Throwback Thursday, February 2000: Team Associated RC10GT and TC3, Traxxas T-Maxx, Mod Clods and More…
For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we are going to go back to the year 2000 when a pound of bacon cost $2.97, Formula One returned to US and we tuned in to the first season of Survivor. Team Associated gave us its first RTR to get some dirt time with and we were the first ones to get behind the wheel of Traxxas’ new T-Maxx.
Sure that is a Team Associated RC10GT on the cover but what makes this one stand out is that it was the first RTR for Team Associated. See that little truck on the bottom of the page called the T-Maxx? That would become one of the biggest game changers in RC history.
A gas truck from Team Associated was nothing new to see but this truck was an RTR which was something new. In trucks of this size you would normally see a .12 engine but the gang at Team Associated kicked it up by installing a new .15 pull-start engine. This was the first time that we saw a new main chassis for the truck that was a one piece deal instead of the multi piece stamped tub chassis that was used in the past. Other features of this truck were a Hitec Lynx radio, Hitec servos, aluminum shocks and a trick factory paint job.
Nitro powered monster trucks were available but Traxxas was the first company to start with a clean sheet of paper and put a monster truck together the “right” way. We were the first to get our hands on this awesome truck and were blown away by what it had to offer. Since then we have built a lot of T-Maxx project and have reviewed several versions of the truck. It’s still available from Traxxas today.
Team Associated, known for off-road race vehicles and pan style on-road cars jumped into the sedan scene with the out of the ordinary TC3. This sedan featured a non standard shaft driven 4WD drivetrain and a trick bearing supported sliding rack steering system. Other features of this sedan were front and rear ball differentials, molded plastic chassis and a symmetrical suspension system that used small screws to hold the hinge pins in place rather than e-clips.
In the first ever installment of our 4×4 column we showed you how to get the most out of your Tamiya Mod Clod and explained what shocks, speed controls, motors and more to use in your big rig. There was even a shock guide to tell you the length or travel of all available shocks at the time and a spring chart. Some of this information still applies today so check out this article and get your truck set up.
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