There is an old post aimed at beginners that really winds me up. You might know the one, its starts out mentioning expensive and quickly gets into technical terminology.
If the site supports sticky topics or a FAQ I would like to suggest something that might get a few more beginners or casual browsers through the door.
See what you think, its not meant to address every aspect or technical term, but if people read it and get the idea that there are a lot of us doing something easily accessible, affordable and fun then job done. Also if the mods like it, can we make it a sticky or something similar.
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Ok, welldone, you have made a pretty good start by finding this site started by your local club. Like any half way decent club we organise regular races and drift competitions, we also sell our old gear on here so you might like to keep an eye out for a bargain first car.
If you dont already have a car, the best car you can get is one that your local club race. There are a massive range of cars available but most clubs concentrate on one or two classes so that races can be evenly matched.
Here our most popular class is Tamiya Mini racing. The Mini is a 1/10 scale electric car that is available as a kit or ready to run. We recommend that you buy your car as a kit and build it yourself, purley because its a very enjoyable and exciting process going from a box of bits to something you will race. Its also very easy to do.
There are faster cars than the mini, but buying something that will get 300 meters away in six seconds is pretty ridiculous if you haven't yet learned to control a car not much bigger than your shoe which is disappearing out of site at 100Km/h. Our minis run at about 40Km/h which is an ideal speed for learning, for having fun in the 20 ft wide road outside your house and for really close racing. It also means that the cars don't destroy themselves in thier first crash.
So how much is a mini ? Minis are currently around 600 DHS or 100 USD. The price varies (450-700 DHS) depending on the bodyshell, your choices include some classics like the Honda S800 and old style Mini Cooper or newer models like the Suzuki Swift, Alfa Romeo Mito, Fiat 500 Arbath or the new Mini Cooper. My guess is that most of the difference in price is down to royalties that tamiya must pay the car companies for copying thier designs as its the same car underneath every shell. Some of these shells are so nice that there a millions of radio controlled cars all over the world that thier owners keep on shelves and in display cases and never actually run - theres even a name for these, they are called 'Shelf Queens' - The fiat Abarth and Alfa Romeo in particular are a bit too nice for racing.
As well as a car you will also need batteries, a battery charger and a radio, you can often get a good deal on this lot when you buy your car or you can look out on this site from someone upgrading and selling thier old sets. Modern batteries are incredible compared to anything you may have used in the past, our batteries charge in around one hour and will power your mini for around one hour.
If your still with me, the best advice anyone can give you is that if you think you would like to take up remote controlled car racing in Dubai as a hobby - buy a Mini. Ignore the faster cars and ignore the salesman trying to get you to buy whatever is in stock that week. Every single one of us has more than one car, every single one of us has faster cars, but week in week out its minis that we race - because we want to.
If you need anymore convincing, check out the mini gallery herehttps://www.dubdrift.com/gallery/Mini-Mayhem-Rides/Mini-Mayhem-Rides-cat_c3.htm
and the Mini Super Summer Series race reports herehttps://www.dubdrift.com/event-sessions-f17/2010-mini-sss-super-summer-series-t1073.htm?highlight=summer+series
and the dedicated mini racing site here - www.rc-mini.net
- its nothing to do with us, but has loads of information on minis - just ignore the top secret mini tips it was an April fools joke.
For anything else you want to know just ask us