Originally Posted by squarehead
The whole reason the USVTA was designed and developed was to avoid problems such as this. I know—it was my driving force behind creating the sanctioning rule book.
While I understand Greg's reasoning behind the decision, I still think it was the perfect opportunity to infuse the 25.5 into an area where it hasn't caught on, for some reason.
I wish we could have avoided this issue! Months ago we had to decide on the "track choice class" for the Nationals, and there were only a few options. A third 1/12 class seemed far fetched because no one had ever put down a single 1/12 at Jackson, no less 3 full classes of them. F1 was another option, but there aren't many racers and the rule set is wildly outdated. VTA, on the other hand, has been run at past Nationals, has a great local base of racers, and the current ROAR rule set keeps it slower than the next slowest class (17.5 blinky TC at this Nats). Basically, it fit well with ROAR's TC Blink-a-thon classes.
While I completely agree that this is AN
opportune time to have ROAR change the VTA rule set to the current USVTA rule set, I can attest that this is not the AREA
to attempt such a change at a time SO CLOSE
to the Nationals. None, and I mean NONE, of the VTA groups within 3 states of New Jersey are using the 25.5 motors. The organizers and track owners want to use the 25.5 rules (for all the right reasons), but their racers do not
(for arguably the wrong reasons). ROAR is willing to change rules to better suit the masses, but in this area, where most of the VTA racers attending the Nationals are going to come from
, the better thing to do is ensure the class is well stocked. Many of the VTA entrants will be using VTA as thier second class at the ROAR Nationals because the faster TC classes and the pancar classes aren't their cup of tea. VTA is.
While I completely agree that this is AN opportune time to have ROAR change the VTA rule set to the current USVTA rule set...
To quote myself, it will be just as opportune at the next
ROAR Nationals, especially if the turnout at this Nats is decent. Unfortunately, VTA has been poorly supported at past ROAR events and won't get more attention until the racer count increases. Interest drives more interest. A good turnout at this Nats may help sway the next Nats host to run the class even if it isn't very popular at thier track on a weekly basis. By the time we get to the 2012 Carpet Nats, the ROAR rule set could very well be updated with plenty of notice for the entrants.
Track owners and event organizers only want one thing, to please their racers and attract more racers. That's my motivation as well (Jackson R/C is all volunteer). To be even more forthright, I have always been a big proponent of slowing the class down with the 25.5 motors. Should anyone doubt my motivations, just search for my posts in this thread.
Originally Posted by squarehead
While I understand Greg's reasoning behind the decision....
Just so everyone knows what went into this tough decision, I ended up with $130 in overages on my cell phone bill from talking with the local track owners, organizers, many racers, and ROAR officials.
I literally PAID to make this decision.