01 December 2013 14:08 by Phil
Lamberto Collari – one of the alltime greats in the history of RC racing despite a few controversies over the years, a massive 9 World Championships to his name, all won in his signature class – 1/8 onroad, not even the great Masami comes close to matching such domination in a single class (Hirosaka has 14 titles but spread over multiple classes).
Our friend Luigi over at RCRevolution.net spotted Collari making a cameo appearance at the Italian indoor facility IBR Padova, according to the article Collari has half an eye at taking part in next year’s IFMAR World Championships in 1/8 buggy, which are due to be held in Messina on the Italian island of Sicily (22-28 Sept 2014).
With the majority of European countries picking their national teams for the Worlds based on the previous year’s national results (2013) it remains to be seen whether the Collari name will be competing with fellow World Champion peers such as Robert Batlle, Jared Tebo, Atsushi Hara & Cody King. Interestingly, having ended his long term association with Kyosho by joining Capricorn last year Collari has been brushing up on his dirt skills with a Mugen MBX7 / Novarossi/Collari engine and VP Pro tyres. Watch this space.
02 November 2013 17:02 by Phil
Unofficial news from the EFRA AGM currently underway this weekend in Zagreb, Croatia – our insiders tell us that the 2014 Euros will NOT be held at the Rhein Main track near Frankfurt airport, but is set to return to Sand am Main – host of the 2011 Euros and venue of Robert Batlle’s 2nd Euros win. The date has also been altered, changed from 30th June -5th July to a much later slot; 4th-9th August. At present no reasons given for the change in venue. Lastly the 2015 1-10th Offroad Euros look like they’ll be hosted by Robin Hood Raceway in the UK.
We also hear that the Worlds dates for next year have been set; 22-28th September, according to our sources, it will be Messina, Sicily.
12-13/4 EFRA GP, France, Noeux les Mines
16-18/5 Euro Warm up
4-6/7 EFRA GP, Portugal
11-13/7 +40, Fehring, Austria
See NeoBuggy’s Calendar
31 October 2013 07:53 by Phil
The world’s top off-road buggy racers competed at A Main Hobbies Silver Dollar R/C Raceway for the IFMAR World Championships. See how it all went down as two new world champions were crowned.
Probably one of the best videos promoting RC Racing ever – NeoBuggy
04 October 2013 10:38 by KevinR
Lee Martin reports after a very eventful week at Silver Dollar Raceway… Last week the 1/10th 2013 IFMAR World Championships were held at the fantastic Silver Dollar Raceway, owned by A Main Hobbies in Chico, CA, USA. The first thing you think of when you arrive in Chico is that its a small farmers town with not much going on, until you see the mecca of RC tracks that it homes! Silver Dollar is a simple sublime facility with the huge backing of A Main hobbies it really is the Carlsberg of RC tracks! The drivers stand is vast and very inviting for racers and spectators, the pits are very well engineered and a comfortable place to be and the track? Well the track speaks for itself. Beautifully crafted dirt to make not only a fantastic looking track, but also one that was great to drive on. Continue reading here.
30 September 2013 23:49 by Phil
The World Famous indoor Yatabe Arena in Tsukuba, Japan have been announced as the host hosts of the next 10th scale Offroad electric IFMAR Worlds, the news came as IFMAR held their AGM for the electric section on September 26th while attending the Worlds last week in Chico, CA – The dates have also been set September 26th – October 3rd 2015.
Expect Yokomo and Naoto Matsukura to be strong as Jared Tebo and Steven Hartson will travel to the land of the rising sun to defending their respective titles!
See: Yatabe Arena
23 September 2013 13:55 by Phil
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Update: The race directors announced that practice would get underway slightly later than scheduled on Monday, with plans to sugar the track tonight and leave it a few hours in the morning to try and bake in and improve grip.
The evening’s ‘Parade of Countries’ capped a relaxed opening day of the 2013 IFMAR Worlds, the sun came out and coupled with diligent efforts courtesy of Kevin Jelich and his track team, the Silver Dollar RC Raceway track looks ready for business ahead of Monday’s scheduled practice sessions. Quite inconceivable given the biblical downpours experienced on Saturday in Chico and the surrounding areas of inland Northern California, however the rest of the week’s forecast looks promising with cold temps at night although the sun baking the sugared track during the day, perhaps not quite reaching a crème brulee finish that we’ve seen previously 1/8th tracks like Pattaya, but nonetheless a huge improvement after yesterday’s suspected mud fest.
In terms of goings on, its been quite sedate, with notable industry figures saying there’s “nothing to hide” having said that there was a slight issue earlier today with the width of JConcepts’ rear rims coming under scrutiny as they were deemed a fraction too wide, mostly a lot of tyre glueing went on. We saw a few new bits and bobs which we’ll go into more details later on, including Lee Martin’s new two-piece wing. Other than that drivers’ general feelings towards the facility are overwhelmingly positive, experienced racers giving glowing thumbs up to the hard work that’s gone into preparing for this event, not forgetting the capital expenditure from A Main’s side. Signs are good though as A Main’s founder and big Kahuna Kendall Bennett led out the 55+ strong team from the hosts, United States.