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Redcat Racing Gen8 Scout II Slow Motion Reel [VIDEO]

Redcat Racing Gen8 Scout II Slow Motion Reel [VIDEO]

From Redcat Racing:
During the filming of the Redcat Gen8 promotional videos, we gathered a lot of slow motion footage, so we thought we would put all of it into one video.

Much of this footage was done at top speeds to get some air time. Scale crawlers are not usually driven in these ways, but we thought it would be fun, so enjoy!
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RC4WD Desert Runner With Blue Hero Hard Body Set

RC4WD Desert Runner With Blue Hero Hard Body Set

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From RC4WD:
Specifications:

Main Material: Aluminum Alloy, Stainless Steel, Nylon, ABS and Polycarbonate
Hard Plastic Body
Front Independent Suspension (IFS) and Rear Solid Axle
Reduction Gearbox Driven with Planetary Gears (16:1 Reduction Ratio)
Hard Plastic Transfer Case (Silver)
Remote Lockable Rear and Front Axle (Locking Differential)
Recommend Battery: 3S, 25C Lipo Battery
Maximum Speed: 12.5MPH/20KMH (With a 3S Battery)
Incline Driving Angle: 30°
Road Driving Angle: 15°
Decline Driving Angle: 15°
Wheelbase: 13.89″ (353mm)
Truck Net Weight: 4.0KGS / 8.82LBS
30 Days Limited Warranty
Basic 4 Channel 2.4Ghz Radio (VV-JD00030 only)

What’s Included:

  • 1x 1/10 Desert Runner RTR Scale Truck w/Hero Hard Body Set (Blue)
  • 1x Basic 4 Channel 2.4Ghz Radio (VV-JD00030 only)
  • 1x Decal Sheet
  • 1x Instruction Manual

#VV-JD00028 – 1/10 DESERT RUNNER SCALE TRUCK ARTR W/HERO HARD BODY SET (BLUE) – $489.99
#VV-JD00030 – 1/10 DESERT RUNNER RTR SCALE TRUCK W/HERO HARD BODY SET (BLUE) – $569.99
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Intellect 2019 Silicon Graphene LiPo Packs

Intellect 2019 Silicon Graphene LiPo Packs

From Schumacher:
New for 2019 are Intellect’s range of awesome LiPo batteries!

The new LiHV HV4 will display a higher voltage and power than 2018 models.

Bench-marked against other leading brands, Intellect batteries provide higher performance for the same specification of battery.

2019 batteries are all Silicon-Graphene based LiHV. Silicon Graphene packs have improved cycle time when charged at 1C rates and can be charged at a higher C rating, with less risk of damage to the pack. LIHV technology has the ability to be charged to 4.35v per cell, but normal racing regulations allow up to 4.2v so LIHV are much safer.

All LiPo’s are 120C.

BRCA/EFRA Legal as of April 2019.

To address market demands 2 options nominally are available Hi Power and Long RunTime.
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Tekno Lightweight 1/8 Wing

Tekno Lightweight 1/8 Wing

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From Tekno RC:
Tekno RC is happy to announce the release of a new lightweight wing for 1/8th scale vehicles that is as light as a Lexan® wing, but as strong as a molded wing! More info below.

Our new lightweight wing has been designed to eliminate unnecessary material while maintaining the strength and durability Tekno is known for. Coming in at just 41 grams, it’s the lightest molded wing on the market by nearly 10 grams. As the highest part on the vehicle, a lightweight wing improves the vehicle’s handling by lowering the center of gravity. Injection molded from a durable polymer blend and thoroughly track tested, you can be confident it will stand up to brutal race conditions. It is also ROAR and IFMAR legal without modification, uses standard mounting locations and wing buttons.

Features:

  • Reduced weight to lower the center of gravity.
  • Molded from durable polymer plastic.
  • Meets ROAR and IFMAR rules without modification.
  • Fits all Tekno RC 1/8th scale vehicles as well as many other 1/8th scale vehicles from other manufacturers.

