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Leadership Change at HPI Racing

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HPI Racing have announced a development that will see a change of ownership of its global operation. The major shareholders of the Scandinavian based Vestergaard Group have signed a deal that will see them utilise their 50+ years expertise and investment in the hobby industry to revitalise HPI Racing, capitalise on its great heritage and push the brand forward. Speaking from Vestergaard Group’s Danish HQ, the new owners announced a new era for HPI Racing with a stable supply chain and excellent customer service.

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Associated Electrics introduces new Element RC brand

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Associated Electrics have announced an all-new brand: Element RC. It’s a brand committed to providing adventurers with an experience, a story to tell, and memories that will last a lifetime. Established by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts: Element RC is a team of individuals dedicated to developing top-tier products, support, and innovative design concepts. This new brand is dedicated to fun, family, community, and is backed by Associated Electrics: the industry leader in radio-controlled car racing for over 50 years.

Element RC was created with the adventure enthusiast in mind.

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Adrien Bertin talks about Performa Racing

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Since many months many people have been wondering what Performa was. The long-awaited answer comes from HB Racing Team Manager Adrien Bertin who confirms the launch of the Performa Racing brand for 2019.

Hello Adrien, let’s go straight to the point, what is Performa Racing?

Adrien Bertin:Hello everybody, I am really pleased to introduce you to the Performa Racing brand. Over the past 2 years we have had great success with HB Racing, and some of our HB team drivers wanted to use a complete Neidhart SA package that included the car & power source. After some talk with Neidhart SA owner Philippe Neidhart, we decided that the Performa concept will work alongside HB Racing. Performa Racing is a new Neidhart SA brand that will be treated with the same philosophy as HB Racing: Offer the best products with no compromise, aimed at the most demanding racers.

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Horizon Hobby announces passing of Joseph Ambrose

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It is with deep sadness we announce the unexpected passing of chief executive officer Joe Ambrose. Joe died in Champaign on January 4, 2019, at the age of 61. Longtime Horizon board member and Chairman of First Busey Corporation, Greg Lykins said, “With Joe’s passing, we have lost an amazing human being and visionary leader. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Joe have lost a dear friend and inspiring mentor.”

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RCGP launches RCGP-TV

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RCGP wants to provide both racers and fans the best possible race coverage. This is why they have launched RCGP-TV, which is a production team, built up of a combination of the well known and established people behind RC Racing TV, LiveRC and CTRL. CTRL Sport is the media company formed by Mat McCallum and James Parry who you know from numerous daily videos at RC events, such as NEO. RCGP-TV will not only bring you the RCGP events live on youtube, and other media platforms, it will also provide additional content, such as highlights, team features, as well as a television quality short series from each event. The voice of this new channel will be Nick Daman, of RC Racing TV fame. The coverage will be provided completely free, and archives will be available on youtube.The goal of RCGP-TV, is not only to cater to the people already within RC Racing, but also to be appealing to new people, and bring them into the hobby. The objective is to add interest and value to the brands supporting the racing series.

Muchmore appoints Joe Pillars as new USA sales manager

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Muchmore Racing International have announced that their team manager Joe Pillars will now be taking over as their USA sales manager. Joe will lead the USA sales from his home state of Oregon, where he is already stocking all popular Muchmore products making them easily accessible and available to hobby shops, tracks, and customers in the United States. Given Joe’s many years of experience and stellar reputation in the industry, he will also be handling the customer service side of things for Muchmore in the USA, as we understand this is a very important component as we continue to increase our presence. Joe stated:

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JQ Racing appoint Canadian’s team representative

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JQ Racing continues to grow its presence in North America, and welcomes Phil Matthews onboard as their Team Representative in Canada. Phil has over 25 years of experience in various disciplines of RC, he brings a plethora of knowledge to the table and has been busy racing and testing his JQ buggies enthusiastically over the last months.

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Horizon Hobby buy Hobbico

Source: The News-Gazette

A bankruptcy court judge approved Horizon Hobby’s $18.8 million purchase of Hobbico’s remote-control business including Great Planes and Tower Hobbies divisions, along with Axial and Arrma brands. Horizon was the lone bidder in a bankruptcy auction for Hobbico, which filed for Chapter 11 protection in January with the goal of finding a new buyer. It’s not clear how many of the employees will be hired at Horizon, especially since the two Champaign-based hobby-product distributors perform similar tasks.

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