Joel Navarro’s Blog

Can an RTR be competitive at the track?

Why yes it can be! Recently I’ve had the chance to borrow one of the Kyosho Ultima SC’s from SDRC Raceway (www.sdrcraceway.com) that they use in the Learn-To-Drive program they have to teach kids about RC, and give it a go on their awesome track for a couple of race days. Some of the necessary [...]

Nov 16, 2011 Comments
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Spy Shots! EXOTEK Aluminum LCG Chassis for the Associated SC10 4X4

On my last outing at SDRC Raceway in San Diego, Ca (sdrcraceway.com/), I caught up with Exotek (www.exotekracing.com), which was testing their new LCG (low center of gravity) chassis for the Associated SC10 4×4. At 5 oz heavier than the stock chassis, it’s adding stability and traction to this SC that is sometimes considered “too [...]

Oct 27, 2011 Comments
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IIC 2011 – A-main Videos! Mind bending speeds!

It might have taken me a little while to post, but it’s well worth the wait. Here are the A-main runs of some of the worlds top best RC drivers running on IIC’s super fast carpet track. The speeds are so fast, one is left to wonder how RC cars are controlled at that speed [...]

Oct 20, 2011 Comments
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The 1/8th Wonder is here…in San Diego, Ca

It’s always exciting to be able to experience the opening of a new RC track in your area. Off-road tracks have always been scarce in the San Diego area forcing racers to drive north to the LA and OC area. Well, we can put all that behind us because The 1/8th Wonder is here. This [...]

Oct 17, 2011 Comments
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Team RCRD B4.1 Longer Aluminum Chassis Conversion

My local race track, SDRC Raceway in San Diego ( www.sdrcraceway.com ) has been picking up steam and has become a popular testing facility for RC manufacturers to test prototype parts. On a “Wednesday Night Worlds” club racing night, I spotted this sick chassis from Team RCRD for the Associated B4.1. I was limited to [...]

Oct 14, 2011 Comments
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IIC 2011 – Inside the A-main Winning Cars

Preparing for a big race like the IIC takes a lot of work and preparation. Top factory racers spend months testing their cars with different set-ups, and every possible hop-up and prototype parts to ultimately culminate into what you see on race day. As a spectator, your are amazed at the blinding speeds and precision [...]

Oct 10, 2011 Comments
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IIC 2011 – Race Results

This years IIC is in the books and it was a great one at that. The A-mains were full of action and super close finishes for the top spot right up to the last lap! Here are all the A-main winners photos and sheets of the final standings. A-main videos coming soon so you can [...]

Oct 10, 2011 Comments
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IIC 2011 – Photo Gallery

It has been hectic at the IIC with¬†preparations by the racers and the IIC crew. The lower mains are run first, with all the A-mains ran at the end of the race program. Here are some photos that catch the flavor of what IIC participants are experiencing. I’ll have full A-main results, winners photos, winner’s [...]

Oct 09, 2011 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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