Reunited With An Old Flame

Jan 11, 2011 6 Comments by

The other day a friend/racing buddy/RC Car Action contributor was over my house and commented on how he was surprised that I didn’t have a big collection of all my favorite cars from throughout my years in RC. I explained that before I became a spoiled editor I had to sell the old to be able to get the new. My story is a common one, but I could tell my friend was disappointed that I had a messy garage full of an odd assortment of RC cars and trucks (most of which don’t work) as opposed to an impressive RC museum. Ironically, a few days after this conversion, a different friend and racing buddy called and we got to talking about the good old days. He mentioned that he still had an oval car I had sold him. Feeling a new found sense of nostalgia, I said he could name his price. His price wasn’t much of a price at all and I soon had one of my old flames in my hands. Check out these photos of said old car. I plan to not only restore it, but I plan to make it even better than ever and race it again. This seems to be a far better tribute to a “classic” than having it collect dust at my house instead of my friend’s. I have my work cut out for me. You see, this car is a bit of a Frankenstein. For example, it originally had a simple damper puck style rear suspension that I replaced with a fabricated tri-shock setup. The outer side shock mounts I believe I had made by cutting off the tops of a front shock tower from a Associated GT. I think I could do better now. The body will stay. It needs some fixing, but I’m still proud of how it came out. The lettering was all hand cut in liquid mask.

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About the author

About Matt:I think it’s safe to say I’ve done a little bit of everything in RC. That said, I predominately race off-road and my current passion is short course. One of my all-time favorite classes is oval carpet racing. Besides racing, I can often be found working on one of my many never-complete projects, and it seems I have an ever growing collection of rock crawlers—specifically scale crawlers. Matt’s 5 Hot Topics: Short course, Racing, Scale Builds, Crawling and the General RC Hobby

6 Responses to “Reunited With An Old Flame”

  1. Christopher Oswald says:

    That’s an awsome story. It must be pretty cool to have it back, the Simpson’s theme is a good one. Nice to see your keeping the body. Hope to see some later finished project shots.

  2. John M says:

    Looks cool Matt. Never got into the oval stuff, but love the looks. I’m trying to revive my old TC3 as a rally car…..hint hint hint…..

    new blog looks better btw

  3. Matthew Higgins says:

    Thanks, Chris and John. I should be able to dig your stuff out today, John. I’m snowed in

  4. Justin Robinson says:

    That’s a great job of cutting out the letters. At least from this far away it is :) Glad you have the car back. You should start this collection now though. Even if some of the cars are not the exact same cars you had. Dedicate a wall or something. Im sure some of the trucks you can find on e-bay or other sites.

    Great story though!

  5. Maybach says:

    The good ol days of oval RC racing. Got to luv it

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