Tom Ross

Limited Traction takes one-two in Hyper Drift night comp

A short while ago I got a chance to check out one of Hyper Drift’s awesome events – specifically, the McCarthy Ranch night competition I posted a couple weeks ago.  The entire HD crew was in attendance and they put together an absolutely incredible, fully-lit layout complete with grass infields and a scale garage row. [...]

Jul 31, 2011 Comments
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Hyper Drift Night Competition – Friday, July 15th

The Hyper Drift crew is hosting a competition this Friday, July 15th! If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, stop by and check it out. Hosted by Limited Traction Date: July 15th, 2011 Time: Practice starts @ 6pm, Comp starts @ 8pm Location: McCarthy Ranch Shopping Center, Milpitas, CA (off 880 & 237 on [...]

Jul 11, 2011 Comments
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Trans-Am trio

A few years ago, a couple of friends and I decided that we wanted some old school Trans-Am cars to race.  We dug out our old Associated TC3 electric sedans, browsed some hobby catalogs, and immediately began negotiating to make sure we each got the car we wanted.  After much discussion and bribing one another [...]

Jul 08, 2011 Comments
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Has drifting missed the mark?

I have been drifting casually for a few years now, but I never really gave it much thought as anything other than parking lot bashing.  Indeed, a lot of RCers tend to think of drifting as a fad that has come and gone – a novelty that wore off in 2009, never to be fully [...]

Jun 26, 2011 Comments
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The deal with droop

Suspension tuning is not a simple thing.  A typical RC car has more adjustments than you can shake a hex driver at, and choosing the right thing to adjust in the right way in the right situation takes years to learn. One of the more subtle tuning attributes on a car is droop.  A lot [...]

Jun 23, 2011 Comments
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Corolla Levin beater

My new HPI Cup Racer came with a cool Toyota Corolla Levin body, but there was one problem: I had no idea how I wanted to paint it.  I browsed hundreds of Levin and Trueno photos but nothing really inspired me.  Then, by random chance, I was flipping through my old copies of RC Car [...]

Jun 19, 2011 Comments
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Go-anywhere RCs – Which are best?

The official start of summer is right around the corner, but as far as I’m concerned it’s in full swing.  The weather is nice, backyard barbecues are a daily event, and probably half the people I know are off to the beach somewhere on vacation.  I have quite a few trips coming up myself, and [...]

Jun 14, 2011 Comments
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Workbench essentials: Utility shears

RC cars require a lot of maintenance – well, mine do anyway.  In my own humble opinion: If you don’t break it, you aren’t driving it hard enough.  This of course means I spend a good amount of time at the workbench, and that’s just fine with me. Not everybody enjoys bench time as much [...]

Jun 11, 2011 Comments
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