I liked your article about new folks to R/C and the track scene. I remember when I was younger I was frustrated by spending good coin on a car (or the latest car) only to be shown up by someone dropping hundreds into their setups.
In my day, spec classes didn't really exist and "stock motor" was about the only limitation. No tracks were close by so it wasn't too big an issue but it did kill the fun a bit on the days I could make it to the track. Also, being younger, I had to resort to saving money for spares. I couldn't afford buying spares beforehand. And many times I'd be at the track and they'd be out of spurs, suspension pieces, or whatever broke that day. Not the kinds of things that draw and keep the younger crowd.
I've been in R/C for over 20 years and decided to hit the reset button. Now the goals are more fun, more performance parity, more kids, more "noobs"