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Old 05-19-2004, 12:53 PM   #1
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Have any of you guys promoted RC events at big races or other events, like at a car show-or town festival? What costs were involved, etc?

It seems that it would best serve our sport to put it out to the public in some big way as often as possible. New blood is new blood.

Any tips, trials and tribulations would be fantastic. I have often wished at the Mid-Ohio Champ car (now gone) or ALMS weekend of using the skid pad and setting up a track.

I know on occasion MOnster RC trucks are used during breaks at Monster Jam events.
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For example-does anyone know of any corporations involved in motorsports that have shown interest in helping promote the RC portion of an event?

Say like a tie-in with an autograph sessions on the "Motorola Test Track" Or the Valvoline RC track, etc. STuff that would get the spectators to come and visit the area where the RC track is.

Also-things like "see ALMS Stars Max Pappis and Doc Bundy battle it out on the RC track located in the paddock at 3pm....."

Or better yet-"Sign up to win a chance to race against....at 3pm on the RC Track"
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Ray,

Our club has participated in a few events locally here in Ottawa and I can share a few insights.

We've been to two "Import Night" shows (basically kids with hopped up import cars) and had a small outdoor track set-up and ran mock races every half hour. The exposure was nice and we had lots of spectators when the nitro guys fired up. The electrics didn't do much for us though and overall we didn't gain any new club members. Not too sure about the cost to the club, but I'll look into that and get back to you.

We've also done some mall shows that I believe were free. These were the same idea as the Import Night shows but we ran on the mall floor which isn't great for traction.

The last thing our club participated in was another show at our Science and Technology museum. Again just a demo with a small oval track and it was more of a show and tell session than anything else. This one was another freebie as we were asked to participate and it was over the Christmas holidays. We got the standard how much....how fast....can I try type of questions, but again membership didn't increase as a result.

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Yeah-I am sure thats how it goes most of the time. I personally searched out the local club when I wanted to get into RC racing. But I do recall that RC racing existed due to seeing the track every time I went to the Autorama-a hopped-up car show held at one of the convestion halls in Cleveland. So in a way-though it took many years-an event pointed me towards this sport.
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the local track has nitro/electric sedan races at the local car shows every year...soooooooo many people watch...they advertise on the radio too...also go to the "world of Wheels" show and have a booth there....i think alot of the people are scared of the price to begin...too many cheapskates here
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the local track has nitro/electric sedan races at the local car shows every year...soooooooo many people watch...they advertise on the radio too...also go to the "world of Wheels" show and have a booth there....i think alot of the people are scared of the price to begin...too many cheapskates here
Yeah-but if I knew then what I spend now-I probably wouldnt be racing RC cars!! Thank goodness for the RTR age which changes our answer for what it costs to get into our sport from $600 to $1000 to about $300!!!

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Ray, I am finishing up details, but check out this thread. There's going to be a couple races at the Milwaukee Mile during the NASCAR and IRL race weekends. I will post a thread in the On Road section once advertisers and sponsors have been finalized.

http://www.rctech.net/forum/showthre...threadid=34979
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Thats killer!! I think I remember someone talking about an RC race at a NASCAR race weekend. Great job. If I may ask-what person in which position did you initially talk to? Was it someone at NASCAR or Someone at the track?Did you present a proffesional proposal-or was it an informal chat on the phone?

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I've had to deal with the track themselves. It's been a lot of work, but it's not over yet. Hey, you're close enough to drive, bring come of the Gate boys up and run with us, it's going to be a great event
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If you are allowed a small piece of asphalt, why not do a demonstration or a race at the event.
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