Hey guys hope you’re all well. This has been on my mind for a while but I haven’t really sat down and thought about it up until this weekend. Round 4 of the KZN Rc Drift Regionals 2017. It isn’t so much of a rant as much as it is questioning why?
Like why is Rc Drifting in South Africa not being looked at in the same light as on-road racing or off-racing? Are we not also professional? Is it not a hobby? When people look at rc drifting at events one of the things that I over hear a lot is” oh my gosh! Look at that!! It’s so cute!!” ok perhaps it does have a “cuteness” to it but make no mistake those who know how to drift, like myself, make it look a lot simpler than it really is. It’s only when these people step up and ask about the cars that they realise, it’s a WHOLE lot MORE than just a “cute car”.
The looks on some of the guys faces when I explained to them that my little rc drift car sets up exactly like a real car would is just priceless. They almost cannot believe it also when I tell them that everything affects the car right down to the aerodynamics of the car. Okay granted the aerodynamics doesn’t affect the drift as much as in real cars but it is noticeable….my point being unless you make the effort to understand or know how something works, is operated and skills required you will remain ignorant. Showing some interest doesn’t mean you must automatically participate…it just means you are open minded enough to expand your knowledge base and just by doing that you will support or encourage those that do.
Now Rc drifting in South Africa has been around for more than a decade. Yes, you read correctly! More than a decade! Why is that so shocking? South Africa isn’t an island neither are we locked away in the depths or completely in our own little bubble that we are not aware of what goes on in the rest of the world. WE have so much of talent and so many curious minds and so many people who want to see South Africa progress in whatever they do and RC Drifting is right up there too.
WE have so many drifters in this little community of ours that put their everything into this amazing hobby. The amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to keep rc drifting fresh, out there and running can’t be quantified neither can it be associated with just one person or group. Which leads me to the actual point of this blog.
Where is the support of Drifting and why oh why do people look at drifters in such a comical or cynical way? Is it something that we have done? Is it something that we are NOT doing? We do events, exhibitions, there’s a Regional series that occurs in each region throughout the country and that’s besides the National series which happens in the major cities in the country through the year. Again, I say, having knowledge of something doesn’t equate to participation. WE need the support of the people. Come to the events, support the drifters talk to the guys. The drifting community in South Africa are the most welcoming and fun and entertaining bunch of guys you will ever come across. In fact, it’s so much more than just a community, it’s a brotherhood, a family of people with one common passion and that’s Rc Drifting.
To the big company’s out there, do not take us lightly. AS much as we like to have fun, we also compete fiercely and professionally. WE have all sorts of professionals within our community as well from Architects to designers…thinkers, manufacturers, designers and everything in between. Support doesn’t only come from the public too, we need the support of our families, friends and partners alike. The drifters spend a lot of time and money investing in this amazing hobby that is Rc Drifting.
Drifting is so much more than just a hobby and it’s so much more than people drifting radio controlled cars it’s so much more than “playing with toys” (and this my pet peeve…calling rc drift cars toys – refer to my earlier blog Rc Cars are not Toys!!) You just need to dip your fingers in a little bit to discover this amazing world.
It has brought me closer to people from all over the world let alone the country. I have made friends from all over the world and so much so that if I ever had the chance to travel the world I would never feel alone simply because of the rc Drifting Brotherhood.
It’s so important to have a support system in order for one to progress or a movement to progress or for a hobby / sport to progress and grow! And this is what rc drifting in south Africa needs. Its support not only from its own community but from out of the community as well. There’s company’s out there that just throw money at events or marketing other hobby’s and sports and overlook Rc Drifting which has been established by ourselves, run by ourselves and with great struggle funded by ourselves. We are ready to come to the party infect we are ready to rock and roll! All we are asking for is a chance!!
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