A Few of My Favorite Things

Nov 13, 2012 3 Comments by

After filling up Stephen’s TLR 8IGHT 2.0 before the start of the 15-minute main at another Tuesday night club race, I stole a few minutes to stuff my face full of Thai food from the local eatery (pad see ew with chicken – I’m a creature of habit) before his pit stop near the halfway mark. When the steam billowing from my styrofoam to-go container blended with the exhaust smoke of the background raising far overhead, I couldn’t help but laugh at the Sound of Music-like verses that started flowing through my head.

Pitting for others with multi-colored bottles
Providing them with fuel so they can hit the throttle
With the heat of thai chili sauce making my tastebuds sting
These are a few of my favorite things.

After all, few things make me happier than racing RC cars with a closely knit group of local competitors; I also tend to think that I’m quite witty, so doing my best Julie Andrews impression with steamed broccoli and flat egg noodles spilling from my mouth kept me entertained until it was time to take my spot along pit wall. As I watched Stephen’s car snake its way around the tight and tricky Hot Rod Hobbies layout:

Jump after jump between pipes along lanes
Running two rounds before the start of the mains
Tires digging dirt while nitro engines sing
These are a few of my favorite things

Though I’m eternally competitive, I’ve been racing for long enough now to not sweat the small stuff – crashing my way out of contention at a club race makes me laugh more than it bothers me. Since I was running a box-stock Traxxas Slash in the Open Short Course class that night, racing not for the win but to see how many of my fellow racers I could frustrate and embarrass (the answer: more than will ever admit it), I found myself smiling and humming on the drivers’ stand during the main event:

Winning or losing isn’t what matters
It’s a week night with friends that makes my smile fatter
Driving as hard as I can until the buzzer rings
That is definitely one of my favorite things

Think you have a better rhyme? Post it below!

Aaron Waldron, Featured News

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Associate Editor Since receiving my first hobby-grade RC car as a holiday present from my father nearly 20 years ago, I've been fortunate enough to meet more people and experience more opportunities through the adventures I've had in the RC industry than I would've ever imagined. I've done it all - from working at a hobby shop, to being a factory sponsored racer, to working for some of the biggest brands in the industry. I've enjoyed each and every one of the dozens of kits I've built, hundreds of events I've attended, and thousands of laps that I've logged at race tracks around the world, and my passion is to share those experiences with other hobbyists so that they may find fulfillment in their own RC careers.

3 Responses to “A Few of My Favorite Things”

  1. Ed loredo says:

    Ah that food is really good. Wish I was back in Cali

  2. TD says:

    How’s this

    Batteries are charging and the fuel tank I’m filling
    Shouting orders to to my friend that will be pitting
    The smell of the nitro as the engine sings
    These are a few of my favorite things

    Bright shiney body with fresh new paint
    Cornering and jumping no sign of restraint
    New shocks with bright colored springs
    These are a few of my favorite things

    Top of the podium award girl in hot pants
    A kiss on the cheek, thinking she has implants
    The kiss goodby a sunrise with no strings
    These are a few of my favorite things

    When a tire blows, nitro exhaust sting
    When racing is going bad
    I simply resort to a bashing fling
    and then I can feel so rad!

  3. Aaron Waldron says:

    That was AWESOME! The trophy girl verse cracked me up. Thanks for the serenade, TD!

    Ed, it sure is. :)

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