A question I am often asked is "What do you do in the off-season?", to which I always answer "What off-season?". This probably does little to ameliorate any reputation I may have as a bit of a smart-arse although I have been accused of worse. The fact is, though, that just because the season is finished does not mean that people aren't suddenly uninterested in what is going on and the reader numbers on Eurodragster.com stay high throughout the winter. So we are always grateful to those racers and organisers who find news to send us during those long dark months. We always have room for more, you understand; the address is firstname.lastname@example.org, thank you.
the last month and a half I have been working on sponsorship renewals.
For reasons lost in the mists of time the Eurodragster.com sponsorship
year commences on 1st March, so invoices go out in early February. The
scenario which I was expecting to happen last year but didn't - that
the prevailing economic conditions would mean that a lot of sponsors
were not able to renew - has happened this year and it has been a
little difficult although nothing we can't handle.
lost a number of sponsors this year, including some long-standing
supporters, and others have had to cut back on their involvement.
Everyone who had to pull out was very nice about it, though: there were
lots of profuse apologies, and we don't bear grudges (well, not against
departing sponsors) so it was all conducted in a pleasant manner.
Fortunately VP Racing Fuels stepped up to the plate to take over a Main
Sponsorship at the top of the Home and News pages and OCS Paint have
taken on the Points Standings, whilst Patterson Racing Performance
Warehouse have increased their involvement taking over one of the small
Home Page banners and Psycleworkz have joined our news page sponsors. To these, and to all of our sponsors, thank you very
much for your support. To those sponsors who have not yet answered
their initial renewal E-Mails, please do so.
We were scheduled to start our season coverage with a Webster Race
Engineering / Nimbus Motorsport webcast of the VW March Meet, a test
day at Santa Pod Raceway on Friday 15th, but that had to be cancelled
as Santa Pod's new track surface would not be ready in time. Everyone
was gutted about this: the Volkswagen Drag Racing Club, Santa Pod
Raceway, Eurodragster.com, you name them they were gutted. Those same
weather gods who benevolently allowed windows in which to lay the new
track then turned into complete bastards and have rained and snowed on
that same track pretty much ever since it was laid, preventing the
intensive preparation which a new surface needs. "Weather gods" - well,
now you know why I am atheist.