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Old 02-04-2009, 07:12 AM   #16
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FWIW, I have been reviewing our data from last year's program and have a few specifics. We raced aprox. 20 weeks outdoors, and averaged about 18 racers per race day with some days only having 8 paid racers show up but then we also had days where we had 30+ racers.

Will the current economy have an effect on racing this coming Spring/Summer?
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Will the current economy have an effect on racing this coming Spring/Summer?
With the bad economy you might actually see an increase in turnout. You may have people who will forego the long vacation trips, and stay home. And if they stay home they have to do something.

RC racing is cheaper than a trip to Disneyland.
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Old 02-04-2009, 12:30 PM   #18
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We call it "sportsman", and have a breakout lap time. If you go faster than "x" seconds, the lap doesn't count. Keeps the really fast guys out of the class, and gives the mid to lower level guys a chance to win every week.
LOVE this idea, thanks!
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I satarts a parking lot tack a while ago and have had to separate our 13.5 class. We only have 12-16 entries but we have 6 drivers with chassis sponsors. I think that after a few wins in a sportsman class your should be moved up as long as that person is able to run the pace as the faster drivers.
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For those of you who need to setup your track each and everytime you race, like those in parking lots, what's your costs and how have you either broke even money-wise or made a profit?

I'm reviewing our past outdoor season and looking at time spent, capital outlay, and hourly wages paid to those that help get the event up and running every week.

In the above review I'm looking forward to next year's outdoor season and how I can improve our situation.

Hey Kenji..It's Dino down in sunny,blistering hot Florida. Glad to see this thread.Wish I had seen it before.
Money !!!!.....you mean you can make money at this !!??
My program has always been outdoors and with no race fees. I invested in the Road Rails system, a trailer/drivers stand, and a AMBrc system(which has since been sold). As a club I've never felt the need to be re-paid. Right thinking or wrong...this was my choice and a hobby I simply wanted to share.
I've noticed that most of the posts here are "after the fact". I'd like to ask more about "start up" thoughts. "Offering a good show"...."providing a professional look"....or comments like them are great but what might be best practices if you don't have things like a timing system right away? It seems that and a drivers stand are always the things potential drivers equate with a "legitimate" club but they're also the most expensive. Thoughts??
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Hey Kenji..It's Dino down in sunny,blistering hot Florida. Glad to see this thread.Wish I had seen it before.
Money !!!!.....you mean you can make money at this !!??
My program has always been outdoors and with no race fees. I invested in the Road Rails system, a trailer/drivers stand, and a AMBrc system(which has since been sold). As a club I've never felt the need to be re-paid. Right thinking or wrong...this was my choice and a hobby I simply wanted to share.
I've noticed that most of the posts here are "after the fact". I'd like to ask more about "start up" thoughts. "Offering a good show"...."providing a professional look"....or comments like them are great but what might be best practices if you don't have things like a timing system right away? It seems that and a drivers stand are always the things potential drivers equate with a "legitimate" club but they're also the most expensive. Thoughts??
I have to agree. The things that make a track "legit" are:
1: Scoring system $1,200-$1,500
2: Drivers stand, $300-$500
3: Power,
4: Race "Director" not just an anouncer.
5: Road Rails $1200

That's a lot of money. To start I had some fire hose for the track, chairs to stand on, and practice days. I took donations for practice fees. I had a few people donate or let me borrow things and now I seem to have a great place to race. I get about 20-30 people every other weekend. At $10 an entry that's good money. I have a lot of racers that help me set-up and tear down the track and I always offer free racing but they all seem to want to pay for some reason. I'll take it though.
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Hey Kenji..It's Dino down in sunny,blistering hot Florida. Glad to see this thread.Wish I had seen it before.
Money !!!!.....you mean you can make money at this !!??
My program has always been outdoors and with no race fees. I invested in the Road Rails system, a trailer/drivers stand, and a AMBrc system(which has since been sold). As a club I've never felt the need to be re-paid. Right thinking or wrong...this was my choice and a hobby I simply wanted to share.
I've noticed that most of the posts here are "after the fact". I'd like to ask more about "start up" thoughts. "Offering a good show"...."providing a professional look"....or comments like them are great but what might be best practices if you don't have things like a timing system right away? It seems that and a drivers stand are always the things potential drivers equate with a "legitimate" club but they're also the most expensive. Thoughts??
Oh dear lord, HE's still around? LOL Good to see you Dino :P And no, I'm still not a Jenson Button fan either
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Oh dear lord, HE's still around? LOL Good to see you Dino :P And no, I'm still not a Jenson Button fan either
HEYYYYY !!! What do mean "still around"....In case you haven't noticed Mr. Katzer...you have alot more posts than I do. Then again...guy's your age have nothing to do but sit around on the computer all day and tend to their feeble old bones. As for not liking J.B.....there's no accounting for bad taste. On that note....How the heck are you??

Keep those thoughts coming guys....this thread could have some definite value and I'm one of the many who could always use some good advice. Thanks
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