Note: My articles are based solely on my thoughts, observations and sometimes experiences. Normally I do not offer statistics, although at times I may reference what different broadcasters, among others, have said or alluded to.
From a dictionary, the definition of history is a story or tale of what has happened or may have happened in the past. Please take note of the fact that it also said “may have happened” in the definition.
I feel that it should be defined as past events considered together, and developments of a particular period on a subject that is worthy of keeping accurate records about. To me, this is real history and it should be passed down to future generations.
Others may say that it is an account of events that have happened in the past, which means you can refer to those events of the past as history. One can also refer to the past events concerning a particular topic or place as its history.
Here at Pure Thunder Racing , those of us who write most of the articles are an older group of fans who have been stock car racing fans for more years than some of readers have even been alive. That being said, we are very fortunate to have a base that is comprised of all ages. For us older fans, we feel it is very important to pass down an accurate history of racing events as we remember them happening. Personally, I believe true fans of racing and its real history are very concerned about the fact that the sport has turned more into a show, rather than staying a sport. Too many times we hear incorrect accounts or descriptions and remarks about how it was in the beginning. At times, it even seems that some people want to erase and forget how it came to be and who started it all those years ago.
As time passes, we have seen the sport transform into something that is, at times, hardly recognizable. It no longer seems to be the sport we fell in love with so very many years ago. The one consistent thing most of us have in common is that through it all, we have and still refer to it as “our sport.” Although we complain about the state of the sport these days, we have stuck with it through the years. Some of us have been fans for close to 60 years and have seen many changes during that time. The technology has surpassed all expectations we have had and even though we miss what we once had, we have not deserted the sport we love.
We have listened to others, who call themselves fans, and also heard how many broadcasters describe some of the history very inaccurately at times. We are very disappointed and sad when this happens, because we know the younger generations are being misled into believing what they hear or read from these people. As I mentioned earlier in this article, it is almost as if they want the newer and casual fan to never know or understand what really happened, and how it happened, when the sport first started.
Unfortunately, too many times there is too much incorrect information being printed on the internet. What I find sad about that, is the fact that one never knows which articles or reports to believe. We can only hope that what we pass on from our own experiences and memories will somehow survive and be read enough to then be used as true and accurate accounts of our sport.
Stock car racing has an amazing history, and an even more amazing group which originally turned it into a full blown Southern sport that then became a National sport. Some of the drivers are even known worldwide. All we can do is pass down our memories and hope that future generations will understand the real sport of NASCAR racing. It is very important that all history should be preserved accurately.
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(Editor’s note: This story is publish with the permission from the author! It was originally published on Race Fans Forever. More of Vivian’s articles; ( Here)
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