When an individual first starts RC Racing, one of the most difficult decisions to make is deciding which scale, racing class, and type of car chassis and electronics to burn our money on.
The history of indoor and outdoor RC racing is quite convoluted in North America. Its popularity seems to follow the ebb and flow of the American economy. One thing I did notice was that, historically, each time something rather simple, fun, and relatively inexpensive comes to the world of RC racing, manufacturers and retailers turn that simplicity into a complex monster that eats up one’s hard earned cash faster than you can say wahoo!
Recently, I have been taking a good, hard look at the racing scene locally and considering what it would take to be competitive in that environment. Learning to be a skilled, consistent driver is most important to me.
The quality of car(s) and hop-up potential is secondary to developing good driving skills.
Formula 1 and GT class racing, in real life, has always appealed to me. Although I have never had the privilege of viewing an F1 race in person, I just love watching the racing online or on the big screen. Perhaps, the 2018 Formula 1 Canada Grand Prix in Montreal might just end up on my bucket list of things to do in 2018.
A few days ago I visited a local hobby shop and spoke at length with the owner, a seasoned RC racer himself. He was kind enough to show me a selection of his racing cars, including a rather beautiful Tamiya 1:10 scale Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car.
Trust me on this, once you see the inner workings of a high-end pan-type carbon fibre chassis of a 1:10 scale F1 car, everything else seems to be just run-of-the-mill plastic or nylon junk.
Needless to say, I thought about the Tamiya F1 for a day or two and then made another inquiry. The owner seemed generous and was willing to sell the pre-built kit, including motor, servo, ESC, and battery for a reasonable price. I jumped the gun on this one – hopefully I will not regret it down the road.
I suppose, in the final analysis, the car makes a nice Shelf Queen and a terrific conversational piece.
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