For generations we had very few choices in the kind of motorsports we attended or participated in. It was pretty much stock car racing either on pavement or dirt and maybe some were into drag racing. Hauling their cars north of the border to Napierville or to southern New Hampshire to run at New England Dragway.
Times have changed and one of the biggest struggles motorsports faces is getting a fresh new audience. The kids of today didn’t grow up with limited choices and by virtue of a world of instant gratification via the internet and they way the world works now they have shorter attention spans and want action to happen NOW and not have to wait for the chance it might happen. Thus Stock Car racing as we know it often bores them.
Action sports like Drifting, Mud Bogging, Hill Climbs, etc have started to see huge growth, especially in the New England area. Mud Bogs are a dream come true for lovers of ATVs and 4×4 trucks and Jeep type vehicles. You can compete with the vehicle you drive to work if you want to or you can get extreme and build a purpose built rig to really take it up a notch. The choice is yours and the action is wild and surely gets the adrenaline flowing. Same with drifting. You need little more then a rear wheel drive beater car, a few setup tweaks and a place to slide it sideways while you learn the fine art of dancing with destruction while smoking the rubber clean off your tires. Drive your beater to the track or again build a monster that needs to be trailered as you get ready to run with the big dogs. The fact remains, you can get into the sport relatively easy. Not so much with Stock Car racing anymore.
To run stock cars even at the lowest level you have to invest in a hauler so that means a truck and trailer. Then you need a race car and all the safety equipment. This is several thousands of dollars and you haven’t hit the track yet. When you do your more then likely going to get an ass whooping of epic proportions as those with experience and money know their way around the track and you are just learning. This I feel leads to a big problem as often the new racer gets frustrated and just hangs it up, either selling his stuff for a big loss or just parking it and intending on trying again but often just forgetting about it and finding a new hobby.
The new and improved Outside Groove hopes to tackle this problem by combining forms of motorsports so that we can become the home of the regular stock car fans, the dirt track fans, those that like to drag race, drifters and guys that like to play in the mud. If it has a motor and people find a way to compete or even just do something fun for the love of it, we want to cover it. We need your help though. No one person can cover everything and this is without a doubt a labor of love, so I am asking for help.
If you love your sport and want to see it grow the best thing you can do is get some exposure and show the world what you know, that your sport kicks ass! It today’s world the best way to do this is with blogs, videos, social media, all things internet. Here is your chance to be a part of something that could become a pretty big deal. Let’s work together to open up some eyes and grow ALL motorsports before it becomes too late and we find ourselves just remembering the “good ole days”.