Think what you will of competitive racers and I understand to a point as I do see insecurities in certain individuals (I'm quietly chuckling to myself as I think of a few). But that doesn't necessarily mean they're bad people to race against or even be friends with. I'm far from introverted so I get along with most makes and models of humans. LOL. And if things get ugly (which is a rarity) our race directors are pretty darn good about putting them in their place. Having an RD that will take a stand is always a plus. Regardless, my son and I still love racing and we have plenty of good friends who enjoy it as well. He learned a long time ago to dismiss the d-bag throwing the tantrum, or raging as he likes to put it, and get on with the race day. In the pits we all help each other out and it's a healthy, fun environment. I've been to a number of different venues in several states and can't say I've been in one that's been truly hostile. That would really suck.
I'm pretty happy for BK. Sounds like he's got a young club that he can grow with. I will warn you, Billy. You'll be tempted to try a LOT of different classes because you're interested in a lot of different types of cars. If you can, focus on only a couple classes at a time. Bill DeLong and I used to run a ton of different classes and things would get hectic pretty quickly. Race, marshal, race, marshal... then if one of your cars breaks you get screwed because you don't have time to work on it in between qualifiers.
We only have 2 classes. With possibility of adding VTA if enuff show up. Currently the space we use isn't big enuff to run anything more. There is a possible chance store owner could get use of the building next door during winter.
There are a few drivers racing with us on Saturday's, then another track on Sunday. One driver runs 3 tracks each weekend. I'd like to get up to the new place, I can't imagine what running on carpet is like. But don't see it happening anytime soon