The Radio Control Expo, known simply as RCX, has a long history with lots of new and exciting things to see and the 2016 didn’t disappoint with a return to the popular OC Fair and Event Center in Southern California’s beautiful Orange County. The event brought together thousands of spectators and RC enthusiasts for a full weekend of fun that showcased the best in new products, try-me driving, product giveaways, celebrity sightings, stunt demos, full-size show and racing cars, drag racing, tanks, scale-builds, planes, helicopters, drifting, rock-crawling, and drones. Off-road racing returned to RCX with dirt-slinging electric and nitro racing, and the FPV Drone Racing Championship made its debut at RCX. Whatever kind of RC you are in to, the 2016 RCX had it all! Check out the photo gallery from the event.
The outdoor dirt track provided weekend long electric and nitro racing for RC racing fans and spectators.
Some of the hottest racers in electric and nitro came together to battle in front of the thousands of spectators in attendance.
The off-road track gave spectators a chance to see electric and nitro racing vehicles in their real environment.
The “Great American Outdoor Race” was a hit and introduced many to RC racing.
Participants had a lot of fun and showed where the future of Drone Racing could go.
The Drone Racing course was technical and colorful.
The pits at the race looked like a crazy mixture of Silicon Valley and RC transmitters.
Paving the way for racing in the future.
Courtney and John Force are a real force (pun intended) in full-size NHRA racing and were on hand to sign autographs and meet with the fans.
Courtney Force’s full-sized Funny Car was on display in the Traxxas booth and you could almost feel the power coming from it.
Lucas Oil’s Carl Renezeder was on hand to sign autographs and greet fans.
Carl Renezeder’s full-size racing truck on display.
Participants line their vehicles up for display before they all rolled out on parade throughout the RCX venue for all to see.
The Winnebago was a real show-stopper and edged out other amazing builds for the “Best In Show” Award.
The Pro-Line parade continued outside as it parted the “Sea of People” in slow moving glory.
The Winnebago and custom trailer that won Pro-Line’s “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice” awards.
Lots of different vehicles to see.
Back at the show was the drift track including the members of the OneTEN Drift Network. These scale cars provided sliding action in a display of smooth drifting talent with mere inches separating the tandem participants as they navigate the polished concrete corners.
The large Horizon Hobby booth had lots of bashing and racing products on display including their line-up of TLR racing vehicles that included the newly crowned TLR 22 3.0 that won RC Car Action’s prestigious “Car of the Year” award.
The new Losi Ten-SCBE RTR with AVC is just one of the new vehicles shown in the Horizon Hobby booth.
Horizon Hobby also makes boats and had their new Recoil for all to see.
The new flagship transmitter, the Spektrum DX6R with full-color, Android touch screen display debuted at RCX. This high-tech transmitter boasts many new innovative features and changes the perception of what a radio system is capable of.
Detail of the screen on the new Spektrum DX6R.
The RC Car Action team worked behind the scenes to bring all the fun and excitement to life.
The crowds lined up early for the big show!
RCP Crawlers was back with their technical course and showed what these vehicles are capable of.
Traxxas had heir “try me” track at the event and gave participants a chance to drive and jump a Traxxas vehicle.
Large crowds were seen throughout the weekend.
Full sized trucks.
The Traxxas X-Maxx model that won RC Car Action’s “Truck of the Year’ and “Innovation of the Year” for its self-righting feature was on display in the Traxxas booth.
The Tekin booth busy as usual.
Tekin was back at RCX showing of their high-tech goodies, including the latest iOS-compatible Hotwire app.
Always cool things to see at the Tekin booth—like this RX8 and Rock 412 equipped rig.
Hitec is always at the front of technology and their booth was always a buzz with innovative products. Their raffle prizes were a big hit too.
New company Tidnab Innovations was at RCX with their own booth showing everyone that there is always ways to reinvent the wheel. Their electric in-wheel motors are a new take on vehicle propulsion.
The Spearhead Armor Group is always a hit at RCX and their scale military machines are jaw-dropping with detail and historical accuracy.
RCDRL (RC Drag Racing League) had an indoor drag strip where anyone could participate for a small fee. These missiles provide a hands-on experience that could only be appreciated by those who made the trip to RCX.
The West Coast Mini Truckers were back with their scale trucks and mini town. At 1/14th-scale, the trucks, haulers, construction vehicles and other rigs were a site to see. This passionate group of enthusiasts always wear a big smile and are eager to share their creations with the world. They are also happy to seek out new members and can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com
Rockstar Performance Garage was a buzz with their full-size rigs and try-me rock-crawling RC track.
Castle Creations is always happy to answer questions about their powerful brushless systems.
Castle tapped well-known customizer HemiStorm to display this amazing 4-seater Axial Yeti XL with dual Mamba X power systems. Looks factory!
Pro-Line had lots to show in their booth including this new Predator body designed for the TLR 22 3.0.
Pro-Line’s new F-150 Raptor for Traxxas E-Revo, Summit, and other monsters was a surprise at RCX—if you were there, you saw it first!
One of the coolest (no pun intended) products at RCX was a Trencher tire and wheel conversion for Igloo Cube coolers. Limited edition, hopefully you snagged one!
Full-sized rigs were also on display and in many cases were the licensed vehicles we love in RC.
Sweep had their products on display including their new racing premounted tires.
Getting ready to take on the scale quarter mile.
The Traxxas’ demos are always a big hit with the spectators.
Drones continue to grow in popularity and carry all sorts of cameras.
There’s more to see than just cars and drones. Airplanes have been a favorite for years and many were in front of all to walk among.
RCX is a place to see new companies show their ideas to the public.
NitroRCX.com is a company with a lot of budget-friendly products. Many brought home some of their RTR kits.
Kids love RCX and they get a chance to see every type of product up close.
VG Racing showed off their real-steel roll cages and other gear.
FireBrand RC had all sorts of scale stuff to dress up everything from drifters to monster trucks with bodies, wheels, tires, decals, and more.
Cool rigs were everywhere.
The Traxxas girls were once again in attendance at the 2016 RCX.
Colorful drone options.
The Pro-Line booth.
Nitro buggies on the off-road track.
Drone racing competitors.
Drone racer’s prep area.
Drone table at the races.
Checking the parts for crash damage.
Discussing race strategy.
Air Age booth.
Lots of smiles at the 2016 RCX.
Competition under way over on the drone racing course.
Even the Traxxas girls were getting in to the spirit.
The kids checking out the Traxxas demo.
Lots of smiles and laughter.
Everyone had a chance to try driving.
Plenty to see.
Another view of the Traxxas booth.
The award winning Traxxas X-Maxx.
Father/son moments everywhere.
The nitro buggies do battle on the off-road track.
Crowds checking out the off-road racing action.
The drift track had a lot of detail.
Military vehicles with moving parts.
Funny cars line up and ready to race.
The award winning TLR 22 3.0.
Slot car racing.
Backflips at the Traxxas demo.
Traxxas Courtney Force funny car.
Yes, that would be.
Lots to see at the Hitec booth.
Planes and more planes.
Starting them out young.
Kids love rock crawlers.
Explaining new technology and performance at the Tekin booth.
Castle Creations explains their newest technology.
Lots of ways to customize your drone.
Fun at the rock climbing course.
Checking out the drones at the Horizon Hobby booth.
Lots of options for drones.
The indoor flying area drew lots of viewers.
Young participant at the outdoor off-road race.
The TLR 22 3.0 received the RC Car Action “Best Car of the Year” award.