my young (47) friend and my wife help it would be very difficult to continue.

Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: actionange] #2650289
04/29/19 04:28 PM
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New Hampshire, USA
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wow! old!


66 Belvedere Vert, 4 Speed/Jerico, slowly, very slowly, getting faster - NA LD Wedge
New New Best: 10.56 @129
68 B'cuda 4 gear Jerico - Another New Best of 9.86 & Trying to slow up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4jDLKwd9Gs
Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: BradH] #2650372
04/29/19 09:02 PM
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VT
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I'm 58 and get out every chance I can that the weather cooperates, in the northeast that can be a challenge! No Wally since 50 though...maybe this year!

Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: MOPARCRAZY] #2650404
04/29/19 10:35 PM
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39 .., for the 2nd or 3rd time !


cheap, nosy, obnoxious? ...moi ?? ... just call it a HOBBY !!
Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: Al_Alguire] #2651091
05/01/19 10:23 PM
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Was you racing at the Fling ,Al? I went a few rounds in the big race. Took out one of the younger Pennington boys. Sure are a few of them there. Good racers.


64 Dodge Coronet 440. In progress
1998. Dodge Avenger. 8.50@162. 4900 DA
250” Neil and Parks Slip Joint. 7.36@183.
4600 DA
Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: BANDIT] #2651180
05/02/19 10:12 AM
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Connecticut
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I’m 50 and have been running supercars for 10 years and will continue as long as possible. I really enjoy the adventure of it all and plan on collecting as many memories/stories as I can before I’m not able to do it any more. I have some interest in other forms of racing like TROG, but I’m no gentlemen and have no money!

Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: FurryStump] #2651249
05/02/19 01:42 PM
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I’m 61 and have been racing in one form or another since I was a teenager, plan to keep drag racing til my body says I can’t. The first pass in Vegas at The Spring Fling this year got me all fired up for the year again. I started my son drag racing in high school and am helping him get back into it now that family life has settled down. It’s the best! We have to encourage the younger crowd some, but once they do it they’ll be hooked.


64 Dodge Coronet 440. In progress
1998. Dodge Avenger. 8.50@162. 4900 DA
250” Neil and Parks Slip Joint. 7.36@183.
4600 DA
Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: Doc Fiberglass] #2651752
05/03/19 09:13 PM
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Great Neck,LI,new york
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Originally Posted by Doc Fiberglass
39 .., for the 2nd or 3rd time !


Ya see DoC,wasN'T thaT sresS relEAse?? You been 39 for 40 years whistling


HEMI-ITIS has no cure.
My condition is fully BLOWN!!
Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: hemi-itis] #2652052
05/04/19 11:03 PM
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Took my junk out today and hung out with a bunch of my old friends. Youngest pair were my buddy's son who had his son there too. Dad was 45 and son was 24. That brings the average age of the folks I was hanging out with down to "around" 50. boogie


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Re: Age check for racers, please... [Re: BradH] #2652308
05/05/19 03:09 PM
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Old bracket racer here. 62 now. Haven't raced this year from local track purse not being worth the effort. Raced 4 times last year in No/box at their guaranteed purse races. Was in all 4 finals and won 3 of them.

In 2017 won their No/Box championship driving my best friends 4000lb dodge Ramcharger 360/904 3.23 gears. Shallow staging best pass was 8.47 1/8 mile. 8.60s deep staging. Dang good bracket truck. Won this new 24 ft enclosed trailer as grand prize in the 16 car shootout at the end of the year.

The desire is still in my blood.

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