Let's ride Charlie the trolley to the land o' make believe for a minute... 8-10 Events, similar to ADRL structure Midwest to western US/Canada 4 Pro classes: TAD/TAFC/Nostalgia FC, Nostalgia TF (maybe front and rear engine?) Possibly big money TD/TS dial in fields Events in major markets for 500,000+ free ticket distribution. Quality facilities to handle large crowds. All classes would be 1/4 mile under current NHRA Rules. Mock payout for Pro classes (8 car field): Winner: $5,000 R/U: $3,500 Semi: $2,500 Qualify: $1,500 2 day show, 3 qualifying sessions, 3 rounds. I think you get the picture I'm trying to paint. Those 4 classes would put on one hell of a show. If you take the alcohol classes and run them like a pro entertainment class rather than a sportsman/bracket class like they do at divisionals, the show could be much more entertaining. I have to tip my hat to Kenny and the guys at ADRL. They've done a fine job of marketing door car racing and building a sanctioning body. Door cars have been big in the east/southeast for years, and that's where the bulk of their schedule is concentrated. You can just about draw a line down the middle of the country, and on the west side of that line, you have a lot more alcohol and nostalgia cars than pro mods. I think the basis of ADRL's format is to provide quality, exciting heads up racing for a free ticket. Many LODRS events have done ticket giveaways and done well with them, but at the end of the day, an ADRL show is more entertaining to watch because it's non-stop heads up racing. Most LODRS events are 'races' more than they are shows. There is little to no effort put into packaging them in an entertaining format for the fans (there are a few exceptions). Pro mods are entertaining and a draw, but so are the alcohol and nostalgia cars. I think ADRL's success has more to do with the formula of providing exciting, fast heads up racing more than all door cars, all the time. What the alcohol cars may lack in pomp and show to the Pro Mods, they make up for with performance. The A/F and nostalgia categories would bring the nitro. I think if you take the existing alcohol cars and put them front and center as professionals, you'll see some of that "pomp and show" return. You see some of that with what the IHRA is trying to do with the A/FD's. It's a diverse and quite different crowd at these ADRL events than the usual NHRA national. I think you see a lot more of the gear heads that hang out or race at the local track, but can't afford to get the family out to a national. Then you'll have the crowd that walks by and gawks at your fire bottles and tells his buddy how he just knew you were using NOS or "nitro's." You'll also have your moderate and dedicated fans there to take advantage of the free ticket. You roll those 4 professional classes out there with a side of TD/TS racing out there non stop, you can put on a hell of a show for anyone that calls themselves a drag racing fan. Procedurally, I don't think the 'outlaw' model would apply to the alcohol/nostalgia ranks. On the nostalgia side, it could get real expensive real quick. The outlaw model worked for ADRL because there were a large number of outlaw pro mods to build from when the ADRL started. There are no outlaw TAD's, TAFC's out there. There are a couple sets of rules out there in nostalgia land, but again, most have cars to race within rules. I think you have to keep the rules pretty close to the same, if not exactly the same so cars could cross over easily. Same holds for track distance. Well, here comes Charlie the trolley back from the land 'o make believe. Just like sitting and dreaming of building your dream race car, the biggest obsticle between the dream and reality is usually money. The ADRL would not be where it is without serious underwriting from Tommy Lipar and Dave Wood. To put races on of this scale cost some money. When you start digging into it, printing and distributing that many free tickets has a pretty good pricetag on it alone. Just like most businesses, they had the capital to make it through the start up losses to get it to a point it was profitable. With Shiek Khalid al Thani now holding a majority interest, they'll never want for capital. For those of you wondering how a race that gives away all it's tickets makes money. The track makes a killing off concessions with a big crowd. Big crowd draws vendors. If you can consistently pack the house with 20,000 to 30,000 plus on a single day, you have a product to sell event and series sponsorship. No it will never be as good as packing the house with paying tickets, but there's never going to be another NHRA to knock them off as top dawg. I'd like to hear from some racers/team owners, even fans on your thoughts. Is this just Will Hanna's pipedream? Or is there enough interest among teams to make this a reality? First step is gauging interest. Next step is finding the capital.