Den34 wrote:OK I will take the bait and be the contrarian but this is the way I see it.
Boil it down to a 2010 Camaro and a 84 Camaro, These cars are miles apart Horsepower,IRS, engine technology, Suspension technology and 18 pound wheels ......the same goes for the Fox and the S197... CMC came to a cross roads about two years ago and the choices where bring the old cars up to higher competitive levels or bring the few new cars down to current levels...The choice was made to handicap the newer cars and it really did not work out. So now we have chosen to eliminate the newer cars and I am just fine with that.
CMC no longer has to worry about getting new cars to "Fit" and the old cars no longer have to worry about upgrades to keep up with the newer cars that would keep coming into the class. CMC now has its boundaries 1978-2004 Mustangs and 1982-2002 F bodies. There are lots of classes that have boundaries. Spec miata, Spec E30, Spec 944.
I realise that CMC is not a Spec class but it may evolve in that direction. With multiple models it will never be a true spec class and that is what makes CMC so great. From here on out I think the rules will become much more stable. Stable rules will make for a healthy class. With boundaries we will be much easier to tweak the rules for healthy and even competition between the platforms. With the new rules additions it will allow the competitor some sensible and lower cost solutions to getting a competitive car on the track. Keeping the costs down and the cars reliable is the key. Continue to do that I think CMC will be just fine.
Couldn't have said it better myself. We had 23 Spec E30s at our NorCal season finale in Sonoma, those guys don't seem to care that the last eligible model year is nearly 20 years old now not to mention availability of a BMW versus a Mustang or Camaro. I think because we are not a spec series, rules stability is that much more important. How can we ensure close racing unless our sample size for analyzing platform parity is big enough to even mean something?