This fantastic submission from down under by RC enthusiast turned full-scale racer and automotive journalist Dean Evans illustrates how the passion for competition and the technical skills it develops can take you far—in his case all the way to Bathurst where his amazing run from 16th place to 1st in a single lap has become a YouTube sensation! But as Dean tells us in his letter, his passion started on RC dirt tracks like this: St. Ives RC track in Sydney—location of the 1989 IFMAR World Titles.
“As a racer in my teenage years, I always wanted—but could never afford—an RC10, having competed against them with my super-modded quad-shock, Parma Eagle-bodied Tamiya Fox (which is 95% rebuilt). But with last year’s RC10 Classic, I was finally able to build one—and paint in my 1980s colours. And [now I] understand why the RC10 was so tough to beat. Fast forward 30 years and I built my favourite contemporary 2WD buggy, the lithe-looking Losi 22 in the same colours, as it looks sleeker than the AE B4.2. The difference is astounding, the suspension and damping providing the biggest contrast between the old and new.
I fitted a Reedy Green Stock brushed motor (with all the tricks of the day like cut brushes and Comm Drops) to the RC10 to keep it era-correct, but modernised it with LiPo/2.4ghz/ESC gear. The Losi runs a 9T brushless set-up but is way too fast, lifting wheels from turns and [pulling] straightline wheelies, so it’ll return to 17.5T Brushless 2WD Stock—my favoured class.
As a LONG-time reader of the mag (dating back to 1986) in the ’90s I swapped RC cars for full size racing, winning three national championships and most notably racing at Bathurst in a Lotus where the 16th-to-1st in-one-lap onboard video has more than 3 million views on the many channels it’s been uploaded to! RC racing helped my vehicle set-up skills and now those skills are being reverse-engineered back into RC.”
Check out Dean’s crazy Bathurst lap below: