Born in the 70's, my interest in Radio Control cars sparked during my teens in the the 80's. My first ever RC buggy came as a Christmas present one year when I was maybe around 10 years old - it was a red Schuco Speed Buggy which my parents bought from Redgates in Sheffield. It had 3 gears which were selected on the back of the buggy and also had working lights operated from the radio handset - super cool. I didn't know it at the time, but looking back now, it appeared to be based on the same vehicle as Tamiya's XR311.
Further inspiration came a few years later from a friend who lived down the road - one day he came out with a buggy, running up and down the road, on and off the pavement, it was faster than my Speed Buggy was - I later discovered that it was the Holiday Buggy!
It got me hooked but it would be a while before my parents could afford to buy me a Tamiya. I had to make do with going into Beatties model shops, looking at the models on display, not to mention staring at the Tamiya videos playing on constant loop.
Then one year for my birthday, my dad took me to our local model shop to choose a RC kit and I came away with The Fox! Wow. It was so fun to build and run but after a couple of years later I traded it against a Blackfoot kit - those massive wheels (big at the time) and that pick-up body! The Blackfoot cemented my interest in the hobby for good, particularly liking off road buggies and big wheel trucks - I simply enjoy running the trucks for fun and just bashing around.
As a teenager I had the time but not the money - now 25+ years later I have some money but no time lol. Anyway, I'm thankful I can re-live my RC youth, and thanks to eBay and Tamiya's re-re programme, I can get to enjoy some of the models I could only dream of as a kid. Over the years, I've been buying the odd kit here and there and now as a result, I have a few NIBs waiting to be built, a few in various states of build and a few restorations to do. All my models are built or restored to be runners, so they all have electrics and radio gear fitted so I can run them whenever.
In 2019, nostalgia got the better of me and I decided I'd like to have an original Blackfoot again (wishing that I'd never got rid of minne all those years ago). After searching around, I bought an original example in good condition, and then another lol, so now I have two! Since then I've continued collecting and bought an original Wild Willy, an original Fox, a TXT-1, an Agrios TXT-2 and last but not least, a fantastic original Sand Scorcher which come from TC's own Rallyebaz. Other models include the Clodbuster, Juggernaut 1 & 2, re-re Bruiser, re-re Fighting Buggy, Wild Willy 2 and XB Pajero Rally.
After years of enjoying the TC site, I've finally become a member and subscribed! I don't have much spare time but when I get the chance, I'll start adding to my showroom - I've got a few non Tamiya's as well, hopefully I'll get around to adding those too.
Cheers and thanks for reading!