Good post, I remember the vanning too. That car looked so heavy......and it was! The engines at the time were not too reliable. Around that time I bought a kyosho 1/10 buggy (Advance) that was like the scorpion, rear engine/ gearbox setup. Came with an enya 09, which blew up after only a few tanks.
There was also a pb mini mustang 2 speed local as well, it was ballistic on the straights but man...that thing rarely finished a race!
Sounds like we all raced the same cars...optima, turbo opt., optima mid, turbo mid, laser ect.
To me it seems the burns was the basis of what we have today as far as car design. I dont know of an earlier release that has a similar layout.
Hey glassdoctor, thanks for the link..