Any Cup Racer activity out there? Wondering if it's worth my time to let mine go...or just keep it on the shelf.
Yes, I am still using my CR'r quite regularly and plan to continue to race it in our Mini class come March when the new season starts up. I've been racing the CR'rs since about 2009 and find that in the Mini class they do very good especially since most are dominated by the Tamiya M's (which are not great in my opinion). I bought two CR'rs and just sold one, but plan to keep the other which has been raced extensively. It usually finishes in the top 3 spots when I race.
Is it worth you keeping or letting it go? That is hard to say. I am not sure what their value will be in the future? Kits still go for a fairly decent amount on eBay. So I think that if yours is in good shape you could get $200+ for it. -depending on what you have and condition. I sold my extra CR'r about 8 months ago for about $300 but it was NIB. (That helped fund my purchase of a 1/10th Ofna/Haboa H4). -which I also race.
Couple comments/observations on the CR'r:
1) I believe that replacement parts for the CR will no longer be manufactured by HPI in another year or so. Just look at the big retailers, -I see that parts are slowly getting the "discontinued" tag. -in fact you can not buy a spur gear any longer ...and since the CR uses a specific design this is a serious problem should you break one. (I have 4 spares)! -in fact I have purchased about $100 of support parts for my CR as I want to continue to race it for another few years at least.
2) I will NEVER buy another HPI car or kit. I think that it was crappy for HPI to create the CR in about 2009 and discontinue the kit only 2-3 years later by late 2011/early 2012. As an example, I have bought Team Associated products which you can still get replacement parts for a full 10 years later after the kit release ...even if the original kit is no longer available. I've noticed the same great support from Tamiya, Ofna, and Axial.
3) What I believe HPI should have done was the creation of a Cup Racer Version 2 "CR V2". The CR was a good car for the mini class and seemed to have a lot of interest (not sure what actual sales were)? -but seems they were always sold out. In a V2 I would like to have seen something that shared some parts w/ the first CR but was a step in the evolution ...something that would compete w/ 1/12th Atomic racer (forget the model name offhand).
...which leads to my last item.
The CR is not the best 1/12 street racer out there. In fact it has quite a few flaws in my opinion. But I still love it. I love the bodies and scale accessories that were available for it. -this rivaled most competitors in my opinion. The scale looks and accessories (like replica Fuchs wheels, disc brakes and exhausts) really made this car stand out and a blast to build and drive.
If I did not already have a CR and a ton of spares, and wanted a 1/12th car to compete in a MINI class ...I'd probably get a racer from ABC Hobby or Atomic's car.
yes, there are those of us who still love our CR'rs ..and I still see them at the track from time to time.
My only suggestion if you plan on keeping it is to purchase some of the spare parts that are prone to break or not easily created or used from another model. -parts like turnbuckles and ball cups are easy to come by, but others are not.