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    Hi guys (and NJBA board members) !

    I was asked by the National Association of NJBA Tow-Ho's to put out this suggestion out for next year in Bakersfield.............

    Some of the "jet boat row" racers tried moving their pit area closer to the race course for the October race. The general opinion was positive in relation to being able to see the races much better than out in the back forty at the end of the track, but not having a grassy, clean, pit area was the negative. We were wondering what everyone would think of this:

    If everyone who pits along the chain length fence simply turned their rigs around and backed up to the grass instead of the fence, we could most likely save space on the road because your pit area could be in the grass, rather than up against the chain length fence with your boat in front of it. This would make your pit area much nicer because you would be facing the race course at all times- rather than having to walk across the street to see the races. You wouldn't have to pit on the asphalt and have cars, trucks, and trailers fly past you on the other side of the fence (eliminate road grime). You would have a nice, grassy, pit area (except for the playground area - park a motor home sideways there?).
    The launch road lane would simply be on the fence side, and would probably be a few feet wider, eliminating trying to weave between people, golf carts, and other vehicles.

    Let's hear your comments...............what do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teahag View Post
    Hi guys (and NJBA board members) !

    I was asked by the National Association of NJBA Tow-Ho's to put out this suggestion out for next year in Bakersfield.............

    Some of the "jet boat row" racers tried moving their pit area closer to the race course for the October race. The general opinion was positive in relation to being able to see the races much better than out in the back forty at the end of the track, but not having a grassy, clean, pit area was the negative. We were wondering what everyone would think of this:

    If everyone who pits along the chain length fence simply turned their rigs around and backed up to the grass instead of the fence, we could most likely save space on the road because your pit area could be in the grass, rather than up against the chain length fence with your boat in front of it. This would make your pit area much nicer because you would be facing the race course at all times- rather than having to walk across the street to see the races. You wouldn't have to pit on the asphalt and have cars, trucks, and trailers fly past you on the other side of the fence (eliminate road grime). You would have a nice, grassy, pit area (except for the playground area - park a motor home sideways there?).
    The launch road lane would simply be on the fence side, and would probably be a few feet wider, eliminating trying to weave between people, golf carts, and other vehicles.

    Let's hear your comments...............what do you think?

    great idea mrs. oyster except for one thing. ok make it two or three things. there's a certain group of vdrivers who shall remain nameless (box, hammer, torgerson) who like to park sideways and eat up all the room along the grass with enclosed trailers and then stuff a motorhome or three in there as well.

    you'd have to someone get those guys to play nice in order for this to work.

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    sounds interesting ... I know it would jack with everyones heads the first time they saw it, that's for sure.

    1) Everyone would have to 45* their boats the other way
    2) We would loose pit area from Rex's Nitro Burger booth until after the playground , or have an "s turn" right there where they end (having people pit against the fence)
    3) Some will fight it

    Not saying it can or can't be done ... just making points.

    I hope to be crewing for and/or pitting with Joe from now on ... he has the best accommodations yet (and I'll be his crew as long as he & Heather will let me )

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone View Post
    great idea mrs. oyster except for one thing. ok make it two or three things. there's a certain group of vdrivers who shall remain nameless (box, hammer, torgerson) who like to park sideways and eat up all the room along the grass with enclosed trailers and then stuff a motorhome or three in there as well.

    you'd have to someone get those guys to play nice in order for this to work.

    Yeah Mike I know about those v-drive guys pitted down by where you are. All they might have to do is park diagonally down there like you guys do. I'd like to hear what they think........................

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    i thought one of the reasons it is like it is ,,

    1 to keep a separation between racers and fans,,

    2. fans can drink on the grass.. we are not allowed to have alcohol in the pits while racing

    3. how are the spectators going to like a boat running , spraying alcohol or raw gas at them while trying to watch a race..

