Things for me got started in my dads body shop. That seems like a weird place to get into R/C but when I look back it was the start. I started building plastic models when I was 8. As much fun as I had doing that I always wondered what they would look like going down the road.
During these first few years I was also building model rockets. It was kind of a progression. I built them all from kits. I swear some are still in orbit. I have always loved models of some type. I liked building as well.I had been watching and working in the body shop since I was 9 or 10.
I got involved in R/C when I was 12. That was in 1984. Like most my first Truck was a catalog special. Remember this was 1984.Like most catalog purchases it was disappointing. Charge it for 4 hours run it for 10 minutes.
I grew up in a very rural part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula so the nearest hobby shop was over 100 miles away. I had no concept of what was a model and a toy. Until I saw The RC10. The famous gold pan buggy. I remember seeing some guy's running one in a park close to the house one day. What I remember most about that day was how fast the car was and how you could recharge the car in 15 to 20 minutes.
Wow what technology. After watching that car I tried tracking one down and found out much to my horror how much it was. Needles to say getting Mom and Dad to pay for that was unlikely. So with that car out of my price range I sort of gave up on R/C for a few years.