24 Hours of Moab is this weekend.
Rumor has it, that’s it is the last race of promoter Laird Knight that is making any money. All the other races are way down. On many levels, Laird typifies race promotion, swindling of employees would be first on that list. Hiring sales staff, when they pursue and close or nearly close a major sponsor deal, discreetly dumping them, and taking their promised commission.
Making racers pay premiums, leading them on about prizes, and then the old bait and switch. Gunnar Shogren, former Beast of the East, Olde Tymey Racing Legend, has a historical (2006) website documenting his rip off, at the hands of Laird, the key passage:
We not only won the Vet Expert Class, we won the entire event.
No one, no team, no Pros, no ex-Pros, no youngins beat us!
We got nothing in return, except a $4.32 apron.
Not the medals we were promised, not any of the many prizes that some “random teams” actually got two or three of.
We did get some “Crocodile Tears” from the promoter…
It’s going to be interesting to hear if any shenanigans go on at this years 24 Hours of Moab. If it does, post up. There will be no more hiding for Captain Conman Laird. The world is from now on going to know if his events are cheating the clients who’ve made him.by