    4. rangers get pissed if a golf cart gets on the grass ,, if it starts to be part of the pits i can see it getting tore up...

    cool idea , but maybe more trouble then its worth.. just my thoughts...
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    Quote Originally Posted by NO REGRET$ View Post
    3. how are the spectators going to like a boat running , spraying alcohol or raw gas at them while trying to watch a race..
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    This works well on Jet Boat row!

    Spectators can not drink on the grass.

    This would make it MUCH safer. Kids are always running in the way of tow vehicles to get between the pits and the track. If we pitted this way, no one would be crossing the tow road to get to the fence.

    If you've ever had to wait for some idiot just wandering along the tow road before finally getting in line to get chewed by Don, you would like this proposal.

    I'm curious what the nay sayers would say about the safety of the proposal.

    This doesn't change the rules of carts on the grass. Jet Boat row doesn't have carts on the grass.

    This would make it a safer path for emergency vehicles and tow vehicles.

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    Would be cool to pit like that.
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    [quote=NO REGRET$;404307]i thought one of the reasons it is like it is ,,

    1 to keep a separation between racers and fans,,

    2. fans can drink on the grass.. we are not allowed to have alcohol in the pits while racing

    3. how are the spectators going to like a boat running , spraying alcohol or raw gas at them while trying to watch a race..

    4. rangers get pissed if a golf cart gets on the grass ,, if it starts to be part of the pits i can see it getting tore up...

    cool idea , but maybe more trouble then its worth.. just my thoughts...


    1. NJBA has "fans"? I would think the spectators would like being up close and personal to the racers?
    2. I've never really seen anyone drinking alcohol in the spectator area, but maybe I am blind.
    3. I agree with you that having a boat warming up in front of you is a pain sometimes, but that's part of racing. Each particular boat only runs for a couple minutes and then shuts off. When I'm trying to watch a race and a boat wants to warm up, I just move down a couple spots, or down to another speaker where I can hear.
    4. The part of your pit area that would be in the grass is simply the table that your tool box sits on, computer area, chairs for your crew, etc....
    Golf carts would still be on the pavement.

    Keep those comments coming

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teahag View Post
    Yeah Mike I know about those v-drive guys pitted down by where you are. All they might have to do is park diagonally down there like you guys do. I'd like to hear what they think........................
    I was one of the v-drive guys pitted directly across from Rick Box. I would be happy to pit diagonally as you suggest. However, my trailer is 32' long overall and if I parked diagonally like they do farther in the pit, it would block the access to the in ramp gate. The pits narrow as you get closer to the in ramp so we have to park parallel to the fence to avoid blocking in ramp access. Ultimately though, NJBA decides how we park and I'm happy to comply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David 519 View Post
    I was one of the v-drive guys pitted directly across from Rick Box. I would be happy to pit diagonally as you suggest. However, my trailer is 32' long overall and if I parked diagonally like they do farther in the pit, it would block the access to the in ramp gate. The pits narrow as you get closer to the in ramp so we have to park parallel to the fence to avoid blocking in ramp access. Ultimately though, NJBA decides how we park and I'm happy to comply.
    Finally, you ever want to ask me a question, I'm an easy guy to talk to.... come up and ask
    If you were to back your trailer in where the rear wheels touch the curb, how much of your trailer would hang over on the grass side? We will need to take some measurments overall.

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    Why is it that all of those big trailers want to cram in that area right before the gate to the in ramp anyways???

    Rick Box and I get along fine ... but he does kind of act as if he owns that area ... just an observation ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cs19 View Post
    Would be cool to pit like that.
    i think so too.. especially if it creates a nice open driving lane to get to the staging lanes, where people aren't jumping from pits to grass, or just wandering down the center of the road, and keep stress level to a minimum.

    i support the National Association of NJBA Tow Hos 100%..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bp298 View Post
    i think so too.. especially if it creates a nice open driving lane to get to the staging lanes, where people aren't jumping from pits to grass, or just wandering down the center of the road, and keep stress level to a minimum.

    i support the National Association of NJBA Tow Hos 100%..
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