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Surikarn and Cavalieri Win Reedy Race!

Tamiya factory pilot Surikarn Chaidajsuriya put the smack down on the Invitational class at the Reedy Touring Car Race of Champions this weekend, with pro drivers Greg Hodapp (XRAY) and Atshushi Hara (HPI) in tow. In the Open class, Team Losi's Ryan Cavalieri took a break from off-road just long enough to smoke the field with his Trinity D6-powered Team Losi Triple-XS, beating fellow Losi driver Mike Truhe and Associated's Brad Thielke. In 19-Turn class action, Charlie Suangka won with his Novak-powered Tamiya TRF 415. All the 19-Turn drivers ran Reedy Spec 19 motors.

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Reedy Race winner Surikarn Chaidajsuriya (center), second place finisher Greg Hodapp (left) and third place driver Atsushi Hara (right) pose with their hardware.

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Open Class champ Ryan Cavalieri (center), second place finisher Mike Truhe (left), and third-place driver Brad Thielke (right).

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First-place guy Charlie Suagnka (Novak shirt) and second-place EJ Evans are the bread in this Miss Becky sandwich. Charlie Albrecht (right) finished third.

Atsushi Hara wins ROAR 1/10 Fuel Sedan Nationals!

Atsushi Hara wins ROAR 1/10 Fuel Sedan Nationals!

Atsushi Hara put on an excellent display of driving ability to win his second consecutive ROAR Fuel Sedan National Championship in his HPI R40. Mike Blackstock finished in second place in his Associated NTC3. Chris Tossolini took third place in his Kyosho FW05R. While seven different brands of cars were represented in the race, Associated, HPI, Kyosho and Mugen were the brands fighting for the lead. Mikey Swauger in his Mugen MTX3 had taken the lead late in the race, but his receiver pack died with eight minutes to go. Atsushi put in a near perfect performance, with an excellent display of driving skill, and was up near the front or in the lead for the entire hour-long race.
Ryan Cavaleri wins IFMAR title for Losi

Ryan Cavaleri wins IFMAR title for Losi

Team Losi Triple-X Graphite Plus buggies
dominate A-Main
It's official: Team Losi's Ryan Cavalieri is the new IFMAR 4WD World Champion! With wins in the first and third A-Mains, Cavalieri sewed up another 4WD title for the Losi guys. Top Qualifier Brian Kinwald finished second, and Mike Truhe rolled into third. All three drove Team Losi Triple-X4 Graphite Plus buggies, as did six of the other Main-makers. Associated's Billy Easton was the only driver not wheeling a Losi (he ran Yokomo's new MR4-BC Special to finish 8th overall). Click here for results courtesy of Team Losi, and click here more info at the Team Losi site! Click here to read how A-Main 3 went down!
Factory Team TC4 revealed!

Factory Team TC4 revealed!

The big news at RCX was the debut of the Factory Team TC4. Much more than the usual titanium turnbuckles and blue stuff, the Factory TC4 showed off a plate graphite chassis. The setup represents a new level of adjustability for the TC4. A graphite “spine” bridges the upper and lower decks, and four screws in the top deck can be loosened or removed to adjust the car’s torsional ridgidity without compromising front-to-rear stiffness. Graphite shock towers, MIP CVDs, and aluminum arm mounts are standard. There are also new aluminum components used to replace parts normally molded into the stock chassis. Looks tight!

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ROAR On-road Nats: Hara takes Mod, Francis wins 19-turn, Ellis captures Stock

ROAR On-road Nats: Hara takes Mod, Francis wins 19-turn, Ellis captures Stock

Speedline Hobbies, Largo, FL: Atsushi Hara absolutely dominated the Modified class and even lapped the entire field in every qualifier and in both of the Mains to take the championship. With a win in 19-turn, Team Losi's Matt Francis showed he still has what it takes as he enters his self-proclaimed last season of racing. Drew Ellis of Team XRAY/RC America earned his first National championship with a win in Stock Touring. Mike Lufaso won the 1/12-scale Modified class to give LRP/Reedy a second National title using brushless power—a feat yet to be matched.
Kyosho stars in Exteme Makeover

Kyosho stars in Exteme Makeover

Look for Kyosho cars and trucks in the January 22nd episode of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Hmmm...Mini-Z track in the living room, maybe? We'll just have to tune in to find out! Click Here for more info.
Trinity Mini Spyder 1/18 4WD truck

Trinity Mini Spyder 1/18 4WD truck

The mini market has another new player—Trinity’s new “Itsy Bitsy Spyder” (yes, that is in fact it’s real name). This new 1/18 4WD off-road truck comes 100 percent assembled from the factory; has a shaft drive system; front and rear gear diffs; ball bearings in the gearboxes; high performance “Mini” size motor; fully proportional ESC with reverse; high-torque/high-speed steering servo; full size AM radio; it’s available in six different 27MHz frequencies with six different body colors; has low-profile off-road tires (with foam inserts) mounted on chrome dish wheels. The truck comes completely ready-to-run—all that’s left is to install AA batteries (four for the truck) and go! The little Spyder retails for just $199 and is expected to sell for only about $120 on the street. For more information, please visit the Team Trinity website.
Team Losi sees Red! JULY 2001

Team Losi sees Red! JULY 2001

Team Losi Matt Francis Edition Triple-XT
Move over Brian, Matt Francis now has a signature truck! Matt's well-known red motif visually separates his namesake ride from a standard-issue Triple-XT, and in typical signature-vehicle fashion, the Matt Francis Edition includes just about every performance upgrade part Losi offers. Here's the list:
  • Graphite composite chassis and suspension components
  • Hard-coated, machined-aluminum slipper shaft and top gear
  • Ball-bearing steering
  • Titanium-nitride-coated, gold shock shafts
  • Threaded, hard-coated shock bodies with molded preload collars
  • MIP CVD drive shafts
  • Red-anodized-aluminum front hinge-pin brace
  • Red anodized, ball-milled motor plate
  • Red-anodized front axles
  • Machined-titanium turnbuckles
  • New "Fury" body and Special Edition stickers
  • Red aluminum rear hinge-pin brace
  • Red front and rear bumpers, body mounts, wheels and rod ends
Suh-weet! The Matt Francis Edition will cost more than a standard Triple-XT (duh), but you'll save megabucks compared with the cost of buying the upgrades separately.
Team Losi MICRO-T — it’s 1/36 scale!

Team Losi MICRO-T — it’s 1/36 scale!

Wow! The company that lit the fuse on the off-road mini explosion has just tossed a new grenade into the battle with the Micro (not mini) T, a 1/36 car that looks to have all the performance of "big" stadium trucks! More info here.
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