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Old 03-15-2007, 12:32 PM
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This past weekend a group of racers were trying to calculate how much a weekend of racing cost us. We defined it as our total RC investment divided by the # of weekends we raced. We figured between all the durable equipment (cars, chargers, etc) and non-durable equipment (parts, batteries, bodies, tires, etc) plus race fees we were in excess of $50-100 per weekend. This was just a rough guess. What do you all think? Were we way off?
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Old 03-15-2007, 12:46 PM
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Try calculating how much it cost for a privateer to go to a week long national race. Then the $50-150 you spend for a weekend club race looks like nothing.
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I could only imagine. I saw the box of tires a friend took (like 2+ months worth for me). Plus you are paying hotels, etc. I think this thread is getting little attention because deep down inside we all dont want to admit what we spend .
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"Speed costs how fast do you want to go"

That quote is true but so is this one:

"There used to be a whole bunch of guys racing but then it got expensive"
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Originally Posted by MrBlack
"Speed costs how fast do you want to go"
This holds true in any motorsport, be it full scale or 1/10 scale.

The people who don't have the funds will always piss and moan about the ones that do. For those people there is the spec class, have fun.

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You could well be low on that estimate. Say I buy only 2 sets of foam tires, that's $60.00 or more in tires alone. Trued down to race specs they don't have much life and that assumes I don't need more because I chunked one. Add in the $20-$40.00 entry fee, and factor in say at least $1,000.00 worth of equipment depreciation over a period of say one or two years. I base this on have $2,000 or more worth of equipment which over a period of 2-3 years most of which is eithe worthless or 1/4 to 1/3 of its original cost. Then there's the other sundry items you just use up like motor spray at $9.00 a can, brushes, broken parts, shock oil, wires connectors, heat shrink, tape, glue, velcro, that motor you fubar'd, the replacement body. And there is likely more.

If touring car is the spec class, you can expect to spend a fair bit to run with the pack.
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Strange how this topic comes up while I'm putting all of my R/C reciepts, that are in my van, in one folder. I cringe when I look at how many there are. I guess I don't want to know how much it costs per weekend. I do it to have fun, and hang out with people I like. If I knew how much I spent, I'd probably get bummed out and get out of it... It's still fun, and I'm enjoying myself.
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Ignorance is bliss
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$30.... and that gets cheaper each week. Spec rubber tires that last months...LiPo....Silvercans that last months and are cheap... If it wasn't for the Mini class the cost would have been to high for me to even get started.
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Originally Posted by or8ital
Ignorance is bliss
When I started back racing a year ago I kept all the receipts. When I moved house in November, the pile was 2 inches thick. I decided to throw them away because I would only kick myself if I added them all up.

I love this hobby, what does it matter how much I spend on it. I intend to enjoy every minute.
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Originally Posted by MrBlack
"Speed costs how fast do you want to go"

That quote is true but so is this one:

"There used to be a whole bunch of guys racing but then it got expensive"
sad, the track i have been racing at had a "spec" class and 19t touring, and had to combine them to get 1 class around 7 or 8 guys in it... i raced last weekend... not including consumables (tires depreciating batteries and the car), i spent almost $60 just on gas and entry fees + lunch... that's a lot of diapers..
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My brother-in-law and I joke that RC cars are like crack. We know we dont need the latest / greatest but we cant help ourselves.
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orbit, that's is my wifes job apparently.. she tells me exacly what i need and don't...
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Originally Posted by Anthony.L
This holds true in any motorsport, be it full scale or 1/10 scale.

The people who don't have the funds will always piss and moan about the ones that do. For those people there is the spec class, have fun.
LOL! I was talkng about "Spec" class. Modified is actually cheaper to run when you break it down.

I used to work in the "full Scale" racing industry and their idea of spec is buy part put it on un-modified, R/C 's idea of spec is buy part re-engineer it.

Two different worlds that cannot truly be compared.

I think a true "spec class" that would support and grow would have to have the following:

The use of approved ESC only based on a maximum cost limit
Sealed un-modifiable motors that are maintenance free.
*LiPo batteries
All chassis parts (hubs, bulk heads, suspension arms, shock towers, shock bodies etc. must be plastic or fiber glass, the use of Carbon fiber, titanium, aluminum is not permitted beyond mounting hardware and motor mount.
Drive train components can be Aluminum
Shock shafts, king pins and suspension links must be steal.
No tractions additives (there are ways to check)
Spec tire insert (not to be modified)
1 set of tires must be used for the entire event (if event is multiple days then tires will be impounded)
Fixed gearing
Spec body sold precut with molded in wing.

This makes the only adjustments your car setup, Radio and driving style and for those that are true racers this is what they are after. Those that enjoy seeing what they can get away with or feel the need for a "fair" advantage they have had it their way for the last decade and it has proven to be a losing formula.

For those that like all the gadgets and tweaks that is what Modified was designed for, race it.
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