Each Tuesday, LiveRC publish a ‘talk-it-out Tuesday’ Q&A-type article with a figure within RC, this week it’s non other than yours truly… founder and in charge of NeoBuggy – Philip Mortstedt!
LiveRC: Welcome Phil to the LiveRC “Talk-It-Out Tuesday”! You are known around the world for your involvement in R/C racing. How did you get started in R/C?
Phil: I got sucked in by an ad on the back of a cartoon comic actually, bought my first car – a Kyosho Wild Dodge Ram in the local hobby shop and it wasn’t long before I graduated to something a little faster and wilder – a Kyosho MP7.5! I raced a little for a couple of years but the nature of living in London, UK but only racing during the summer when I was in Sweden (Swedish parents) meant that I didn’t improve year upon year so pretty quickly I found myself interested in the very new world of RC media!
LiveRC: Without a doubt, your site (NeoBuggy.net) is a huge sensation in the R/C industry. Tell us a little about how the concept and idea for NeoBuggy came about.
Phil: Back in late 2002 I was in charge of a gossip page that didn’t last very long and NeoBuggy went online in January 2003, I started the site mainly as a bit of fun and a hobby and it grew quickly.
Round 4 of the Grass Roots Racing Series was held on the 4th and 5th of May at Palm Desert R/C Raceway which attracted around 100 entries for both Saturday/Electric day and Sunday/Nitro day. On the Saturday Chris Marrale raced E-buggy, and qualified 2nd, in between Radiopost team manager Brian Sullivan and Greg Mcglothlin. During the final Chris was 3rd until the halfway point when he took over the lead and never looked back.
This past weekend saw the first round of the TLT series take place at the LAMBC racetrack in Carinthia, Austria. A total of 90 drivers attended the race which was divided into electric, sport and top class. Alpha team driver Dominic Bauer attended the event along with Christian Schuster and Gerhard Rupp. The weather on the Saturday was nice all day allowing practice to be run in dry conditions. Dominic started the race with his Alpha Ryan edition engine however later changed to the Alpha A830 Dragon which better suited the smaller track. The three rounds of qualifying took place on Sunday in which Dominic managed to TQ the 3rd round.
This past weekend the second round of the RC Pro Series North Division took place at Fastlane Raceway in Blue Springs Missouri. The weather was very pleasant all weekend with sunny skies and highs in the upper 70′s. Saturday’s qualifying was very competitive with new TQ runs every round in both pro classes. Taylor Timmerman started with Soft Gridiron II’s in Pro Buggy and Soft Evo Gridirons for Pro Truggy for the majority of qualifying. With the large amounts of rain the track received the week before the race, some of the corners began to flake apart and rut up.
JConcepts has studied the evolution of race tracks, complicated circuits combining more aggressive jumps and extremely high-speed corners, and has incorporated many new features in to the Finnisher Agama A8 Evo, which provide several benefits in the most critical situations. Increased windshield angle provides a steady force upfront during mid-flight wind gusts on large jumps. Forward cab placement changes performance / visible bias which helps steering rotation in low traction corners. A slightly channeled roof-line helps stabilize the vehicle at high-speed. The side-pods have been simplified and JC chamfered to remove unwanted changes in height to neutralize the at-speed handling.
Telford Model Car Club are holding a meetings on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June at the Weston Park International Model Air Show. 2wd, 4wd and short course will be run on both days at £10 per day, this get yourself and one other into the show with over night camping also available. For booking in or further details contact email@example.com or visit www.facebook.com/telfordmcc
VP Pro is proud to officially announce the release of their new tread pattern – Impulse to their competitive 1/8th scale buggy line up. The Impulse tyre has been manufactured for use on indoor or outdoor clay tracks where a minimal dust grove has formed. The tyre itself utilizes a square symmetrical tread pattern that offers plenty of contact patches for consistent traction and when equipped with the VP insert foams and wheels the Impulse provides excellent performance. Available now in two compounds SF and UF for various conditions.
The dust has settled, and only the rubber that produced the optimum racing line remains at A Main Hobbies’ Silver Dollar RC Raceway. With hundreds of racers competing in the Inaugural Silver Dollar Off-Road Challenge thousands of laps were put in by racers who ran on the new surface and said it was one of the best they’d ever competed on. Racers were also stoked with the 16 features world-renown track builder, Joey Christensen, utilized to create one epic 1/8-scale layout.
After the runaway success of their ASIA Contest in Thailand, BittyDesign are giving their EURO Contest a little push, reminding drivers that its only a month away and entries are due to close June 9th. Entry fee is 50 euros for open or pro and 30 euros for brushless, the event will be held 21-23 June at the Barco offroad track – widely known as the track with the most ‘US’ style layout in Italy with lots of jumps and high speed spections, redesigned after last year’s Euro contest at the same track.
Not only is the track an attraction for racers but located in the Reggio Emilia region in northern Italy, its only 40km from the Ferrari & Lamborghini factories – well worth a visit in their own right!