Flange - DrH is amused... not taking the Michael
With regard to the controllers (and other aspects of the hobby too), when newbies turn up and they suddenly find that their beloved Scalextric cars are no good for the sort of racing we do, they do bulk at the price of stuff.
As a committee member at Nascot Wood, I am always battling to save the average racer money and keep him competitive. This includes restricting the types of motors we're allowed and also even the manufacturers.
Fancy controllers DO give an advantage and as I'm not particularly well-off, it demoralises me when I go to an open meeting and find that my car is left gasping for punch on the main straight because the guy next to me has a sudden influx of power from the electronic capacitors and refined wiring that his wallet can afford.
Now okay, it's an open meeting and I don't have to turn up if I don't want to. But I do when time allows because I like to race and I will put up with the fact that the guy next to me has more money.
This series (The Champions League) is designed to be basic. New guys can come along and race. They might fall off every lap and often do. BUT it's to give them the thrill of racing on different tracks against people they wouldn't normally meet etc etc.
Personally, I don't feel like I'm living in the dark ages... I have an Apple Mac for a computer - most people have a PC, they're the ones living in the dark! (That's a joke by-the-way, but it's the same kind of argument).
We had two new guys start at Nascot Wood recently and I don't want to put them off by saying they'll need this and that just to have an outside chance of being competitive.
I used to race BRSCA-type cars (I couldn't afford that either), and that type of racing is FAST... I mean really fast, so I think I can control super-beasts with the rest of 'em. I still probably won't beat Matt Bryce, Trevor Fox, Keith Fishenden and others though
So basically, if you have the skill, you'll win,no matter what type of racing you do. I think the problem with not beating Johnny Foreigner is much deeper. I mean, when they have one of their Rally events in Portugal or Spain, the entire family turns up and the events get sponsorship... meanwhile here in cold dank Blighty, we're standing around in secluded huts drinking tea and arguing about who should be put on first when there's an "off"
Buy me an electronic controller for my birthday - I'll gladly use it at as many events as I can
Hope to see you come and race very soon