I have seen a fair few changes to r/c racing and especially cell capacity over my years of racing....
Ive owned sanyo 1200sc, 1400scr, 1700,2000, GP33,37,4200 right through to IB4200.
Cells are just one thing that have changed club racing a lot over the years, as well as the development,features and size of electronics in general.
For me, club racing on parking lots was a very sucessful era when we had the sanyo 1700, going through to GP3300. I firmly believe the reason for this is because the difference between good and bad electrical parts was not a particually big gap.
Neither was chassis development, sure it was getting better but the less experienced could get away with a wrong spring/oil choice and ride on the tyres still without the car pushing that much.
Now we have a massive variety of equipment out there, some I wouldnt even look twice at, some which is very complex and can really make a difference to even the average racer out there.
Something tells me the sparkle of parking lot racing has been lost in the majority of cases because of the reasons above, as well as custom built tracks and the lack of a support class for the newcomer.
And if rules are put in place for the newcomer, its a loose loose situation for them to spend more $ getting their cars to a "spec" level.
It is a shame to see, but we all want the latest and greatest.... And with not enough new blood in the sport, a lot of us go straight to the custom made track for our racing where it is seen to be a professional place to race, rather than some place like Walmart we go to get groceries....
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