I don't race nitro, but maybe an outsider's perspective is something to look at too. I'm not far from Leisure Hours asphalt track, so I could start racing nitro. The things that keep me away are #1 tires and #2 initial startup costs. Having raced foam carpet, I know how many tires you can go through. That is an ongoing cost. Then also you have the car kit, plus an engine(s), and the pipe, besides all the other electronics you may need, bodies, etc..
It does look really cool, and is much different than electric, but it's also hard to justify when you might get 4 good months out of the year for it. I have looked at the 1/8 Classic thread here, which is pretty cool. That seems like maybe something that might be more attractive to guys like me: less tire wear, less complicated to start out with, and you can only get so much power to the ground via 2wd.
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