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posted January 30, 2004 02:08 PM
Does anyone besides me ever sit back and think about how much time and money it takes to race and how much more money you would have in your pocket if you dident.One side of you wants to give it up and stick to a cheaper hobby like golf or fishing. I get like this sometimes, but racing is probally worst than crack(I wouldent know) and I could never give it up. Is this normal?


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posted January 30, 2004 02:28 PM
just started last year, eat,sleep,and drink dirt trackin. wife says i'm obsessed. BUT MAN WHAT A RUSH DRIVING HARD IN THE CORNER AND HITTING THE STRIEGHT.....

posted January 30, 2004 02:31 PM
I have a tendancy to feel that way everytime I wreck something, or something brakes. Was thinking, geez think of the nice street rod you could have, and the investment would still be there week in week out.

But then on the other hand, could you give up the ultimate high you feel when it all goes great or you get a win, not to mention the great feeling you get when everyone pitches in to help one another.....

And then think what would you do with all your spare time...... sit in front of the TV trying to come up with things to do. This way you sit in the garage cussing that you don't have enough time to do anything.

After it all shakes down...... We are all in it for our own reasons, but I'm sure alot of them are the common, and the same reasons; good friend, great times, and all the fun that goes with it. The bad times will, over time be shrouded by all the good times. You will always have the memories even if we are in the poor house after our careers are over.

We do what we do because we love the sport!

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posted January 30, 2004 03:44 PM
I know a few guys with a lot of money tied up in other hobbies and they talk about thier stuff like we talk about dirt track racing. Fact is all hobbies can be expensive so we might as well do the one that really makes us feel great, and for me that is dirt racing at almost any cost. It is a natural high that no drug could ever come close to.

posted January 30, 2004 04:14 PM
I took a year off, just to see what I would have at the end of that year that otherwise I wouldn't have. At the end of the year it was the same if not worst. My kids missed the racing, I missed the racing and was still broke. I thought I was taking away from my kids by racing. But then they told me how proud they was to watch me sign autographs or win a race. They helped with the cars and most have been designed by them. So a few years later, two of my kids race, I race, and I make my living building cars and they are a part of all of it. Dollars spent, yeah, takes alot of money, memories, fun, and just good stuff, PRICELESS. So a good investment in my book. Depends I guess when and how you want to admit how much you love it, and how much you want to give it. I wish you good luck and thank God that we have the chance to do this.

posted January 30, 2004 07:02 PM
my uncle was in the same boat so to speak lol had a buddy move away so desided to sell the car and buy a bass boat well you just can't get that fealing of compitition on a boat my dad joined him entering a little fishing tourney but they always had guys cheating and the cost just kept going up so he traded the boat for another mod here a few years back and is having a great time with the entire family again. between his daughters and son in laws and grand kids the entire family is down there every week you can only get so many people in a boat and it isn't near as fun a race'n lol. you metioned gold too thats another one that can get pretty pricey a good set of clubs runs a good chunk now a days then 35-40 to play a round at a good coarse. you also have to look at the fact that if you have any sponsors that you wouldn't have that money for say a hot rod or boat so it makes it a little more out of reach

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posted January 30, 2004 07:44 PM
yes, I have thought of it. Work all winter and every week during summer. spend $3,000 up,[Depends on what class and how good of equipment you what.]We turn about 23 seconds per lap. 8 laps per heat=3 minutes, 20 laps per feature= 7 minutes. All that time and money for 10 minutes of raceing per week,but what a 10 minutes!

posted January 30, 2004 07:57 PM
I built a Street 68 Camaro about 5 years ago. Everything I had I put in to this car. It had a ZZ 502 crate motor in it and it would put you back in the seat and leave you their. I built this car from a shoe box. Car was 95 percent finished when I stopped working on it. Lost interest. The last year I owned the car I drove 15 miles. Started racing 2 years ago. I put the camaro up for sell at the end of last season and sold it. Put a big chunk of the money into my new hobbie. Its just as expensive but I enjoy it alot more and I think my family does too. Only biggest difference is I couldnt find a race before and now I have a hard time missing one and it is legal racing.

posted January 30, 2004 10:04 PM
hey if you never had racing as a hobby you would spen your money you got on something elss anyways lol

posted January 30, 2004 11:26 PM
Great responses, seems like we all think alike on this one.


posted January 31, 2004 07:14 AM
whats ***** about racing is there is no rush in the winter time. sometimes you gotta have two hobbies. racing cars and pounding the drifts with a 2001 polaris edge x lol. i sold my old sled and man let me tell ya. the first time it snowed i was on the phone gettin another one. lol only 9 more weeks till we start racing here, it will be my rookie season and im sooo pumped. i can hardly wait.

Drive it in deep, and come out hard!!

posted January 31, 2004 08:39 AM
I uess back east or so there is no raacing in the winter but out west we run all year long. Sometimes get's to much but can't seem to stop. Just got done with the Early Thaw and what a week of racing. I say money well spent if you are enjoying it. Heck you have to spend the money you make on something, can't take it with you.
On this trailer lies a disease for which there is no cure!

posted January 31, 2004 05:42 PM
You all have it bad I was out from 97 till now and one day an old buddy stoped by to see if I would set his new car up for him,I did, and as payment he let me drive it that Sat. nite. Thats all it took, I built a new car motor trans..... I am just like an alky, I got a taist and now im at the bar again. Thats ok I have never found anything like racing on the dirt track,It is the greatest thing God made DIRT and man out of the dirt, you know we just belong together, along with a big bunch of HP!!!!!

posted February 01, 2004 08:54 AM
I started racing in 1974, at the age of 18. I quit in 1996. Now my son drives for me in a limited mod class. 10 Yrs. ago I entered my second marriage (first wife didn't like race cars). My new father-in-law is all into investing money, & thinks dirt track racing is just abunch of grease monkeys getting together on the w/ends to drink beer. One night, during one of his lectures about the importance of investing in the future, he asked me what I've done with all of the money I have made in my life. I told him that "3/4 of it I spent on race cars, & the rest of it I just wasted". He hasn't brought up the subject since. LMAO.

posted February 03, 2004 08:09 AM
Well I am entering the Dirt track racing this year for the first time ever. I have worked for the local dirt track for several years and also do road course open track events with my Camaro Z-28.

Well the road racing hobby is more expensive than dirt tracking and I always didn't buy a dirt track car because I complained about the cost.

So like others have said... ALL hobbies are expensive and you just have to do what you like.

posted February 03, 2004 05:06 PM
Been through 3 girl friends because the race car was "more important" then them. I look at it like this. The race car was around longer then them and I have more $$$ invested in the race car. Plus I can look at any other race car that i want with or with out a top and it dosen't get mad.

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