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Old 12-07-2009, 07:46 AM   #16
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Hard to resist a better offer, I suppose.

I am pretty sure at that level it's the companies chasing the driver not the other way around. There's only three drivers on any podium and plenty of companies to bid for them.
Yes but if you consistently place in the A or B at National, international, and otherwise really large races; and if you are always helpful to other racers, noobs and fans; and if you interview well on video or paper; will you not always get at least some help from a few manufacturers in return for your endorsement? Not a full ride but something? Kits and parts, Electronics.
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Tell me this is not true. This kid became internationally known after success at the 2009 IFMAR Worlds. First Groskamp, now Harper. Is Tamiya cherry picking XRAY drivers?

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Yes but if you consistently place in the A or B at National, international, and otherwise really large races; and if you are always helpful to other racers, noobs and fans; and if you interview well on video or paper; will you not always get at least some help from a few manufacturers in return for your endorsement? Not a full ride but something? Kits and parts, Electronics.
I am sure there is some of that in the early days of any rising star, but once you're at the top it's the other way around, so my guess is that he didn't approach Tamiya but the other way around. That was my point.

Perhaps the R/C world needs some sort of mutual agreement between companies to combat poaching drivers as they do in the bigger labour market. Not sure the big companies would happily sign up for that though.
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Not a surprise as Tamiya has had a knack for the last few years for attracting the best young European talent and keeping them happy on the team. These days, all of the cars are basically the same - to consistently achieve the big wins, you have to have an eye and a pocket book for the best talent to drive your equipment.

Congrats and cheers Elliot, have fun on the new team.
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Looks like his old T3 is on Ebay now...
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Perhaps the R/C world needs some sort of mutual agreement between companies to combat poaching drivers as they do in the bigger labour market. Not sure the big companies would happily sign up for that though.
Each driver have their own personal contractrs in RC, its most likely that his Xray contract came towards the end and Tamiya offered something different, something fresh. He's run Xray the past couple of years.

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Looks like his old T3 is on Ebay now...
Impossible, all of his Xray equipment has gone back to Xray.
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Each driver have their own personal contractrs in RC, its most likely that his Xray contract came towards the end and Tamiya offered something different, something fresh. He's run Xray the past couple of years.

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None of that is disputed here. The fact you just finished a contract term is not a reason to not renew it. More money is.

Or in other words, if you want, here's my guess about what Tamiya offerred : some crispy fresh greenbacks. He must have goten sick of those crumpled, old euro notes.
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Looks like his old T3 is on Ebay now...
The only 2nd hand XRAY T3 currently on ebay is NOT being sold by Elliott. He doesn't live anywhere near Boston, Lincolnshire for a start.

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Bloody good choice going to Tamiya. He can race alongside the best, drive the best chassis, and become even better.

Now, if only parts support in the United States wasn't so horrible I would definitely follow Elliot Harper's choice and go to Tamiya as well.
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Conditions Are same in UK
Almost No Part Support no Distrubitor
I know Few Good Good National Drivers Pays Full For Their Cars and Parts
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First confirmation here:

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I have not had too much of a hard time with parts in the US. No different then any other companies.

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Bloody good choice going to Tamiya. He can race alongside the best, drive the best chassis, and become even better.

Now, if only parts support in the United States wasn't so horrible I would definitely follow Elliot Harper's choice and go to Tamiya as well.
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Ampdraw does a really good job of trying to keep all the important Tamiya parts in stock. It's still a bit of a grind sometimes to find everything you want at one place, but certainly better than it used to be. I talked to Shane about it at IIC, and he seems extremely dedicated and determined to give Tamiya folks a viable option in the US.

I sure wish Tamiya USA would field an on-road team in the US. Thankfully we get a lot of European drivers in the 416 thread sharing their ideas. I think we all do a pretty good job of collaborating online and working together.
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Ampdraw does a really good job of trying to keep all the important Tamiya parts in stock. It's still a bit of a grind sometimes to find everything you want at one place, but certainly better than it used to be. I talked to Shane about it at IIC, and he seems extremely dedicated and determined to give Tamiya folks a viable option in the US.

I sure wish Tamiya USA would field an on-road team in the US. Thankfully we get a lot of European drivers in the 416 thread sharing their ideas. I think we all do a pretty good job of collaborating online and working together.
Ampdraw can only do so much. The onus lies primarily on Tamiya-USA's back. I understand plastic models is where the money is, but why even import R/C cars if they will not provide as good a support as the shops in Hong Kong and Jaypan do? Tamiya could trump Xray easily if they just up the parts support in the states. Then you will see a sea of blue at tracks.
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