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Old 07-07-2010, 03:33 PM   #1
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I'm just getting back into the sport from just reading about it in the 90's. Now that I'm able to afford it I've been looking up some cars I liked back then. I remember reading about the Serpent carpet runners and thinking they were so cool. Simple design but awesome speed and handling. Now with lipo and brushless it would be just s fast and cleaner than nitro. So what's this I hear about pan cars dying out?
Is it because people like seeing big jumps? Is it global warming keeping people from enjoying the indoors? I know its not a lack of empty buildings to race in. Why isn't it as popular?
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I'm just getting back into the sport from just reading about it in the 90's. Now that I'm able to afford it I've been looking up some cars I liked back then. I remember reading about the Serpent carpet runners and thinking they were so cool. Simple design but awesome speed and handling. Now with lipo and brushless it would be cleaner than nitro. So what's this I hear about pan cars dying out? Is it because people like seeing big jumps? Is it global warming keeping people from enjoying the indoors? I know its not a lack of empty buildings to race in. Why isn't it as popular?
Actually 1/12th scale has been making a comeback lately
It's fairly popular here in Cali, norcal and socal.

Also there has been a major resurgence in the F1 class.
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Old 07-07-2010, 03:39 PM   #3
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I don't think pan cars are dead or dying. I know in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and New York the pan car is alive and well! Both 10th and 12th scale cars are very much alive and racing on a local level. I really feel that its just based on location.
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Yeah, central Arkansas doesn't have much of an on-road scene. I'm trying to get people interested but the local hobby shop carries off road only.
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Yeah, central Arkansas doesn't have much of an on-road scene. I'm trying to get people interested but the local hobby shop carries off road only.
No indoor carpet or outdoor asphalt track near you? Could be part of the reason why there isn't much interest in on road. Where I live in S. Jersey there is an indoor carpet track that races 1:12 scale just about every weekend, plus they have an outdoor dirt track and setup a track on the parking lot asphalt. Plus there is a group racing VTA and (if I remember correctly) F1! at a lot in NJMP near me. Hoping to put my new F104 Pro to the test against these guys soon.
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The closest one (2 hours away) cancelled races for the rest of the year. I'm not sure if there is another one in the state. I'm thinking about trying to start a parking lot series but there doesn't seem to be any other intrest.
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Well that sucks.

I've run my F201 and F104 on a local outdoor basketball court that has exceptional traction.

Anything like that near you? Not as big as a parking lot can be but traction is measureable better. Might be easier to generate interest in racing there.

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We have courts and such but its people I can't seem to find. I know 1 guy with an on road and its Nitro. I've got a tt01. I'm going to run an ad in the paper for some open class court bash though.
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On-road is slowing down a bit in GA too. 1/12th scale is doing alright but 1/10th pan car is dead and 1/10th touring car is in a slow turn. Electric Off-Road has picked up a ton in the past few years and off-road in general in the area is on a big upswing. I think intrests just rotate to keep things fresh, people get tired of running the same thing with the same group of people so they start running somthing different just to make things interesting.

I have faith that On-road will pick back up in GA though and I'm willing to bet will in your area as well if you give it some time.
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thank god 12th scale died in new england, it was so gay
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thank god 12th scale died in new england, it was so gay
Sarcasm?

I wish I bought my 12L before anything else. I wouldn't have wasted as much money as I have on other cars. TC sucks in comparision. Like driving a motor home.
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Yeah, central Arkansas doesn't have much of an on-road scene. I'm trying to get people interested but the local hobby shop carries off road only.
Not sure in Arkansas whre you live,but we have a carpet track in Broken arrow,ok suburb of Tulsa,ck out our website www.okrcracers.net
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Minnesota is good for 12th
South Dakota is dead for R/C pretty much.
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South Dakota might be on life support as rc goes but rapid city still races Sept. to late April WEEKLY. granted its 10 or 12 guys but 20+ weeks of carpet rc still. better than nothing! Plus there friendly enough new people can race comfortably.
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Does the Rapid City Crew have a website or private forum? So I can get some info.
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