As 1996 began, we saw Microsoft’s all new Windows 95 arrive on new computers around the world changing the way we would see computers forever. A new game became all the rage in Japan and Pokemon was born and for us, February 1996 meant a look back at the first 10 years of RC Car Action… the very first Flashback if you will. We also brought you all the racing action from Savannah, GA where Brian Kinwald two best in 2WD buggy and Stadium truck and tasted victory behind the wheel of his new team, Team Losi and the XX line of vehicles. Pro-Line racing released an all new tire that you may have heard of since, the Square Fuzzie and we introduced you to Traxxas’ newest release, the now famous Nitro Stampede. It’s amazing to thing that all these years later Brian, the Square Fuzzie and the Nitro Stampede would all still be going strong. While Brian has returned to Team Associated, Pro-Line still pumps out Fuzzies and the Stampede in whole is still a top seller for the RC newcomer. Too bad the same can’t be said for Pokemon or Windows 95.
The Nitro Stampede as since made it’s way onto our workbenches and into our hearts over the last seventeen years and who would’ve thought that it all started right here. Based on an all new aluminum chassis and nearly an entire new platform vs. the electric Stampede, this little nitro burner featured a heavy-duty transmission and bulkheads to handle the power boost from Traxxas’ TRX-12 engine. For it’s time the Nitro Stampede also came fully assembled and you could choose between a version that included a radio and one without making it one of the earliest RTR type vehicles. Nitro power, factory assembled and nearly ready to go out of the box, Traxxas was really onto something larger than life with the Nitro Stampede and obviously it’s continuing success today is a testament to what a great little truck it really was in 1996.
Upset and upheaval! Coming off his win at the IFMAR Worlds just a year and some before, Brian Kinwald shocked the RC world when he made the jump to Team Losi in 1995. The change in teams meant that he climbed behind the wheel of the all new XX buggy and XXT stadium truck and if the ROAR Nats in Savannah, GA would be any sort of indicator, the future was sure to be bright for Losi. Through the late 90′s the XX platform would go on to dominate building on improvements through to the XXX. Brian would continue to have success on the track finding himself in numerous ads, on the side of motor spray cans and even getting his own signature edition XX and XXX buggies from Losi.
Always one to innovate, Pro-Line Racing sent their top engineer Tim Clark out to the IFMAR Worlds in Japan with a super secret new tire. Having the worlds at Yatabe Arean, Yokomo’s home track, the tire of choice to that time was their “Dash Pin”. Tim brought his all new “Square Fuzzie” tire out to support their team on its way to dominating the race. The Square Fuzzie provided more side bite than the Yokomo tire and propelled Mark Pavidis to top honors in 4WD and set one of the most popular moist-track tires of all time in motion. We reviewed the revolutionary new tire and compound to bring you the inside scoop on what made this tire so dominant.
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