Celebration of Mike Reedy’s Life: RC Superstars, Stories and Racing

Jun 13, 2011 2 Comments by

Mike Reedy, an RC icon and the hobby’s most recognizable motor-man, passed away recently and left countless RC friends mourning his passing.  Yet, Mike did not want a memorial or funeral in his honor; rather, Mr. Reedy wanted a party.

So, yesterday at West Coast R/C in La Mirada, California, over a hundred of Mike’s friends gathered to celebrate Mike’s life exactly the way Mike wanted it–at a racetrack, with fun and competitive racing for everyone in attendance in true Reedy Race fashion.

The party was both emotional and hilarious, with Master of Ceremonies Cliff Lett telling the first of many stories over the track’s loud-speaker about Mike Reedy and his effect on the RC industry.  Associated’s Gene Hustings assembled a moving photo slide-show, while others told stories about Mr. Reedy at and away from the track.  Notables like Mark Pavidis, Scott Hughes, Jay Halsey, Barry Baker and Bob Novak and many others spoke of how Mike had influenced their lives as a mentor and as a friend.  The mood swung seamlessly from laughter to tears and back to laughter again as stories of Mr. Reedy were shared for nearly an hour.

After the speeches, the program moved directly into racing, with classes divided up into “Former IFMAR World Champs,” racers from the 80′s, 90′s and 2000′s, and even a couples race where one person steered and one controlled the throttle.  It was all smiles and laughter the entire afternoon.

We were honored to be  invited to the event, and all of us at Air Age Media and Radio Control Car Action send our best to the Reedy family.

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Executive Editor I jumped into R/C back in 1987, when mechanical speed controllers and hard rubber tires were all the rage. Since then, I’ve experienced R/C in almost every state in the USA. I've built and raced every type of RC vehicle created, and traveled throughout the country (and world) to attend and cover more R/C events than I can remember. But what a fun ride it's been! I'm fortunate to live in Southern California, and I take advantage of my location by enjoying R/C outdoors year ‘round. Club racing is the future for R/C growth, and I’m always looking to bring new people into the hobby, whether it’s through backyard bashing or organized racing.

2 Responses to “Celebration of Mike Reedy’s Life: RC Superstars, Stories and Racing”

  1. bill mossor says:

    Sounds like R/C lost a good shepherd .

  2. Denis BLANDIN says:

    Mike took attention to my brother and i in the early 80′
    He was a great help for us and with him, we managed to won the 88′ EC
    We were really sad about that news

    Rip Mike

    Denis BLANDIN

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