Originally Posted by robk
Shut up and have fun racing.
You are half correct Rob. When I wrote the original VTA rules with Scotty (Trackside Hobbies) in October of 2007, Trackside presents 'TRANS-AM' racing class!
(Scotrik had the same idea before me), the idea was to just have some fun without all the high tech wiz bang of the day with cool looking vintage cars.
Some people get it, some don't. I like to win as much or more
than the other guy, but my philosophy on cheating is:
If I cheat and loose, that means I really suck, and my ego is way too fragile to handle that.
Therefore I will never cheat!
After a few months off, I went from one of the top 21.5 VTA guys, to a B main 25.5 VTA guy because I was behind the knowledge curve. I know what it feels like, believe me. Every time I had my butt handed to me, I looked inside to determine what "I"
had missed, and every time I found what I missed and what could be done to improve.
In my years of experiences in RC, I found that there is very little
rule breaking that goes on and the folks that complain the most about others success have not learned to dig deep to learn to improve the their set-up skills and driving skills to compete. Unless things have changed dramatically since I last turned a wheel, most VTA guys are very willing to share many of there insights on these subjects if someone asked them.
In my experience, I worked and studied hard for years and with the help of others and some luck thrown in I did pretty well racing RC. I found if and when you get to the top you may become the target of the "You Cheat" accusation few. After sharing set-up philosiphies and data, some of the same "You Cheat" folks rejected the facts, rejected the help, kept their special "personal" set-ups, struggled in the back, and kept firing the "Cheater" cause I can't beat you accusations. Others listened and learned and did much better.
There is only one winner at any given race, and I'll bet he works harder than most.
A good friend of mine with 26 motorcycle land speed records has a saying, "The harder you work, the luckier you get".
(212 mph on a Sprotster in 1971 was his fastest)
If you keep getting bested, I suggest you bust your but and learn how to catch-up if it is important to you. If you don't want to do that, maybe RobK is correct on both accounts.