The inaugural Team Orion Revolution Race was held at Race Em RC in Rockford, Illinois over the weekend. The event attracted 237 total entries to race in several modified and stock classes and in the premier 2WD Modified class it was Team Associated’s Cole Tollard who took the TQ but the A-main win went to TLR’s Alejandro Vegas with TLR teammate Spencer Heckert coming in second. In third Brad Shearer (Team Associated) completed the podium result.
Intech Racing have introduced new aluminium lightweight aluminium chassis for the ER-14 and ERSC-10 1/10th scale off-road vehicles. The ER-14 specific part is machined from 2.5mm alloy and it sports excessive machining to save about 20 percent of weight while the 3mm ERSC-10 part is about 15 percent lighter than the stock chassis. Both main plates are machined from 7075-T6 aluminium and they are hard anodised for wear and looks.
Coming from RPM and made for Traxxas’ 2WD series of trucks such as the Slash 2WD, Nitro Slash, the e-Rustler and e-Stampede are blue colour front bearing carriers, C-hubs and rear hubs. All are made using RPM’s renown nylon material for durability while the front bearing carriers also take larger 5x11mm bearings over the stock 8x5mm units.
Arizona has a long history and considered a definitive hotspot in the world of RC racing hosting some of the best, well-known racing events like the Dirt Nitro Challenge and the Cactus Classic. However, since the Cactus Classic was moved to the indoor facility, things have never been the same. Racers were missing the Cactus vibe and the excitement that once captivated the RC World was gone. Coming to the rescue was the Desert Classic hosted by Hobby Action R/C Raceway. The track was going to be a learning experience as the grand opening of Hobby Action R/C Raceway was only 10 days prior to the Desert Classic event.
The 1st annual Desert Classic race was held this past weekend at Hobby Action RC Raceway in Chandler, Arizona. TLR’s Dakotah Phend would take the TQ in the 2WD Modified Buggy class and he also brought home the win after coming out fastest in A1 and A2, leaving Yokomo’s Ryan Maifield and Xray’s Ty Tessmann behind in second and third respectively. In the 2WD Modified SC class it was again Dakotah who excelled, bringing home the TQ and win from Ryan Maifield in second and Spencer Rivkin third.
The 2017 Chi-Town Shootout was held this past weekend at Leisure Hours Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. In 2WD Modified Truck JP Richards would take the overall TQ after the qualifiers and he would also come out fastest in the A-main to take the win some 3.1s from team mate JR Mitch, while Alec Walters ended the race another five seconds down on JR in third. In the 4×4 Short Course A-main, polesitter Peter Battinelli would score a popular win some 4.2s in front of second placed Brandon Burns with Brian Malone ending the race another six seconds down on Brian to round out the top 3 result.
Tekno RC have introduced narrow wheel hubs for the EB48SL and SCT410 vehicles. The hubs are intended to be used on the EB48SL to narrow the track width and improve handling characteristics. Overall grip is increased when using these hubs, especially on tight indoor tracks. Used on the SCT410 they allow to use standard 1/8th buggy wheels on Tekno’s 1/10th 4WD short course truck for a wider selection of wheels and tyres. The hubs utilise TKR5580 stub axles and convert the SCT410 to use 17mm wheels without changing the overall track width from standard SCT wheels.
Harrisburg in Pennsylvania played host to last weekend’s 2017 Motorama event. In the three expert classes of 1/8th E-Buggy, 1/8th E-Truggy and 1/10th 4WD Short Course Joe Bornhorst made a near sweep, TQ-ing eight of the nine qualifiers with only in E-Buggy he was having some traffic problems in Q2. The A-mains were held in a double format with motocross-style tiebreaker meaning a better finish in A2 decides the overall but that wasn’t something Joe had to care about as he made clean sweeps in all A-main legs to wrapping up the overall in all three classes he attended. In E-Buggy Spencer Heckert and Anthony Mazzara sidelined Joe on the podium while the remaining top 3 spots in E-Truggy were taken by Austin Woodyard and Spencer Heckert. As for Pro4, Jared Wiggins and Spencer Heckert, who made a triple podium at the Motorama, completed the top 3 result.