#TKR8292K – Lightweight Wing (ROAR/IFMAR legal, black) – $15.99
#TKR8292W – Lightweight Wing (ROAR/IFMAR legal, white) – $15.99
#TKR8292Y – Lightweight Wing (ROAR/IFMAR legal, yellow) – $15.99
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Trinity Revtech Drag Racing LiPo Packs

Trinity Revtech Drag Racing LiPo Packs

From Trinity:
Each Revtech Drag Racing LiPo battery is produced with higher grade safer materials, which results in longer battery life. The new assembly technology limits “cell puffing” resulting in a more durable and impact resistant battery.

POWER Yourself to the Next Level with a Revtech LiPo Pack!

Specs:

REV2034-5

Battery Size: 2 Cell Small Soft Pack
ROAR Approved: N/A
Battery Type: LiPo
Voltage: 7.4v
Capacity @7.4V: 4000mah
Weight : 208g avg
Connector Type: No Plug 8 Gauge Wire
Balance Connector: XH
Number of Cells: 2
Dimensions (LxWxH) (mm): 92x44x23mm
Maximum Charge Rate: 1C = 4amps
Continuous Discharge “C” : 110C, 220C Burst
Watt Hour @7.4V: 29.60wh

REV2035-5

Battery Size: 3 Cell Small Soft Pack
ROAR Approved: N/A
Battery Type: LiPo
Voltage: 11.1v
Capacity @7.4V: 4000mah
Weight : 302g avg
Connector Type: No Plug 8 Gauge Wire
Balance Connector: XH
Number of Cells: 3
Dimensions (LxWxH) (mm): 92x44x34mm
Maximum Charge Rate: 1C = 4amps
Continuous Discharge “C” : 110C, 220C Burst
Watt Hour @7.4V: 44.40wh

**Revtech Graphene LiPo Batteries require a LiPo compatible Charger.

#REV2034-5 – 2S 7.4V 4000MAH 110C 220C BURST LIPO DRAG RACING PACK NO PLUG – $84.99
#REV2035-5 – 3S 11.1V 4000MAH 110C 220C BURST LIPO DRAG RACING PACK NO PLUG – $104.99

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Savox SW-1250MG Waterproof Premium Mini Digital Servo

Savox SW-1250MG Waterproof Premium Mini Digital Servo

From Savox:
The SW-1250MG is a premium waterproof, ultra torque, digital mini servo that is the ultimate replacement for Traxxas 1/16 scale applications.

Features:

  • Full aluminum waterproof case.
  • Strong metal gear train for increased durability.
  • Ultra torque and speed for mini applications
  • Designed for Traxxas 1/16 vehicles.
  • Savox SW-1250MG Waterproof Premium Mini Digital Servo

Specifications:

Torque @ 4.8v – 5.0 kg-cm/69.4 oz-in
Torque @ 6.0v – 8.0 kg-cm/111.1 oz-in
Speed @ 4.8v – 0.12 sec/60 deg
Speed @ 6.0v – 0. 10sec/60 deg

#SAVSW1250MG – $62.99
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PROTOform Universal Body Stiffener Kit For RC Car Bodies

PROTOform Universal Body Stiffener Kit For RC Car Bodies

From PROTOform:
The same simple, easy-to-use stiffeners that have been included with our World Championship-winning 1:8 On-road bodies for years are now available on their own. They will help reinforce the side panels of your 1:8 On-road or 1:10 PRO-10 body to keep from fluttering down the straightaway. With some trimming, they can also be used on the front corners of our 1:12 Pro-Lite bodies to prevent the front fenders from catching on the carpet at high speeds. Use your preferred method of attachment (not included): either M3 screws, or high-strength double sided tape.

Features:

  • Light Weight
  • Easy to use
  • Versatile for many types of bodies
  • Made in the USA

What’s Included:

  • Polycarbonate Stiffener Set (6 stiffeners on each piece)

Fits:

  • 1:8, 1:10 and 1:12 RC Car Bodies.

