The first Superbowl Shakedown race was hosted by Redneck R/C in Baldwinsville, NY. The race saw over 200 entries and in the 2WD class it was X Factory’s Paul Sinclair who grapped the TQ spot with the only 18-lap run in qualifying. Computer problems plagued the mains, and the large entry made things run late, so the mains were cancelled and trophies awarded based on qualifying. This handed TQ Paul the win in the 40-car field.
JConcepts introduce the 3Ds tyre for 1/10th stadium truck. Debuted at the IFMAR World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand, for the 1/8th buggy class, the 3Ds’ are developed to be the ultimate slick-groove tyre and are a first to combine the high-stability design of a black groove bar tyre into an individually flexible pattern of finely spaced Double Dee lugs in one package. 3Ds excel on indoor and outdoor hard packed surfaces with either dry or wet conditions and they come in a variety of compounds including blue (soft), green (super soft) and black (mega soft).
The Euro Indoor Race 2014 took place at the Black Country Arena in Chareroi. In the 4WD Nicolas Risser (Team C) brought home the win in front o team mate Tom Maquel. Sébastien Wartelle (Xray) completed the podium in third position. The 2WD class again had Nicolas Risser (Team C) walking away with the win, this time Sébastien Wartelle (Xray) came in second while Team C’s Kevin Lee grabbed the remaining podium spot.
The 8th Petit RC Race will take place during this year’s Intermodellbau fair in Dortmund, Germany from the 11th to 13th of April. After successful events in France, the UK and Norway, a race that saw the meeting run on an US-style clay track, the race will now return to a carpet surface. Find all information about the 2014 race here.
Revolution Design Racing Products introduce the Ultra Body Reamer. Making use of the proven RDRP tool handle for effortless usage the reamer is equipped with a high-quality and very sharp spring steel reamer tip that sports a stepped design allowing to drill holes from 3mm up to 11mm in diameter. A vented safety cap protects the tip as well as your hands and other tools in your pit bag. The black anodised 7075-T6 aluminium handle sports the proud Revolution Design Racing Products logo and perfectly matches with the other high-quality RDRP tools.
New from Exotek Racing come machined spur gears for Tamiya F1 cars. The gears are made to fit the F103 and F104 range of cars and they are made from 100 percent machined POM to insure true roundness, they use the stock bearing for ultra smooth diff action, and sport raised lips to help shield the diff balls from road debris. They also accept up to 16 3mm balls for ultra smooth operation. The gears are available in a 48 pitch variant with 70 and 73 teeth as well as a 64 fine pitch 93T and 97T variant.
IFMAR have made the surprise announcement that the upcoming 1/12th scale World Championships will be held on carpet having originally made the decision to have the event on asphalt with a control tire. The U-turn seems to have come about following pressure from racers who made their feelings known regarding the choice of surface. We would expect that with the event returning to carpet that tire choice will once again be open. We wait for further details.
Last Monday morning I kind of broke one of own unwritten rules by wearing a t-shirt of an RC brand. I have also been very aware of brand association having had to deal with it during my time doing PR/Sponsorship work in 1:1 Motorsport. I probably first came across this when dealing with Colin McRae for a rally event I was involved in organising. Although Colin’s preferred method of transport was flying his own helicopter, when he arrived at the race course he had to land in a designation landing area and for the short drive to the pit area because he was rallying for Ford that short trip had to be taken in a Ford. Similarly when I chauffeured around World Touring Car ace Gabriele Tarquini, who came to Ireland to launch a Young Racing Driver Award, it had to be done in an Alfa Romeo for whom he was racing at the time. As a result of these and similar dealings, I have always been conscious about brand association and because of my work more so about remaining neutral. So while travelling to/from events we cover I make sure my clothing doesn’t represent any particular brand. While very grateful for the r/c t-shirts that do come my way I restrict myself to wearing them when I am enjoying some down time at home.