Go Back  R/C Tech Forums > North American Regional Forums > Colorado Racing
On Road RC Participation Way Down >

On Road RC Participation Way Down

On Road RC Participation Way Down

Old 08-19-2016, 05:40 PM
  #1  
Tech Addict
Thread Starter
 
imjonah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Colorado
Posts: 704
Default On Road RC Participation Way Down

Am I correct in assuming RC On Road Racing participation is way down?
MHOR is closing outdoor track? Centennial is the only Hobby Town still doing parking lot races. 50280 had strong big annual event but typically attracts less than a dozen for its weekly races?

I am not complaining or pointing fingers, just asking.
I have an old on road car, I am thinking that if I want to do any organized racing competition then I need to look at buying an off road vehicle (even though off road participation is way down also?).

Does anyone have good information if this trend is pretty much nation wide?
Does anyone see a scenario whereby this trend will be reversed?
My past observation was that the Hobby/Sport was not attracting hardly any young people and the entry cost was too expensive for most.
imjonah is offline  
Old 08-19-2016, 06:02 PM
  #2  
Tech Fanatic
iTrader: (6)
 
SpeedySST's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Wheatland, WY
Posts: 781
Trader Rating: 6 (100%+)
Default

Well, for me I havent done a lot of racing for 2 reasons. One, I live 4 hours away from 5280 and Hobbytown is even further and my poor truck isnt getting any younger. I did race the MHIC and I plan to do so again next year because it was super fun and the people there just plain rock. Second, I have been spending most of my disposable income on my Italian mistress motorcycle (Ducati) and she isnt cheap or easy. Hopefully early next year I will be out of this area and somewhere more conducive to racing. As for younger kids getting into it, its expensive (VTA was supposed to help with this) and it requires actual effort to work on set up and practice, sometimes outdoors. They'd rather play xbox.
SpeedySST is offline  
Old 08-20-2016, 01:14 PM
  #3  
Tech Apprentice
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 92
Trader Rating: 2 (75%+)
Default

Off Road racing in Alive and Well thank you.
Go to Mhor buy your self a nice new 2016 10th scale or 1/8 scale an come join the fun.
And i do agree not to many on roaders racing in Denver. I see some of the big boy on roaders out racing 1/8 scale off road this summer.
Barista is offline  
Old 09-01-2016, 05:50 PM
  #4  
Tech Elite
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Aurora, Colorado
Posts: 4,153
Default

Maybe more would start up at 5280 in the winter, just like 10th scale. In Colorado, we have had some pretty good turnouts this summer. People like being out doors.

Not sure if you are only interesting on On-Road, but there should be a pretty good 8th scale race down in Pueblo in a few weeks.
token is offline  
Old 09-01-2016, 07:06 PM
  #5  
Tech Elite
iTrader: (40)
 
Grenade10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Posts: 4,733
Trader Rating: 40 (100%+)
Default

Just back from the Great Lake Challenge in Toledo last weekend, so missed the last race at MHOR.

Conversation about on road was interesting. There are areas like Florida and California that have large weekly programs but the rest of the nation seem to be low or NO turn out for weekly racing. There are major events that are drawing better numbers this year, some even selling out months in advance. However,the traveling racers seem to be the same or mostly the same at each event. For nitro racing you really need a traveling partner, I have been lucky to have found one but if you don't it can be a hard week or weekend.

I also know how refined on road cars are now. Got a new 1/8 open car and went a full second a lap faster using the same engine, tires and body. And just like carpet racing you need current stuff to keep up.

Have a friend running dirt as there is not much pavement or carpet racing and he has an aluminum tub RC10 knocking at the door for the A main at the weekly racing. Not many parts, tools or other stuff needed to have some fun.

So we on road racers have been spoiled when we run carpet and complain the traction is not like IIC, Snowbirds even MHIC. Same thing for pavement racing, we don't like the size, layout or people running the races. When we voice those opinions other listen and don't go. Just starting the downward spiral until the track closes and gets changed to dirt.

Ps. Track where my friend is racing dirt is one of the longest running tracks in the nation. They have hosted several national on road events, then they pulled the carpet and paved it with asphalt, but now the asphalt is covered in dirt ...

The Track in Connecticut .... almost open as long as MHOR.

Last edited by Grenade10; 09-01-2016 at 07:19 PM.
Grenade10 is offline  
Old 09-02-2016, 12:58 PM
  #6  
Tech Master
iTrader: (2)
 
ByteStream's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: 5280 Raceway
Posts: 1,146
Trader Rating: 2 (100%+)
Default

Overall, in the summer months people tend to want to be outside, either racing or doing something completely different. When Sept/October comes around the attendance at 5280 picks up.

5280 is one of the best indoor on-road facilities in the country and hosts the 3rd largest on-road race in the country (Mile High Indoor Championships) every April. It's open year round - the track is 92x46 and the new CRC 'Black' Carpet is installed - Trust me when I say that it's all the grip that you can handle. The guys will also go out of their way to help you get started, answer questions and help with setup.

I know a lot of folks that have on-road kits, yet never walk in the door. If you want attendance to increase, you have to part of the solution. Dust off your on-road car and come race.
ByteStream is offline  
Old 09-02-2016, 04:21 PM
  #7  
Tech Elite
iTrader: (40)
 
Grenade10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Posts: 4,733
Trader Rating: 40 (100%+)
Default

Originally Posted by ByteStream View Post
Overall, in the summer months people tend to want to be outside, either racing or doing something completely different. When Sept/October comes around the attendance at 5280 picks up.

5280 is one of the best indoor on-road facilities in the country and hosts the 3rd largest on-road race in the country (Mile High Indoor Championships) every April. It's open year round - the track is 92x46 and the new CRC 'Black' Carpet is installed - Trust me when I say that it's all the grip that you can handle. The guys will also go out of their way to help you get started, answer questions and help with setup.

I know a lot of folks that have on-road kits, yet never walk in the door. If you want attendance to increase, you have to part of the solution. Dust off your on-road car and come race.
Fully Agree .... +1
Grenade10 is offline  
Old 09-04-2016, 10:23 AM
  #8  
Tech Regular
iTrader: (2)
 
bmx_ican92's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 267
Trader Rating: 2 (100%+)
Default



In the mean time Zeeez's rc in pueblo has some fun club racing on their carpet indoor track. They run Thursday and Saturday nights.
bmx_ican92 is offline  
Old 09-04-2016, 02:35 PM
  #9  
Tech Regular
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 280
Trader Rating: 4 (100%+)
Default

That's fun from down south🏁🏁😝
Strykar is offline  

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.