Post by B.O.H.V. Series PR on Dec 1, 2009 2:47:37 GMT -5
I just wanted to give an update on the BOHV SERIES for 2010. I am working on the new rules and have just about got them finished. But I will go ahead and tell you that I will be sanctioning the series for the new year. This will mean there will be a yearly fee to run in the BOHV SERIES. If you do not belong to the series at BIG money races you will have to pay double the entry fee. This will allow you to go to other tracks in this series and be able to keep your points. I will fill you in on everything else as soon as I can get it worked up.
so now we have to pay to race in the clone series and then plus at the track??? i just started but heck i might as well buy a flathead, by the time i pay 200 for a engine, and whatever to race the series... i dont know about this.........
Post by Warren and Toni Draughn on Dec 3, 2009 20:24:10 GMT -5
Pretty much all racing series charge an annual (once a year) membership fee for teams to regularly compete in a series. I've been a member of several series in the past that initially I felt the same way that it was an additional expense/overhead until I saw some of the benefits of being a regular member of the series. Granted, I had to be full time dedicated to racing the series to gain any benefit from it, but I actually liked the results and the pride of being a part of a series to begin with.
The annual fee is usually used to help promote, advertise and provide other benefits to the regular competitors in the form of points funds or other things such as membership helping to discourage non-regular teams from jumping into larger purse events at will (many series require so many sanctioned races before you are eligible to participate in the big money events), allowing the regular members to run for the money as the series grows and permits larger events.
As an example, I've been a member of UMP (now called DIRTCAR), a very large, long standing series for dirt car racing which lists several benefits of being a member of the series: (copied from UMPRACING.COM)
DIRTcar Racing is the top dirt-track sanctioning body in the country, and thus tracks and drivers that are part of the organization are well respected in the industry. Tracks and drivers receive considerable media coverage from national, regional and local newspapers, as well as magazines, trade papers, radio and television. All of that coverage leads to wide-ranging attention for tracks and drivers while enhancing their statures within the sport.
The DIRTcar Racing public relations and marketing departments work to publicize sanctioned tracks and events under the organization’s umbrella through press releases, media contacts, the DIRTcar.com website and other mediums. DIRTcar Racing’s in-house video team can also provide marketing DVDs and produce exciting commercial spots for DIRTcar Racing members. It creates unique opportunities to work with the sanctioning body’s public relations and marketing representatives to enhance publicity and sponsorship programs.
All members and sanctioned tracks are part of DIRTcar Racing's expanded participant accident program, and drivers receive an additional $50,000 in medical insurance benefits available only with a DIRTcar Racing membership.
DIRTcar Racing sets technical rules for its divisions, allowing drivers to travel to any DIRTcar Racing-sanctioned speedway or event and compete without making changes to their cars’ components, bodywork or tires. These standardized rules provide the perfect framework for track promoters to draw large fields of cars from across the region to their major events while easing the burden on promoters when tough decisions have to be made regarding rules.
DIRTcar Racing distributes hundreds of thousands of dollars through its point fund each year to national, regional, state and local champions across all divisions. There are also prestigious series points races under the DIRTcar Racing banner that give racers an opportunity to compete for even more money and glory.
• NATIONAL, REGIONAL AND STATE POINT FUNDS• STANDARD RULES THROUGHOUT EACH DIVISION
Although BOHV racing series is new and just getting started, I still remember when UMP was just a fledgling series that only ran a couple of tracks when they first started, and have grown to the national level that they command today.
If BOHV is going to be widespread as folks have been telling me, there's always the potential that this may grow into something everyone can take great pride in being a part of here at the beginning.
Give them a little time, see what the fees are going to entail, and what benefits can be derived from being a member.
