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Old 10-20-2012, 05:54 AM   #1
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:22 AM   #2
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Consistently post good finishes in most of the local & regional races you attend, be a good ambassador to the sport, be helpful to others at the track, act professional at all times (even if you're not sponsored), have a good race resume, and talk with some of the other local racers that are sponsored by Losi (basically, let them help you get your foot in the door).

Then after all of that......hope that you get lucky.
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Run the car and become world champion.
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It's not easy to get a chassis sponsor, you have to put in your time, put up good results often, and make your name known. Get in good with your local Losi guys. Pit for them and learn from them as much as you can. When the time is right, they can put in a good word for you.

That's how I did it with Xray. When I was ready to apply, I asked the Xray guys if I could use them as a reference. I did that, had some put in a good word for me, then I finally got that call back I was hoping for.

One thing I learned along the way. Don't make getting sponsored a goal, make it a result.
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Being sponsored comes also with disadvantages......
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Being sponsored comes also with disadvantages......
Do tell.
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good luck, to be honested being sponsored aint all the great
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If you have to ask, then you are not ready. Like with any other sport out there, if you are good they will come to you.

I was approached by a Team Durango driver for sponsorship, but I wasn't interested. A lot of drivers who are partially sponsored actually pay FULL manufacturers price for parts with a discount, but even after the discount the parts at A Main, Tower, etc still end up being cheaper.

I wouldn't mind having a 100% chassis sponsor though.
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well usually they'll want to make you sign a contract where you have to buy all the gear from them, electrics, all of it. So then basicly it ends up costing you loads of money, as you can't pick the cheapest vendor..

I had an offer which I just thought was ridiculous, they sent me this contract where I had to pay for the car, and then I'd only get a very small discount, which only barely put the price on a level of the internet vendors.
And I had to buy their brand of servos, their brand of engine, and I could only buy tyres off them etc...
They would pay $50 if I won a race, I mean, hello... I'd be spending $1000+ with them instantly, ridiculous.

So in the end I thought screw that, and I bought a new TKI3 ahead of next season, and I'll run my existing servos and engines in that, and feel confident in that I have a good car, rather than paying loads of money in order to be sponsored and run a 3rd rate car.

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The thing to remember is a sponsorship program is some kind of investment from a company in you (the driver) to help increase sales. The means sticking with the product even if things are down and staying positive, letting others drive your car, maybe helping out so that when that customer goes to buy, they think of you.

I was on with Losi for nearly 10 years and really made an impact on sales in my area when I ran for them, I made mistakes that should have dropped me from the Team but they stuck with me, I just hit a point where I needed a change in R/C to re-spark things, so to speak. But running for Losi was a great honor and I am forever greatfull Richard T, and Todd Hodge gave me the opportunity to run for such a great company.
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Do tell.
- The need to perform continous.
- Which races to go is not a choice but a must
- Must to use the brand equipment, even if some parts are failing
- Always have to talk positive, even if it is bad
- Less freedom to modify a car.

Just some things I have seen happen sometimes bringing the fun to a lower level.....
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- The need to perform continous.
- Which races to go is not a choice but a must
- Must to use the brand equipment, even if some parts are failing
- Always have to talk positive, even if it is bad
- Less freedom to modify a car.

Just some things I have seen happen sometimes bringing the fun to a lower level.....
Solid points. All which point out to make sure you pick a solid brand to Represent in the first place so you can keep things enjoyable.
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- The need to perform continous.
- Which races to go is not a choice but a must
- Must to use the brand equipment, even if some parts are failing
- Always have to talk positive, even if it is bad
- Less freedom to modify a car.

Just some things I have seen happen sometimes bringing the fun to a lower level.....

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The reason I would rather not be sponsored unless I can to set some of the parameters.

When does it stop being a hobby and more like a job?

We work enough already.
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if you are a R/c car action mag suscriber, there is an article about being sponsored. like above posts say...you have to do ask you are told. what to run, where to run, and expected to do well and have a good personality at the track.

i have met Ryan Lutz a few times and he has been a great personality at the track. i didn't have my durango last time i met him, but he did tell me that next time i saw him he would set up my truck for me. he is a great guy.

but then again, this was meant to be a hobby, Grown men playing with toy cars!!!

i couldn't afford to make a living doing this full time. we all know what it costs even with a 20-40% msrp discount!

i want to keep this hobby fun, so sponsorships wouldn;t be for me
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I already know i don't want to be sponsored. Too much pressure to win makes it less fun, and having to go to all the races they tell you to sucks. I wanna run what i wanna run and just have fun.
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