Racing is Back!

Jun 02, 2011 5 Comments by

At the risk of drastically over simplifying the subject, this hobby–specifically the enthusiasts–can be broken down into two groups: racers and bashers. You either race or you don’t. There’s no official definition of a racer or what qualifies you as a racer. I’m going to say you’re a racer if you go to the track to participate in organized competition a few times a year–more than once a year. Do racers no longer bash? Of course not, but if you race and participate in that side of the hobby, you get lumped in the racers group.

My point isn’t to try to define what makes a racer a racer. I want to point out that racing is back. Thanks to short course more people are finding their way to the track and more people are becoming racers. And, it isn’t just short course that’s growing. I’ve seen a increase in 1/8-scale buggy racers as already people who started with short course are trying out additional classes.

This is great news not just for the racers, it’s great news for the whole hobby. More people participating helps keep the industry strong which helps keep costs low and new stuff coming out, but racers have proven to generally stay in the hobby longer.

Are you seeing racing grow in your area?

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About Matt:I think it’s safe to say I’ve done a little bit of everything in RC. That said, I predominately race off-road and my current passion is short course. One of my all-time favorite classes is oval carpet racing. Besides racing, I can often be found working on one of my many never-complete projects, and it seems I have an ever growing collection of rock crawlers—specifically scale crawlers. Matt’s 5 Hot Topics: Short course, Racing, Scale Builds, Crawling and the General RC Hobby

5 Responses to “Racing is Back!”

  1. legal eagle says:

    Unfortunately most of the local shops have closed within the last 5 years. We’ve had 2 new tracks open during that time (on top of the 3 existing tracks) but they all get barely enough entries to even justify staying open. I just wish that the track owners would cooperate more and compliment each others’ schedules rather than treating others as competition. It would be much more fun for the racer if they got to go to a different track every week and have a huge field of cars. I think it’d be more economical for the track owners too since they wouldn’t have as much upkeep, but the same amount of entries per month/year/whatever.

  2. GreatGobo says:

    For a combined area of about 5 million people there is NO organized track open anymore off road or on road. Sadly, RC racing is dead where I am. Unless I travel >50 miles. I’m not really into that as I’m not hardcore enough to show up and throw down an untested car. Part of the fun is going out for practice and tuning up.

    I’ve actually taken up Slot Car Racing to subside the bug. Not the same though.

    • Matthew Higgins says:

      Do you have a local hobby store? If so, see if the store would want to work with you to approach the town and get some land to build a track.

  3. dane says:

    I tend to agree, except for one thing. Crawler/scaler guys. They don’t bash, since they compete. But it’s not racing either. So I think the crawler and scaler guys are off in our own little world of slowness kinda.

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