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Old 05-08-2007, 10:39 PM   #31
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Dont forget to always have a Positive attitude even if you are not doing well, Companies will notice that more than anything.
I agree with David's comment for I am not a national caliber driver but have managed to pick up at least 3 sponsers, one of which is Axiom.

I feel if you do have a positive attitude and show real interest in that companies product, you get looked at differently then some one just looking for free stuff. I managed to get a motor, battery and shop sponser. Nothing for free and was not even looking for that, just good product and service. It does help that the battery (RacedayRC) and shop (Apex Hobby) sponsers are friends of mine, but still they are helping me out because I support them as well.

Try not to go into it with the attitude you want free stuff, discounts are just as good imo.
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Old 05-08-2007, 10:48 PM   #32
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Sponsorship could come about because of two things I feel:

1) Winning consistently, hence people will want to use what you use, and
2) Personality, because people will aspire to you

We have a couple of top guys here who blow their own trumpet far too much and for that reason I don't take what they say with a grain of salt. On the otherhand, locals that are always putting their hand up to help and chat are the people I like to hang around and will be more likely to listen to their advice (on what to buy).

So if you're not at the top, then sell another aspect of yourself.

I think that good advice is to approach companies and tell them WHAT THEY WILL GET OUT OF IT (it being sponsoring you). What's in it for them? You're asking for free gear or funds, what do they get? I've approached a company to sponsor myself and another driver at our local track. The company has no association with RC at all, but I've highlighted many benefits I can foresee so am confident they will give it a shot. Having two racers under the one pit tent with the one sponsor should be very strong. Neither of us are national or even state contenders, but we're always there which is something

Good luck to anyone having a go at sponsorship!
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Old 05-08-2007, 11:00 PM   #33
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I know of the local drivers who are sponsored, many only rock up to "Trophy" events, and skip club racing, and on that basis I don't take much notice of who gives them what, if they can't be f... supporting the sport week in week out and to only show up when someone's waving a trophy around is a bit sad!

If you're a serious club racer, just have fun with it, don't seek sponsorship, the hobby / sport is commercialised enough and most of the people who will help you, aint sponsored either.

..my 2 c worth.
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Old 05-09-2007, 06:58 AM   #34
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well i should probably specify im not looking for the "complete hook up" sponsor, id be happy with free new bodies or motors and just having the status of team driver. Ill probably apply for Axiom since they are a local company.

But it is hard for me to go to big races since all the large races like las vegas and cleaveland are far away from Oregon. :

but hey gullickson, ill probably apply at the axiom site.
What makes you think at lower levels you'll get anything for free.
Unless your a full team driver you'll probably just get a discount, the amount of which varies from company to company and your level or racing ability etc.
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Old 05-09-2007, 07:31 AM   #35
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Reading all the above makes great sense to me. My 2 sons are sponsored and this is the way they got their drives.
Jamie is 13 and has competed in BTCC rounds over here in the UK. Last winter he won a national juniour series and was also pole in the BRCA juniours and finished 2nd due to a bad ref call. He is currently sponsored by Schumacher and Team Scream UK / Team Express
Jason is 17 and has also competed in BTCC rounds , he was 5th in the BRCA juniours last year and finished very high in a national indoor series. Jason won a sponsorship with Mirage racing and Hot Bodies and was handed this by Andy Moore. He is currently sponsored by Mirage / Hot bodies and Team Scream UK / Team Express.
Jason very rarely raced at club level due to running the meetings. Jamie rarely races at club level due to reasons that I dont quite know (maybe because he's only 13)
Above all results and other factors regarding skill levels at this game I think the most important asset you can have is a good attitude and enjoyment of this hobby and be keen to help others even if it sometimes means you miss your own race which my children sometimes have.
Most of all , as I think someone posted above , enjoy your racing and dont get to concerned with results , project yourself proffessionally and you will soon get knocks on your door.
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Sean is right about this. Sponsors don't only care about results, but also in the personality of a driver. A friend of me is a sponsored driver as well. But his results aren't that good. But he always helps people who've got a problem, or help them find a right setup. He also knows who to sell his product. This works very good. A sponsor is only secondary interested in results. Primary they are interested in getting the money back out. Which usually is done by good results. But when you finish 15th but you can make people buy a product the retailer/manufacturer for this product will be satisfied more than when you finish 6th and the product doesn't sell.
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:43 AM   #36
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Wear a dress in Vegas. Picked up two that way.....LOL
You are talking about at the race and sponsors, right?!
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Old 05-09-2007, 09:49 AM   #37
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The best thing any one (or you) can do is educate yourself on how cars work.
Chassis theory
physics
geometry
fluid dynamics and thermodynamics
aerodynamics
everything dealing with tires, foam and rubber..

then you can worry about batteries/fuel or motor/engine.

you can apply this to any car, anywhere. sponsors like guys or girls with multiple skillsets. saves them $$ in the long run.
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:52 AM   #38
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The best thing any one (or you) can do is educate yourself on how cars work.
Chassis theory
physics
geometry
fluid dynamics and thermodynamics
aerodynamics
everything dealing with tires, foam and rubber..

then you can worry about batteries/fuel or motor/engine.

you can apply this to any car, anywhere. sponsors like guys or girls with multiple skillsets. saves them $$ in the long run.

Ya, weight transfer, physics, blah blah blah, im learning about it and applying it. (high school physics ) and reading XXX Main and actually understanding it. But I dont expect to get much from a sponsor if i do get one. If anything a discount on stuff is good enough. But I want to look in to axiom motors, I have used their motors before and I really like them. They have done promotions at local clubs and Im really interested in that too. Plus, I want to meet the people running the show, make some friends in high places. I just want to have fun with the top guys.
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What happened to just having fun in this hobby???
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heh, its still about fun, were probably blowing this out of proportion. especially me.
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You are talking about at the race and sponsors, right?!
i JUST READ MY POST AGAIN AND UMMMMM IT DOES SOND SORT OF LIKE I PICKED UP TWO JOHNS..... Caps lock

It was racing and yes I am talking about sponsors.....LOL
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What happened to just having fun in this hobby???
Unfortunatly that is a question too often asked.
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heh, its still about fun, were probably blowing this out of proportion. especially me.
But every few weeks this topic is posted by yet another person...
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But every few weeks this topic is posted by yet another person...
This it the first time I have seen it posted.
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This it the first time I have seen it posted.

No this has been on a thread here and there...
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