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Old 05-17-2005, 10:41 AM   #1
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Default RCCA reader's choice awards, the ballots are in

1. electric buggy B4, team losi BK 2
2. electric truck T4, team Losi MF2
3. electric touring TC4, X-ray, TRF 415 see note:1
4. nitro touring TC3, HPI R40, Serpent 710 see note :2
5. nitro buggy Kyosho MP777, xray xb8
6. nitro truck Traxxas revo, team Losi LST, HPI savage
7. fuel Trinity, O'Donnell, Traxxas
8. engine Trinity Sirio.23, Traxxas TRX 2.5, O.S. .18TZ
9. transmitter Air M8, Fut. 3PK, JR XS3 pro
10. tire Pro-line 40 series bow tie, take-off cs-27, team sorex 28r
11. charger LRP Comp.2, duratrax ICE, Turbo 35 GFX
12. driver BK, Ryan Cavalieri, marc rheinard
13. innovation DSM, LRP Sphere speedo, Traxxas revo
14. speedo control novak GTX, LRP comp.2, tekin g-10 pro+
15. body Mazda 6, pro-line crowd pleazer, Parma Alfa
16. battery here we go........trinity orion reedy gp3300's see note:3
17. motor Trinity Cobalt, orion V2, trinity monster stock see note:4


Note:1 most TC4 owners sold their car and bought X-rays
Note:2 I not even nitro driver and I know that most people have Mugens
Note:3 To my knowledge Trinity is not the leading distrubiter for Gp3300's (SMC, Promatch, Fusion, Surge?????)
Note:4 Cobalt wasn't even out yet when the voting was going down
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Here we go again, time to bust the magazine's balls , huh?

1. Do you know for a fact that most TC4 owners sold their TC4's? Maybe the true racer's have, but don't forget that MANY other people buy these cars and never see a track!!

2. When I ran a hobby shop I used to sell a TON of the Nitro TC3 RTRs, I honestly can't remeber anyone even asking me for a Mugen.

3. Where does it say the Trinity is the leading distibutor for GP3300's? It just says they were voted the most popular!

4. Again, even if the Cobalt wasn't out...it just says that it was voted as being the MOST POPULAR.

5. Realize that this is a POPULARITY contest and just because someone voted for something does not mean that they have the product!!! Hell, how many times has someone voted for a President of the United States because they like his name?
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Please feel free to bag on any of the readers' choices in the Readers' Choice Awards, as long as you remember that they are the READERS choices, for better or worse! Not that I think any of the products are not-good, but the same companies winning year-in and year-out gets dull. It speaks to the staying power of the winning brands and the influence of their marketing, but man, enough already!

Since we get flak on this every year, my editorial was all about rebutting the usual comments. I'll post it for you:
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ďI canít believe you guys picked (insert product).Ē Donít blame us, you made all the picks. Itís Readersí Choice, not editorsí choice!

ďThat thing isnít even out yet, how could it win?Ē It won because you voted for it after you saw it in RC Car Action, in an ad, or on the web. We arenít bothered if itís not on sale yet, because it sure didnít bother you when you voted.

ďAt my track, (brand) blows away (the brand that won).Ē And if we could separate the votes from the guys at your track, Iím sure they would reflect that. But when we mix them in with the votes from the rest of the planet...

ďItís fixed, (brand) wins every year.Ē Actually, if it were fixed, we would mix it up a lot more. Donít get me wrong, I think undefeated brands like Airtronics and Pro-Line deserve every vote they get, but upsets (like LRP beating Novak last year) are far more interesting than, ďBrand X wins again.Ē But all we do is count the votes.

ďHow could you pick that guy as best driver? He didnít win as many racers as (other dude)!Ē Once again, we donít pick anything; you do. And again, there are no rules as to how you pick your favorites, including drivers. If it were based purely on wins, we wouldnít bother with a Readersí Choice category, we would just tally the victories and send the winningest guy a trophy. Vote for the guy with the best eyebrows if you like, we donít care.
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Here we go again, time to bust the magazine's balls , huh?

