New here so first up hi to all, nice site with plenty of good info.
I got into RC cars around 10 years ago when a friend of mine bought his stadium truck out for a blast one day, coming from a drag racing background I was hooked once I knew they run on nitro. The next day I ordered a Traxxas Rustler from my local hobby shop. That served me well for a few years, rebuilding the motor once or twice. Around 6 years ago a new hobby shop opened up aimed specificly at Rc complete with indoor road circuit and outdoor off road track. Another old friend who worked at other shops got a job there and next thing you know I have a gas car for most occasions. Unfourtunatly the owner didn't have the best customer service and subsequently went under, saddest part was his staff were extremely helpful, would even allow some of the more regular customers to try there personal hop up parts before comiting to buying parts they didn't need. Compaired to the owner who would happily sell a busted car as new. My Acme Tech I bought from him was a joke, shocks cracked and busted in the box, parts missing, rtr nitro with no clutch pads? no signs of the car having been used either so it went unused for a year or two while I slowly modified and made my own parts, that car is now a mixture of Acme, Traxxas and custom built parts.
Round the same time I bought a model power drag car, it was more of a promo thing for a local drag racer, the car was a hoot but at the time limited oppurtunity's to race it which has since changed with a dedicated RC drag strip recently being built an hour away. Slowly lost interest for a while only occasionaly dragging the rustler out until recently when I bought a new rustler vxl, since then I have been getting back into it pretty hard. Not much into serious racing but don't mind a friendly race against friends, more into bashing and just enjoying driving the cars. My preference is still for gas powered but I do enjoy the simplicity of the electric. Now to alienate myself from the start. I like my Traxxas cars despite being one of the most hated brands out there, find them to be well built reliable and strong and unlike some of the supposedly better cars doesnt fall apart out of the box like a few other rtr cars I have read about or know owners of.
Besides driving my RC's I also enjoy designing and painting body's and trying to improve on the cars with custom built pieces sometimes redesigning parts sometimes just using better materials for the existing design. So there you go that's my story in a nut shell.