While I will whole heartedly agree that Heyward is _much_ better at
marketing that I am :-), there are a few points to be made here:
1) Any newby to autocross is likely:
a) not to have one of the car(s) for the class
b) not to have that car prepped to the max of the rules
c) not to have the skill (yet) to be a top contender
2) There is only one two ST classes - a subset of cars is going to be the
ones to have. Should those be newer cars? Maybe. That certainly raises
the entry level for the class. Certainly when compared to the Escort GT,
Sentra S-R, Honda Civic current group. The Subies for Pro's is another
3) Rules are simply a preparation level, once you get past the
marketing/charter/target audience. In every class there is the chance to
spends lots of coin to go faster. In both stock and STS you can take your
perfectly good engine out, bore it to the first factory overbore, deck the
head to the min. factory spec. I don't see that being done in ST yet, but
if it isn't, it will be soon. I _know_ it's done in stock.
I'd bet that a good percentage of cars featured in Sport Compact and the
like are not legal for ST as it exists now.
'88 STS Civic
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To me the biggest issues are level of entry and marketing. I feel that STS
should be a class, like stock classes, where you will be reasonably able to
compete in the car you were introduced to the sport in. Given the number of
drivers showing up to their first events in ST cars at local events I am not
willing to greet them with...
"Wow, great to have you, glad you came out, by the way, you are going to
want to remove your drive train, throw everything else away and buy a new
you want to get serious about this."
Secondly, the update backdate gives an advantage to older, lighter cars.
These cars are not going to the marketing tools that SCCA needs to gain
in the current automotive market place. Go to the local book store and tell
me how many 88-91 Civic's you see on the cover of SuperStreet, Sport and
Compact, etc. I do not think they should be banned by any means, but giving
advantage is self destructive for the club. Some argue that the newer cars
need update backdate the most to keep up with the lighter cars. This is a
novel concept that would work wonderfully if it were affordable to buy a
all the Type S parts and do a conversion. Simply put, it is not.
A secondary point is class identify. STR was removed largely because it
looked too much like Street Prepared. Now STS and Street Prepared are
closer and closer with each hybrid.
And I will say for the record:
Anyone who thinks the Civic is the only car to have has not faced a certain
west coast Escort GT.
- and -
Having driven a fully prepared RSX Type S, I believe it is the best eligible
for the class.
Team Underdog Racing
91 Honda Civic Si (STS)
91 Toyota MR2 (SOLD!!)
02 Toyota Tundra
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