<bangs head against brick wall>
Fundamental rule changes are not going to happen. That would require the manufacturers to change what they are already doing and, in some cases, already doing reluctantly. . . AE only makes their cars because those of us who run them purchase them. They only make enough to keep up - they don't promote it like they do with the TC3 series. In fact, according to Barry, they don't even want their drivers to devote any time, even CLUB time, to driving the 10L2's. So - asking Corally, HPI, Yokomo, AE, etc. to create a new car for a new class that doesn't exist yet is asking for failure.
SoCal routinely has 6-7' lanes. These cars work fine with them. Sure it's a bit tight to squeeze them three-wide or even two-wide. However, it promoted GREAT driving skills and some of the best duels at SoCal, EVER, have been in the Pan Class. That's not MY judgement, but the judgement of the owner, Jim, who has stated that publicly.
ray - pop a 9x2 and 3300's in your pan car and run a few laps. Don't ask, just pop it down and show some speed. I know that Revelation was dubious about the reality of running pan cars on it's track (comparable) mostly because they'd only seen sedans. Now we're pretty much a featured class. We've shown we're as fast or faster than ANY 1/10th nitro (only thing that approaches is 1/10th outlaw). We had to be a bit creative, though.
so - since new manufacturing is NOT going to happen, new bodies are NOT going to appear, a brand new class is NOT going to happen - let's discuss what we can do to revive this class. IT CAN HAPPEN - Believe me - I know what I'm talking about
It's happened in Southern California, the ROAR Nats has us as a class, Norrca Nats has had us as a class for several years, with great turnout, Northern Cal has a good following, FLA has a good following, I'm told (haven't been there) as do other areas.
IMHO - marketable things:
Ease of maintenance
Inexpensive to purchase, own and maintain
Comparable prices for tires (in reality. . .)
SPEED (OH MY FREAKING WORD. . .
) second only to 1/8th scale!!! (in mod. . .)
Great looking (and easy to mask and paint) bodies
OPEN CLASS RULES - if we make this as non-restrictive as possible, it will bring people in. Mayhap a Pro10-Open class. . .includes the mods, brushless, etc.
and let's leave the "new class" things to another time/place. They're not going to happen. EFRA, IFMAR, etc. aren't going to do anything at all unless they see the class grow FIRST. That's the way of groups like this. No prob - we KNOW that they work off demand, they don't create it. Okay, let's CREATE it on OUR OWN. . .
Just look at the number of posts that this thread has, look at the number of posts that the "other" longstanding 1/10th onroad thread has - more than the 1/12th thread which was started at nearly the same time. . . That's just an indication of some potential. . .