April 1, 2016

Making the Xray RX8’16 – Part 1

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I have a lot of respect and passion for the 1/8 on-road class. My passion comes from my early days when I got involved in RC, as this was the class I started with and grew up with. My respect comes from the fact that this class is considered the “ultimate F1 class” and as such many manufacturers put a high priority and investment into the class that pushes performance and limits all the time. It is kind of strange that despite this class being considered to be pinnacle of all RC car classes, the number of race entries is still low. This is understandable considering the big investment for a 1/8 on-road season and the complexity of the cars, but the very high speeds make the races very exciting and also challenging!

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October 30, 2015

IDEA – Andreas Myrberg Column #3

IDEA – Andreas Myrberg Column #3

Racing RC cars is something we all love. There are many great things about it. Today I want to take up one thing which is essential but many times overlooked. Going to races and experience many different places at the same time. During my time as RC professional and the last years promoting my own brand I have visited a wide range of tracks, locations, countries to go racing. Thanks to RC I have seen the world. Maybe not so much sightseeing done but still seen a lot. Me and my dad started to go to races within Sweden first of course and after some years we went to Norway and Denmark neighbour countries of Sweden. As I got better the more I traveled to get to bigger races, making a name of myself and having fun racing and experiencing things no longer possible only in Sweden. We started to go to further.

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September 23, 2015

IDEA – Andreas Myrberg Column #2

IDEA – Andreas Myrberg Column #2

Why are Touring Car drivers the ‘best’ drivers? Or to put it differently, if you make it in touring you can make it anywhere. Yes, now a lot of you are upset, I understand but give me some of your time and I will try to explain why, as well as try to back this statement up. First of all how do you define a Touring Car driver? Especially the world class drivers, as most drivers have driven many different classes during their careers. So maybe I should write, why is it that so many drivers who succeed in Touring Car racing ALSO have great results in other classes also? There are definitely more of those, than drivers from other classes who ALSO make it in Touring Cars. So I need to give some examples.

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August 24, 2015

IDEA – Andreas Myrberg Column #1

IDEA - Andreas Myrberg Column #1

I have many times told the story of how I got my first SBF license (The Swedish license you need to go racing). Since my dad was a hard core RC racer before I was even born he wanted his son to get into RC as early as possible. So 2 weeks after my birth he called SBF and applied for a driving license. However I was not in the system yet (this was 1980) so he had to wait. Two months later I was in the system and I got my first SBF license and was allowed to race. Why am I telling this story? Well I just wanted you to know that I have been around since before I can remember.

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October 5, 2014

On the Grapevine – Sicily

On the Grapevine - Sicily

How was it allowed to happen that an entire industry was put at risk for 12 days. I mean the track for the 15th running of the 1:8 Offroad World Championship must have been the most written about bits of land to host an r/c race but no one raised the human risk associated by its proximity to Europe’s most active volcano!!! Had Mount Etna acted up it could have been the final nail in the coffin for 1:8 Offroad. Having said that the mass deaths caused by the rivers of molten lava would surely mean an amazing future for the sport as the highly qualified online RC experts would finally get the calling they so much deserve to fill all job vacancies. For all the negative pre-event press that was published and on which those online experts fed like piranhas the World Championships in Sicily from where i saw it was, as IFMAR events go, a decent meeting. Although not a good benchmark to be working off, the event was a huge improvement on Argentina two years earlier.

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September 30, 2014

Stepping Out Of Stock

Stepping Out Of Stock

Contrary to what many of you will think, my inspiration for this column came not originally from me thinking about an R/C race, but about full-size racing. I was reading an article (and the subsequent comments beneath it!) recently, discussing whether top driver should be ‘forced’ to move up the racing ladder, or prevented from competing at certain levels based on their results. For those of the guys who race regularly with me at a track, you’ll all groan at the following – specifically this came about whilst I was watching NASCAR, where a number of the sports top drivers compete in their ‘second tier’ series too, primarily to promote sponsors or gain additional seat time or track knowledge. I realised there was a lot of synergies to R/C racing, with the same discussion flaring up seemingly every year about the state of “Stock” class racing.

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August 19, 2014

On the Grapevine – Sand am Main

On the Grapevine – Sand am Main

Exactly one year ago I sat down with some enthusiasm to write this column because I had just returned from reporting on David Ronnefalk winning his first European Championship title. The reason writing about his success in my column came easier than normal was I could relate more easily to his achievement because we were both kind of the new kids on the block at the same time and I had witnessed everyone of his 1:8 European A Championship campaigns. The first Euros I reported on was a dusty Crete in 2008 while his was Austria one year later, the same year he won the European B Championships in Switzerland, and over that time we have developed a good working relationship so seeing him take the biggest win of his career felt that bit more special. Over the last 12-months I have got to work a lot more with David due to him representing Kyosho in the Euro Offroad Series and interacting with him at the European Championships in Germany last week it was compelling to see how the 18-year-old took his title defence in his stride. His form from the get-go was impressive but how he dealt with it was for me even more so.

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August 11, 2014

The New Generation (Part III)

The New Generation (Part III)

In my recent columns, I’ve looked at the ways new, younger people are influencing our hobby – both as drivers and as part of manufacturers or companies. However, there’s one section of the sport I’ve not yet covered. One that is pretty close to my heart and one that, perhaps out of all the columns I’ve written, I’ve got the most experience of – race organisation

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