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Here's a copy of what I sent to the SPEED link:
I am contacting you as a fan of radio controlled car racing.
If I may, I would like to describe to you the caliber of talent that exists in the world of R/C racing.
When a competition on a National or World Championship level is staged, one of the most typical formats is as follows:
Upwards of 250 - 300 racers register (registration requires a set limit) to compete in that scheduled event.
Just as with fullsized vehicles like NASCAR, F-1, Touring Cars and Supercross motorcycles to list a few, these championships cater to many different types of cars and trucks with both 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive for either offroad or onroad racing.
There are both electric (battery powered) and "gas" powered radio controlled car championships.
Each racer will get the chance to race in 3 to 4 "qualifiers" to establish their personal best performance with the ultimate goal of being "The Top Qualifier" or "TQ".
This will be determined by the maximum number of laps completed in a given amount of time. That time is usually set at 5 minutes and is monitored by a computerized lap counting system with a transponder (radio signal transmitter) in each vehicle.
Example: Racer X completed 17 laps in 5 minutes and 12.38 seconds resulting in the #1 or "TQ" position.
The top 10 qualifiers will advance to the "A Main" and race for the title of Champion in each perspective division.
The next 10 racers are placed in the "B Main" and so on.
The impressive statistic of these races is the fact that as difficult as it is to qualify for an "A Main" at an event of this caliber, there are a handful of racers that continue to "make the A" AND win titles race after race and for an elite few, year after year and for even fewer, decade after decade.
These amazing racers are without question, R/C racing's superstars not to be rivaled by ANY other professional sports celebrities.
The top racers in this sport have been competing and winning titles in multiple classifications for well into 3 decades as well as the fresher faces that have won multiple championships in just a few short years.
This type of racing is very competitive and exciting to watch and can easily be participated in at an entry level with a very small initial start up cost.
As little as $300 will allow a beginner to purchase an "RTR" Ready To Run vehicle of his choice that will be reliable and serviceable with readily available parts and service advise from his/her local hobby store.
Hobby stores and race tracks are literally everywhere across the nation and around the world.
Internet retailers also supply complete parts, and service advise for ease of customer satisfaction.
In my honest opinion, this sport is lacking ONLY a professional level of production in terms of race coverage and even exposure when it comes to just plain recreational enjoyment.
If just one World or National Championship event was produced and presented in the same manner as a professional television race broadcast containing multiple camera angles, replays of the lead/position changes, expert genuinely? enthusiastic color commentary (like the guys on the canadian motocross coverage on SPEED, those guys LOVE their racing and never let it rest!), slo mo, close ups, pit passes to check out rides and MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL,
INTRODUCE US TO THE DRIVERS!
Give us someone to root for.
Let us know who's hot right now,
who is always a threat and
who needs a comback.
MAKE US CARE ABOUT WHO HAS A CHANCE TO WIN IT ALL.
2nd note sent:
My apologies, I mistakingly sent my previous email prematurely.
To sum up my thoughts on Pro level R/C racing I would like to say that if it was presented to the public in the same manner as you now present your other motorsports coverages, I unquestionably believe that it would be a successful
program which would result in requests to continue coverage and to also cover different categories of the sport.
I want to assure you that I only represent an enthusiast's view of R/C racing and recreation and absolutely no manufacturers although I feel as though they should be contacting you with the enthusiasm and sincerety I have felt for years.
I'm inserting a link to a race that happened recently that has top drivers, an enthusiastic announcer, and if it was covered at a level that copies SPEED's presentation, I feel would be a great success.
Thank you very much for the attention,