September 27, 2023

Hara’s World Championship winning buggy almost home!

All World Championship winning RC cars have history and a story to tell but Atsushi Hara’s 2008 title winning Hot Bodies D8 has gone the extra mile, literally, by adding an interesting twist to the tale 15-years after its big win in Charlotte, USA.  At the beginning of September,  the legend of the sport shared on social media a post that he found his ‘most memorial car’ for sale on eBay.  Days later the ad was listed as ‘Ended’ dashing hopes Hara might be able to be reunited with the buggy.  Soon however contact was made with the seller who agreed to sell the car to Hara which is where Australian racer Zac Ryan stepped in.  Creating a Gofundme page, such is the level of respect & admiration for Hara’s driving skills and the influence he had on so many racers the money was raised to complete the purchase.  Now the interesting part of getting the car back to Hara in Japan, which in Hara’s own words goes a little something like this – ‘My 2008 worlds winning D8 get back project is one step closer to completion.  Mark Pavidis pick it up from Eric Anderson in the US, Andrew Gillott and Josh Pain received it from Mark, they took it to Australia and Ben Panic received it, and Ben will take it from Australia to Japan and back to me in early October!!  I have to biggest thank to the many people who helped make this happen!!’.  Well done to everyone involved in helping to get this well travelled piece of history back to Hara.  Hopefully we might get to see it ourselves in person with Hara when Red RC are in Japan in October for our coverage of the 1:8 Onroad World Championships at Infinity International RC Speedway.

Images: Atsushi Hara [Facebook]


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