There’s dissension in the RC ranks. It’s racers vs. bashers, and you’re either one or the other. That’s just the nature of the way we’re programmed to think these days. Every issue has two sides and you’re on one or the other. You’re either a Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal. You’re either for something or against it. Every issue is a polarizing issue. Not to get too heavy on a hobby site, but this modus operandi is a shame on real world issues and downright silly when it comes to RC.
Go Race. I tend to push racing they way some people push some seriously bad habits. “Try it. You’ll like. Everyone else is doing it.” The only difference is that I tell them they’ll get hooked like it’s a good thing. Why do I try to sell racing harder than a used car salesman trying to move a high-mileage ’95 Civic at the end of the month? Racing is good for you. No, it won’t make you healthier. You’d have to corner marshal an awful lot of races for it to be considered real exercise. I’m talking about different benefits. Racing will make you more invested in the hobby. Racers stay in the hobby longer. You’ll quickly become a better driver and you’ll learn far more than if you were out bashing by yourself and learn it faster.
Go Bash. I am amazed when I meet racers who have the too-cool-for-bashing attitude. They take racing so seriously that they seem to feel bashing is just playing with toys. Yup, it is. But, so is racing. The reason why I think everyone should bash is simple. It’s fun–and that’s why we do this hobby. Racing can get too serious and often racers put too much pressure on themselves. Going out and tearing up some dirt is a no pressure affair. If you go out and just bash, I just about guarantee you’ll have a renewed appreciation for this awesome hobby. In contrast, if the only time you use RC is at the track, I guarantee you will eventually burn out.
So, if you’ve never raced, now’s the time. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. Short course racing is arguably the best entry class this hobby has ever seen. I don’t mean short course is for beginners only. Short course is just an easy class to get started in. Plus, there are so many racers in the class, you’re sure to find plenty of competition that is a good match.
If you don’t bash, get yourself a monster and go out there and try to beat it into submission. You’ll know you’re doing it right when you’re going way to fast, the parts are flying everywhere and you’re smiling from ear to ear.