Wow, this thread have certainly exploded since I read it earlier this morning. Very good points expressed by a lot of you (and very valid ones as well
) lets all try to keep the posts as professional as possible and try not "flame" or get into which manufacture is better than which...etc. so we can keep this thread going. The goal is to hopefully catch the attention of the manufacture executives that visits R/C Tech (and many of them do) to see the opinions of the racers on this subject
Personally, the price issue is something we deal with individual manufactures almost everyday. We always try to strive for a lower price because that's what will keep this hobby growing and more people involved inhopes that one day it become more visible as a mainstream hobby. However, we run into resistence very often and honestly, we get in trouble for trying to sell car kits too cheap (as strange as it sounds
) Which is the reason why most of the pre-order kits at the moment on our website have the manufacture suggested price listed and I have to trouble you guys to send me an email for the discount price. Unfortunately for us to continue to stay in business, and have good access to new released products, we have to play by the rules of the game of this industry and walk carefully in the political issues involved (yes, huge amounts of politic exist in this industry as well, when there is money involved, there will always be politics
) Personally I am concerned about the social responsibility (big word, I know...
) that these manufacture have towards the overall good of the hobby. When I started out racing touring car back in 1995-96, there is usually a healthy 2-3 heats of novice sedan, 2-3 heats of sportsman, 1 heat of exper stock, and so on...the key here is the amount of novice folks. Fast forward to today, I usually see one full heat of novice (if we're lucky) on any given raceday, sometimes none at all. That should be alarming for all manufactures, however, I see very few initiatives to promote new blood to the hobby. For instance, the Tamiya TCS series is a positive example that provides a good structured stepping stone system for guys to start out first in their TL01 spec class, then GT-3, GT-2, and then the big guns in GT-1 as their skills progress.
Not sure what got into me today...sorry for the long post folks, I think I should go easy on the caffine after 12 noon. However, just a kind reminder, lets keep all the post professional and constructive.
maybe something positive will come out of these discussions
p.s. just to reflect on something soviet posted, Sportsman racers in Japan runs 8 minute 23T and 8 minute 10T in expert modified. I'm personally all for longer racing (more time on the track is always a good thing