So, it seems like a couple of weeks ago I was lamenting about several teams dropping out of Pro Stock, one of which was the 2017 champion Bo Butner. Apparently, he changed his mind or somebody changed it for him. I liked his comment in a release sent out, "I'm a glutton for punishment," joked Butner in a release sent out. He must be, but he’ll be a welcome back addition to a class which is full of controversy.
Last week, I spoke about the discontinuing of several passenger cars out of Detroit or wherever they build them now. This week had more bad news when a report surfaced about more people in the month of November making the switch to SUVs and trucks. I’m a truck kind of guy but it’s just the transitioning of the car culture in America. Not a good sign as far as I’m concerned.
This week, it’s the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis. Those of you who know me know I’m not a fan of Indy. Oh, yes, Indy itself is a great town, they got great restaurants, it’s loaded with auto racing history… but they just have a problem keeping the heat on. When the Show was moved to Orlando, Florida; I forget how many years ago; I was ecstatic. Eighty degrees versus maybe 30? No, I’m not a fan.
Of course, I might be in the minority on this one (okay, I know I am), but in all reality, I have not seen us doing any more business in Indy than we did in Orlando. We might see more people, but when it comes to actually paying customers, those who either subscribe to our magazine or frequent my other business, I don’t believe we do any better in Indy than Orlando. And 80-degrees versus 30? No, sorry. They tell me there are more racers around the Indy area than Orlando, and I can’t argue that one, but for me it gets back to paying customers. Of course, the Show has changed over the years to where you really don’t do any real business at the Show anyway. In the beginning, you used to walk out of there with orders or sold product, but times are changing. Now being a part of the Show just helps to keep the phones ringing all year, so for that reason, we’re here.
This is the 31st year of the Show and I still believe if a person is serious about being there, it shouldn’t matter where the Show is. Look at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Vegas is an expensive place to eat, stay, with tens of thousands there for all sorts of reasons, whatever, but people still flock to that venue. I’m sure I’ll get into a discussion with someone this week about this, but you’re not going to change my mind.
In any event, if you’re attending the Show, stop by the Drag Racing Edge booth number 1237 and say hello. I’ll be the one bundled up searching for some heat and praying we don’t have any of that white s—t falling from the sky.