My first rc Car was an AYK bobcat folowed by a gold pan RC-10 which I still own. Went on to racing RC-12 and 1/8 pan cars and in 1982 won the 1/8th scale amature torphy with a PB Delta International. I still remember going to the wreckers to buy an Austin Mini starter motor to power my starter box for the 1/8th nitro. Had some of the best racing memories from that period, nothing like "Run what ya brung" racing.
I too still long for the days of "What's a hopup part?" and "Marshall, hey fathead get my car back on the track!"