Originally posted by Donzi 1
Just $.02 from an off-shore boat racing fan. I do not feel that rock bands or even famous celebs is what APBA needs to get fans and races back on the schedule. I can remember when Chuck Norris and Don Johnson ran boats for a year. Most of the time, because of their security entourage, you couldn't get close to them anyway. Did they bring fans to the races? Sure! Were they in the sport for more than a year? Nope!
Second, since I'm not a racer, I never have understood this one, but why do we need 2 or even 3 sanctioning bodies? Get everyone back together! Sit down, put your egos in your pockets, and develop classes that can fit everyone’s needs including the beginner. All under 1 sanctioning body! Maybe this is easier said than done, but is anyone even trying?
The problem is not that the sport needs celebs, the problem is the sport needs to unite and bring the racing back to the fans who support it.
Quick history lesson here was Don Johnson an *******? Yes! But he did more to bring offshore to the common folk than anyone else. Miami Vice bought go fast boats into everyones living room for 20 years now. He was in the sport for more than 1 year. Raced the Gentry V boat. Than moved up to Team USA #50 cat. Set a one lap record in it. Albeit he never finished more than 1 lap He had Kurt Russel race with him. And Goldie Hawn would come to the races. I don't remember getting around the wet pits that much worse. Seems like they would hang out at the end of the dock in a yacht. Mostly the Gentry Eagle. Don't sell Chuck Norris short he was there to win and I think remembering Bruce Jenner being around for awhile. Didn't Norris and Ronald Reagans son set a record going down the Miss. river or something. Johnson started the OPT with John which is now the SBI. But the races back in those days could not compare to todays races. BIG horsepower, BIG wallets, and wild rides. Everyone tried to build a better mouse trap. Big power Apaches, Buzzi deisels, Gentry's turbos, Lambergienee(sp) motors. So any free publicity to the sport can't hurt. That's why John got Prestly in the boat. Luckily they didn't kill anybody. I saw the crash at the OSO party and it was a joke if they don't take blame for it. Ray Charles could see that. But anything to get media attention to the sport is a good thing. Good luck this year Joey