THE Cub Report, 05.12.2014, Version- Woe, where is thy VW FOB?
As you’ve seen from our front page we spent last week gallivanting around SoCal hitting up the makers and shakers of rc. Why would we do such a thing? That was the most frequent question asked by the manufacturers when we dropped by. As a reader/basher, you probably know why you would do it, simply because it’s pretty dern cool to meet all those people. But… we’ve met most of them before multiple times, so that’s not why we did it.
We visited nearly a dozen different manufacturers/vendors/retailers, and we did it for one reason- quality face time. You see, we spend time with many of those same people at trade shows, but at the show everyone is too dern busy to really get to know each other. The BSRC Bash Crew is from the Midwest and we’ve been raised to take the time to honestly get to know people, so that’s really what we were doing (not flying out to hit them up for more advertising dollars, like some may be saying). It didn’t matter if the people we met were advertisers, or people we know will never spend a dime on BSRC, we just wanted to give people a chance to get to know us, and for us to get a chance to get to know them better than the casual conversations we have over a Rosemont dog and Pepsi at a show.
I have no idea what the most important thing the manufacturers would say they learned about us, but I sure do know what we learned about them. As a whole, we were blown away by how much everyone we met cared about the bashing market. Even at manufacturers that put out loads of racing gear, they did not look down at bashers. It was more they wished they had a bigger slice of the bashing market, but because of their backgrounds, they find it hard to relate to what a typical basher would actually buy/use. So I’d like to tell you this- there are a lot of misconceptions in the rc world, and we found out first hand that while a company may be aimed at the “race” market, it does not mean they don’t care about, or look down on, bashers. And… with those companies, we did our best to help fill them in on what they can do/produce that our readers need/would like to buy.
I think there are far too many misconceptions in the rc world, but at least on our end, one short plane trip to Southern California helped stamp out many that we had, and hopefully many that the manufacturers had about us. As a reader I hope if you get the chance to have a nice long convo with the “hard core racer guy” you run into, do it, he might not hate your bashing as much as you think he does….
That’s it for this week ya bunch of psychos, hit up your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can…
YOUR Cub Reporter