I'm a long time R/C pilot. Airplanes are my main love, but helicopters are more practical and can be safely flown in more places -even a back yard. I highly recommend the Syma S032 copter for indoor training. Then, move up to a 5 or 6-channel when ready. The new ARF planes are super easy to work with. There's so little work to do. I do miss my old balsa wood and tissue paper days, though!
I've got my ticket here to see Opeth and Mastadon in a month. What a tour! This is going to be GREAT!
Rally is my chosen sport. My team does road course racing, too. For sure, the best start in any racing is karts. Get out there and have some fun! :)
Here's another tip. The WAYN folks need to remove all these silly photos. These are NOT open wheel race cars. Those are *Porsche 911s*. Come on now... :)