“What is the best way to grow RC racing?” Track Promotion.

“What is the best way to grow RC racing?” Track Promotion.

According to our survey, most of you feel that the answer to getting more racers to tracks is “Better advertising/promotion of local tracks to their communities,” with 34% of the vote. That’s a very pragmatic take–after all, you can’t expect people to show up at your track if they don’t know it exists.

Results below, plus some of the comments from the poll-page:

Best Way To Grow Racing

A good cost-controlled “stock racing” option again. A budget / spec based line of motors, escs, batteries. No tire saucing. It’s way too easy to be WAY too fast when you start out… which leads to crashes and breaking… ALOT. – MatW

Racing is too expensive no matter what class. The argument from people still racing is you can get lower spec or second hand to get started but we all know that human competitive nature takes over and spending starts. The manufacturers and distributors need to take a look at prices. For example when I started racing around 1999 2wd buggies were around £200 full retail for the top level cars now they are around an average of £300 plus. Where has the extra cost come from the cars still have 4 corners shocks etc. – John Walton

Need to make it more affordable it’s too expensive for parents to waste money on .most people can’t even pay their bills….maybe even have a rookie day event or only new people can come and rais maybe even have a rookie day event for only new people can come and race .some people are too competitive can’t keep their mouth shut and it scares off the racers. – Tom

For Onroad racing especially in the slower spec classes get rid of the foam tyres and go back to rubber. We also need to ditch tyre warmers, traction compounds and most definitely stop with the sugar watering of tracks. Whatever happened to learning to set up a car and driving to conditions?. Pick a tyre and insert for your track and call it done. All the other bits (warmers,etc) are just making it far too expensive for the general public to get involved. – Used to Love Racing

Keeping the environment welcoming to new drivers. Structured practice where they open practice for only rookies for a certain amount of time would help reduce the anxiety of new drivers not wanting to get in the way, as well as reduce conflict with some types of seasoned drivers with a certain type of personality. – Richard Robbins

For me it’s time. It’s a finite resource and if you want to compete even on a regional level, you must dedicate a lot of time to the hobby ( wrenching, practice, etc) even when you aren’t racing. Find a way to enjoy a weekend day racing without investing your weekday afternoons and you will see more soccer moms, dad’s and kids doing it. – Scott

I think, what makes the biggest difference, and makes people want to come again, or even bring friends, is to make them feel welcome, be willing to help, do not make it too much science….. let them crash, they will find the science in it later. And of course leave out comments about their equipment… we all started somewhere. – Spider

View the original poll page here

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Updated: June 21, 2017 — 11:07 AM


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  1. It seems all the shows and races are out west. Tackle the Midwest.

  2. I’m getting in to the sport newly (after being an 80’s Grasshopper-bashing kid), and I’d like to see the Novice class instead be “Novice and Weird”. The “Novice” part meaning run what you brung as usual and weird being that more experienced racers who were already racing the legitimate classes could run something like a Frog or Lunch box for a much lesser fee (if they are already paying for a legit class) alongside the beginners.

    Novice class here at RC Plus in Salem rarely has 3 drivers show up. But if the experienced racers could race some slow vintage car along with them it would be much more of an audience spectacle and sort of a comaraderie-building activity. (And let the newbies race with a fun, full field rather than feel like they were just delaying the “real” races. This would also encourage new people to be less self-conscious about their Traxxas Bandit or Tamiya car or whatever and just get out there and join the pure fun of the novice class. Who wouldn’t love watching a Tamiya lunch box try to make it around a modern jump course? Or a vintage rc10 running with a Bug body? Or an Optima or grasshopper? Or a plastic piece of cap from walmart!

    If you look at most Motorsports they usually try to lighten up the whole spectacle with something a little less hardcore and entertaining. A little comic relief if you will.

    Every newbie starts out as a SPECTATOR, and so I feel like a little more focus on “the show” is in order.

  3. wrap the above comment lick it with a stamp and send to kyosho. associated. mugen to name a few

  4. What about a vintage/re-release brushed 10th scale category? This would allow people entry in a class that costs $200-$400 and would be a fun introduction to the hobby. I’d love to race an old Tamiya Thundershot or Frog.

  5. I got into RC about 6 yrs ago when the SC class took off because of the realism of the bodies…it was fun bumping and the occasional contact that made the racing fun. One day I over heard some of the seasoned buggy guys talking and they made mention that it would be good to get more SC guys into the buggies…one of the buggy guys made the statement that if that SC class dies off the hobby would go dormant again…well…guess what is happening now? I havent raced in 2 yrs now after jumping into the buggy class…the fun was sucked out as the racing got too serious for me. Just my 2 pennies.

  6. I can’t understand why on road races (where touring cars chase each other so long, with almost no chance to overpass neatly) don’t inspire to Formula One races, where the most exciting overtakings occur in hard breakings, before tight curves. You’ll tell me that modern touring cars don’t need hard breakings, and here is my idea: realizing strong curves, on tracks, where grip is EXTREMELY reduced, drastically decreased, so that drivers are compelled to hard breakings: this should facilitate overtakings by different skills in breakings among drivers. Furthermore a slippery curve (glass, smooth metal) is challenging if you have to manage a powerful brushless motor. Another way might be hugely reducing dual rate, so that cars cannot curve so rapidly. Tell me your opinion, if you want… (and forgive my bad English, too!)

  7. I retired from R/C racing about fifteen years ago when circumstances required it. That said, I raced stock and modified 2WD and modified 4WD offroad buggies. It was VERY expensive. The kids who showed up with their Tamiya Grasshoppers usually did so only once or twice and didn’t return because their hardware wasn’t even remotely competitive. Not even in Novice classes. Only the ones with deep pockets came back with a bone stock R/C-10 only to find that wasn’t very competitive for most and really expensive to fix when they broke it.

    I believe a combination of good advertising to bring in new blood and some truly spec classes with very affordable and durable ‘toy-grade’ hardware would spark a resurgence of interest. Something that runs at 10-15mph is boring to an expert but crazy fast for a new enthusiast just learning the basics of racing lines and car setups. Lowered entry fees for Novice classes running that hardware would be wise. After all they don’t need a pit, just space to plug in a charger. The bug will bite ’em quickly and those who can will gravitate towards the screamin’ demons we love so much.

    This remains a great hobby (and sport) to keep kids out of trouble and adults feeling young. Let’s make R/C racing a growing hobby again!

  8. Ok so it’s a combination of a few things as well as others that weren’t on the list.
    1. Better advertising to the general public is always a good thing.
    2. With that in mind, you need to think about what you are advertising. You can’t be advertising $1000 buggies and such to people who have never done this hobby. It’s quite overwhelming. This is why I’m a big advocate of rentals. It’s a great way to get people interested in the hobby.
    3. Along with rentals, having less expensive kits like the new club racer kit from Associated is brilliant. A great way to really “set the hook” for new people to get into racing. The cars are still slow enough to make you want a Team Kit, but they are a great step between Slash’s and full blown race kits.
    This advertising campaign is geared toward the general public. Yes, you want to be advertising to the hardcore guys as well but not nearly as much. The reason being is that your hardcore guys are just that, hardcore. They are already dedicated and will be coming back as long as you are in business. If a track wants to make real money, RC Car racing has to be taken to a new level as far as a hobby is concerned. It needs to be recognized by the general public because that is where the real money is.

  9. Offer free pass down trucks duh

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