#1731-00 – $9.31
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Maclan Graphene V2 LiPos

Maclan Graphene V2 LiPos

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From Maclan Racing:
The Maclan Racing “Race Formula Graphene V2” battery is our latest 2019 chemistry. We took our 2018 design and pushed performance to the next level with lower internal resistance, stronger run-time voltages, and more usable capacity. The Graphene V2 offers all the popular configurations, (stick and shorty) for both on and off road applications.

Features:

  • Lower internal resistance
  • 2019 chemistry for optimized discharge curves
  • Better power to weight ratio
  • 5mm bullet type connectors for maximum power throughput
  • 10C maximum charge rate, 3C charge rate recommended for the longest life spa
  • 7.6V (2S) nominal voltage
  • ROAR approval pending

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Losi 22S MagnaFlow & Kicker Themed 2WD RTR Short Course Trucks [VIDEO]

Losi 22S MagnaFlow & Kicker Themed 2WD RTR Short Course Trucks [VIDEO]

Losi 22S MagnaFlow & Kicker Themed 2WD RTR Short Course Trucks

Losi 22S MagnaFlow & Kicker Themed 2WD RTR Short Course Trucks

Losi 22S MagnaFlow & Kicker Themed 2WD RTR Short Course Trucks

From Losi:
Looking for the best vehicle to get started in the RC Hobby? The Losi® 22S SCT RTR is the perfect vehicle for new RC enthusiasts looking to capture the thrills of big air, blazing speeds, and responsive cornering. Based on the Team Losi Racing® 22™ race platform, the 22S SCT features all the fun and performance of its predecessors making it the perfect Ready-to-Run vehicle to not only maximize performance bashing in the backyard, street or park, but to be the perfect entry level race truck for your local R/C race track. The Losi engineering team applied the race-proven suspension geometry of the TLR 22SCT to the 22S SCT, giving it the handling ability needed to maximize performance everywhere. The powerful Dynamite® 12T 550 brushed motor provides great torque and top speed that will keep drivers coming back for more. With officially-licensed Magnaflow and Kicker Audio trim schemes, the 22S SCT looks the part while it’s tearing up the terrain or crossing the finish line. Designed to be user-friendly, the electronics are hard mounted and the battery is loaded through the bottom of the chassis to help create a hassle-free user experience. Additionally, several Team Losi Racing 22 platform performance parts are available to upgrade the vehicles performance and style.

All New 2WD Platform

The all new 2WD SCT platform has the performance heritage of the Team Losi Racing® 22 platform, but has been adapted to be take durability and driveability to the next level.

Aluminum Front/Rear Chassis Plates

The 22S SCT is built tough and tunable with aluminum chassis plates in the front and rear to provide chassis rigidity and extreme performance.

Dynamite® Brushed ESC

Dynamite’s 60A 2S ESC provides great power, torque and top speed to help the 2WD SCT tear up the track, park or street!

Dynamite® 12-Turn 550 Brushed Motor

Dynamite’s 12T 550 brushed motor rips out of the turn and has speed to impress on the straightaways.

Bottom Loading Battery

The chassis was thoughtfully designed allowing the battery to load into the chassis from the bottom. This allows racers to avoid the traditional extra hassles required to change a battery, like removing the body shell.

Spektrum™ Servo

Spektrum surface 6kg waterproof servo confidently guides the 22S SCT through all terrains.

Race-Inspired Scale Body

The 22S SCT scale, race-inspired short course body features sleek graphics in two different officially licensed trim schemes: Magnaflow and Kicker Audio.

MAXXIS Razr MT Tires

Working together with MAXXIS Tires, Losi added scaled down Razr MT tires with an aggressive tread pattern that will help you tackle any terrain. Whether driving on asphalt or dirt, these tough tires provide long-lasting tread life and world-class performance.

12mm Race-inspired Oil-filled Shocks

These shock absorbers help keep the 22S SCT incredibly stable and so you can maintain control on even the toughest terrain.

Race Inspired Bumpers

The 22S SCT includes molded composite race inspired bumpers with molded rubber mud flaps to keep up the scale realism.

Spektrum™ STX2 Transmitter

The STX2 transmitter comes with a three-position throttle-limiting switch that makes the 22S easy to drive, whether you’re a beginner or expert driver. Features like throttle/steering reversing, throttle/steering travel adjust and throttle limiting are all built in.

