3 July 2003
The formula for Formula 1
David E. Davis, Jr., founder and something-or-other-emeritus of Automobile magazine, points out in the August '03 issue (not yet online as of this writing) that Formula 1 auto racing has become (horrors!) dull and boring:
The current formula should be junked. It has led to cars that cannot pass each other on the venues chosen for their races, and races that are no longer decided by courage, daring, and mastery of the machine but by pit stop and tire strategies.
And even if F1 Looming Presence Bernie Ecclestone could be persuaded to make these changes, Formula 1 would still be a flop in the States, predicts Davis:
Formula 1 prospers only in countries with socialist governments and a history of soccer riots. The greedy economics of Formula 1 make it a lose-lose proposition for any organization other than a big-spending welfare state.
Our hooligans, of course, prefer NASCAR. And my personal racing fantasies run to time/distance rallying in cars vaguely resembling stock, sort of what you'd have if you turned NASCARmobiles loose on, say, Arkansas 7, though I'd insist on having my incredibly-gorgeous co-pilot (leadfoot up to perfect mid-thigh) at my side, of course, which pretty much eliminates sneaking a car out of Darlington in the dead of night.