Part of the fun of being a Dad is that as my boys get older, they are getting interested in the same things I was at their age. I was into slot cars and now they are too. There were always RC planes around the house when I was growing up, bit I wasn’t much of a flier. Instead I terrorized the neighbourhood with my Tamiya Beetle and later on, The Frog. Thanks to the members of Durham RC, my boys are now clamoring to race RC cars.
In the lot of a local major tire chain, we noticed a giant race track had been set up and decided to pop in for a visit. About all I can say is wow! These little (and not so little) machines have changed so much since the last time I powered up my old Tamiya cars. They are now lightning fast, brake and turn harder than imaginable and they appear pretty close to indestructible. There are versions powered by little engines and the old standby electrics. The electrics bear little resemblance to the old cars though, as they are as fast or faster than some of the petrol powered cars.
One member scared the stuff out of me when he told me that most guys have about $3000 invested in their cars! Really, I could go regional racing in a Spridget or old Honda-Michelin car for less cash than that. I’ve already begun perusing the local message boards and it seems that pre-loved cars can be had for between $200 to $500, which sounds like a much more reasonable budget for a couple of young kids who are eager to start out.
There are birthdays coming up soon, with the guy in the furry red suit not too far behind, so I think there I’ll be haunting the local hobby shops over the coming months.