OK, I'm donning a fire retardant suit and putting on a face mask here...
From an "outsider's" standpoint, the current classes of LSR have little correlation to modern (last 20 years) of other motorsports. Why can't the LSR world correlate their classes with other sports racing bodies (SCCA, IMSA, etc.) and retire the roadster-hotrod-studebaker classes that on one hand, dilute the potential of modern participation and on the other hand marginalize the participation of modern types of racing.
OK, these are controversial opinions from a newbie. Flame on.
Realize that I am a wee bit experienced in other motorsports and my perspective is one shared by people the LSR world wishes would participate.
Blue, I tried to get the SCCA to take all the turns out of their darn races because I wanted to race my lakester in one of their events, wanna guess the outcome...
Every form of racing has a set of rules and requirements, this one was born in hot rodding, guys building something they thought would go fast, then racing it to see if they really did. All you need to do in LSR is find a class (God knows there seems too be a million of them) you think you can go faster than the guy already did, build to the rules and race to win... That is what most of us do in this sport. We bitch about the rules changing, the weather, the scta, the BNI and the guys we think have to be cheatin' cause they went faster than us... if we lose our record, we figure out how to go faster and go back again. If we don't set a record we figure out how to go faster and go back again. It is the sport of very patient people... people that also want to go very fast, that is what binds us together and builds lasting friendships with people we only see once a year.
So do I care if there are roadsters or not, sure, some of my best friends run roadsters, but I don't, same for Studebakers and all the others that don't run in my classes, they are my friends because we landspeed race together. There is plenty of modern participation, show up at an event and you will see it, any event, there are lots of them these days, each venue with a set of rules, with the same basic premise, go fast, be safe and have fun.
Please feel free to join us in our quest to go fast, but don't try to get us to fit into the mold of some other motorsport because it suits you better.
If you want to race on the salt with some other type of motorsports vehicle, and don't want to comply with the BNI rules or restrictions, rent the salt from the BLM, set up a track, get someone in there to time it. If you want to run during one of our events, build something that fits one of our many classes.
If you are trying to get us "flaming" you will find we are a passionate bunch when it comes to LSR, but we welcome all like-minded to our sport. We are family. we will fight among ourselves, but don't come in and try to change us, especially if you haven't been to the salt to experience our style of motorsports
Come on in and see what we are about before you try to reinvent us...
Wow this took a while and more was added, but it all still applies