November 2, 2006

De Fuoco 2006 Italian Champion Senior Rally

Giuseppe De Fuoco

Italian news site RC Bazar have written about the 2006 Italian Champion in Senior Rally, Giuseppe De Fuoco. In only his first year in the class, having normally raced 1/8 on road before this, the Team SPM driver used his Technokit chassis to great success by taking 2 wins on his way to the title.

You can see the full report here.

Source: RC Bazar []

November 2, 2006

Alex Hagberg wins Nordic Championships

Nodic Championships

Top Swedish Xray racer Alex Hagberg has won the recent Nordic Championships event held in a large sports hall in Sarpsborg, Norway. The event was well attended with top racers from Sweden and Norway and Alex has his report up on the Xray site.

The third and deciding final was coming up. It was really tense as the drivers got together for the third main. The start went smoothly, and it was really close, during the second lap, I hit a dot and soon Helge took the lead in front of Niclas. The two got together so I could pass. I had the lead and started to pull away for the Nordic Championship win.

Read the full race report from Alex here.

Source: Xray []

November 2, 2006

Protech facility destroyed by fire

Protech have the bad news this morning about the Protech facility in Belgium being destroyed by fire last night.

Last night, a raging fire really burned to the ground the brand new factory situated in Olen near Antwerp of Promodels, better known as Protech, the belgian distributor and manufacturer of hobbyproducts, like the Enigma serie of buggys.

UPDATE: Neo-Buggy have images from the fire here.

Source: [] Image: RC Driver []

November 1, 2006

Buggy video heaven

Buggy Videos

Coches RC, the leading Spanish RC car site, have on their forums what can only be described as the holy grail of off road video’s online, with over 80 to choose from, the clips show various races, laps, tracks and interviews all containing 1/8th buggies and all in one place. Definitely worth checking out.

You can view the full list of videos here.

November 1, 2006

RC goes Mainstream, New TV show ‘RC Racing’

Andy Moore

HPI Europe have given us the heads up on the all new TV show called ‘RC Racing’ that will be shown on top European motorsport channel Motors TV. The show will feature “kit reviews, action from top-level races and interviews with the most famous drivers in the world.”

The first show features the 2006 IFMAR ISTC World Championships, interviews with Andy Moore and an in-depth look at the tremendous HPI Baja 5B.

Head on over to the HPI Europe site to check out the show times, starting tonight (UK). You can also view the programs website here.

November 1, 2006

Blue Groove Pro Grips

Blue Groove Pro Grip

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.

Source: Blue Groove RC Concepts [] via RCCA [] 

November 1, 2006

BP Racing 735 Engine

BP Racing 735 Engine

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 Nürnberg 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.

Check out the BP Racing site for more information or view the exploded view here.

November 1, 2006

Zack Barry wins US East Coast Championships

Zack Barry

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.

Read the full report here.

Source: Xray []