Features:

  • All New Race-inspired 2WD Platform
  • Dynamite® 60A FWD/REV ESC
  • Dynamite® 12T 550 brushed motor
  • Team Losi Racing® Option Part Upgrades Available
  • Bottom Loading Battery
  • All Metal Gear Transmission
  • Oil-filled Gear Differential
  • Spektrum™ Waterproof Servo
  • Spektrum™ STX2 2.4GHz Radio System
  • Race-Inspired Licensed Scale Body
  • Officially licensed MAXXIS Razr MT Tires
  • 12mm race-inspired oil filled shocks
  • Needed to Complete
  • Powerstage Bundle – Stage 2: 2S LiPo

What’s in the Box?

(1) 22S SCT RTR: 1/10 2WD Short Course Truck
(1) Product Manual

Specs:

Ball Bearings: Full Ball Bearing
Batteries: Sold Separately
Body: Polycarbonate, Screen Printed, 1.2mm
Brakes: Controlled via Motor/ESC
Charger: Sold Separately
Chassis: Molded Composite
Completion Level: Ready-To-Run
Differential: Sealed Gear Differential
Drivetrain: 2WD
Final Drive Ratio: 14.58:1, 11.34:1
Gear Pitch: 48-Pitch
Ground Clearance: 2.1 in (53mm)
Height: 7.8 in (198mm)
Internal Gear Ratio: 2.43:1
Length: 21.6 in (549mm)
Motor Size: 550 12-turn
Motor Type: Non-Sensored Brushless
Pinion: 14T,18T
Radio: STX200, 2ch
Servos: Included
Shock Type: Oil-filled with Coil-Over Spring
Size/Scale: 1/10
Speed Control: Included
Spur Gear: 84T
Suspension: Lower A-Arm, Upper Link
Tire Diameter: 4.5 in (115mm)
Tire Tread: MAXXIS Razr MT
Track: 9.6 in (245mm)
Vehicle Type: Short Course Truck
Wheel Diameter: 2.2/3.0 in (55.9mm/76.2mm)
Wheel Type: Losi SCT
Wheelbase: 13.2 in (335mm)
Width: 11.7 in (296mm)

#LOS03022T1 – 1/10 22S 2WD SCT RTR, MagnaFlow – $189.99
#LOS03022T2 – 1/10 22S 2WD SCT RTR, Kicker – $189.99
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HUDY Aluminum Tray For Accessories & Pit LED

HUDY Aluminum Tray For Accessories & Pit LED

From Hudy:
Professional, ultra-compact work tray for accessories, Pit LED, and mobile phone. CNC-machined from 1-piece aircraft aluminum. Extremely durable and wear resistant. Black coated.

The parts tray features 4 different compartments for accessories & hardware. Middle compartment fits perfectly to #107855 – HUDY Pit LED. Front adjustable bar holds your mobile phone.

Machined pockets feature super-thin walls for light weight. Stylish chamfered edges and laser-engraved HUDY graphics makes your tray stand out on your pit table.

Features:

  • Ultra-compact work tray for accessories, Pit LED, and mobile phone
  • Features 4 different compartments for accessories & hardware
  • Middle compartment fits perfectly to #107855 – HUDY Pit LED
  • Front adjustable bar holds your mobile phone
  • CNC-machined from 1-piece aircraft aluminum for durability
  • Machined pockets with super-thin walls for light weight
  • Stylish chamfered edges
  • Super-hard coated for wear resistance protection
  • Perfect for all classes & scales

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Joey Christensen: RC’s Most Prolific Track Builder Talks About a Life in The Dirt

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If you’ve been following pro RC racing anytime in the last 20 years, you’ve probably heard of Joey Wolters Christensen, aka “Joe Dirt,” a genuine artist with a Bobcat and a shovel (not to mention normal art supplies—more on that later) who has shaped some of RC racing’s most famous (and infamous) tracks. Joey is the go-to guy when promoters and sanctioning bodies need a professional track that can challenge drivers and ensure action-packed racing, and he has been delivering since 1999. We caught up with Joey between shovel sessions to talk about his life in RC.

