1/8 Offroad News

JQRacing visits the REDS Racing headquarters


JQRacing’s founder, Joseph Quagraine, spent some time in Italy earlier this summer. While making his Italian tour, he paid a visit to JQRacing’s sponsoring brand REDS Racing headquarters in Brescia. JQ recaps his journey through the REDS Racing headquarters, and shares an inside look at what the company has to offer.

“Earlier this summer I spent some time in Italy, and amongst other things I paid a visit to REDS Racing HQ in Brescia, in the northern part of the country. REDS is a rather young company, but the people behind it have been around RC racing for a long time. Mario Rossi is the son of Cesare Rossi, one of the founders of Rossi back in ancient times. The two founding brothers split, and Cesare and Mario started Novarossi. Then fast forward a bit, and Mario left the company. After a stint with GRP, Mario started REDS Racing, with his family, his wife Rossana, and his two children, Marco and Federica. To make things even more confusing for people on the outside, REDS made the original building Rossi started in their new home!”

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XRAY announces new Slovakia distributor

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XRAY is proud to announce their new distributor for Slovak republic – RC Universe. RC Universe will distribute the XRAY products to all shops in Slovakia and will provide support for all XRAY customers at all major onroad and offroad races in Slovakia. In case of further questions please do not hesitate to contact RC Universe who will be happy to provide you with any assistance. Contact the RC Universe at: igor@author.sk

Hendrik Lainemäe sweeps the Baltic Championship 2015

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The Baltic Championship 2015 was held at the freshly renovated Tartu Racetrack. The race consisted of free practice, 5 rounds of Qualifying and 45 minute Main Final. Drivers came from Latvia, Lithuania and Finland always great to have racers from other countries here as well. In the highly competitive 1/8 Nitro Buggy class, XRAY’s Hendrik Lainemäe and Rainer Ressar would go 1-2 with Hot Bodies Igoris Vilcinskas finishing up third.

Hendrik Lainemäe would continue on his success by taking TQ and yet another win on the day in the 1/8 Electric Buggy class. Team Durango’s Karl Kasekamp followed in second, with Igoris Vilcinskas once again finishing third.


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.

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!


Video: Sanwa/Airtronics introduce their fastest transmitter yet


See: LRP
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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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.

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!

2015 NCT Tour Finals & Columbia Cup

Columbia Cup

See: NCT Racing
The 2015 running of the NCT Finals will take place in Pasco, Washington on September 11-13, 2015. Top drivers from all over the Northwest USA will be attendance to battle it out for the Columbia Cup title, as well as secure additional points to boost their standings in the NCT. Everyone is welcome to attend, and encouraged to enter by visiting Wheretoracerc.com or for more information contact wstcoastrc@aol.com.