What it Was, Was NASCAR

Please, please, please keep in mind that this is my opinion. I am not bashing an American institution, just feeling a little silly about it. I know there are thousands, tens of thousands of fans out there and I respect your enjoyment of this iconic pastime.

andy griffithWhen I was a kid, my dad had these old 45 rpm  recordings of Andy Griffith’s comedy routines. He had a series of “What it Was, Was (fill in the blank)”. There was one on ballet, golf, and others that I can’t recall the subject matter. The ballet one was my favorite. “What it Was, Was Swan Lake,” hysterical. In these routines, he commented on things his country boy head couldn’t quite get wrapped around. That backwoods act and the way he put things entertained my sister and I on rainy afternoons.

My “What it Was,” is NASCAR. I’ve tried to enjoy it. I just can’t get into the left turn, left turn, left turn, (to quote Jeff Dunham) to save my life. It’s kind of like watching a dog chase its tail. Entertaining for a bit, but by lap 50 (maybe before), I’m done. Anyway, this notion started when I was listening to the buzz and whine of engines emanating from the TV in another room of the house (yes, it was loud) the other day. Even the sound is repetitious. I have to say that the cars are colorful, it has that going for it.nascar

Just had to get my “What it Was” off my chest, and again, it’s my opinion. All of you who enjoy NASCAR and other forms of vehicle racing–right on! You can take shots at my favorite form of racing, which is . . .


Tally Ho! ~ RG



  1. lisafender said,

    May 7, 2013 at 02:33

    I’m with you there. First, I used to love the Andy Griffith albums my parents had, (my favorite was the Hamlet one) and of course, horse racing since I’m from Kentucky and it’s in my blood, but when it comes to car racing the first thing that comes to my mind it a bunch of red necks hypnotized by the cars going round and round, or my other thought is bootlegging lol! Gotta love that old moonshine!

    • RGCalkins said,

      May 7, 2013 at 06:08

      If forgotten about the Hamlet. My sisters favorite was Cow Pasture Pool. Can’t go by a golf course and not think about it.

      Ah, moonshine 🙂

  2. May 7, 2013 at 19:24

    NASCAR isn’t what is used to be decades ago, back when ‘stock’ cars had the majority of parts in common with street cars sold in dealerships.

    Someone out there in Internet land was upset that there were no “Dodges” out there this year, and I replied: “There are no Fords, Chevys or Toyotas out there either. The left-turn specials are all the same dedicated racing chassis, and the only thing “Ford”, “Chevy” etc. about them are the decals.

    Compare that to 1970, when you could buy a Plymouth Superbird right off the showroom floor with the exact same body used on NASCAR tracks, and even (as an option) the same 426 Hemi V-8 engine that propelled the race versions to 200 mph. This street version of the race car would have cost you more than two VW Beetles, but at least back then you could buy something for road use that had a close relationship to the cars raced on the track.

    • RGCalkins said,

      May 7, 2013 at 22:11

      Have to agree with you and knew I could count on you for this enlightening car history. Thank you.

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