1. Do you know for a fact that most TC4 owners sold their TC4's? Maybe the true racer's have, but don't forget that MANY other people buy these cars and never see a track!!

2. When I ran a hobby shop I used to sell a TON of the Nitro TC3 RTRs, I honestly can't remeber anyone even asking me for a Mugen.

3. Where does it say the Trinity is the leading distibutor for GP3300's? It just says they were voted the most popular!

4. Again, even if the Cobalt wasn't out...it just says that it was voted as being the MOST POPULAR.

5. Realize that this is a POPULARITY contest and just because someone voted for something does not mean that they have the product!!! Hell, how many times has someone voted for a President of the United States because they like his name?
In the three states that I lived in Fla. Va. and Ct the TC3 nitro and TC4 are the minority of the field and RTR and kit are 2 different things. Yes it is the people choice awards but it sends a wrong message when a motor is not even out yet and wins. Do you even sell the Cobalt hobby store owner?
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I hope that clears up how products win, but again, you don't have to agree with the choices the readers made! My goal isn't to convince you the products that won are "the best." Some may be, but the only thing they're gauranteed to be is the top vote-getters.

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I call it the "wish book" factor. The readers get the issue with the ballot, start filling it out, and say, "hmmm, which motor (or engine, or whatever) do I like best?" Then they start flipping through the magazine and find an ad. "This one looks cool!" Presto, they vote for it. They don't know if it's out yet or not. They aren't voting for what they have, or what they have experience with, they're voting for what the aspire to own. My favorite car right now is the Shelby GT500. I have never driven one, and it's not even for sale (yet), but it's my favorite.
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Peter - I, and many others, believe that more information should be provided by the magazine in regards to the poll. It would be nice to see how many votes were cast, how many each product received, etc.
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...but if there WERE a way to "qualify" voters, or separate the votes from regular racers (as opposed the the average play-around guy) for special consideration, that would be cool.
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In the three states that I lived in Fla. Va. and Ct the TC3 nitro and TC4 are the minority of the field and RTR and kit are 2 different things. Yes it is the people choice awards but it sends a wrong message when a motor is not even out yet and win. Do you even sell the Cobalt hoggy store owner?

No, I no longer work in a hobby shop....and I didn't say that I owned it, I was just the manager. As far as the Cobalt winning, maybe people liked the pretty blue color, maybe they liked the name, whatever. I don't agree with it, think the V2 is the ish, but does that mean that the other people are wrong? As matter of fact, when it comes to opinion and voting, there are no WRONG answers.
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Dawgmeat,

Most people who buy these cars don't race. They just bash around on their streets or in their back yards.
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We prefer to keep it simple. The winner won, it doesn't matter if it was by an inch or a mile. We're not in the business of protecting feelings, but I don't think it's a good idea to turn Readers Choice into a public poll of not only which brands are the most popular, but the degree to which they are the most popular.
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I call it the "wish book" factor. The readers get the issue with the ballot, start filling it out, and say, "hmmm, which motor (or engine, or whatever) do I like best?" Then they start flipping through the magazine and find an ad. "This one looks cool!" Presto, they vote for it. They don't know if it's out yet or not. They aren't voting for what they have, or what they have experience with, they're voting for what the aspire to own. My favorite car right now is the Shelby GT500. I have never driven one, and it's not even for sale (yet), but it's my favorite.
1.reader see a cobalt motor and think thats a pretty blue I'm gonna vote for it.

2. cobalt wins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3. trinity runs 20 pages of " cobalt the best motor on the market" I' so glad that is blue

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RadiotrinityControlteamassociatedCarteamlosiActiontowerhobbies caters to the companies, not the hobbyist. Pack your mag full of ads for huge companies trinity, and this is what happens. The free-thinking public abandons the mag, and is enlightened for doing so.
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Phatkat, there's seems to be something wrong with your spacebar. It occasionally sticks in the name of a manufacturer instead of a space. Just letting you know.
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