26 September 2014 07:09 by Stephen Bess
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.”
tags: XB4 '14
, XB8 Review
in: 1/8 Offroad
, Protek RC
, RB Products
23 September 2014 20:05 by Stephen Bess
ProTek SAMURAI 321B: FOLLOW UP 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.
in: 1/8 Offroad
, Byron Fuel
, Protek RC
, Upgrade RC
17 September 2014 10:31 by Stephen Bess
INTERVIEW: KENDALL BENNETT – Founder/CEO AMain.com
BY: Stephen Bess
Few names are as synonymous with RC mail order as A Main Hobbies, now known as AMain.com 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.
04 September 2014 15:05 by Mike
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.
29 August 2014 18:32 by Mike
What beats enjoying your favorite hobbies outdoors with friends and family? Enjoying those good times with huge savings! This Labor Day weekend AMain.com 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 AMain.com 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.
28 August 2014 15:33 by Mike
AMain.com’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 AMain.com 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!
27 August 2014 18:51 by Mike
Now is your chance to win a ProTek R/C 321B Samurai engine! News of the Samurai engine is spreading, and the response so far has been overwhelming. Keen observers noticed the engine’s handpicked components, dubbing the Samurai a “custom-spec’d Japanese-made mill”—exactly what it is. Now that the Samurai is here, ProTek is giving you an opportunity to win one.
To enter to win the ProTek R/C 321B Samurai engine, simply follow the link below and fill out the form with your name and email—it’s that easy! One participant will be randomly chosen on Aug. 31 and announced on Monday, Sept. 1 at 6:00 p.m. PST on the AMain.com Facebook page!
26 August 2014 16:35 by Mike
No questions asked, Atsushi Hara is one of the greatest R/C car racers of all-time. Hara has won everything from onroad to offroad, 1/10 scale to 1/8 scale, 2wd to 4wd. So is racing all that Hara is good at? AMain.com has released a new commercial promo featuring the legend, showing that ‘Hara knows’…
22 August 2014 15:32 by Mike
Looking for some free R/C swag? While supplies last, AMain.com orders of $150 or more will earn a free t-shirt featuring the all-new AMain.com logo! Be the first person at your track or flying field to rock the stylish AMain.com t-shirt. The incredibly comfortable “50/50” blend of preshrunk cotton and polyester will have you reaching for this shirt every time you leave the house. Shirts are available in gray or charcoal, in sizes small through 4XL tall. Hurry over to AMain.com and place your order today because the new AMain.com shirts won’t last!
18 August 2014 19:13 by Mike
Hop on over to AMain.com for a weeklong sale celebrating AMain’s fresh, new website and logo! Save 10% on all orders over $120. Plus, customers can enjoy $10 off single orders over $50—that’s a 20% savings. Both deals require a special coupon code, which can be only be found by clicking the link below. The $10 off coupon can only be used once per account. The 10% off coupon can be used all weekend long, so if you forget something, no worries: Head back to AMain.com and get what you need. Make sure to shop at AMain.com between Thursday, Aug. 14 at 8:00 p.m. PST through Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 11:59 p.m. PST!