Learning the specifics about my family’s business and the products we sell was interesting and exciting. I quickly became comfortable talking with customers about products and answering the phones. I especially enjoyed the versatility required to work in a hobby store, which includes challenges like trouble-shooting customers’ R/C products, explaining the differences between types of glue and helping parents find the perfect gift for their child.
The concurrent presentations and workshops on Sunday and Monday were well-attended and informative. They offer a great opportunity for dealers to learn from one another about how to implement new ideas and perspectives. Even if a dealer’s primary focus is on R/C vehicles or trains, presentations on other aspects of the industry can be especially useful. For instance, tools and paints are great crossover items because they are applicable to R/C, rockets, trains, plastic models, and more.
The weather could not have been better for the Boat Pond Demo. I had never seen boats race in person, so seeing the boats—and trucks—zip around the pond was extremely cool.
Without question there is aways a large variety of products for dealers to try at the pond. But the most unique item this year won’t be found in stores (unless adapted by enterprising owners or managers) but there was this really odd-ball (yet rather cool looking) FPV camera mount and recovery vehicle that saw quite a bit of water time.
A person doesn’t often see a radio control boat doing jumps, but this is now possible with the “jet” boats from ProBoat that much like a full-scale counterpart, use a water pump to propel the boat forward, eliminating the potential for damage from hanging shafts and propellers.
After a long winter it’s always fun to get outdoors to enjoy a hobby and while it is sponsored by Traxxas the boat pond demonstrations have been one of the most popular events of the show for several years.
Finally, at the R/C Car Demo, I enjoyed driving a rock crawler around and watching cars and trucks of all sizes swiftly zig-zag over the pavement.
I think the moment that best captured the essence of the NRHSA Show to me was when I walked around the Table Top Exposition with my dad. I learned so much about new products and business discussions. My dad was so excited to introduce me to his friends in the industry, and he told me he was proud to listen as I talked about the New Product Showcase with the exhibitors—many of whom I email on a regular basis, but was now able to put a face to a voice or letter.