As a host, it can be difficult to tell which name to used when calling out and labeling race entries. And in my case, there's an extra layer because y'all have usernames here on the web site, so that gives me 4 options to choose from:
- Real name
- Team name
- Driver name
- Web site username
Now sometimes there's some parity in those but often not. When I'm making showcase videos and labeling names in videos and brackets, I'm never quite sure which name(s) to use.
My instinct is to use the real name that is provided since, in most cases, the cars are built/modded and I think you (the person) should get some credit and call out for your work. "Jerry Doomsday" didn't build that car, Bob Jones built that car, so Bob should get the shoutout...but...not the case for some folks, maybe.
As a life-long pro wrestling fan, I understand the need and desire for a gimmick and alternate names when performating (same in music). And that's cool. It's fun and lets you create a character that isn't "Bob from South Carolina." Plus in other cases it's building a brand but I usually file that under the Team Name type thing. I'll always be "Brian from Redline Derby"
Which do you prefer?
Call this an unformal poll as to what you want to hear/see when hosts are talking about your cars.
Or maybe it changes if the race is a mail-in race or a driver race? Do you care more that your real name is attached to a build and your "character" name is used for non-builds? Dunno.
I mean, we can get complicated with this and I don't think anyone really wants that but it's maybe worth discussing and getting some small concensus.
A car could be introduced as "built by Bob Jones for ABC Racing and driven by Jerry Doomsday" but that's quite a mouthful.
And then we get into cases where there's limited information because some guys just don't care that much about how it sounds or what they're called. Their real name is enough and that's all they want. No team name, no characters, just them.
I'd love to hear any thoughts and preferences you have when it comes to naming yourself for racing. I just want to make sure I'm giving you the proper respect when talking about your cars.
I don't want to call you Randy Poffo when you want to be Randy Savage, you know?