Who We Are
When Hugh Deery, Nord Krauskopf, Ned Jarrett, and Stew Reamer gathered promoters in Daytona Beach in 1972, no one knew whether a workshop for promoters could succeed. There were earlier informal gatherings of promoters, but the 1972 Daytona meeting, not yet named an “RPM Workshop,” was the first national gathering for promoters. Deery and Reamer came back in January and February 1974 with the first “RPM Promoters Workshops” at Riverside, California, and Daytona Beach. Today, it’s difficult to appreciate the obstacles Deery and Reamer overcame establishing the Workshops. Promoters of the day considered colleagues adversaries, and promoters, leading racing organizations, and industry suppliers, protected their turf jealously. Some tried to prevent the development of the Workshops, but Reamer, with his monthly newsletter, Racing Promotion Monthly, as the driving force, persevered. Now, almost 50 years later, everyone understands how the Workshops have bolstered grassroots racing.
We describe the Racing Promotion Monthly here as “The Idea Newsletter for Auto Racing Promoters,” and the RPM Promoters Workshops as “The Networking Place for Short Track Promoters,” and as you look over this website you will understand why. Over the past four decades, it is sharing of expertise and ideas, and the networking between promoters that created the robust grassroots racing industry we see today. Promoters now cooperate and collaborate, for the good of entrants and fans, improving racing and revenue at short tracks. The business rivalries of the free market remain. But, the businesses that participate in short track racing now separate their special interests from the greater good and work to common goals, a like-mindedness largely the result of Racing Promotion Monthly and the Workshops. Now, through the Newsletter and the Workshops, promoters celebrate what they have in common, instead of where they differ.
As you navigate this website, remember that the fraternity of promoters is small, numbering barely a thousand, and that despite the faceless nature of the World Wide Web, this is your portal to a tight-knit community of small business people who stand ready to work with you. Today, the anonymity of the Web dominates our daily life. Each passing day, many wonder where congeniality, cooperation, and personal service have gone. This website is RPM’s Web presence, but more important, it is your portal to personal service and support from seasoned short track promoters. Click around the site, but remember that personal service is a phone call away (715.536.1067) where Stewart Doty, the editor of RPM, will answer and assist you. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org, and receive a prompt response to your inquiry. We look forward to assisting you.
A Note Especially For Promotional Newcomers
The short track community every season welcomes new promoters, passionate ladies, and gentlemen eager for the challenge of track operation. Some find track operation and promotion bewildering, different and more complex than expected. When this happens, seasoned promoters stand ready to become friends, advisers, and mentors. They remember their early weekly challenges, and the difficulty of figuring out where to turn for answers when they began. They remember discovering the RPM Newsletter and attending their first Workshop where they found promoters with similar operations willing to share ideas, to network and lend a hand. They found colleagues they could confide in and compare notes with every week throughout the season. If you’re soon to become a promoter, or in your first season or two, the RPM Newsletter and the Workshops are your resource, your “go-to” for ideas, advice and a sympathetic ear.
Set aside time to attend an RPM Promoters Workshop next winter and opt in now for a sample copy of Racing Promotion Monthly and to receive monthly updates.