If you have been to races with Mark Donhue driving a Javelin, George Follmer in a Mustang, Bruce McLaren in a McLaren, Jim Hall in a Chaparral, Don Garlits in a Swamp Rat. Lets not forget Gilles Villeneuve in a Ferrari, or Dale Earnhardt in #3.
You saw these guys live, not on TV...lets just say that you have been around racing for a few years or is it decades.
There was something about "being there" the sights, sounds, the experience was unique and memorable.
The folks racing had a "brand-image-persona" about them that was captivating. There were always the folks that had less resources, with many wondering what they could/would do with more resources. Yes...you need cubic money to race, and especially to win.
At some point, racing became the "business of racing". Today it is absolutely the business of racing.
What happened along the way?
Its a huge business with a myriad of stakeholders all trying to make money from racing, through a variety of agendas.
Agreed...there are some racing series that have some ties to the good ole days of racing. While some tracks hark back to the earlier days too.
In general money, corporate PR, TV coverage, the quest for eyeballs, technology, and more money has overcome and surpassed the human side of racing.
Will racing have a compelling human side in 2016? What do you think?