RC and My Very Best Friend

Sep 11, 2012 4 Comments by

I consider myself very fortunate to have gotten into this hobby when I did; what most consider the beginnings of the modern era of RC or to me, the mid 80′s. When I was in school I spent almost all of my free time working on my cars, cutting chassis’ out of plexiglass and trying to make things out of just about anything I could find around my parents basement. In the summer, RC was my babysitter as my parents went off to work each day at their in home office; I guess you could say I was a RC latchkey type of kid. For me the fondest memories I have of those summers were the Saturday nights that my best friend Chris would come over with his car and we’d “get ready for racing” which for two 13 year old kids meant, eating junk food, watching TV and mending very broken RC cars back together with a soldering iron. Oh those were the days (or nights I guess), chugging Yoohoo juiceboxes and fixing our broken cars from a day of thrashing while Dave Despain called the races on ESPN’s Saturday Night Thunder telling us how this guy “Jeff Gordon” was going to be a star someday. The other day I was in the grocery store and came across those very same juice boxes and was immediately sent back to the golden years; the nostalgic side of me couldn’t help but buy them. As I punched the straw through the foil, my mind went to the days when we’d hit the track, cars in our backpacks and a cooler loaded up with snacks. We’d spend about 25 minutes racing until our cars broke and the rest of the day kicking back in the shade, drinking Yoohoo and talking about kid stuff. While I’ve grown up and life has taken me down a roller coaster of a path to where I am now, Chris and I still keep in touch as best we can. Families and school functions may be the topic of discussion these days but at the heart of the matter, we’re both still the same kids, best friends, sharing life over some processed chocolate beverage chock full of all the corn syrupy goodness every growing boy needs. So as I write this and sip the last Yoohoo of the pack, I pour a little out to you my best friend. Here’s to a lifetime of memories.

Erich Reichert, Featured News

About the author

Associate Editor I can say that I’ve never done ANYTHING as long as I’ve been into RC. I got my first car when I was 11 and never looked back. Since then I’ve owned hundreds of cars and trucks and raced everything from Off-Road to Boats but I’m an Oval racer at heart. Whether I’m down siding a jump or going fast and turning left, it’s all on and my foot is to the floor! I love seeing new people discover our hobby and helping anyone I can enjoy it more. When I’m not racing or writing, I like to restore vintage RC cars and organize the Vintage Offroad Nationals. I’m also a dad and enjoy teaching my son how to drive and watching him get into this hobby on his own.

4 Responses to “RC and My Very Best Friend”

  1. Jeff Ellinger says:

    Erich, I think you are the person to ask. I race a stock slash 4×4 oval track and am looking for a good setup. We can change tires and shock oil, ride heigth and gearing. I run a slip diff, and gladiator tires and a brushless motor. Can you give me setup tips that will help me run better? I need all the help I can get.

    • Erich Reichert says:

      Hi Jeff. We actually just started running SC trucks on our dirt oval here in CT as well. I suppose a lot of what you’re asking will depend on the track surface, size and shape. A lot of the guys have been running Suburbs/Bar Codes/BK Bars type tires on our clay track. I would stick with 30ish weight shock fluid but use a smaller holed piston to keep the roll down and if you could also try running heavier sway bars as well. Ride height is a little trickier because you want to get the truck as low as you can but there’s only so much you can really drop it. I’ve seen a few guys run pretty large limiters inside their shocks to keep the travel shorter but they usually end up picking up the tires in the corner. Hope that helps!

  2. Jeff Ellinger says:

    Sure does Erich, thak you very much. One more question, what about + and negative camber? Right now I’m running 2 degrees + on the left front and 0 on left rear, and 3 degrees right front and rear. Sound like a good starting point?

    • Erich Reichert says:

      Sounds like a lot to me. I usually start with 1 degree, positive on the lefts and neg on the rights and adjust from there. Again, that’s going to depend on your track.

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