- May 25, 2004
Carl,When you trim out that little top end hop you will pick up another couple of MPH and it will be running mid fifties soon. BAM Fuel is what we run too.
I am wholeheartedly behind this approach. I don't say that because I see any sort of gold mine here for me, or most anyone else, for that matter, EXCEPT for the aspect of bringing in new people. A quick check of the demographics shows that IMPBA District One is both huge and under-represented. A quick tally of the areas in D1 shows a population of somewhere around 60 million. Sixty million, and maybe about a hundred active racers. Those are not exact numbers, so don't fault me on my math. But the sad thing is the very small number of boaters in that huge area. Out here in New York, we have about 3-4 active clubs within driving distance. In the case of the Elmira club, we have one or two racers coming down from Canada, a 6 hour drive and an overnight stay, as well as a few who come from "nearer" distances. We have one who sometimes comes from Vermont or Connecticut, I forget which. In one of the most populous states in the country, we don't seem to have enough racers available to put on a decent race. Many of the racers who have attended races for years are no longer coming for various reasons, one of which, paradoxically, is poor attendance. In the past 10 years or so, we have gone from well-attended 2-day races to often poorly attended one day races. Recruitment has been stagnant for years, especially as the cost of a race-ready boat has gone through the roof. This whole endeavor is aimed at filling that membership gap, a gap, which frankly threatens the whole hobby worse than any other influence.This whole exercise I suggested should be called the "affordable" learning curve to RC nitro boating.......
If people like it and chose to remain in the hobby......then......"racing" comes later.....