darrenw said:Wilko, that's an interesting post of yours back on the last page. Thankyou, I for one never realised just how fragmented the sport is.
However, maybe the time is right for there to be some kind of overall governing of tracks and events, I appreciate that this is logistically difficult and am aware of the implications, but if you're all sick of being tarred with the same "traveller criminal car thief" brush, how else are you going to resolve it? These independent tracks with no affiliation anywhere to any kind of governing body, why can't they be persuaded to, or some kind of incentive set up to make "legit" racers take their custom elsewhere (ie to "legit" tracks).
Being tarred with a brush by a minority of people is not sufficiently motivational to change the entire structure of a national sport that has spent 40 years not always getting along too well with each other. It ain't me you have to convince (and I am not convinced) its the thousands of other people racing cars, the dozens of rival promotions etc...
There's nothing "not legit" about the independent tracks - they just prefer to organise themselves that way and run to their own rules. One of the tracks I have raced at a few times and where I regularly attend and report on race events is a family run "independent" and no amount of persuading would stop me going there I'm afraid.
You have to accept that those of us who have done nothing wrong (like me) refuse to feel guilty about those who have.
I have posted extensively on why I do not think a "car checking" system would work unless it was enforced by law - I could go on at length about this, but the fact is that nobody has proposed a workable solution given the points I have already raised anyway...
I still believe it is the job of the Police and the courts to deal with criminals.
HOWEVER - a decent dialogue on the internet between car owners and banger lads is helpful and constructive - it sounds like some information about the stolen PC mk1 has already been forthcoming from the banger community, which would endorse that view.
If "we" can help "you" trace stolen cars, then the Police and courts can get involved and sort out the culprits in the proper manner. Going around "tarring banger drivers with the thieving scum brush" because of something we as individuals are powerless to change (the fact that the sport is incapable of taking unilateral action to prevent stolen cars being raced) will NOT help build a productive dialogue or achieve anything - your call fellas...