Is there such a thing as a reliable race schedule ?

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Racing' started by The Other Harry, Jul 19, 2003.

  1. I recently saw a poster at the local Ford dealer advertising
    the 2003 Oak Ridge Mile to be held on August 2nd near
    Lovingston, Virginia. "Springer's Farewell Tour", it said.

    Jesus Christ, I thought to myself, is Springsteen *still*

    After trying unsuccessfully to calculate how many years it's
    been since I first watched him duel it out with the likes of
    Fast Freddie Spencer and (dare we mention his name out loud?)
    Kenny Roberts, I immediately decided I'd have to go see this.

    Cost was not an issue. I was going, period.

    To make what turned out to be an excruciatingly long story
    short, there is no friggin' race. I have no idea why there
    isn't, there just isn't.

    In the course of discovering this, I also learned that this
    seems to be typical. The web is littered with information
    about races which were held in 1997, which have long since
    been canceled, or which are otherwise suspect for some reason.
    Even the AMA website seems no better than any of the others.

    Well, I figured, "screw this shit", and I drove down to see
    the local Harley dealer. This dealer is *good*. I mean
    really, seriously good. (Waynesboro, VA, btw). They would
    know where I could go see a mile or a half-mile or something
    like that. Anything. By now I needed a fix. If anyone would
    know, they would.

    They didn't.

    The very nice young lady behind the counter tried her best to
    help me (talk about nice titties!). Nor did the "expert"
    person she buzzed on the intercom.

    It seems this is a problem. It looks to me like, these days,
    events are scheduled and then canceled almost at random.

    There is, for example, a question about a race up in
    Hagerstown, Maryland on August 9th. Is it being held, or is
    it not being held? No one seems to know for sure.

    This is bullshit. When I was last into going to races, this
    did NOT happen. The San Jose Mile was close to being a
    religious event. You would no more cancel that than you'd
    cancel the Second Coming. It would never happen.

    So, what's the deal? I don't understand this. I'd like to
    find a calendar of races that haven't already taken place or
    that aren't either already canceled or that are soon going to
    be canceled, but I can't seem to find one.


    Harry ;)
    The Other Harry, Jul 19, 2003
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