Aj , instead of criticizing and chastising , why not enlighten , not every Kid or even adult knows your acomplishments in the racing feild , this is not to chastise you but let you know , kids even adults in this era don't remember you or even know who you are ( hell I when I worked at winners circle I delt with alot of racers ( some Known ( lawson, Speiss ) ,some unknowns( Rocky ) , never knew them by face only by name . when I talk with some guys Now and mention yours , Wallys or Bakers, they are like who? one guy I pointed you out to at 66 and he didn't know you , only that your a trackworker Not "Animal JIm" the flamingo hat guy and pro mod pioneer ( yes I remember your hats and your cars only because I grew up during your time and your car was unusuall as everyone was running slick cars not boxes ) alot of them didn't even know of mountain motors back then they think its something within the last 10 years . like when I was racing out at Cordoba in 1990 , I had a kind gentleman walk up and start talking to me about the car I was driving ( 74 pontiac Trans am SS/KA ) and he knew alot of the history of it ( the car and former owner ) , later , the car owner asked what were you and "Arnie" talking about ?? , yep I was talking to your nemisis "the Farmer Beswick" , and didn't know it because he was older and haven't seen a picture of him since the 70's and he never introduced himself the only reason the owner knew of him was he used to follow him in the 60's and 70's , people these days only KNow the Forces , and the Bernsteins ( yes I know a old name now ) , Shumakers (sic) because they only know who is presented to them on TV ( I don't even know who races top fuel anymore or funny car as I lost interest in it ) ,our day and age of paper media is gone only replaced by video games and the top 10 on Shows ,unless your in the Know ( like alot of people on Draglist ) You unfortunately don't exist to them ( some people are like who is this Bob Glidden Guy ? I kid you not , I had one guy try to tell me hes related to the paint people ) , how many Nhra superstock or stock eliminator racers do people know ?? or top sportsman ?? super classes?? not many unless your into the scene ( my Mentor was a 5 time National winner in Super stock do you know his name??? or what his acomplishments where?? more than likely not , my first talk with him I was nervous ,hthe first words out of his mouth where keep quiet and just listen and take notes , I learned alot in 4 hours what he learned in 12 years , also the kid was more than likely trying to impress you to get a conversation started , I wound up with alot of people who did this at the shop or at the track and I was just a grunt , yes it insults you and I have the same feelings you had , I just passed it off as them being uninformed , or misinformed , to hear people try to tell you that the NOS bottle contains nitomethane ( has happened to me at super chevy ) ... sometimes its better to correct them and teach them , than to call them a Idiot ,as a teacher leaves a good impression , a person who critises forever leaves a bad one . Inform and enlighten , instead of being the grumpy old man down the street , and beleive me the kids now days need knowledge like you have , do them a favor share it . it helps them and the sport .
the Groom that went Vroom At DLN IV