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About Matt:I think it’s safe to say I’ve done a little bit of everything in RC. That said, I predominately race off-road and my current passion is short course. One of my all-time favorite classes is oval carpet racing. Besides racing, I can often be found working on one of my many never-complete projects, and it seems I have an ever growing collection of rock crawlers—specifically scale crawlers. Matt’s 5 Hot Topics: Short course, Racing, Scale Builds, Crawling and the General RC Hobby

Were The Good Old Days Really All That Good?

Jan 26, 2011 7 Comments

The quick and dirty answer is–drum roll, please–yes and no. For me, there are a few segments that qualify as the good old days of RC. The first segment is the mid eighties when I discovered hobby-grade RC and almost immediately started racing. These were the good old days because everything was new and exciting. I [...]

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Is Short Course On The Right Track?

Jan 20, 2011 17 Comments

Let me be clear: I am a proponent of short course racing. I fully embrace RC’s return to scale realism and short course is my primary racing class of choice. That said, I have my concerns. More specifically, I have one important question. The question is simple. Is the short course racing class on the [...]

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World Exclusive Traxxas Stampede 4×4 VXL

Jan 17, 2011 No Comments

A classic monster is reborn with four-wheel drive For as long as the wildly popular Traxxas Stampede has been around (which is a long time), there has been an almost constant clamor for a 4WD version of this classic 2WD monster truck. Many resourceful hobbyists have even resorted to making their own using a mix [...]

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When Will NASCAR Really Go RC?

Jan 15, 2011 4 Comments

RC oval racing has been around for decades, but because the cars used for RC oval racing are pan cars that can only be used on smooth and clean paved surfaces or carpet, the segment has never really taken off. It isn’t because NASCAR fans aren’t do’ers or real gearheads. I’ve heard that argument and [...]

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For Your Entertainment: RC In The Movies

Jan 14, 2011 8 Comments

One of the coolest movies to ever feature RC was The Dead Pool which came out in 1988 and starred Clint Eastwood. The antagonist (AKA the bad guy) uses an RC car to do his dirty work. Check it out. Post up what you know about the car, the scene, the RC driver, etc. There’s [...]

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Is Short Course Here To Stay?

Jan 12, 2011 21 Comments

Let’s face it. Trends come and go in RC. Well, to be more specific, the “in thing” changes. The first “in” category was 1/10-scale electric off-road. Oval had a healthy run. Then came touring cars. Nothing dominated the hobby for a few years after the on-road craze and then came rock crawling. Rock crawling’s rise [...]

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Reunited With An Old Flame

Jan 11, 2011 6 Comments

The other day a friend/racing buddy/RC Car Action contributor was over my house and commented on how he was surprised that I didn’t have a big collection of all my favorite cars from throughout my years in RC. I explained that before I became a spoiled editor I had to sell the old to be [...]

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RTRs Are Great For The Hobby

Jan 07, 2011 3 Comments

I’ve been in the hobby for a long time (over 20 years). As such, I got started in the hobby by building kits. I still enjoy building kits. Well, except for tie rods, shocks and differentials of any sort. Other than those steps, I enjoy putting a kit together. It’s fun, it’s relaxing and the [...]

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