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On-Road Upset!

On-Road Upset!

Tamiya earned its first-ever World Championship title thanks to Thailand’s fast (and unpronounceable) Surikarn Chaidajsuriya, who drove his Reedy-powered TRF 414M II to third, second, and first-place finishes in the three A-Mains to win the title(which makes a staggering 24 IFMAR Worlds victories for Reedy power). Barry Baker, Billy Easton and Chris Tosolini were the Americans in the show, which saw Barry TQ with his TC3. He could have won it all, but Barry damaged his car in a crash during the final laps of the third Main.

In 1/12 scale, Masami Hirosaka proved he still has the World Champ mojo by TQing the class and winning the first two A-Mains. This earned Masami the right to sit out the third Main as the rest of the field battled for the lower podium steps.

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.
DuraTrax Vendetta in action

DuraTrax Vendetta in action

DuraTrax's new Vendetta RTR mini-buggy is getting a lot of positive notice in the Hot News and New Stuff forum, and now you can see it in action on a real off-road track for yourself! Click here to download.
20th Cactus Classic Rains Out with Cav & Tebo on top

20th Cactus Classic Rains Out with Cav & Tebo on top

A freak springtime rainstorm in Scottsdale, AZ shut down the mains at the 20th Annual Pro-Line & RC Car Action Cactus Classic. The rain came down hard and heavy, so the sponsors made the call to award the trophies according to qualifying order. Team Associated's Ryan Cavalieri TQ’d both the 2WD and Truck Mod Classes and Jared “Rambo” Tebo picked up the TQ in 4WD Mod with his J Concepts BJ4. Pro-Line prez Todd Matson commented that this was the first rain-out in 20 years--the very first Cactus Classic was rained out too.
RC Car Action - RC Cars & Trucks | Cavalieri Joins Associated

Cavalieri Joins Associated

Longtime Losi racer and podium regular Ryan Cavalieri will be making the switch to the A-Team for the remainder of the 05’ season. Pudge will run both gas and electric cars for Associated, but no change-ups are planned in the power department: he's sticking with Trinity motors and batteries and Sirio engines. Ryan's racing schedule should be booked pretty solid, as he is also running an Inferno 777 for Kyosho. Associated, Trinity, Sirio, Kyosho...that’s a lot of T-shirts to pack.

Click Here for more information and feedback on this topic at the RC Zone forum.
XRAY drivers Burch and Dumas take 1st and 2nd at Novak TC Champs

XRAY drivers Burch and Dumas take 1st and 2nd at Novak TC Champs

Ralph Burch TQ'ed and won the hotly-contested modified touring class at the Novak US Touring Car Championships held at Trackside Hobbies in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Burch and XRAY teammate Mike Dumas were both driving new XRAY T1 Factory cars equipped with a few "in-development" prototype parts. New Epic 9-turn Cobalt modified motors using the Trinity XXX Silver brushes were reportedly used for power in both cars with Burch sporting SMC and Dumas running EPIC batteries. A straw poll of those who attended the race showed that XRAY cars were very popular for a significant portion of the field, including many privateers. There was also a common theme in the comments about the big horsepower of the EPIC Cobalt motors used to power the top two cars - more than a few racers in attendance said these new motors were the class of the field.
Losi Takes Two at Thunder Enduro

Losi Takes Two at Thunder Enduro

Team Losi won 1/10-scale Gas Truck and Monster Truck at Thunder Alley’s 2nd Annual 3-Hour Enduro in Beaumont, California. Adam Drake anchored both Losi teams and drove alongside Losi/Trinity Pro Travis Amezcua. All of the trucks used in the 1/10-scale class were Team Losi AD2s. In 1/8-scale Buggy, Team Pro-Line/Mugen came out on top, captained by Scott Hughes. Click here for more info and the gear that won.
FIRST PICS! Team Losi EIGHT nitro buggy

FIRST PICS! Team Losi EIGHT nitro buggy

That's right, Losi has released the first shots of the genuine article--or at least a prototype. "This is only an incomplete engineering model and there are parts that will be significantly different in production," says Team Losi. Click for discussion and all the pics!
Traxxas and CEN score at Monster Madness

Traxxas and CEN score at Monster Madness

RC Car Action's annual monster jam at RC Madness in Enfield CT is always popular, and this year's event saw some great battles. The CEN guys (right) TQ'd Truggy, Buggy, and Big Block Monster, and went on to win Truggy and Buggy. Traxxas TQ'd and won 2WD Gas Truck and Small Block Monster. Click Here for more info.
TQ Aigon disqualified at the Worlds!

TQ Aigon disqualified at the Worlds!

Top qualifier, French Ho Bao driver Yannick Aigoin, was disqualified at the conclusion of the 1/2 Final that he won on his way to the final. The unfortunate timing of the disqualification means he cannot participate in the final. He was disqualified for an illegal fuel tank that held more than the 125cc of fuel as mandated by IFMAR rules. His disqualification from the final eliminated the only Ho Bao car to make the final, leaving Crono, Kyosho and Mugen cars to fill the field. Fortunately, all wasn't lost from primary sponsor Ho Bao, as the 11th qualifier who moved into the final as a result of Aigon's DQ is Robert Battle, another HoBao driver.

The controversial local favorite and track owner, Mikael Pålsson failed to make the final, finishing 6th in his 1/2 final just 15 seconds back of the lead in a tight battle to make the bump to the big show.

Photos and information courtesy of frck.org, the official webisite of the 2004 IFMAR 1/8 Off-Road World Championship.
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