We feel we must give these ‘Pro Grips’ a special mention for being one of the uglier accessories to pimp your transmitter with this season. Made by Blue Groove RC Concepts out of North Carolina they are available in 4 colours and turn your normally slick, in this case M11, steering wheel into something more resembling Bob the Builders tractor wheel. Regardless of how they look i’m sure they work, and will allow even the sweatiest of racer the control they need to move over and go another lap down.
BGC have also released 5 rather nice solid billet steering wheels for your transmitter, perfect for those racers who feel the need to customize everything they bring to the track.
Peter V over at Radio Control Zone posted a few exploded shots of the Fastom 735 Engine that showed up on the internet today but had little or no other information about it. So i checked a few things and found that this engine is made by BP Racing in Italy and was in fact introduced earlier this year at the toy fair in NÃ¼rnberg along with the Motonica and early reports are that it isn’t as hot as it looks.
From the BP Racing site
New generation engine entirely drawn in series by the full with special alloys and high precision machineries Crankshaft diameter 15 bearings with increased diameters. Crankcase-sleeve group decomposed to facilitate the maintenance and the preparation. Crankcase entirely obtained by bars of wire material to reach a very higt mechanical resistance, totally eliminating all the porousness coming by fusion. Sleeve-linear assembled with tight tolerances to avoid vibration and consequent breakings.
Young racer Zack Barry has dominated proceedings at last weekends East Coast Championships held at Pottbellys RC speedway in New Jersey. The report on the Xray site tells how he TQ’d the entire event, even ahead of the 1/18th sedans, with a truck.
Zack took the driver’s stand, and went on to complete an amazing 24 lap run. This run not only was TQ for trucks, but also beat the sedan’s best qualifier by a full lap. Zack went on to win the a-main by 2 full laps, followed by Tom Lorranger in 2nd also driving an Xray M18T.
Japanese company Tech Racing are close to releasing their MY07 Medusa EX, the follow up the MY05 that finished 9th (Sport) in this year ultra competitive Japanese EP Touring car nationals. The car will be available with pink or light blue aluminium parts and is limited in numbers. The car is set for release on the 17th of November and the first batch will contain titanium parts so if you want one, you better pre-order.
Now normally I wouldn’t write about such cars as I find them a bit toyish, but these ones are cute and are made by the grandaddy of RC competition, Team Associated, so they are deserving of mention. The RC18R is a little 1/18th scale electric rally car that is based on Associated’s popular and already available ready-to-run 1/18th scale buggies and truggies but then are adapted to suit the narrower width.
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At the recently run indoor off road race at the Stuttgart hobby fair, Team Thunder Tiger won both the Buggy and Truggy classes. In the Buggy class the young Andreas Ertl lead home a top 7 positions clean sweep for the manufacturer with Michael Guard in 2nd followed by Stefan Ippy in third.
In the Truggy class they didnt have it all their own way but still took the class win with Michael Guard winning with GS racer Hans Dieter Plepp bringing the fight to Guard followed by Rentel in third.
You can view more pictures and read the reports (in German) here.
CEN are reporting on their site that their team drivers claimed some top places at last weekends high money stakes off road Futaba Nitro Challenge event in Louisiana. Driving the Matrix Pro buggy Andrew Smolnick took 7th position whilst Gene Hickerson took the 9th spot in the Pro buggy final. They managed to do even better in the Pro truggy final, driving the new Matrix TR Arena truggy that we showed you last week, Andrew Smolnick took 2nd place while Gene Hickerson claimed the 3rd position.
Top Irish racer Clive Connolly has taken this years National 1/8th scale crown, following 3 victories during this years championship which was held at the St Annes park circuit on the outskirts of Dublin.
The six round championship saw Serpent cars take five wins with champion Clive Connolly take 3 of those victories with his 960. Vice-Champion Darragh Fox won the season opener while Dean Lacey won the fourth encounter on his way to fourth in the overall standings.