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Hot Shots: 90+ Pics From the IFMAR Worlds in Italy

The racing at this year’s IFMAR Worlds in Messina, Italy is more competitive than ever. An extremely technical track along with changing conditions has tested the drivers and made the level of driving higher than ever. My camera has been going nonstop with thousands of images. Tomorrow is the big mains with the lower mains [...]

Sep 26, 2014 Comments
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Atsushi Hara’s SWORKz S350 Evo Buggy at the Worlds.

Atsushi Hara is at the Worlds driving his SWORKz S350 Evo buggy. Still fairly new to the buggy, Hara leaves it relatively stock. However, the former World Champion is running a few new parts including aluminum rear hubs, and universal-style axles front and rear. Still looking for a set up for the unusual conditions, Hara [...]

Sep 26, 2014 Comments
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Ty Tessmann on Top as IFMAR Qualifying Wraps

Mother Nature can have a cruel sense of humor and decided that she wasn’t ready to settle down. With daybreak, another twist was in store for the drivers. The previous day’s weather had slowly deteriorated providing a slippery surface, but this time it was reversed. Those with bad luck previously were given a much needed [...]

Sep 25, 2014 Comments
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Mother Nature Keeps Things Interesting at the Worlds

Mother Nature decided things were going a little too smooth and things needed some spicing up for round four. She had been lingering in the wings and covering the surrounding mountains with black ominous clouds. But, like a child on Christmas morning, she could no longer wait and pounced on the Italian track. This sent [...]

Sep 25, 2014 Comments
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Team Associated’s New Buggy Spotted at the IFMAR Worlds

Team Associated is well represented at the event with a deep factory team that includes big guns Ryan Cavalieri, Neil Cragg, and Yannick Aignon. In their quest for the podium, the team has been running a new buggy that the company is developing. I wasn’t able to get any pictures with the body off (I [...]

Sep 25, 2014 Comments
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What’s Hooking Up at the 1/8 Off-Road Worlds?

Tires are always a hot topic at any race and at the Worlds they are more critical than ever. The surface is like concrete and this makes for high traction, but also eats tires. This isn’t that unusual, but the sections with tiles and astroturf add another completely different element that forces the drivers in [...]

Sep 24, 2014 Comments
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Up Close With the IFMAR 1/8 Worlds Track

It seems that whenever countries in far away lands host a race, Americans have a culture shock. I’m not talking about eating some exotic foods, or some funky language dialect, but their reaction to the actual track itself. What at first appears like a challenging layout slowly reveals its teeth as I take a closer [...]

Sep 23, 2014 Comments
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We’re In Italy: 2014 IFMAR 1/8 Scale Nitro Off-Road Championships

Two layovers and 20 hours is roughly how long it takes to fly from Orange County, California, to Catania, Italy. This means waking up at an ungodly hour, packing the car up with smokin’ coffee in hand, making haste with crusty eyes half shut, traveling to the airport going Mach 5, and standing in line [...]

Sep 23, 2014 Comments
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