KTM and other non-track owners: You just don't get it. When people don't support a business... any business... that business goes away. That is the way the business world is in reality. Unfortunately for the SLOT CAR INDUSTRY, the industry does not really exist except because of a few "manufacturers" and "raceways" who operate on a shoestring. NO ONE sees any potential real profit in this hobby to:
4) charge "real prices" to make a profit
5) invest to make this a business that makes money
I could go on and on, but why?
The slot car "afficianados" do not for the most part support this "industry". Listen and read what actual raceway owners say about paying the bills and making a profit to pay themselves. Most make NO profit, get tired of beating their heads against the wall, and eventually just "let someone else do it".
There is "no one solution" for this industry. This industry is in its death throes and no one anywhere wants to try and organize to keep it viable.
Look at manufacturers who have left the scene in the last few years:
RJR, DRS, SlotWorks, Speed Secrets, Champion (bought by Parma one year ago, but nothing new or availability limited to stock in hand) and the list goes on and on and on. "Manufacturers" are little more than cottage industries who just keep this thing alive. If the remaining people like JK, Parma, Pro Slot, Pro-Track (to name a few) give up the "ghost" so to speak, this thing we call slot car racing will dry up once and for all. That is the way it is, KTM.
Not enough business which translates into PROFIT for them to make MONEY. Sorry, KTM and other wishful thinkers, SUPPORT your local track means spending your money at that track to keep it open. Sure, if you don't like the owner or his "style", don't support him and he will go away. And the ones who did not support him will have "won". You and others have made your point and your local guy is out of business because he was an arsehole or whatever. But did you really win? And what did you really win?
And unless some other person decides he wants to "invest" in a business where he will make no money, work for free, listen to bitching about this and that, have to be the babysitter to a bunch of romper room cry babies who bitch about this guy is cheating or listen to everyone telling him how to run his business and so forth, you ain't gonna have a local track. Only a fool opens and runs a slot car track. OR someone who really wants to do it because he too is an "afficianado" or just plain crazy.
So dream on. Don't support your local track and it too will fold. Don't believe me? Ask the many "afficiandos" who do not have a local track and have to travel to race. Now with gas at almost 4 bucks a gallon, that too is ending. The same reason slot car racing died in the sixties is happening again. No support, no profit, no growth, business goes bye bye...
So please understand that is why slot car racing is dying. No people, no one spending cash, no business, no slot car racing...