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Old 02-02-2009, 06:59 AM   #16
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Its alive and well in Wisconsin. TA, 17.5 and 13.5 are pretty common TC sightings.
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You just Asked this same question in October. Do we need another thread that asks if a class you don't run is dieing?

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Old 02-02-2009, 09:11 AM   #18
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Well, here during the winter months all on-road activity is dead. Frankly, I like it like that. It allows me to save up for the next session.
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:04 AM   #19
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Iforgot to mention:

Snow = Indoor carpet, On and Offroad
Sun = Outdoor dirt, Offroad

I still plan on running something this summer on the carpet. Its too nice of a track not to! I wouldn't mind trying my hand at treated asphalt, but not to keen on ripping up the underside of a chassis.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:13 PM   #20
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Seemingly more novice racers are showing up here in SoCal area. One venue revamped their track. A few new ones on the verge of opening up. I'd say it is making a come back.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:21 PM   #21
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TC has been dieing around here for quite some time. Hasn't completely died out, but its no where near as strong as it was. Most of the TC racers from the past either run something else or have stopped running completely.

Heck, I've had a TC sitting on my workbench for months and months, while I ran Mini and WGT...and now F1. The funny thing is, I kept lookng at it every time I worked on my other cars, thinking 'I should miss running TC', but I just...don't.

I'm dusting it off now as I get ready for TCS, but it'll likely return to the pits for a while after that.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:39 PM   #22
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It's still popular in the So Cal area.... It's not like it was about 4 years ago but it is still popular.....
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:50 PM   #23
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:01 PM   #24
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TC is dying because it became too crazy. Battery wars, electronics wars, you name it. Also, lots of people are getting lazy in setting/maintenance. RTRs evolved rc racers into not appreciating the mechanical aspect of TC imo. But I think half the people that run RC are not car buffs to begin with anyway, so what gives?
Lipos made the cars much faster, which is too much for most people. TA was a good direction to revive the roots of RC which is SCALE RACING. I'd like to see more real life body racing instead of the same wedges. Oh and ban dish rims too
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:26 PM   #25
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Touring cars have been on the decline everywhere for the past five years and there are several reasons, the primary ones being time and expense. TC chassis/parts are expensive, require a fair amount of setup knowledge and patience, not to mention a healthy variety of tuning tools/option parts. Add tires to the equation (both rubber tire and foam tire racing have their own advantages/disadvantages), and it gets more complicated...

However, I think some of the technological advancements in the past few years will see a return of TC popularity. Brushless motors and Lipo batteries are a HUGE leap forward to making TC racing more affordable and accessible to all. There is now more power and run time available to everyone. This also equates to less time spent on managing Nimh batteries and maintaining brushed motors.

Tire technology has also improved greatly, with many companies offering quality premounted racing tires that provide multiple runs without losing too much performance.
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:31 PM   #26
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TC is still big pimpin' down here in Fla
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Lipos made the cars much faster, which is too much for most people.
Huh? Lipos don't make a car faster in the least. Faster, perhaps, in the last couple of minutes of a race when the nimh cars are falling off a bit, but my lipo's 8.44V at the horn is certainly not faster than the 9.5V in my buddy's nimh car.

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TA was a good direction to revive the roots of RC which is SCALE RACING. I'd like to see more real life body racing instead of the same wedges.
Agreed on this one. The huge class out here now is RCGT, which mandates realistic scale bodies and wheels.
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TC is still number one around here during the rug burn seasons
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Old 02-02-2009, 03:01 PM   #29
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I have to wonder sometimes, and I think that class swings is in part due to MFG's in large part.

When a class is HOT there is a lot of factory support for it, and TEAM DRIVERS at large races.

But, are they there BECAUSE the class is HOT, or because their MFG. is trying to make THEIR Product HOT!

TC's started as a Cheap 'realistic' looking type of racing (Tamiya and Kyosho cars) and it was luke warm at best, but seemed like it got popular REALLY fast.

Then the other "RACE" oriented mfg's got involved, as did their drivers..and BAM TC's got HUGE!

The price that comes with that is - NEW Chassis designs, and NEW Chassis MFG's all battle for superiority... CONSTANT Changes, and very expensive cars...and the TOP level and the High $$$ guys are In Heaven! Meanwhile, a lot of CLUB Racers always feel like they get BEAT by New Stuff, and lose interest.

Then SALES will fall, and NEW ideas have to be created (Or OLD ONES brought back to life.)

Enter WGT as an example. DIE HARD Pan Car racers tried for YEARS to bring back 1/10th scale Pan Car racing with little to no success. But a NEW Class is spawned with MFG. support, and the class is starting to grow.

Flip that, and look at the V T/A and it's Grass Roots appeal with the use of Older LOWER tech cars.

In large part, I think too often we don't actually loose racers, they just shift to different venues.

There are SO many choices now compared to 20+ years ago.

Electric / Nitro
1/18th, 1/12th, 1/10th 1/8th/ 1/5th and 1/4 scale racing...
On-Road
Off-Road
Dirt Oval
Paved Oval
Drifting
Rock Crawling

meanwhile everyone is fighting to get NEW bodies into their 'TYPE' of racing.
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I dont think cost has anything to do with it.

Its has much more to do with the keeping the proper ratio between speed and traction and durability for the average racer.

1/8 nitro and the Slash have nothing in common except an almost perfect balance of speed, traction and reliabiltiy. Thats why they are the most popular classes.

If or when they make touring cars that have similar charactaristics, they will grow in popularity.

I believe something like a 1/9 scale touring car with with larger tires and more traction combined with a weight limit that favors relability over exotic design raced on parking lots could compete with off-road.
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