August 12, 2010
From, Mike a Pioneer fan...
My letter to the Nascar hall of fame
Re: Attendance at the Nascar hall of Fame
My family and I are from California and we were planning to take a trip to the Nascar hall of fame sometime this year, so that my father and all of us could see some of the exhibits there and the hall of fame building and of course the legends of nascar. But during the past two weeks we noticed on the news on television that attendance at the hall of fame is down and that nascar is a little worried about that problem. And we have inquired about this with some of the fans and some of my co-workers that have already toured the hall this year. And we feel that there is a major problem here and it can be corrected. And that the problem that we have noticed is.....Where are the Pioneers of Nascar in the hall of fame??? WE the fans want the True History of Nascar and the men and women who started this sport. The hall of fame needs to induct the pioneers of nascar in the hall today, and not just 5 inductions a year, that will take 50 years before every pioneer is inducted. These men and women are ages 60 thru 84 today and they deserve to have there moment of glory in person at the Nascar hall of fame. You should take notice that the Racers Reunion hall of fame is doing it right, they are the ones that are remembering the Pioneers of Racing and the ones that came first!!!
The website www.racersreunion.com have done it right and they honor the pioneers of racing, and its so nice of racersreunion to be a non profit organization to keep the real legends who started racing alive. Why hasn't nascar as rich of a sport it is, stepped up to the plate and accomplish what www.racersreunion.com has done on there own and yet nascar doesn't keep the memory alive for these drivers why is this? For without these men and women there would be no racing today!
And now its the Nascar Hall of Fames turn to do the right thing here!!! We would really like to see the hall of fame put at least 25 pioneers of nascar inducted every year. And if the hall of fame would have done this right in the first place, you would not be having this attendance problem today. Right now you are putting people in the hall of fame that did not start the sport and the drivers of today, they don't care about their fans like the Pioneers do!!! Dont the drivers of today make enough money?? Why not put the Pioneers in the hall of fame, these men did not make any money like these drivers do today. And yet the Pioneers drove for nothing because there heart was fueled for racing only and not the almighty dollar!!
All of these Pioneers for Nascar, they go to signings and events and at ALL the places they go they wait patiently and sign every single thing for the fans. And if the Hall of Fame did this right, it would be a better place to go and see the REAL history of racing. So many people that I have spoken to, say they are disappointed in the hall of fame because they did not see many of the Pioneers of Nascar like: Raymond Parks who recently passed away, and Tiny Lund, and also Wendall Scott, and Neil Castle or Tiger Tom Pistone and Rex White, Dick Fleck, and Bobby Allison, and Ned Jarrett, Joe Thurman and Louise Smith, etc.....Why are these Pioneers not in the Nascar Hall of Fame?? These pioneers are The Ones who started this sport and not these young drivers of today!! Some of these racers they have inducted in already sure they made big names for themselves but they were not there in the beginng There's no interesting history with these young drivers like there is with the stories with the pioneers. When they raced back then, they did not have all the fancy things in the cars like they do today, and no safety equipment like we have today, they used one belt in the car and they had to use there own clothes that they wore, and they had to buy there own helmets, and some did not wear helmets my dad tells me, and they had to fix there own cars as well. These men are the true heroes of nascar, and how it was back then when racing was truly a sport and men and women busted there tails to make a living at this. Your attendance issues at the Nascar Hall of Fame will do a 360' degree turn around if you listen to the fans and begin the process of inducting the many Pioneers of Nascar. Lets do the right thing here and lets get the Pioneers inducted into the Nascar Hall of Fame.
Mike a Pioneer fan