I do remember that exactly ... and I still think intentionally slowing a boat down while at speed to obtain an ET or MPH isn't what our boats are designed for.
Then the question pops up: Why doesn't everybody just build their boat to not run outside of the number then? (whether it's MPH or ET doesn't really matter)
Answer: Because we're all racers and are looking for that little bit of advantage. Other racers will push us to do what is needed to try and win.
With ET or MPH, racers will be scrubbing either to not be eliminated. To say that people are not running outside the limits at 3/4 track is a joke. I know for a fact that racers do it every year. But bottom line is that the time slips do reflect that so it's ok, right? Not in my opinion.
It's a slippery slope ... but we all know that we will try and get as close to the limit allowed as possible, it's the nature of what we do.
MPH kills people, not ET. If I could run a 7.0 at 25 mph ... I'd do it while never being able to get hurt. No one can debate that. The ET rule is basically the restriction to keep everyone from going a beyond a speed in trying to keep them safer ... why not just make it a speed then instead of an ET?
The rule should be mph and if a racer is caught breaking it (at any point in the track) they should be DQ'd. It's all supposed to be about safety.
7.70 Rule, no mph ... only one (1) violation in any association, 2nd violation means ban for the remainder of the year ..... you guys also might want to look at the Fines they'll impose for various things (toward the end of the Rules).