My Thoughts On…

Jan 13, 2011 3 Comments by

Short Course Racing:
I think there are big changes happening in the RC industry, and at the top of the board is the short course class. There is still some people out there that don’t think it is a real class and think it’s a waste of time. Well, you are wrong. It’s the best thing that has happened to RC in a long time. A cheap, strong, realistic looking, durable-but-still-competitive class—how can you not love that? If you are one of the short course haters, just go run one club race and I guarantee it will change your mind.

The Best RC Track:
I think the best track in the U.S. right now would be any one that doors are still open with good sales and race turn outs. I have never really had a favorite track; I just love racing, so I love every track.

Best RC Memory:
My best memory would be the 2005 Worlds in Italy. I TQ’ed the 4WD class, and I finished 3rd in both 4WD and 2WD. It was my first world championship and it went pretty well.

My Toughest Competitor:
My toughest competitor would have to be myself. I know I have the speed to win, but sometimes if I can’t get out of my own head, I start questioning my tires and/or car setup. If I let other people influence my decisions instead of trusting my gut instincts, that’s when I have a bad weekend.

Favorite Class:
If I could race just one class, I would probably say 1/8-scale off-road. It’s the most competitive, the hardest to win and the fastest right now. If you can get it all right and take home a win, it is very self rewarding.

Ryan Maifield

About the author

A native of Arizona, Ryan Maifield is a professional RC racer with numerous ROAR national championships to his credit. He is primarily sponsored by Team Associated, but is also sponsored by Reedy, LRP, JConcepts and others. Ryan got started in racing dirt oval and even on-road with his father, but quickly moved onto other forms of RC. Ryan has also made the top three at many IFMAR world championships

3 Responses to “My Thoughts On…”

  1. Anonymous Almond McClain says:

    I agree Short Course is a REAL class, and 1/8th scale rocks no doubt.

    As for tracks I really dig montclair’s Pegasus Hobbies. BUT, I really wanna hit competition hobbies in Tucson, 702 Raceway in Vegas, and OCRC! My goal this year besides local racing is to hit one or these tracks for a good race weekend, maybe even see the Cactus Classic!

  2. riley lawlor says:

    common ryan, you know that the only reason most people hate Short Course is because of the crowd of [EDIT] drivers it attracts during club racing. It’s a fun class to drive, i agree, very durable and when racing with other “racers” it can be a lot of fun. But a majority of short course’s driving on the track are your newbie drivers that suck. But its hard to get mad at them because as a racer we need more and more of them so that these business can generate a profit. It makes it easier for anyone to get into the hobby when you can buy everything you need for $200. If it was’t for them hobby stores @ tracks and even tracks would have to raise there prices to stay afloat sometimes.

  3. Happy Man says:

    SC rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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