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Old 05-05-2005, 11:21 AM   #21
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I think the ford focus should more resemble the wrc focus 300 hp turbo & all wheel drive
i think the focus should resemble the wrc focus without the 34mm restictor plate
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Old 05-05-2005, 11:32 AM   #22
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I think another reason why WRC isn't very popular is the multi-day events with the different stages. I think most Americans don't have the attention span, we want what we want now. But I still can't figure out the NASCAR draw. I think its more about the availability and money that's in it now. Personally I think Trans-Am racing and Grand-Am racing are WAY better then NASCAR. They look like normal cars, and most still run big V8s. Its a shame so many good racing events don't get enough coverage in the US or even the chance to run enough races on US soil. No matter what the event though, its SO much better in person!
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Old 05-06-2005, 12:57 PM   #23
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i think the focus should resemble the wrc focus without the 34mm restictor plate
I'm half way there....If I could just find a reasonably priced way to acheive AWD for the SVT...
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Old 05-08-2005, 11:17 PM   #24
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I love the WRC, I watch it whenever it's on, which is like once a month.
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Old 05-10-2005, 01:51 PM   #25
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My initial thought on why americans don't like WRC is because we (as an aggregate) are exclusionists and don't like foreigners winning in any of our events. The most popular sports in the world have players from the global community and we pretty much ignore them. Soccer, F1, WRC, Cricket - HUGE sports. nobody in america likes them. But get a field of players that is basically north american and we'll watch the crap out of it. Baseball, football, nascar, NHRA, basketball. So, I think WRC isn't big in the US because Americans as a whole are jingoists.
I disagree

We already have so many motor sport races ; rally is VERY, VERY expensive
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to class down the roads for 3days+ ... plus one of the biggest reasons it's not popular is the insurance liability.

have you watched a WRC event? (yes, duh) ... see how close those spectators get?


things aren't like that over here ... especially insurance wise.


insurance for american rallies is one reason why the reg. prices are so high
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Old 05-10-2005, 02:02 PM   #26
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US laws are probably a big part of why there isn't a US stage of the WRC. If you haven't noticed, the WRC cars are road legal in the European Union, you can see that they all have license plates and actually drive on public roads from stage to stage. It's actually a part of the competition, and you are penalized twice as much for being early to a stage as you are for being late, you can get busted at a random checkpoint along the way between stages, which means that drivers have to go the speed limit without going over or under, instead of racing to the next stage and waiting 100 feet from time control.
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cricket?
I usually fall asleep after the 10th lap of nascar and wake up just in time for 30 more laps till the finish.
What the WRC needs is more exposure. more advertising. kinda like music artists promoters who pay radio stations to jive and play the same song over and over and over till it becomes cool and people succumb to this propaganda. Ok maybe not that much promotion. But it wouldnt hurt to have a commercial here and there showing the rally cars flipping and tumbling down hills and off mountains rolling over spectators and going from 140mph to a dead stop with the help of a big boulder...sorry been playing too many rally games.
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US laws are probably a big part of why there isn't a US stage of the WRC. If you haven't noticed, the WRC cars are road legal in the European Union, you can see that they all have license plates and actually drive on public roads from stage to stage. It's actually a part of the competition, and you are penalized twice as much for being early to a stage as you are for being late, you can get busted at a random checkpoint along the way between stages, which means that drivers have to go the speed limit without going over or under, instead of racing to the next stage and waiting 100 feet from time control.
same as in the US rallyies???
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US laws are probably a big part of why there isn't a US stage of the WRC. If you haven't noticed, the WRC cars are road legal in the European Union, you can see that they all have license plates and actually drive on public roads from stage to stage. It's actually a part of the competition, and you are penalized twice as much for being early to a stage as you are for being late, you can get busted at a random checkpoint along the way between stages, which means that drivers have to go the speed limit without going over or under, instead of racing to the next stage and waiting 100 feet from time control.
All cars on a Stage Rally ae licensed for use on a public road, that is not the issue.

And insurance has not got that much to do with it. Yes the SCCA just dumped Stage Rallying for what they said was insurance reasons, (cost of insuring stage rallying was driving the cost for other forms of racing up to much).

However Rally America has taken over Stage Rallying in America and are doing a fine job.

Also years ago the WRC did come to both Canada and USA. Look for The Olympus Rally in the late 80's, this was the USA event.

The real issue asa to why American's do not watch rallying is simply that you can not go somewhere and sit in one spot and watch it. Also the winner is not always the first guy to get to the end and you may have to wait an hour while they determine the winner.

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The real issue asa to why American's do not watch rallying is simply that you can not go somewhere and sit in one spot and watch it. Also the winner is not always the first guy to get to the end and you may have to wait an hour while they determine the winner.

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ding ding ding!!!!!! with no clear winner its kind of anti climactic to wait for the results...and we are far too fat n lazy to move around....lol....good points you had...
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