 

RC Car Action: How did you discover RC cars? What was your first hobby-quality car?
Joey Christensen: My earliest memory of RC cars was somehow getting a Tamiya Grasshopper. It did not have a radio or any extra parts—it was just the car. I was amazed at how realistic and cool the shocks were. I would roll that car around and make my own car noises and pretend it was a real car! [laughs] Being that there was no radio or any other parts to it, I moved on fairly quickly, as bikes and skateboarding were calling my name! I was an only child. My stepdad, Bear, was my dad since the age of seven. He had no other kids and was one of the nicest and most loving people I had ever met. He owned his own automotive/radiator business and was a hardworking man who never missed a day of work. He bought used motorcycles and BMX bikes and repaired them so that we could all race together. He bought an old motor home so that we could travel to races. He bought a trailer at Lake Havasu and an old boat so that we could enjoy the weekends fishing, skiing, camping, and riding motorcycles in the desert. He bought us an old dune buggy, and I learned how to drive stick at 12 years old, with wooden blocks on the pedals so that I could reach. But after marrying my high-school sweetheart and having two kids by the time I was 19, I moved quickly into family and fatherhood.

Skip forward to 1999. I had been involved in opening surf-, skate-, and snowboard shops in outlet malls up and down the California coast. I set up the stores, hired all of the employees, designed the look, and oversaw the daily operations. After a successful few years, we sold the stores, and I found myself off from work for a while, looking for something fun to do. My dad had a guy that worked for him who was into racing RC cars at the local track in Hemet, California, where I lived. My dad and I went to watch one night, and I was so excited and couldn’t believe how cool the cars were. I wanted one! He said, “Well, the problem is you buy all of the stuff and, a week later, you decide to get out of it and you are stuck with all this stuff!” I was bummed because he had got me all excited and then pulled the plug. [laughs] To my surprise, the very next day he came home from work and had bought all the stuff—a new Losi Double-X NT gas truck and everything that goes with it! He said, “I’ll buy all of the stuff and you drive it!” That sounded like a great deal to me and off we went. It was a great time to be back doing fun guy stuff with my dad.

I eventually took over the Hemet track in 1999, and we hosted the first-ever Dirt Nitro Challenge in 2000. There were 111 entries, and all of the top pros were in attendance. I think Jared Tebo was 12, and Richard Saxton was the top legend in the sport, with his pit man Regan Leblanc. I had built this over-the-top track, and I felt it was going to really highlight what these cars could do. To my surprise and a bit of embarrassment, Richard Saxton felt the jumps were too big and cut them all down! [laughs] Looking back, I was really pushing the envelope and they were just not used to my style yet. I was a great learning experience, and the race has grown into the largest outdoor off-road gas race in the world, with entries reaching more than 1,000. This year will mark the 20th annual Dirt Nitro Challenge, and I am so excited.

Where did the name “The Dirt” come from?
All of my friends from my hometown of Hemet had moved away to the beach cities, and every time they would come visit me, they would refer to Hemet as “The Dirt.” There was nothing but dirt roads and places to race off-road. The road leading into Hemet was called “The Dirt Highway.” So when it came time to design a new logo for the track, I named it “The Dirt” and drew all of my own logos. The Dirt represents my hometown and a lifetime of racing in the dirt. To me, it is the main ingredient in off-road racing, and I put that on my first business cards. [laughs] I still have them!

