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We have all done some really cool things this year as a hobby and an industry and while we aren't perfect and parts of this year have most certainly sucked we should be proud of what we have accomplished as a collective.

The pandemic has put a lot of people on the back foot. Some of us have lost friends or family, some have even caught the dreaded illness, and months later we are all feeling the economic strain even if we didn't get sick. Our industry is comprised of mostly small businesses who can't operate at a loss for very long before they start to struggle, but they opened up for programs such as the TSSMT project or similar programs started by Horizon Hobbies or even started by themselves. Many of us were feeling the financial burden but we felt an even greater obligation to our local tracks and shops and were able to raise over $150,000 to support them.

Most of our pro drivers in the industry are paid or compensated to race which is great until we go into a period with no racing. These guys have been embracing social media a little more whether they like it or not, and we here at LiveRC appreciate it. They gave us extra content and something to watch and enjoy when we couldn't make it to the track just like everyone else so thank you guys and gals!

Racing has restarted in many places and our tracks have stepped up to follow local and national protocols to keep us safe. Yeah, there is the normal grumbling about having to take extra steps, but for the most part we have all decided that racing in any capacity is better than not racing at all.

Beyond everything else all motorsports industries are seeing an uptick in sales and curiosity including remote control, and while it might not be in racing people are getting excited to try, RTR's and drag racing etc. niches are growing hand over foot and if we show those people how cool racing is then our hobby will continue to grow and we will retain some of those new hobbyists.

Let's continue to be positive good stewards of our hobby and it will continue to grow! Keep racing, bashing, having fun, and sharing it with your buddies and let's keep this recent momentum going!

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About the Author

Tyler Hooks is a recent college graduate with a BBA in management and a Minor in Communications from St. Edwards University as well as a ROAR Stock National Champion and was apart of the IFMAR World Championship USA team in 2016. Tyler is currently an Editor as well as in the Advertising department at Live Race Media and frequently is apart of the broadcast team at major events.

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