JQRacing & AMain team up again


Ever since the beginning of JQRacing (formerly JQProducts), and (formerly A Main Hobbies), both companies have proved to be forward thinking, and innovative in their business practices. JQR and AMain have always been working together, and now with JQRacing’s goal of building a structured, uniform, worldwide race team, a collaboration between the two companies was almost inevitable.

JQRacing is working together with a number of RC brands, creating a group that together offer everything required for competitive racing. JQ provides the cars, and the other brands provide the other products, such as tyres, engines, fuel, and stickers. The goal is to collaborate with the best brands and create the greatest possible factory team, where all drivers race with the same products, much like how racing teams are run in other forms of motorsport. has always been committed to racing and carrying the widest selection of race level products and thus was the only US retailer able to meet the needs of the JQ Team Racers. will continue to carry all of the partner products as well. This means that JQ drivers will be able to purchase their cars directly from JQ, or JQ distributors, at their team pricing, and with this new deal, all partner products either from or With this new move the availability and support for JQTeam drivers and JQ customers improves dramatically!

As of right now, the JQRacing Team’s partners are LISTED HERE. However, negotiations are underway for 2015, stay tuned.

New Samurai 321B/2060 Pipe combo

Samurai Combo Neo

ProTek R/C has paired two nitro racing juggernauts, combining the powerful 321B “Samurai” engine with the super-popular 2060 tuned pipe. ProTek R/C’s polished chrome 2060 off-road pipe is designed with a wider, shorter body making it ideal for high RPM performance and big track optimization. When combined, the Samurai and 2060 are a potent package providing unparalleled power delivery and excellent fuel mileage. Order the Samurai/2060 combo today, save $30 and qualify for free shipping* during the month of October.

Austin Blair joins SWORKz USA team

Austin Blair sworkz

SWORKz is happy to announce the signing of top American driver Austin Blair to our expanding list of pro drivers. Austin brings a very impressive resume to our U.S based team including 5 ROAR Nationals podiums as well as his well known driving style. Austin will join U.S team manager Marty Korn at major U.S off-road events through 2016. 

“I have been testing the S350 EVO, S350-BE, and S104 for many months now. The SWORKz cars allow me to drive aggressively without the worry of failures and they respond very predictably to setup changes.”

The news shouldn’t come as a huge surprise given’s influence as the company behind SWORKz distribution in N.America, the move a logical one with Austin’s status as’s #1 competitive ‘in house’ driver (judging on the recent ROAR 1/8 Offroad results) and their desire to promote & sell the brand in the N.American market.

“I felt comfortable with the the SWORKz cars very quickly and I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to join such a passionate and devoted company.” October Shipping Special!


For the entire month of October, orders over $25 ship Free* from! This includes everything carries: parts, kits, radios, fuel and even oversized items. If you’ve been building a wish list but waiting for the right opportunity to act, now is the time to take advantage of AMain’s free shipping promotion. For international customers who place orders of $25 or more, is offering you discounted Super Saver Shipping—our most cost-effective shipping method, so you’ll save too!

*Only orders of $25 or more within the lower 48 states qualify for the free shipping promotional offer. International orders of $25 or more will benefit from’s discounted Super Saver Shipping, which is a significantly reduced rate. 

XRAY XB8 ’14 Review: On The Track



XRAY XB8 ’14

Luxury Defined: Quality And Adjustability

Author/Photos:  Stephen Bess


This is a word most often associated with food, makeup or Rolls Royces.  But a “luxury” RC car?  XRAY has included the word “luxury” with its vehicle names for quite a while.  The Webster’s Dictionary defines luxury as “a state of great comfort or extravagance” and “an inessential or desirable item that is expensive or difficult to obtain.”  Should your idea of luxury include ideas of foo-foo frilly and fragile items that are more show than go, you’d be wrong about the XB8 ’14; in its first full racing season, the XB8 ’14 has impressed in the USA and holds multiple TQ’s and national championships across Europe. 

XRAY nitro buggies have always been on the expensive side, but with the new XB8 ’14 kit, the buggy’s extravagant fit, finish and quality have recalibrated my expectations of what RC luxury truly is.

“Like all XRAY kits, the parts fit together like a Patek Phillipe timepiece.”


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TESTED: ProTek R/C Samurai 321B .21 Engine

Samurai Testing

By: Stephen Bess

A few months of testing has proven the ProTek Samurai 321B engine (first seen here: NeoBuggy’s Samurai First Look) to be a seasoned, and successful warrior.  As promised, this is the follow up, semi-long term report after over 2-gallons of fuel and multiple race outings here in Southern California.

more » The full story on expansion and rebranding


BY: Stephen Bess

Few names are as synonymous with RC mail order as A Main Hobbies, now known as Performance Sports and Hobbies.  Built from owner Kendall Bennett’s garage in 2004 into the mega giant multi-hobby outlet it has become today, AMain is the American Dream come to life in a 60,000 square foot warehouse with two retail outlets.

Several weeks ago, Kendall and the A Main team rolled out an all new website, a new name and a new logo to reactions that were certainly, how do we say this, as passionate as they were critical.  We caught up with Kendall recently to ask him a variety of questions about his company’s new site launch, where they are headed, and just why on Earth they changed their logo and website in the midst of such a successful run.

Continue reading the interview here

Wheeler the 2014 U.S. Pro Cup Champ!

Wheeler Cash

The Dirt Racing 2014 U.S. Pro Cup came to a close at this past weekend’s Silver Dollar R/C Raceway Labor Day Shootout. The Pro Cup title came down to two drivers, Josh Wheeler and Ryan Lutz. The winner of the title would take home a smooth $5,000! In addition to the two competing for the overall title, the field was stacked with some of the west coast’s fastest offroad racers. XRAY’s Josh Wheeler would squeeze out TQ in both Pro Buggy and Pro Truggy classes, after nail biting qualifying times from Ryan Lutz, Phillip Atondo, Austin Blair, and more. 

more » announces Labor Day Sale!

Labor Day Sale

What beats enjoying your favorite hobbies outdoors with friends and family? Enjoying those good times with huge savings! This Labor Day weekend is giving you three ways to save. Save $5 on orders over $25, save $15 when you spend $75 or more, and for orders over $100, you’ll save 10%. The $5 and $15 off coupons can be found by following the link below and can only be applied to each customer account once. The 10% off savings is applied to all orders of $100 or more, but is not combined with the aforementioned offers. Hurry on over to because the sale ends Monday night!

Offer is valid 8:00 p.m. (PST) Aug. 28, 2014, until 11:59 p.m. (PST) Sept. 1, 2014. This offer is not retroactive and minimum order value excludes gift voucher purchases, taxes, fees, or shipping costs. Returns, refunds, exchanges, and other modifications to the original order that bring its value below the minimum purchase amount will void the offer. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotions.

SWorkz Challenge at Silver Dollar’s Silver Dollar R/C Raceway hosted the 2014 SWorkz Challenge, which featured many of the nations top drivers, and even some international flair! The video production crew has been hard at work since the event, and have published the official 2014 SWorkz Challenge race highlights video today. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!