POLL: Do friendships influence the way you race?


There are a lot of things in life that don’t always mix; oil and water, baking soda and vinegar, gas and fire. In the ‘racing life’ there are also a list of things that don’t always mix, in particular friendships on the racetrack. It’s no secret that even the most well run R/C car racing events take hours and hours to complete. During that time you find yourself on the track 4-5 times, usually 5 to 7 minutes each. The remaining 12 hours you are sitting in your pits, chatting with your neighbors, making new friends, and bonding with old friends.

What happens when those friendships leave the pit table, and head out to the racetrack? 

There is an old saying in motocross racing, “When the gate drops, the friendship stops.” Some drivers share their friendship on the track, and take that friendship into account when racing with each other. Others leave the friendship off the track, and will do whatever it takes to win…no matter who they are racing.

Do you allow friendships to influence the way you race someone, or do friendships get left behind when the tone sounds? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below, and TAKE THE POLL!


Drake leads Mugen podium sweep at 2015 Mugen Challenge

This past weekend was the Mugen Challenge hosted by LCRC Raceway in Pennsylvania.  The event had nearly 300 entries which was the largest turnout for the Mugen Challenge.  Mugen Seiki’s Team Manager Tim Long and Adam Drake arrived a day early to put on a free driver clinic for the racers.  Tim and Adam answered questions and spent time with each of the drivers discussing racing and looking over their vehicles.  The LCRC staff did an amazing job controlling practice on the Joey Christensen layout.

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In the 1/8 Nitro Truck class Mugen’s Barry Pettit was the top qualifier. In the final Pettit, Bornhorst, Dickerson, and Drake all took turns leading the race.  By the half way point of the 45 minute final Adam Drake settled into a comfortable lead followed by Barry Pettit, and young Mugen driver Ethan Mackanick making it a sweep of the podium for Mugen Seiki Racing and Pro-Line.

Video: Sanwa/Airtronics introduce their fastest transmitter yet


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Sanwa/Airtronics has recently debuted the new M12S transmitter, and today share an up close look in this new video. This is the top of the line offering from Airtonics, with advanced programming, SSL support, and Digital High-Response Telemetry! The M12S Super has a variety of features that set it apart from the original M12, making it the “must have” radio system for competition drivers at all levels.

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ProTek RC releases new 1/10 chassis protector lineup

ProTek RC Chassis Wrap

Amain.com has just released the new line-up of ProTek RC Chassis Protectors. Manufactured by Upgrade R/C – the pioneer of R/C wraps – these protective sheets are made from thick 12mil laminate and backed by an aggressive adhesive vinyl. Each sheet is cut to exact dimensions to provide that professional look while protecting your chassis.

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In addition to protecting the chassis, these sheets also provide a slick and smooth chassis surface which reduces friction when contacting the race surface – especially clay! If you happen to land hard and bottom out, your buggy should more easily slide through it and maintain momentum.
Package includes two precut sheets. Sheets are specific to the stated model, and available for various TLR, Team Associated, Kyosho, Hot Bodies, and Yokomo 1/10 models.


5th Annual Futaba Electric Challenge

Futaba Challenge

For the fifth year in a row, the Futaba Electric Challenge will be held at the Leisure Hours Raceway in Joliet, Illinois on August 28-29, 2015. Registration is still open and, as always, racers can compete in two classes for one low entry free. Both competitors and spectators can look forward to three days jam-packed full of tough, wheel-to-wheel racing.


JConcepts ‘Finnishes’ off the Mugen MBX7-T


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Body development is never quite finished, but in the case of the new 1/8th truck body by JConcepts, the Finnisher is a polished product. The winning style of the 2015 ROAR National Championship, the Finnisher body in the hands of Ryan Maifield is a proven commodity.  JConcepts is here to support the 1/8th truck class with a Finnisher body which is a drop fit on to the Mugen MBX7-T racing truck.

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M2C releases damage preventing ‘Clutch Bell Retaining Washer’

M2C Clutch Retainer

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M2C Racing has just released their newest idea; the ‘Clutch Bell Retaining Washer’. This little washer captures the bearing and clutch bell to keep everything in place, even in the event of bearing failure. There is a small step on the bearing side that keeps the bearing shield from hitting the washer, and allows the clutch bell to spin freely while trapping the bearings and shield in place. With this $5 purchase, it could potentially save you a $100 fix as often times when a clutch bearing fails it ends in catastrophic damage to the clutch bell, spur gear, possibly the fuel tank, and more.

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Designed to retain a 5×10 bearing, and will work on all vehicles where the clutch bell and bearings sit flush with the end of the crank.

RDRP machines new lightweight AE 1/10 battery plate thumb nuts


These new RDRP Battery Plate Thumb Nuts for Team Associated 5th generation off-road vehicles are machined from high-quality 7075-T6 aluminium and they are of a super lightweight design while offering a slightly lower profile than the original ones. Excessive machining brings then down to 0.8g per piece while their overall design makes them looking gorgeous in your ride. Included with the thumb nuts come clear O-rings to prevent them from becoming loose in severe off-road action. The thumb nuts are available in blue or black anodizing to match with the remainder of Revolution Design Racing Product’s option parts for AE 5th generation cars.

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Neil Cragg joins the UK-based TKR Graphics team


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TKR Graphics, a UK-based custom R/C decal company, has announced their newest member of their growing race team; Neil Cragg. Neil will be outfitted with his very own TKR personalized apparel, decals, and wraps. Look for Neil and his TKR decorated rides racing their way across the UK, and upcoming IFMAR World Championships!

Max droop with new B5M/T5M/SC5M CVA Axle Shims

AE Shims

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Team Associated has released a fresh set of CVA Axle Shims. Use these shims in your B5M, T5M, or SC5M when you want to run maximum droop and keep the dogbones securely in place when using the #91608 Factory Team Aluminum +4 Arm Mount. Available now.

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