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ROAR 1/8 Nitro Off-Road Nats: Tessmann Sweeps!

Mains day was the day of reckoning as the racers prepared to do battle and to do right what they might have done wrong in qualifying. Starting up front for both classes was Ty Tessmann and he was determined to turn his top qualifying spots into National Titles. Here’s how it all went down. Truggy [...]

Jun 22, 2015 Comments by
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ROAR 1/8 Nitro Off-Road Nats: Inside Ty Tessmann’s Rides

If you think you’re going to find a bunch of custom or prototype parts under the hood of Tessmann’s rocket rides, you would be wrong. Other than a couple hop-up parts, Ty Tessmann is running stock vehicles you can buy at your local hobby shop today. What is not included in the box is world [...]

Jun 21, 2015 Comments by
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ROAR 1/8 Nitro Off-Road Nats: Ty Tessmann TQs Buggy & Truggy

The action at the 2015 1/8 Scale Nitro Nationals has been as hot as the daily 100-degree weather and with a lot of the world’s fastest drivers are in attendance, the racing is super close with one big factor that a lot of drivers faced; the Tessmann factor. HB/HPI driver, Ty Tessmann has been on [...]

Jun 21, 2015 Comments by
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Speeds Top 125mph at the Poseidon Speed Run, Nic Case Attempts 2-Cell LiPo Record

This past weekend the Camarillo airport in SoCal saw insane speeds on their tarmac runway and it wasn’t from the daily plane traffic. A High Speed Run Challenge put on by the folks over at Poseidon, known for their high power brushless motors, opened the doors for anyone attempt a run for the official record [...]

Jun 16, 2015 Comments by
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Marc Rheinard Wins Fifth Reedy On-Road Title

Another Reedy On-Road Race of Champions is in the books and what a spectacular one it was with new records being set. The racing was super close throughout the whole weekend in the invitational class with nothing being decided, until the very final race that is. In the end, multi world champion Marc Rheinard clinching [...]

May 25, 2015 Comments by
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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 [...]

Sep 02, 2014 Comments by
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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 [...]

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Exclusive Coverage + Video: 2013 ROAR On-Road Fuel Nats

Radio Operated Auto Racing, or ROAR, holds Nationals events for a variety of classes every year to determine who is fastest in the land. This past weekend, the On-road Fuel Nationals was hosted by the Greater Los Angeles R/C Racing Club (GLARCRC) featuring  the super fast 1/8th-Scale Open class, 1/8th-Scale Masters, and the 1/10th-Scale Open [...]

Sep 17, 2013 Comments
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About the author

Joel Navarro fell in love with RC since the age of 11 with the Tamiya Grasshopper being his first RC car. Little did he know that the his favorite RC magazine back in 1987, RC Car Action, would be the magazine he works for now. Joel received his AA in photography and in addition to being a West Coast Editor for RC Car Action magazine, he is a professional wedding and portrait photographer in the Southern California and San Diego area. During the winter, Joel is also a snowboard instructor in Big Bear, Ca. Joel is active in the RC community and regularly races all over the SoCal area. His home tracks are SDRC Raceway, West Coast RC Raceway, OCRC Raceway, and parking lot racing in San Diego.
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