Originally Posted by UN4RACING
Disaster:::: I believe there are spirited racers and free spirited racers.
The free spirited racer just wants to have fun racing (racing for the fun of just racing). Gets better and then becomes a spirited racer. (Racing for the win seriously). Now how would you suggest mixing the two? Its obvious that the manufacturers have been doing there part lately. We have a handle on the cost there are so many options out there that theres no reason not to race at any budget level. Now how do we recall the lost racers? I believe the rules are hurting the free spirited racer. But the rules are part of serious racing. Its like we're trying to make every club night a natl' event? Now I say to mix just run your own race and separate the racers by there skill level. I know this is just the icing but what do you think? I think club racing is should be about the thrill of just racing and not about the win, and thats the hard part to distinguish. I also think the basher mentality is a plus when it comes to that attitude.
As for the bodies, run what the heck body you want experience is the best teacher.
I like your comparison of free spirited vs. spirited and yes, I agree that comes into play. Experience, fun and winning...or at least getting better, pull people from the free spirited to the spirited group. However, just because you are spirited and serious, doesn't mean you can afford to run with the other spirited riders with bottomless pockets.
So when you ask me how we combine the two I say we combine the serious and fun loving in the same class if they like it that way or separate them by skill if that works better. Or we should handicap the better drivers and run them in the same class if that works. It should be the choice of the riders.
However, we should not have guys with $200 cars and limited time to RC race, constantly pummeled by guys with $3000 cars, and unlimited time to tweak and tune their motors and batteries. We should have classes with maximum spending limits and if you go over you MUST move to the next higher class. Of course you can always race your cheap car in the more expensive class if you so desire.
Let me give you an example from another field...video gaming.
If you look at the computer gaming industry you will see that much of it is shrinking as the video gaming market is expanding. The video gaming market is taking customers away from the computer gaming market.
The cost and complexity of computer gaming is what I experienced and why I ultimately gave it up and believer many others have too.
When I would buy the latest game I found some piece of hardware lacking...usually needed a better video card. Sometimes it wasn't compatible at all. $300 later, after buying a new card and installing it I'd find my computer locked up on this application or that. I'd search the web for answers, install this driver or that, change the video card settings or perhaps replace another piece of hardware, like my audio card because that wasn't compatible with the new video card.
Finally, I'd be gaming. I was having fun...getting better and better. But, I'd find that I got "stuck" at a level. When I would investigate if it were me or something else I'd find that the other person had a faster video card, hence faster frame rate, (quicker reaction tiime) which gave him an advantage. I'd upgrade the card and go through that whole driver/conflict thing again....Or maybe I'd need a faster processor....Or maybe a faster internet connection to reduce lag time.
I would literally spend hours and hours of time and research and thousands of dollars of money to play a video game competitively. It was part of the fun...but it grew old as I realized it was taking time away from all the other things I really liked to do...like spend time with my family.
Then I tried the latest video consoles. Sure the graphics were a smidgen of a step down, but they were truly plug and play. I only had to buy a $300 console and a $50 game and I was off to the races. If I was losing I knew it was me and not that the guy I was playing had a better console. We all had the same thing.
I could be as competitive as I wanted, and better, spend all my time improving my skill instead of all my time researching computers. I could spend time with my family instead of holed up in the study digging through newsgroup articles on driver compatibility.
I don't play PC games much anymore and when I do I stick with older generation games where I know my hardware is as good as anyone elses. I don't upgrade to play games.
This same thing is being played out in TC.
It is cost of entry is soooo expensive and it is even more expensive to compete at the higher levels.
It would be so refreshing to go to the track an only worry about driving and setup and not worry about motors and batteries and $400 chassis modifications.
I'm not saying we shouldn't have those expensive classes of racing. In fact, I think they are good...they draw people in to see the best of the best and dream of what they might do someday.
However, in the meantime, there should be competitive classes at all levels of "spiritedness" that are affordable from both a cost and time standpoint.
If that doesn't happen the sport is doomed to keep shrinking till even the staunchest racers will look elsewhere.