I live in West Wiltshire and I have been interested in RC for around 38 years.
Sorry if this is a bit of ramble.
When I was a teenager my first introduction to RC was when my parents bought me an original Holiday Buggy for my Birthday complete with Acoms and 6v Ni Cd I think the deal price back then was about £75 a Sand Scorcher was too much money and the Holiday Buggy was a stretch for my parents. I run that buggy for years with various homemade modifications as buying parts was not easy as there weren't the suppliers back then ,only GK Models in Bournemouth did a RC catalogue which was mail order if your parents had a credit card which they didn't plus i did not have much pocket money. Whilst still at secondary school I bought a brand new Sand Scorcher for £50 with intention of building then buying radio gear etc,being honest I got frustrated by the design as it was an obsolete model at the time so I never managed to get it running. I remember buying a Renault F2 single seater with 380 motor for £16 from a Melksham Toy Shop which I subsequently sold to a friend.
I got into RC again when I was working with reasonable wages and the Manta Ray was launched so I bought one as a deal with the luxury of bearings. I was lucky to find a model shop in Chippenham (saldy gone) which opened up a new world of modifications but at the time still using Ni Cd's. Built Manta Ray with as many Top Force parts as I could then sold it for a Nitro Ten which was noisy and fast. Whilst the Nitro was fun it got boring and lonely just running it on my local school field on my own plus other pressures got in the way. People said I should grow up and stop playing with toy cars! I gave up RC but continued with plastic modelling as I have throughout my life.
Years passed when we purchased our own house and got married I bought a M03 Mini Cooper which I ran locally locally with my wife.
What really got my interest back was around 2006 when the Dark Impact was launched and Castle Brushless combo started appearing producing rocket speeds compared with what had gone before.
Since then I have bought DB01,TA05IFS,CC01,DT02,DT03, Rough Rider plus others
Today at nearly 50 I must be the oldest person here but I still enjoy building models and the scale side of things plus trail/rock crawling.
I have three boys but none are particularly interested in modelling /RC