just some observations:
monster trucks are still very much dominating the offroad market, much like 200mm dominating onroad share of the nitro pie. there is, however, a sort of saturation in both 200mm tourers and monster trucks. its great to compete in a tough market but those are not the only cars HPI have available.
now if HPI wants to be competitive in the hottest and latest nitro monster truck fad, that is fine. but they are doing themselves an injustice if they are only showcasing monster trucks because they have a very diverse product line that appeals to different types of enthusiasts. they'd be shooting themselves in the foot by not promoting their other cars like the electric and rally efforts, super nitros, nitro and electric MT, etc.
IMO HPI Challenge should be a showcase representation of all aspects of their product line and their direction in the hobby. Just like Tamiya enthusiasts wouldnt expect to see an entire field of TNX at the Tamiya TCS, HPI supporters should not be shafted by only one class in the HPI Challenge.
I was pleased with the efforts HPI has made in their touring cars, the Pro 4 and R40. But their (stupid?) marketing efforts in HPI Challenge is killing an awesome series and the fun atmosphere that I read so much about in the magazines. Looks like i should have turned to kyosho for an FW04 instead of an HPI super nitro...