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Old 04-14-2004, 12:48 AM
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You guys getting all defensive about what Burbs said about Tamiya need to take a step back and maybe consider how long you've been in RC. When I quit RC racing about 13 years ago Tamiya was a joke, they did make toys for the most part. The kits that they made that they tried to be competitive with were feeble attempts that never amounted to anything. In fact when I got back into RC racing a few months ago I was VERY shocked to see that Tamiya made nice kits (some of the nicest in the business) that were competitive. Those of you that had goldtub RC10s and raced against Frogs and Hornets, or that raced 1/12th scale where Tamiya didn't even make a car suitable for the track know exactly what I'm talking about.

Obviously at some point in my hiatus from RC Tamiya turned a corner and decided to get serious. I think Burbs' point was that maybe Duratrax is turning that same corner by hiring Bill Easton, and getting serious about RC rather than being satisfied with making toy cars or wannabe racers.

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u got it ike....

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Old 04-14-2004, 01:05 AM
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for those of u who say the evaders look like the losi xx series cars.... u are mostly right...

if anyone has folowed duratrax in the last 10 years u will see one thing.... if a certain company comes out with a new product, duratrax will buy the old product from them and repackage it for them to sell... maybe they are more into posibly having there own offering....instead of a repackaged old idea....


the only way to know for sure is wait..... i also agree why would they bring on a world champ driver, and not have him represent there vehicles...


thats like saying im going to hire jeff gordon...but he isnt driving our car..... yeah right......
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Old 04-14-2004, 01:26 AM
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Originally posted by Ike
You guys getting all defensive about what Burbs said about Tamiya need to take a step back and maybe consider how long you've been in RC. When I quit RC racing about 13 years ago Tamiya was a joke, they did make toys for the most part. The kits that they made that they tried to be competitive with were feeble attempts that never amounted to anything. In fact when I got back into RC racing a few months ago I was VERY shocked to see that Tamiya made nice kits (some of the nicest in the business) that were competitive. Those of you that had goldtub RC10s and raced against Frogs and Hornets, or that raced 1/12th scale where Tamiya didn't even make a car suitable for the track know exactly what I'm talking about.

Obviously at some point in my hiatus from RC Tamiya turned a corner and decided to get serious. I think Burbs' point was that maybe Duratrax is turning that same corner by hiring Bill Easton, and getting serious about RC rather than being satisfied with making toy cars or wannabe racers.

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Back in 88 I had a tamiya fox and I ran against the RC10s out there. Other than the durability issues, the car was competitive at my level. Then I upgraded the fox with a hot trick red fox conversion kit and I won a few races against the RC10s.

hot trick red fox...sounds pretty good doesn't it.
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Old 04-14-2004, 05:52 AM
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thats what duratrax loves to do. Ever see the duratrax 1/18th car(i can't remember the name), its a micro rs4, just the front shocks are a tad different. It's the exact same thing. Duratrax i bet will turn competetive, there off road vehicles are ready for it, and there nitro onroad cars are closer, maybe billy will run gas onroad?
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Old 04-14-2004, 03:44 PM
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Like Kevin said i think this has a lot more to do with the fact that Great Planes/Duratrax is in Champaign IL. University of Illinois is down there. Eastern illinois is not too far, nor are a couple more schools. I think things just worked out right so Billy could pay his tuition. At least that seems like more of a motivation than being the #1 Duratrax driver in the world.
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Old 04-26-2004, 03:14 AM
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Ok, let me clear things up for you guys.
I talked with Gary Owen of Associated at RCX.
First off, Billy wanted to go back to school.
So that part is right.
He also wanted to be closer to his family.
Associated tried everything they could to keep him, but it wasn't about money.
Gary said that Billy left on good terms and they respect Billy's decision.
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Old 04-26-2004, 05:48 AM
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Originally posted by RC Driver Gary
Burbs, just remember before the TB Evo series and the 414, the TA03 was a National Championship winner in both Roar and Norrca.
Carry on dude!!! TA03 still one of the good kits that tamiya built... I used to have 1 of the TA03R-pro then I sold it due to financial crisis. I like its handling ang set-up its very smooth in the tracks...
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Old 04-26-2004, 05:56 AM
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Originally posted by Ike
You guys getting all defensive about what Burbs said about Tamiya need to take a step back and maybe consider how long you've been in RC. When I quit RC racing about 13 years ago Tamiya was a joke, they did make toys for the most part. The kits that they made that they tried to be competitive with were feeble attempts that never amounted to anything. In fact when I got back into RC racing a few months ago I was VERY shocked to see that Tamiya made nice kits (some of the nicest in the business) that were competitive. Those of you that had goldtub RC10s and raced against Frogs and Hornets, or that raced 1/12th scale where Tamiya didn't even make a car suitable for the track know exactly what I'm talking about.

Obviously at some point in my hiatus from RC Tamiya turned a corner and decided to get serious. I think Burbs' point was that maybe Duratrax is turning that same corner by hiring Bill Easton, and getting serious about RC rather than being satisfied with making toy cars or wannabe racers.

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Originally posted by TexRacer
We as racer's only account for less than 13% of the total R/C market.
I dont know Billy, nor hes personal reasons....

But even though racers account for less than 13%, there's the marketing value of winning a big race.
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