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RC Car Action No. 1: The Magazine That Started It All

RC Car Action No. 1: The Magazine That Started It All

As 1985 drew to a close, a new magazine appeared on newsstands everywhere: Radio Control Car Action. Dated “Winter 1986″ and aptly dubbed “The World’s Premier R/C Car Magazine,” RCCA issue number one featured the then-new Tamiya Bruiser, Futaba’s iconic Magnum Senior pistol-grip transmitter, and some kid (who is now about 40) getting way too close to a Tamiya Frog. RCCA was the first professional RC car magazine and the first to get nation-wide and international newsstand distribution and break through to mainstream magazine buyers. And its timing was perfect; just as the RC car hobby was exploding with models from Japanese giants Tamiya and Kyosho and upstarts like Team Associated, RC Car Action was there to capture the zeitgeist in all its mid-80s glory.

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Updated: February 1, 2016 — 3:35 PM
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  1. Not a single mention of Chris? His backpage was the first thing I read when the new issue would hit the mailbox. We miss you Chris Chianelli!

  2. You should reprint and sell the first issue.

  3. Wild Bill, there’s much love for Chris. He’s not featured here because he wasn’t part of the first issue. We’ve called him out in other “look back” articles in the mag.

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