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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 [...]

Jun 02, 2014 Comments by
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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 [...]

May 27, 2014 Comments by
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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 [...]

May 05, 2014 Comments by
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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 [...]

Apr 15, 2014 Comments by
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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 [...]

Apr 08, 2014 Comments by
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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 [...]

Apr 01, 2014 Comments by
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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 [...]

Mar 17, 2014 Comments
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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 [...]

Mar 10, 2014 Comments
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About the author

Associate Editor Since receiving my first hobby-grade RC car as a holiday present from my father nearly 20 years ago, I've been fortunate enough to meet more people and experience more opportunities through the adventures I've had in the RC industry than I would've ever imagined. I've done it all - from working at a hobby shop, to being a factory sponsored racer, to working for some of the biggest brands in the industry. I've enjoyed each and every one of the dozens of kits I've built, hundreds of events I've attended, and thousands of laps that I've logged at race tracks around the world, and my passion is to share those experiences with other hobbyists so that they may find fulfillment in their own RC careers.
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