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Custom JeepZilla from Brenda Sumner [Reader’s Ride]

Custom JeepZilla from Brenda Sumner [Reader’s Ride]

West Jordan, UT must be the perfect environment for Brenda Sumner’s custom JeepZilla.  She started with a MattZilla RC Works chassis, to which she added RC4x4 Performance stainless links, Kyosho Red Velvet shocks, Team KNK stainless hardware and OttSix VooDoo tires mounted on MotoWorx wheels. The driveline consists of a Tekin Pro4 3300 motor with […]
Kyosho Ultima SC6 Online Build

Kyosho Ultima SC6 Online Build

Kyosho’s SC6 is the latest competition kit to be offered in the current Ultima series that includes the RB6 buggy and RT6 stadium truck. After taking a quick look through the box and browsing through the instruction manual, I was eager to build this very high-quality short-course truck for review in the November issue of […]

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2014 Tamiya Championship Series: Japan or Bust!

2014 Tamiya Championship Series: Japan or Bust!

Would you like to race for an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan? This is what racers did this past weekend at the 2014 Tamiya North American Finals. The Tamiya Championship Series (TCS) holds regional races all over the U.S. Anyone that owns a Tamiya onroad vehicle can participate and qualify to run in the North American Finals […]
The Great Divide: Why Splitting Classes Makes Absolutely No Sense

The Great Divide: Why Splitting Classes Makes Absolutely No Sense

When organizing racing classes for a big event or local club race, vehicle type and motor spec are the most typical designations (stock short course, modified buggy, etc.). Large racing events and club races alike, especially over the last decade or so, have increasingly split these primary divisions into different groups defined by skill level […]

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Reedy Race Drama: Incidental Contact or Blatant Hack?

Reedy Race Drama: Incidental Contact or Blatant Hack?

Last weekend, the Reedy International Touring Car Race of Champions returned to the immaculately prepared asphalt of Tamiya America’s track in Aliso Viejo, CA for the first time in five years, and while you’ll find a full race report later this week (spoiler alert: German Yokomo/LRP driver Ronald Volker won the Invitational class over world […]
The Five Biggest Tech Advancements in RC Racing

The Five Biggest Tech Advancements in RC Racing

The cars and trucks that we’re racing in 2014, as well as all of the individual components inside those vehicles, have progressed further in the last 10-20 years than at any other point in this industry’s short history. It’s easy to look at the difference between today’s cars and see how the engineering prowess behind […]

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What happened to stock racing?

What happened to stock racing?

Of all the gigantic advantages in RC technology over the last ten years, there’s no doubt that the motor and speed control units of electric vehicles made the biggest jump in improvement – unfortunately, that transition destroyed the grassroots level of RC racing. The “stock” class designation for motors has long been used by the […]
Stadium, Short Course, Truggy…Truck Racing’s Identity Crisis

Stadium, Short Course, Truggy…Truck Racing’s Identity Crisis

Baseball, Coca Cola, and apple pie – even these once-strictly American items have caught on internationally.  Since 1928, when Ford built the first Model A with a closed cab and a cargo box, Americans have loved their trucks…which is exactly the reason I don’t understand why RC racers keep trying to ruin them. Even though […]

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Just who are the big races for, anyway?

Just who are the big races for, anyway?

In the RC racing world, the term “big race” is loosely applied to any competitive event that’s deemed more important than the typical club race. Sure, there are ROAR National Championship races for all major racing classes, but many local facilities organize special events throughout the year in order to draw a larger crowd, often […]
Dakotah Phend does the double to highlight Cactus Classic main events

Dakotah Phend does the double to highlight Cactus Classic main events

The 28th running of the Cactus Classic ended with what may very well have been the last set of main events to be run on the famous sunbaked outdoor blue groove at the current Scottsdale R/C Speedway, and what a day of racing it was. All five premiere-class titles were decided in spectacular fashion, and […]

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Keepin’ It Real? Not If You’re Racing

Keepin’ It Real? Not If You’re Racing

Now that Pro-Line has unveiled the awesome Performance Buggy conversion for their PRO-2 truck (as well as the Traxxas Slash if outfitted with various Pro-Line components), there’s no better time to talk about the widening gap between a large portion of RC racing enthusiasts and their non-competitive hobby brethren. The closed-cockpit transformation that requires little […]
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