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‘Hara Knows’ with

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? has released a new commercial promo featuring the legend, showing that ‘Hara knows’…

RCN Word Up with Joseph Quagraine

JQ Word Up

In the world of R/C car racing there is a wide range of characters. Everyone from the quiet kept racer in the corner to the loud mouth yelling at turn marshalls on the track. Somewhere in between those is an innovator, a dreamer, a straight to the point, tell it like it is car designer and racer. His name is Joseph ‘JQ’ Quagraine. Joseph is a professional racer that decided he would build a car of his own, giving birth to JQ Products. Over the years, THECar has picked up momentum, the company has continued to grow, and we have sat down with JQ in this edition of ‘Word Up’ to discuss it all!

“Sometimes I wish I had just gone for racing as much as possible, as a professional, sometimes I wish I had started JQRacing sooner.”

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Ronnefalk inches closer to #1


After a impressive win at the 2014 1/8 Euros this past weekend, The #2 ranked driver in the world, David Ronnefalk has slightly closed the gap on the current world #1 Ty Tessmann according to Top25RC. Ronnefalk successfully defended his 2013 European Championship by dominating the qualifying and the main. Elsewhere on the list Renaud Savoya dropped 4 spots after a sub par main event, landing at #10 on the list. Darren Bloomfield made his way back on the list after a good performance in the main event. We are looking forward to the IFMAR World Championship coming up where Top25RC points are worth more, and things will REALLY get spicy!

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Maifield speaks on his TLR success


Ryan Maifield Interview

After yesterday’s ‘Maifield Mental Game’ article, poll, and viewer opinions, it became quite apparent that the only way to find the TRUE cause of Ryan Maifield’s success is to ask the man himself! Our sister site, RCNews, has caught up with Ryan for a brief interview where he discusses what he believes is the reason he is back winning, smiling, and having fun racing! Read more…

Maifield’s Switch: A Mental Change?

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Does anyone find it a coincidence that Ryan Maifield switched teams and immediately dominated every race he has entered since?  

Did the new TLR cars make that much of a difference?  Or was it his mindset?

There’s no way to know for certain, but I can write about what I’ve witnessed—both with Maifield and with other performance athletes who have departed long-term professional relationships and gone on to flourish in their new surroundings.  There’s an old idiom that says, “Familiarity naturally breeds contempt.”   Relationships can get stale the longer they last. Small annoyances can become big problems over time. Perhaps it was just time, after a decade of dominance at Associated, for Maifield to move on.

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Maifield makes nitro debut at JBRL


The 2014 JBRL Nitro Series returned to Chula Vista, California this past weekend. Heritage RC Park was the site for the JBRL Nitro Series Rnd #4. The big story of the weekend was TLR’s Ryan Maifield making his nitro debut. He debuted his new TLR 8ight 3.0 buggy, 8ight-T 3.0 truggy and his 8ight-E buggy 3.0. Ryan would go on to TQ all three classes but ran into some trouble in a couple of the mains. Our good friend Jeremy Flint at was on-site to capture him action, and report back from the exciting event event!

CLICK HERE to read the full RCInsider JBRL Race Report.

Jérôme Treignier joins Schumacher

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Schumacher Racing has announced today their newest member of the offroad racing family. Accomplished privateer racer, Jérôme Treignier, has signed on board with the Schumacher offroad team, joining Carson Wernimont, Tom Cockerill, and others. Jérôme will be attending the 4th Annual Canadian International Championship at Sutton Aviation Raceway this weekend, where he will debut his Cat and Cougar.

Source: Schumacher Racing 

Big shoes to fill at Team Associated

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Remember when you were a kid, and you’d put on your dad’s shoes – your feet were way too small to fill such big shoes… After a choppy few months for Team Associated, they’ve been in the ‘tabloid headlines’ once again it would seem as they look to fill the gaping void left by star driver Ryan Maifield’s sudden departure for arch rivals TLR.

How does one go about filling the big shoes left behind by Maifield ? Well if anyone can, 27x World Champions Team Associated will be the ones. While there are hundreds and hundreds of drivers that could be an asset to AE, RCNews takes a speculative look at some major names that could reasonably join the team…filling those shoes. Read more…

The return of stadium truck?

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In the early 2000′s, by far one of the most popular offroad racing classes in America was 1/10 scale 2wd stadium truck (both nitro and electric). As the year’s passed, the nitro stadium truck (aka “gas truck”) was the first to lose popularity as the all-new 1/8 truck (truggy) class was introduced. Shortly after, the electric stadium truck scene began to slowly disappear as well. Factory teams pulled their top drivers in the class, and put them in the fast-growing short course truck classes instead.

Before long, stadium truck all together was exctinct at many local, regional, and national level races across the country.

Many believed that with the introduction of truggy and short course, the days of stadium truck were simply distant memories.

As it turns out, those memories may not be so distant after all.

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Is your R/C racing TV worthy?


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We have received news of an exciting new project today, that could very well be the biggest thing to hit R/C racing. TV show producer, Adam Hackbarth, has reached out to us in search of R/C racers to participate in an all-new R/C racing television show currently in development!

Adam says, “We aim to have the show be a fun blend of great personalities and great racing. We are presenting the show to Coolfire Media, who has expressed interest in the show – provided we find R/C racing fanatics with great personalities or great stories. Coolfire Media is one of the companies behind the Discovery Channel show Fast N’ Loud – as well as a number of other television programs.”

Producers are looking for R/C racers like YOU, and encourage those interested in sending a “video audition”. The video does NOT need to be a professional video, as Adam says a simple smart phone video will do. Want to join the show? Now’s your chance to try-out by simply send a video introducing yourself, expressing your love for R/C, and whatever you feel best represents you as a TV worthy R/C enthusiast to!