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LONDON: 50 Years Of Racing Journal Part III

VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. — It has been fun going back through the 50 years I have spent writing for National Speed Sport News.

Racing has been mostly my hobby, having spent just one year making my living at it. I was told when very young by my grandmother to get a hobby. I sure stuck with it.

Writing was something that just happened one day when I was 14 years old and I’ve never stopped. It has been a real pleasure with very few regrets.

Having Chris Economaki’s back made things easy. He always supported his writers no matter what we wrote, even if he didn’t agree with it. He only censored me one or two times all these years.

It was enjoyable to pick up a NSSN and see my copy on it because the way the paper was put out, everything looked good.

I tried my best to do more than just write gossip. Some didn’t like my opinions, but in some cases we were able to evoke changes that were needed.

Racing has brought me a lot of friendships, many of which go back to the early days. In retrospect, I wouldn’t change a line I ever wrote. To think that all of that, including my Rex Roberts jokes are in the Library of Congress is interesting.

I appreciate all the support I’ve received from the readership. At least the Internet has allowed more chances to communicate with them.

Very heartwarming was the show of encouragement I received after my bad 1991 traffic accident and when NSSN ceased publication, when I considered hanging it up.

Today’s racing situation has me concerned. It has become far too expensive. The hobbyist no longer exists in racing. Winning car owners are losing money and the regular Saturday show may be headed for extinction
The sport is facing some critical years ahead. NASCAR is spiraling downward, IndyCar, despite great racing is stuck in neutral.

We need new blood to run our sport. That is, if there is any.

Posted by on Nov 16 2013 Filed under Columns, Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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