You’re also an artist. Tell us about that.
I have been an artist since I was a small child. My grandmother had a “how to draw” book, and I drew every picture in that book religiously. I was probably six years old at the time. I would go on to draw and paint my way through school, entering into every art show and art contest, eventually winning an art scholarship. In high school, I painted my junior-year wall and my senior-year wall, and designed our yearbook. I started a window-painting business at 17 and painted signs for the local businesses in town. I was also an avid ceramic enthusiast and was president of the art guild in high school. I would sell my pottery to the other teachers at the school. I ended up buying a ceramic studio from a former teacher right out of high school and set it all up in my garage. In my early 20s, I worked as a set painter/designer at Knott’s Berry Farm as well as set painting at Disney. So when I first had my own track in Hemet, I immediately started to design my own logos and team-driver logos. The idea of having the top drivers at the time putting my sticker on their cars was so cool to me. This was before big contracts, team managers, etc. I decided that I would have my own team—basically, guys that I would give stickers to and hope they would run them on their cars. My sticker team was made up of Adam Drake, Jeremy Kortz, Greg Degani, Jared Tebo, Chad Bradley—I think I’m missing a few—but it was so fun drawing and making the stickers. To this day, “The Drake” logo is one of the most recognized in the RC world! I currently create hand-drawn logos for customers all over the world, from last names to business names. It’s so fun and allows me to be creative on adaily basis.

Does building tracks scratch that artistic itch at all?
Track design is the most creative artistic thing I do, I think. I usually wait to get there and walk the track area to get a feel for the natural ups and downs and, of course, what the client wants—skill levels, etc. I never draw out the jumps beforehand. I might draw out an idea of which way the lanes will go just to show the customer, but that usually changes very quickly. I feel like it is the same as painting or drawing—you create as you go. New ideas come as a section gets made, and they complement each other; eventually you will end up with a track that flows properly. I like that, when I am finished, it looks like a piece of art—a dirt sculpture!

What other types of art do you like to make?
As far as other types of art, I’m really into painting these days. I like acrylic and watercolor. I used to sell paintings on a regular basis to businesses—from coffee shops to banks and hotels. I have been so busy with RC cars over the last 20 years that I am just now getting back into it. I have recently moved to Palm Springs, California, and it is really an art mecca. I love the vibe here, and it is such a creative place. I’m hoping to have enough paintings soon so that my girlfriend and I will have an art booth at the local Thursday-night street fair. That’s the plan.

You’ve built some of RC’s most legendary tracks. Tell us about a few of your favorites.
Wow, let’s see—over 20 years I start to forget! In those 20 years, I have designed and built over 300 tracks—in 25 states as well as seven different countries, including India and China! I’ve been fortunate to be able to put on a good variety of races, including the ROAR Offroad Nationals, the NORCA Nationals, 19 years of Nitro Challenge events at three different venues, three Silver State events, and the Texas Lone Star Challenge for five years, and was able to hold my own event called “The Dirt Nitro Challenge” in Rio de Janeiro, as well as more than 10 other tracks in Brazil, and The Dirt Nitro Challenge in Italy at IBR Padova. I have built tracks for celebrities and NFL athletes. I was asked to build a jump for an RC car segment on the Dave Letterman show, which never came to be, and built a custom home track for the son of Sheldon Adelson, the man who owns the [Las Vegas] Sands Corporation and The Venetian hotel. I was asked to build a track for [hip-hop artist] Tyga and his MTV show. To top it off, myself, Aaron Webb, and The Dirt crew have been recruited three times from different production companies in Hollywood to do an RC car reality show, [which would] follow us around building tracks and putting on races. It’s cool that RC cars are on the TV radar that much!

My favorite track—man, that’s hard to say. I think the first track I built at IBR Padova in Italy was such a cool track and a great learning experience. The track builds in Brazil are really cool too—and the most challenging! From the tools and equipment and to culture, food, and just the overall change in environment, it is a challenge to be on the road for a few months in another country, traveling on planes and buses, and getting picked up by people you don’t know who don’t speak English. [They have] different food and sleep schedules, and they just want you to build the same track they saw on LiveRC from the Nitro Challenge! Oh man, Brazil has been the most fun and the most challenging for sure—some of the most beautiful people in the world, inside and out.

But my favorite has to be the new indoor Silver State. It was so dang cool to see the cars flying through the air on the big hotel marquee as you drive into Vegas! The hotel/casino was full of advertisements, and everyone was so excited to be racing there. You could watch the races from your room or go relax in the pool before your next heat—it was the best! We are so looking forward to teaming up with the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa for next year’s event. Definitely stay tuned for the dates!

