Last weekend kicked off the 6th annual Vintage Offroad Nationals brought to you by Tekin. The “Vonats” is a vintage RC race for cars from 1994 and earlier and features seven classes to choose from. We were at the Bethel Racearena in Bethel, CT all weekend to show you all the RC10′s, JRX2, Hornets, Clod Busters, YZ10′s and more at the race and give you a glimpse into an event you may not have heard of but is one of the most unique races of the year. We’ll have a full feature in the January issue of RC Car Action but in the meantime, here’s a quick preview!
Announcer Jay Kennedy and race director Scott Murphy did an awesome job running the race all weekend.
This Holiday Buggy reissue may not be exactly like the old car but it sure looks the part.
This MRC World Scale truck was one of the biggest trucks in Heavy Metal measuring in somewhere between 1/7 and a small building.
This Tamiya Baja King is owned by a former Reader’s Ride of the month winner Ron Sacrider
On the tone!
This Kyosho Optima Mid had a ton of custom chassis work and was a threat all weekend on the track.
My son, Erich Reichert 2.0 raced in Classic and dominated the C-Main in his very first trophy race.
Stadium Truck was some tight racing no matter what main you were in.
Believe it or not, these guys came all the way from Sweden to race their cars!
Hey who brought the dirt oval guy! The Bethel Racearena also races dirt oval on Saturday nights under the lights and gave the vintage racers a show.
Not only do racers bring their vehicles to race, they also put out stuff to sell making the Vonats one of the coolest races AND swap meets in RC.
This Kyosho Scorpion shelf queen won the Classic class a few years back.
Renaldo Vega had an awesome weekend, winning two out of the three classes he entered but winning this Durango RTR had to be the highlight!
Wolcott Hobby from Wolcott, CT brought down their mobile hobby shop to support the race!
A box art Team Losi JRX2, Tamiya Wild One and box art Losi JRXT
This totally custom RC10 featured a modified RC10T truck front suspension that was dialed!
That, my friends, is a mid-motor Kyosho Ultima straight from the 90s!
When was the last time you saw an Avante pull a wheelie!?
Rob Fumire was the lucky winner of this Tamiya Avante re-release!
Schumacher laying it down with this vintage Cougar.
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.