I have a question: let's say that this was 1971, and I was Joe Blow gasser racer who
wanted to begin match racing a funny. What would I have had to accomplish in
order to get the thing booked in to match race other cars? Considering that
I would be an unknown, would I have had to compete in open events and make a
name for myself, or least prove that the car could run? Would you have sent
a press kit to local tracks or ...?
Tough question. If I try to reduce it to a single event
(instance not race), it would be the fire burnout at US 30. Mike Burkhart
got me in a Wednesday night show in late May '70 because Fred Goeske had burned a car.
I did the burnout thing, and ran respectable. I was asked to fill in at the
next Coke race. Was runner up to Chadwick, and got put on the circuit
permanently. I was lucky to know someone. You have to be pushy and don't
take no for an answer. There was no shortage of places to run. Just get the
material to booking agents. We didn't really have press kits then. But that
would have been a good idea.
My father taught me about looking for a job, start early in the day before
problems beset the boss man, because then you just become another problem.
Keep bugging the guy you want to work for, every other day or so, soon he
will tell you to get the hell out, or hire you, so you will just quit
bothering him! At least he knows you can show up regularly. That is somewhat
a simplistic view, but persistence will never fail you.