Assuming you’ve already got a level spot and dirt has been delivered, how long does it take to go from zero to race-ready track?
I can build a small track in one day and a large, more detailed track from three days to five days. A track like the Nitro Challenge takes maybe seven [days], as I wear a lot of hats during the build so I am constantly doing multiple things at once as well as building the track. I have to set up a makeshift office inside of the skidsteer—no lie! [laughs]

How has track design changed since you built your first track? What are the most common requests you get for track features?
I feel like, for me, I try to make the tracks bigger with wider lanes. I think that, with 10 to 15 cars on the track at once, the lane width needs to be wider. Other than that, I have the same process for every build: get out there and start creating, and see what I end up with!

I think it was about 13 years ago, at the first DNC in Arizona at The Nitro Pit, I built a huge step-up jump. After the final mains, we actually had a step-up contest that was broadcast on LiveRC; I think you can still look it up. Ever since then, people ask me for the “Joey Jump.” I didn’t get it the first time I heard it, but I get requests for it all of the time. [laughs]

Where do you see RC racing and track design going in the next 10 years?
I have a feeling racing is going to get more fine-tuned, more streamlined into specific channels. A national series, like the one I’m starting in 2019, and maybe a sports TV channel that covers it? I see RC racing becoming more professionally packaged and bundled for a better platform to give it more exposure. I see good things for racing. As far as track design, I see two things: tracks designed for spectators, which will encourage crazy crash-and-burn action, and layouts for club- and big-event races along the same lines as what we have now but a little more fine-tuned I think.

You’re known to get up to some shenanigans after the track is built and the race day is done. Got any favorite stories?
One year during the Nitro Challenge at The Nitro Pit in Arizona, I had bought a really nice pit bike motorcycle to raffle off. I had instructed my crew (my crazy son Curran, Minnesota Tony, Webbslinger, and a few others) NOT to ride the motorcycle before it was raffled off, as I didn’t want anything to happen to it. I had it stored in my room back at the hotel, so it was safe until the Saturday of the raffle. I rent all of the rooms for the crew, and I have my own so I can duck out early if needed so I can be ready for the next day…someone has to be responsible. [laughs] So on Friday night of the event, it happened to be my daughter’s birthday (she was one of the Dirt Girls that year), and we had bought her this giant chocolate cake. We had a small celebration in one of the rooms, and I decide to call it a night and go to my room to get some rest, as I think everyone else will do the same. Not so much. [laughs] After I go to bed, Curran smears a little chocolate-cake frosting across Scott Hughes’s nose—yes the famous “Squirrel” himself—that basically sets off a giant chocolate-cake food fight in one of the rooms. Cake is on the ceiling, walls, carpet, and even in the bedsheets! After the cake fight, the boys decide it sounds like fun to have races in the hotel hallways. One team gets the bellman cart and the other…you guessed it, the motorcycle. Flash-forward to the next morning. I am at the track early, getting ready for the day’s events, and I get a call from the hotel manager. He is furious. He tells me he has kicked me out of all of the rooms I have rented and needs me out immediately…and he is so upset that other guests had complained about motorcycle noise all night. To top it all off, he wanted me to pay for all of the damage that the motorcycle oil had caused in the room. He said there were oil stains and dirt all over the room, on the walls, in the carpet, in the beds—basically everywhere. I was shocked and asked him if I could find out what happened and call him back, which he agreed to. After getting the full story from the crew, I called him back and explained that all of the motorcycle oil was actually chocolate-cake frosting and the dirt was the cake, which really didn’t make it any better [laughs], and that it was my young crew who were celebrating a birthday that got out of hand. He decided to let me stay as long as I cleaned everything spotless immediately. I agreed, the room got cleaned, and the motorcycle got raffled off. It is one of those times I will never forget.

Final question: What’s next for Joey Christensen?
I’ve got 6 paintings to paint for a client and two new poten­tial race venues for The Dirt Nitro Challenge 2019 to visit, a trip back to South Dakota for a track build, a trip to Nice in France for a build to plan, and then I’m off for a few weeks to spend with the family!

Sounds fun—thanks for talking with us!

 

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