Bingo!..........Originally posted by Fever Mike
Yes, I have been saying all along that racing all racing and a big part of racing is built off of personality's. Also the fans thrive off of the brand war too.
In an earlier thread MMwalters said he didn't know why Nascar had the inside track on TV and fans.......
Mike just gave the answer......personality development. Earnhart fans against Gordon fans against Mark Martin against Labonte' etc, etc....and people care. Put these same guys in tunnel boats or Super Cats keep the sponsors and the behind the scenes story development and the fans would follow....as long as these guys stayed in a SINGLE class.
Before there were "spec engines Nascar rose to prominence on names like Petty, Waltrip, Fireball Roberts and Cale Yarbrough........ driving high powered street cars.
The competition "model" followed the development of these personalities and is a separate and distinct issue...and is not the source of the success.....it is a "value added" issue for owners and spectators.
The "model's" purpose is to limit cost and improve competition......... butb of and by itself....it's boring.
The personalities ....fill the seats.
Offshore has no real rivalries...and the ones that do exist... JT vs Jerry...... Bill Mauff vs Hugh Fuller.... are basically seen only in the pits or discussed over a beer by those in the "know".
The TV shows can't build on them because the myriad of classes create rivalries all over the place with no rhyme nor reason.
Hence we build no fan base............
Shane you may rather watch Factory classes...but if the average couch potato could watch Gordon, Jr., Mark Martin, The Labonte's, Awesome Bill, etc...race boats ..do you think they'd rather see them in Factory One Warlocks.......or Super Cats?
T2x.......... agreeing with Fever Mike.