Everyone has to start somewhere. (grin)
"What is, IS. What ain't, AIN'T. Until it IS, it AIN'T."[/i][/color][/size]
Post by B.O.H.V. Series PR on Dec 9, 2009 13:41:52 GMT -5
Thank you Warren for the reply. I wish to express that by charging a membership fee is in no way to force anyone out of the series. It is to help fund the series that that it can carry itself. When we started the series it was and still is to keep it at an affordable and competitive level. For the most part we have paid for things out of pocket to make sure the sereis would work. With alot of help from everyone involved , we feel that the series has been an over all success.
Post by Warren and Toni Draughn on Dec 9, 2009 15:43:13 GMT -5
You and the teams keep plugging, Jeff. Highest props to everyone here who is working toward making this happen and thank you for having the vision and dedication to promote a series like this for the benefit of the BOHV racers. It's going to take efforts like this to keep racing going into the future with our economic times.
All the national series that I've been involved with over the years all started out with modest means just like the UMP example. I wasn't exaggerating that it started out with a two track base when it started. I don't recall the name of the two tracks in the mid-West that picked up the sanction, but it began when two individual tracks actually decided to have a consistent set of rules for all their divisions to allow either track's teams to be able to run both tracks which lead to special events that these two track coordinated (example: Special bomber race at one track where the other ran a special OW Modified race the same night which allowed each divisions teams to run at the respective track.....WITHOUT constantly cutting car counts from each other). This allows each division to get the benefit of catching more special races each year without having to decide between several different tracks with different rules. A little coordination and cooperation went a long way with the current strength and size of UMP now days.
It just takes time, a working combination of consistent rules and programs, and a large enough team membership count to allow any series to grow and prosper.
Eventually, as everything comes together for the benefit of the teams and series, things keep getting better and it is a wonderful thing to be a part of making such an effort work well.
Post by Warren and Toni Draughn on Dec 9, 2009 16:58:18 GMT -5
I forgot to mention something wonderful that happened a few years ago with another series that was sanctioned locally that lead to a relatively unknown local racer winning a NATIONAL POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP in 1998 in a relatively new sanctioning body (about 5 years at that time).
A few of the karting teams may know this person with him fielding some karts with his kids the past few years.
Thunder Ridge picked up a AMRA (OW Modified) series sanction that year where local racers could accumulate national points for the series (having membership and conforming to the rules package for each event), where the local team eventually gained enough points that he took the national championship title.
Kurt Hoffess[/i] of Hazard, KY (back then, lives in Softshell, KY now) was the 1998 AMRA National Points Champion[/i] by only a few points (less than 10) over a professional team that traveled to AMRA events. He raced at two AMRA sanctioned tracks each weekend during the regular season that year with very good finishes each race which allowed him to gain points from each event, then hit as many AMRA "Big Show" out-of-town events that fall, also finishing well in each.
There was a little controversy when they tabulated the final points results that year with a relatively unknown local team winning over a nationally recognized team and there was some time before the final determination of the actual winner was make (about a month to confirm all the accumulated points from each sanctioned event), but Kurt was eventually crowned the National Points Champion in the end.
(A framed photo that proudly hangs in our store office on the "Wall of Fame, Shame, and Memories")
1998 AMRA NATIONAL OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
[/color][/b][/i][/size] 1998 Kurt Hoffess Racing Team # 911. From left to right: (can't remember this crewmember's name), (a much younger) Jason Hall (Crew Chief, current 911 OW Modified), Kurt Hoffess (driver), Danny Hall (crew), Lonnie Fugate (L&T Racing Engines), Curly Joe Hancock (crew)[/b][/i][/size]
The title and subsequent publicity brought Kurt a lot of recognition and also helped him get some national sponsorship deals from getting this, plus the two tracks he ran at regularly gained the bragging rights for all the teams running there to have been a part of having a National Champion from their midst.
The point I'm making is that this would never have been possible if there had not been a series involved.
Post by B.O.H.V. Series PR on Dec 11, 2009 8:18:08 GMT -5
Warren, thanks again. Your input and support are greatly appreciated. I like youself have been involved in racing for many years and aware of the gentleman which you are refering to. We will keep plugging along and improving the B.O.H.V. SERIES and all input is greatly appreciated.
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