This issue of RPM is not only packed with the usual incredible high powered machines we all love to read about, but we are also very excited to have been able to pursue two very important developments in the world of fast cars for this issue. Whether you follow street, strip, or both, you will definitely love what each of these bring to the table.
First, on page 26, you’ll read about a long running event that had come to an end in 2012, but in an 11th hour deal has been resurrected by a very reputable venue with great people and industry support behind it. Expect the Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown At The Summit presented by Mickey Thompson Tires to be one of the premier drag race events of 2013, and hopefully well beyond.Centering on Outlaw heads-up drag racing and small tire unpredictable street machines, The Shakedown At The Summit promises a full array of wicked-quick and insane fast machines to suit any fancy. From the big and the bad Pro Modified and Outlaw 10.5’s to small tire Limited Street/ Drag Radial, X275, Index, Bike and even Pro Import mayhem, this event will not disappoint!
In talking with Kurt Johnson of Summit Motorsports Park, it’s very clear that they mean business. The Bader family (the venue owners), are second generation and have a reputation of going above and beyond. So don’t expect another fast car event where the most important thing on the promoter’s mind is the jingle in their pocket… on the contrary, expect the exact opposite here! These folks have even reduced the price of a weekend event pass to $45! And remember, put this into perspective, this is a ticket to see some of the fastest and quickest machines in the world, not your city, state, province, or even country! We’re talking about everyone and anyone from anywhere who’s fast, or thinks they’re fast. My guess is, if someone opens their mouth on the internetetween now and October 4th, they’d better be in Norwalk, Ohio to back it up! I’ll tell you what, we will have to bring in reinforcements to cover the staff at RPM that will be calling in sick from October 3-6th to go to the Shakedown… and I know I will be one of them!
In the meantime, we’ll do our best to get you updates on The Shakedown At The Summit as they come in and post them on our www.rpm-mag.com FRONT PAGE NEWS and in real-time to all of our social media sites. Next, on page 70, Pro Modified Goes X-treme as the XDRL becomes reality. Yeah, that’s right, there’s a new gig in town and they go by the name of the Xtreme Drag Racing League! The XDRL has everything you want in a high-powered series along with the people and smarts to back it up. From Pro Mods, Pro Stock, Dragsters, Junior Dragsters, Top Sportsman all the way to factory Supercars and yes, even a Pro Turbo class, they seem to be very focused on not just starting life as a series that is “all about” the racers and giving the fans one helluva show, but continuing to stand by that philosophy as they mature into a premier drag race series. But wait, now there are two sheriffs in town? Not focused on petty bickering or booking over existing dates of other series’ (if it happens, it happens), the XDRL seems to be taking the high-road and going out of their way NOT to partake in this nonsense.
One of my own philosophies in business is, “if you worry too much about what the other guy does, you won’t have time to take care of your own business!” In other words XDRL, focus on YOUR game and you will reap the rewards in a following of fans and racers second to none! In short folks, it’s gonna get wild in 2013, so ENJOY… I know I will!