"A.J. Rystad" wrote:
> Just a quick peek at the winners, and which end drives the car:
> SS-CSL - R (8)
> DS - ESL - F (4)
> FS/L - R (2)
> GS - HSL - F (4)
> ASP - BSP/L - R (4)
> CSP/L - F (2)
> DSP-ESPL - R (4)
> AP-DP/L - R (8)
> EP - F (1)
> EPL - R (1)
> AM-EM - R (10)
> ST/L - F (2)
> That's 37 for the cars with the "old, outdated rule" and 13 for the "no
> fair, my type of car wasn't really mass produced when the rule was made"
> guys and gals.
> That's ~3-1 in favor of the rear drivers, and me thinks that most, if not
> all the winners are running a non-oem front bar. For that matter, that goes
> for the FWD crowd as well.
> Somehow, I don't think that it's broke..
AJ, I appreciate your opinion, and the fact that you took the time to do
some research. But... (isn't there always a but?)
A. What do all of those SP, Prepared and Mod classes have to do with
this discussion about a STOCK CLASS swaybar rule? Statistics are neat,
they can be manipulated to say what you want them to.
B. The rules have to consider more than just the class winners at
Nationals. Take a look at ALL stock class competitors and give us a
breakdown of FWD vs RWD. I don't expect that the FWD will outnumber the
RWD or even be near 50%. But the argument has not been that "all" stock
class cars are FWD, merely that a whole lot more of them are NOW than
were back in the early 70's.
C. I don't think it's an issue of "fairness" or "competitiveness"
because if the swaybar rule is changed, cars will have to be reclassed
accordingly. It's more a matter of allowing FWD drivers a modification
that will mean as much to them as the same modification does to RWD
drivers. It's about making a grocery-getter FWD car more FUN to drive
in an autocross without having to leave stock class.
Loren Williams | Homepage - http://home.kscable.com/shad
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