While, I didn't race in the old days it seems to me based on the photo's I see that people raced on tracks that were not prepped as well as todays tracks. They always seemed to be incredibly dusty, as if they weren't watered. The soil seemed more lumpy with large chunks of dirt or rocks. Then there were the races were it looks, as if the track was just hit by a monsoon and still they go out there in a complete mudfest and put in laps. Are we just sissies today? My son and I show up to tracks as many do and expect perfect conditions, amazing prep with the perfect amount of water layed down to give it just enough tackiness that, will let the riders create beautiful rutts. Did they actually ride tracks in the past that were much rougher than what we ride today? Are we spoiled? Do we shy away from tracks if things aren't just the way we like them? Should we be racing even after the track has been pounded by a rain storm? If we should then why don't we. I don't know!