I miss this hobby and am always thinking of getting back into it. Then I remember the time and expense of it all.
Sometimes I go to the local hobby shop and get caught up by all the cool models and accessories, but then shaken out of my trance by the prices. I remember dropping way more cash on upgrades for my car than I paid for it back in the '80s. I had a Hornet but the other kids on my street had a Grasshopper, Frog, Hot Shot, Kyosho Optima, RC/10... those were some good times. The hobby shop had a nice track out back and would go to races at malls. I'd use the golf course's sand traps behind our house back in '88/'89, take a divot sign and plant it at an angle for jumping.
I remember being tempted to get a second one, a new model (I think Tamiya) that people starting to get, it was taking people to town on the track with its wider tires and wheelbase. Wish I could remember what it was called, nothing seems to match from Tamiya. Anyway, computer/audio/bicycle stuff is expensive when you're 17 and unemployed, so I ended up sinking my money into those hobbies and never got back into it.