1/8 Offroad News

Come Drive With Us – The Texas ROAR Nats

Pro-Line Racing & 5150 Media Productions present “Come Drive With Us”. With the 2016 IFMAR Worlds coming back to the USA for the first time since 2008, professional R/C Racers are trying to win as many events as they possibly can to send a message to the competition. Ty Tessmann, looking to repeat as IFMAR world champion, is again having a less than stellar season leading up to the ROAR Nationals. Last year, he dominated this event, and with him winning the ROAR Warm-up will he walk away from this race with a win?

The impressive, covered, Thornhill Racing Circuit once again hosts the ROAR Nationals. Would we see another thrilling finish as we did in 2014 or would it once more be nothing more than a race for 2nd? Again, Mike Garrison tells the story of a very exciting ROAR Nationals.

Tritons Mike Dana wins rd5 of the Northwest Championship Tour

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Tritons Mike Dana takes 1st place in Pro buggy at Round 5 of the Northwest Championship Tour Showdown  held at the  Xtreme R/C Club of Walla Walla, WA. Under sunny, hot skies temps reached 100 degrees and the track got more and more rough after each race to make for a challenging day. Mike used the Triton L4 to power his Associated RC8B3 buggy to victory.

Martin Wollanka teams up with Hot Race Tyres

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Hot Race Tyres have announced the signing of Austrian racer Martin Wollanka to their team. The factory XRAY left former long-term tyre sponsors Pro-Line right before this year’s European Championships and he will be using Hot Race Tyres’ range of competition tyres from now on. Martin has the following to say about the deal:

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Triton powers Pickett at Wicked Weekend

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This last weekend racers from all across the USA traveled to the wicked weekend race in Gainesville GA to compete in one of the largest races in the south with 624 entries. Congratulations Blake Pickett for taking 2nd place in Pro buggy with his Triton L4 powered associated  RC8B3 buggy! Blake also took 4th in Pro truggy using the Triton L5 in his Associated RC8T3. Cole Ogden took the 1st position and Blake Boggs the third.

Takashiro wins 2016 Chunchoen Worldleisure Champs

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This past weekend were held the 2016 Chunchoen Worldleisure 1/8 Offroad Championships at the Chuncheon track in Korea. Drivers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan and USA attended to the event. In a really difficult conditions with very high temperature Kyosho driver Wattaru Takashiro took the TQ and the win in front of Agama’s Si Minsu and Serpent’s Jang Wonseok second and third respectively.

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Adrian Wicaksono sweeps Jakarta Regional Rd4

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This past weekend the Graha Raya track hosted the round 4th of the Jakarta Regional Buggy championships in Serpong, West Java. A total of 53 drivers attended this event. The race format was 3 rounds of 10 minutes with 2 best rounds to count. The finals were run in 5 groups A-E with 5 drivers bump up. The weather was very hot, it made the track surface become hardpack with light dust. After 3 qualifying times took 2 best rounds, Adrian Wicaksono took TQ honours and in the 45 minute long Main final he secured the first place in front of John Agus and Rama second and third respectively.

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New MIP snap-back hats

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MIP added new 3-D Puff design snap-back flat bill hats to their line of apparel. These snap-back hats are all black with an embroidered MIP front logo in orange or red on the front and an outlined orange or red etchings on the back. MIP snap-back hats are one size fits most.

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JQ Blog: The RC Racing market is broken – And it’s my fault…

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Never one to provide ‘Vanilla’ bland style answers and as outspoken as always, Joseph Quagraine posted up the following interesting, thought-provoking blog on how he views the landscape of 1/8 Offroad Racing having been in the business a fair few years, well worth a read, and sure to ruffle quite a few feathers!


Over the past few years, I have realised more and more that something is wrong with this market. The market for racing cars, and more precisely 1:8th scale offroad buggies is really quite small. It is a worldwide market, but it is a niche within a niche.

“The root of all these issues is the fact that the Asian manufacturers made it too easy for any idiot (including me) to make their own brand.”

As much as I want to see RC Racing grow and the products improve, it’s not going to happen as long as two things keep happening. Due to too many brands, leading to a fragmentation of the already small market, no one gets enough of a share. Brands tend to sponsor everyone and anyone. Hey I want to start racing RC cars, sponsor me. Ok you’re on the team. It’s the only way to get a market share it seems.

It’s killing hobby shops, and along with that tracks. Basically we are killing our own hobby. The other thing, the race to the bottom, lower and lower prices in an attempt to sell. The cars are too cheap! And get this, I am doing BOTH of these things. And I f**king hate it. But I have a choice, quit, or play the game.

Don’t hate the player, hate the game. The root of all these issues is the fact that the Asian manufacturers made it too easy for any idiot (including me) to make their own brand.

So a lot of people did, instead of supporting the already existing ones. Here I take a look at the brands in the market at the moment as far as 1:8th scale buggies are concerned, and give my opinion on if they are good for RC or bad. Remember that this is my opinion right now. As with everything in life, including opinions (although some people haven’t learned this), these are flexible, and as time goes on, brands can change their strategy, or create one, and as such their status may change. So just because I think your favourite brand has a negative impact, it doesn’t mean it will be that way forever.

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Serpent Cobra Truggy-e 1/8 RTR

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Two years after the release of the S811T-E “Cobra-E”  1/8 Truggy kit, Serpent has just released the Cobra Truggy-e 1/8 RTR. The Cobra Truggy-e is Ready To Race, Factory assembled and pre-set. It is equipped with a prepainted body and large rear wing, premounted truggy tyres, aluminium chassisplate, big bore shocks, anti-roll bars, 3 gear diffs and it comes also equipped with a waterproof 150A speedo (4-6S) and a 2000 kv brushless motor, a 2.4 GHz transmitter with a 20kg metal-gear DragonRC-Savox servo.

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Bittydesign Sunglasses Collections

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Bittydesign have released their brand new Collections of Bittydesign® Sunglasses ‘Claymore’ and ‘Venice’. Bittydesign brand become famous in the last 10 years for design and Italian original style, a cool sunglasses is what all the racers must have to live at best his lifestyle and be part of their big family!

The Bittydesign® Sunglasses are unisex, they sports iridium lenses UV400 protection class 3, 90 days product’s warranty. Stickers, microfiber bag and the sunglasses they comes all included into a rigid case.

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