A blast from the past

I have too much stuff. I need to get rid of some of it. So I’m in the middle of a bit of a clear-out.

One of the boxes I hadn’t looked at for the past decade or more contained some RC magazines. They are a nice reminder of three phases of my RC history…

Phase 1: The beginning

The name of this blog is a bit of a giveaway, but my first “real” RC car was a Tamiya Super Sabre. I remember owning the Radio Control Model Cars issue that included a review of the car at the time, and when eBay opened up people’s collections of old stuff to a wider audience, I was able to get hold of both the RCMC and Radio Race Car review issues. Thumbing through these is a trip down memory lane on so many levels.

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Phase 2: The blogger

I first started “blogging” in about 2002 (when it probably wasn’t even called blogging), but my personal website at the time (now long since deleted) became something of a go-to destination for information about the Yokomo MR-4BC. This was in a period when 4wd buggy racing suffered from poor turnouts and there was a lack of people at the tracks who you could share information with. Fortunately, the internet changed that. I picked up as many magazine reviews of the MR-4BC as I could, including a back issue of Radio Control Car Action’s review from the USA.

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Now it has to be said that the MR-4BC was not a very good buggy, and although it ran well at the smooth indoor track I raced at at the time, it was not a match for something like a Losi XX-4 outdoors. In fact very little was a match for the Losi XX-4 until the JConcepts BJ4 came along. But I enjoyed running it.

Phase 3: The businessman

I came to a point in my then-career where I was only getting offered short term contracts or freelance work, and was faced with a dilemma. Do I move to a new area to find more job security, or do I take a risk on setting up in business for myself and take control of my job security? I chose the latter, and for about three years ran my own RC business and made an honest living out of it.

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Marketing is critical to any business, and editorial coverage is worth a lot more than advertising space. So, in the early days, I would keep a copy of each of the magazines I managed to get a little editorial coverage in – this small collection of Radio Race Cars, Racers and a Maxbashing is a nice memento of that time. They don’t trigger the same kind of memories as the magazines from the 80s though – I feel as though the world changed a lot more between 1987 and 2002 than it has done between 2002 and 2017, but that could just be the difference between childhood memories and the ones of an adult.

If anyone has a particular interest in the magazines from the noughties, let me know. I’ll be keeping the ones from the 80s.

Dave

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