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Old 05-21-2008, 08:18 AM   #46
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hey all: I thinks act2007 may have hit the nail on the head when he says "The economy being way down has allot to do with it" and i agree,but like anything else this hobby goes in cycles. Thanks
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Old 05-21-2008, 08:24 AM   #47
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hey all: I thinks act2007 may have it the nail on the head when he says "The economy being way down has allot to do with it" and i agree,but like anything else this hbby goes in cycles. Thanks OOOOPS sorry for the double post
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:00 AM   #48
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hey all: I thinks act2007 may have hit the nail on the head when he says "The economy being way down has allot to do with it" and i agree,but like anything else this hobby goes in cycles. Thanks

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Old 05-21-2008, 09:09 AM   #49
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R/C racing is a hobby and when money is tight, the first thing to go is the expensive hobby. In my neck of the woods, on road racing costs $50+ for an afternoon. $15-$20 for the race entry, $6-$8 for gas, $30 for a set of tires. I am not counting motors, batteries, parts, because those just add to the cost. If you race lipo and brushless, those aren't a concern (after you buy them.)

Most r/c racers have $1K+ rolling on the track when you count the equipment. That is just too much money. Add to that that turnout is way down (see paragraph 1 above) and it makes less sense to spend the $50+ to race with 8 other guys.
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:38 AM   #50
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In our area I guess we are lucky.

We had one carpet track close after 4-5 years.
One carpet track open and then close within one winter.
Another carpet track open which looks like it will make it for a while.
Another parking lot track open.
One parking lot track on its 4th year.

So are +1 on tracks over the last year I guess.
Forgot the HTU in Centerville.......closed this year

makes us even........
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Old 05-21-2008, 10:21 AM   #51
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Forgot the HTU in Centerville.......closed this year

makes us even........
The who?

, I didnt forget them. I never chose to acknowledge them. They were a "Columbus" track, remember?
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:52 AM   #52
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The original intent of this thread seems to be a questioning commentary on the decrease in postings on tech. There are two questions this prompts: “Is the r/c hobby dying down” and “does a lack of posting indicate a lack of interest”.
With shops and tracks closing down (granted, we don’t have factual data to see nationally how many have opened – dirt/carpet/micro/indoor flight/ slot/ etc ) the general consensus seems to be that r/c racing has been waning. There are seasons to consider as winter carpet racers go dirt and vice versa, but it seems that both have decreased numbers in attendance.
However, there are many areas of interest for an r/c enthusiast. With micro-flight being made easier and cheaper, Rock Crawling on the grow, micro tracks not requiring as much space (or $), the long history of r/c boating, not to mention all the different types of vehicles like snow mobiles (http://youtube.com/watch?v=g1yLWctmOmc), and tons of other gadgets to play with it could be that the amount of enthusiasts are still there, just playing with other toys. So is the r/c hobby dying down? I think ‘racing’ has been getting less attention, but mostly I believe once you are an r/c enthusiast, you always will be.
This ‘could’ be the case in terms of less postings but if it is I can only hope it is because people are busy working so our economy can regain some of its strength. If there was a goal of getting more people engaged in posting, then the ever helpful attitude that got ‘me’ into carpet racing along with a humorous and friendly atmosphere that keeps me there should be at the for front of all posting attempts.

Ok, that’s my diatribe.
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:40 PM   #53
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the general consensus seems to be that r/c racing has been waning.
I'm not sure what that means? Do you mean there's less tracks and clubs racing or does it mean something else.

I've been racing in the Chicago area now for about 7 years. Currently there's more places to race and there's more "organized bashes" now than there was 5-7 years ago. Maybe Chicago is just a fluke?
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I'm not sure what that means? Do you mean there's less tracks and clubs racing or does it mean something else.

I've been racing in the Chicago area now for about 7 years. Currently there's more places to race and there's more "organized bashes" now than there was 5-7 years ago. Maybe Chicago is just a fluke?
Hey, i just meant that it seems 'most' people are talking about a decrease in r/c racing in general. If you are having an increase in racing, I'm glad to hear it! You guys racing dirt/carpet/? Congrats!
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1) The companies keep pushing the prices higher and higher for nitro and electric.

2) Tracks are becoming more and more sparse and the fees to run and be a member are going up.

3) Of course, the economy.
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i race onroad because i like all the set up. i like the people i race with and half the fun of racing is bull crapping in the pits. tc give you a lot of set up to bs about.
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1) The companies keep pushing the prices higher and higher for nitro and electric.
Back in 1987 I bought my gold pan RC10 at my LHS for $265 without bearings, no controller. Today at my LHS I saw RC10b4 buggy kits for around $225. RC10t4 kits selling for around $250 - 260ish. When I bought my matched 6 cell packs to make my 4 cell packs to race at Cleveland in 1990 I paid about $80 each.

Prices have not changed that much in RC.

The value you get in a lipo pack is definitely worth the extra money you have to spend, as is the nearly maintenance free brushless motors.
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Old 05-29-2008, 07:36 PM   #58
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I think a change in attitude is in order also. This may not be limited to on road racing but here me out anyway. It seems that no matter what facility I go to you cant walk throught the pits without hearing soemone or multiple people bitching and moaning about the place for one reason or another.
I'm sure glad you're the one that said it. Bravo.
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