I never had a "complete" RC car as a kid, always a hand me down with patchwork repairs, usually the gears, anyway a friend at that time, (were still friends), was lucky enough to get a yokomo "dog fighter", "WORLD CHAMPION", oooerrr.
This thing "dogfighter" was an ugly car, but as my friend liked to repeat, "WORLD CHAMPION", so as you do you love your car dont treat it badly, tear it up, etc. He used to go on and on about how geat and fast the car was, had a trinity motor in it too.
One day at a track he took the car out and there happened to be a supershot, so we egged him on to race, the supershot left him for dead, ever since ive wanted one, and 20 years on bought a respectable example, i have gone all out and bought up new unscratched parts, its expensive but i think the supershot is, along with the rough rider/sandscorcher the car to have from the 80's.
Vintage Tamiya all the way.