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Old 10-12-2014, 06:27 PM   #1
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I was going through the worlds thread from Florida and looking at the results of the two A features (borrowing dirt track parlance) and saw only one American make either, Donny Lia in 1/12th.

That got me to wondering...how come Americans are so hard to find in the A mains/features at the major world level events, particularly onroad?
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I was going through the worlds thread from Florida and looking at the results of the two A features (borrowing dirt track parlance) and saw only one American make either, Donny Lia in 1/12th.

That got me to wondering...how come Americans are so hard to find in the A mains/features at the major world level events, particularly onroad?
Offroad and trophies-for-everyone mentality?
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I was going through the worlds thread from Florida and looking at the results of the two A features (borrowing dirt track parlance) and saw only one American make either, Donny Lia in 1/12th.

That got me to wondering...how come Americans are so hard to find in the A mains/features at the major world level events, particularly onroad?
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TC is far and away the premier class in Europe and Japan. That's not the case in the US though it would appear?
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Read liverc about China getting the 2016 worlds. Because other countries will spend $15 MILLION dollars on an RC facility. We have facilities that can barely pay the bills. It is truly a hobby in the States while other countries treat it as a profession. That is my $.02.
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TC is far and away the premier class in Europe and Japan. That's not the case in the US though it would appear?
TC is big enough in the states... just not mod.
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Bingo.

For whatever reason, locals just don't run mod and the great guys from the past are getting old.

Also doesn't help that there are few top American manufacturers right now. Many of the European manufacturers show a lot of favoritism to European drivers (Xray being a pretty good exception).

Plus these things are kind of cyclical. Americans had been sucking at nitro onroad worlds for years until Burch finally got it done.
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great point. majority of the people run the same class.
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I'd like to hear bertrandsv87's opinion on this.
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I'd like to hear bertrandsv87's opinion on this.
Too few Shafties.
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Bingo.

For whatever reason, locals just don't run mod and the great guys from the past are getting old.

Also doesn't help that there are few top American manufacturers right now. Many of the European manufacturers show a lot of favoritism to European drivers (Xray being a pretty good exception).

Plus these things are kind of cyclical. Americans had been sucking at nitro onroad worlds for years until Burch finally got it done.
I was expecting to get flamed but It's a relief to hear someone agree. The guy (PL) that runs the most open mod is our sole flag bearer. Everyone is coming up in 17.5 on carpet when we have paved tracks that can run 8th scale but no one will show up for open mod.

I don't get it.
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Correct.... Not enough accessible tracks in the US ,and too much politics closing the remaining tracks....
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Read liverc about China getting the 2016 worlds. Because other countries will spend $15 MILLION dollars on an RC facility. We have facilities that can barely pay the bills. It is truly a hobby in the States while other countries treat it as a profession. That is my $.02.
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Too few Shafties.
His 2.5t-powered TC3 would've made the Amain at Worlds for sure.
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Close, it must be a TC4 with a 3.5 Novak. Paul and Dannie could have run circles around these guys if they had only got the memo.
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