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Why Blinky?

I know that seems like a stupid question, because I know what the answer is. It's to level the playing field in the stock classes, but is it really?

To date, I know of two esc manufacturers and one motor company that were caught cheating. Over charging batteries, the motor of the week, the expense of having the best batteries and motors. It's a race for speed by dollars and questionable practices.

As a track owner, I get to hear the complaints. "I think he is cheating" , "is that motor legal", " "I think he is running boost". On top of it, how can you really check to see if someone has a true 17.5 stator, or if they haven't figured out a hack for their esc?

Before ROAR came up with the good intentioned idea of blinky, boost and time was allowed. In my humble opinion, it was way better.

If someone was faster down the straight, you just added boost or timing. Someone quicker on the infield, make an adjustment. More power isn't faster most of the time, and it was a good way to edge into modified. Rarely or ever did you hear "he's cheating" or "his motor is faster". It leveled the playing field, and money didn't really matter so much, just add boost and timing. No need for expensive batteries or motors.

Not sure how everyone else feels, but I miss the days of non blinky. A lot less bitching and more laughing!

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Joe Vachon
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I like what you did with the 17.5 sportsman spec class to combat this. I hope that class thrives. I just got my buggy all setup for it. See you this winter!


So go back to dynamic timing and boost and eliminate the bitching. For club events - who really cares? The "playing field" is more level with blinky said it yourself. Just because ROAR makes a stupid decision does not mean we need to follow them. I would rather add boost and dynamic timing to my existing motor/ESC combo rather than be forced to buy the 'latest-and-greatest' ESC, motor, and batteries every season!

ROAR will eventually realize thier mistake and embrace modern technology. The blinky rule will go the way of the brushed motor.

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