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Old 07-31-2006, 10:43 PM   #16
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Opening a track is really a big investment and you don't really know if it will work or not. It's all about the support form local racers without them the track will not survive. I have a friend of mine who opened an indoor carpet track and because of luck of support from local racers our track closed down within a year, His pretty much covering the lease cost of the building out of his own pocket to keep the track open but there is no way you can do that.

He spend roughly $20,000 to open race track/Hobby shop. and the lease cost of the building is $1800 a month not including utilities....

But if all local racers support the track it will work if your not really looking for a big profit. GOODLUCK!!!!!!
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Old 07-31-2006, 10:46 PM   #17
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Trover!!! I live in Vienna. I race here in town at all the tracks. I can help you out if needed.

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Old 08-01-2006, 10:02 AM   #18
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I just got back into RC after a long Hiatus. I race on-road carpet because I couldn't find any banked carpet oval near me, which is what I used to race. I am kind of glad I switched to on-road, I think there is more skill involved here.

I decided to go top of the line, because of my previous experience. I keep my reciepts, and at the moment, I'm around $2500 for what I would call the initial investment items, and another $300 in consumables over the past few months. I chose to buy some stuff used, some new. I had some spare electronics stuff already, so I had that covered, and tons of tools.

All told, if you decided to go new, you could get yourself a top of the line setup for $4k. Less if you decided to hold off on the easy-to-borrow/optional stuff like tire lathes and fancy setup stations. Even less if you bought some items used.

Also, keep in mind, your expendable costs will vary depending on the type of racing.

First week or two, I'd expect $75-100 as you 'remember' things you forgot. Regularly, you're looking as disposables like traction compound, motor cleaner, paper towels, bodies, paint, tires, and eventually motors and batteries.

Practice and Racing track fees are generally not expensive, $0-20 or so. Plus, breakage as you learn how to not crash. =) (I'm not there yet!)
And don't expect to make it out of the D mains for a while. Despite what some people think, this is not a sport where you can 'buy' a slot in the top tier. Practice Practice Practice!

Stop the by the local track, see what they use. Make a list of the popular commonly used items that people think highly of, and start your equipment purchases there. Ask people if they had to do it again from scratch with a fresh bankroll, what would they buy this time around?

Here's what I have, there's still a bunch of stuff I have not entered yet:

Car: RDX (used) $325
Charger: Turbo 35 GFX $375
Charger: Turbo 35 GFX #2 (used) $250
Speed Con: Novak GTX (used) $100
Batteries (3): Team Kwik $219
Spektrum: Spektrum SPM1114 $104
Reciever: Spektrum SR3500 $99
Radio: 3PKS Super TX/RX $380
Servo: Airtronics 94357 $125
Power Supply: PSV-200 $64
Transponder: AMBrc $96
Tires: (2) Cyan F $26
Tires: (2) Magenta R $26
Tools: Hakko Parts 908 convert $33
Tools: Hakko Tips $21
Tools: Losi SAE Wrench Set $29
Tools: Losi Hex Wrench Set $29
Tools: Deans Jig $16
Parts: Tamale Tower Stiffener $18
Parts: TX Lipo $40
Parts: Avid Bearings $16
Parts: Screws $50
Parts: Misc $34
Parts: Pinion Gear Set+Holder $7
Parts: 27-35 tooth Pinions $40
Parts: Servo Tape $5
Tools: Alignment/Setup tools $40
Misc: Screws $20
Pass: 3Month Practice Pass $60
Parts: 108 tooth 64 Pitch x6 $30
Supplies: Traction Compound $9
Disposables: Elec Motor Cleaner $7

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Old 08-01-2006, 10:26 AM   #19
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I am moving to the midwest and I am planning to put a carpet track in this building on my property so I have the rent covered. It will cost zero dollars a month
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Spend to have fun.
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Id love to race proper cars or karts. In RC almost everyone uses it as a cheap alternative to racing real cars. My dream would to be to own an offroad indoor dirt track but Id love to drive real cars for a profession. As for RC, I got into it with about $250. Within 2 years of being involved in the hobby Ive spent close to $700 at the age of 15 with no job and Im nowhere near the equipment levels of the top drivers yet but because I can drive well Im coming close to the top 10club drivers. Being a good driver takes time, buying the kit just helps.
Here would be a TOP, TOP setup that could win anything realistically.

HPI Hotbodies Cyclone = $420
3x IB4200 Fusion Packs = $170
Airtronics M11 Radio System = $300
Team Orion Advantage (Lipo v.) = $140
Trinity Absolute Zero Discharge Tray = $60
LRP Quantum Comp 2 = $170
Orion Revolution V2 12x1 = $60
KO Propo High End Servo = $105
Much More Power Master Power Supply = $175
AMB PT = $90
Protoform Dodge Shell = $20
Sundries, Brushes, Tools = $100

Total = $1,810

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