Originally Posted by 1/8 oldschool
O.K. let's say this class does catch on ( which I REALLY hope it does ) Let's hear some suggestions on not "shooting ourselves in the foot" again and allowing it to morph into something undisireable.
Here are a few suggestions from my experience learned from almost 4 years invested in GT class racing that might help you guys too. Sorry for the long post, but this is really the most important thing you'll need to remember for your new class to prosper, OK
Do not let anyone call it a “beginner” class, EVER
If your intent for development of this new class is to lower operational costs, attract new racers and keep racers in our sport during this uncertain economic climate, don’t let anyone “brand” you class the wrong way.
The terminology of “beginner’s class” will make those racing within you new class treated like “second class” citizens at you events by “elitist” jerk-offs that will voice negative opinions against your new class.
As soon as someone starts to look down their nose at your class and tries to de-value or insinuate that your class as not as important as the status quo of RC, be ready to shut them up; no mater who they think they are, make them shut up and go away or wish they never spoke out against your class. .
Start with one “brand” of chassis only.
Your new class will take off better with a “level playing field” that will emphasize true driver ability, not deepest pockets or the “50% sponsored” guys.
A single chassis system will also help your racer’s purchasing power and available parts supply at shops & races.
If the Motonica is available at a good price, why not make it the chassis. Garren seems to be very supportive of the class and that is a great starting point.
Be prepaired for the “political outcry” from those that always look for an unfair advantage to win. These individuals care more about winning and/or personal financial gain from your hard efforts.
Once you have a strong group racing in your new class, then you can introduce other chassis to the mix; providing they are similar in design and track performance.
If you allow a chassis that offers too much of an advantage, your class will suffer by forcing more investment from your racers, so beware of that too.
Make your rules and enforce them to the letter.
Your rules are your rules, set them to be fair and try them for a race season.
If any changes are made, make sure that they are for durability factors not additional speed advantage that would cause everyone to spend more money to be competitive in your class.
Your class may also be infiltrated with guys that love to brag about having 75 years experience in their “hobby” lol.
They are usually set in their ways, part of the “status quo” and really don’t care your new direction for our sport. If you flex your rules to accommodate these “more experienced masters of nothing” your class will suffer the fate of every other R/C class that spirals out of control in cost.
In closing, setting up any new class is not that hard in comparison to the countless battles you’ll face from people that will try to bad mouth it or call it a “beginner’s class”.
A perfect example is our friend senna here on this thread and his bad attitude towards GT class nitro racing.
Best of luck with your new class, hope it grows well too!