Short Course News

Racers beat the heat at 2015 Willamette Valley Classic

2wdMod Report

The summer kick-off race at Dave’s RC Tracks located in Hubbard, Oregon was once again underway last weekend over the blistering hot June 26th through the 28th. With temperatures reaching near 100 degrees Fahrenheit all weekend long, racers were all trying to dial in traction as well as figuring out ways to beat the heat.

With Dave’s running the classic format of open practice on Friday, 4 qualifying runs on Sat, and triple A-mains on Sunday, the vibe is always laid back, relaxed, fun and full of competitive racing with a group of friends. The track layout is a modified version of the previous layout with simple pipe and jump changes, but still making it feel like an all-new track that flows and is a blast to drive on. Huge thanks goes out to the track crew at Dave’s, better known as the Blue Crew, for putting in the time during a massive heat wave.


VRC Pro releases 2015 ROAR Offroad Nats track

release video

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In an unprecedented 2-week effort, VRC Pro is able to release the track for the 2015 ROAR Fuel Offroad Nationals on the same day the actual event starts on the real Silver Dollar track! As sanctioned by ROAR, nor the real Nats track and the virtual Nats track should be available for practice prior to the start of this prestigious off-road event. Paul King (besides Cody’s dad also member of the ROAR executive committee) has now approved the VRC Pro 2015 Nats track to be released on June 17th, the same day the official practice rounds start at Silver Dollar in Chico California.


VRC Pro will run the Virtual ROAR Nats starting on June 18th until June 21st, simultaneously with the real ROAR event. On June 17 the new track will automatically become available for VRC Pro members who have an all-inclusive license, the track is also available from the VRC Pro e-shop.

Soares wins Round 3 of the German Alpen Cup

Intech SC Germany

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Round 3 of the Alpen Cup was held in Singen, Germany. The race saw a lineup of talented drivers, and proved to be quite successful for the growing Intech Racing team. Daniel Soares piloted his Team Durango truck to victory, but not without pressure from behind by Intech’s Tamar Schäfer. Schäfer would finish up in the second position followed by Martin Weidmann.


Evens sweeps Round 2 of the Belgian SCT Cup


Round 2 of the Belgian SCT Cup was held on the AstroTurf track of BPT. The event saw a very fun and technical layout, with a smooth running event thanks to the organizers behind it. It was TLR’s Nicolas Evens who shined at Round 2, taking home the victories in both Pro2 and Pro4 classes.



Tekno cuts down & lightens up SCT410/EB48SL shock towers

Tekno Shock Towers

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Tekno has cut a new light weight carbon front and rear shock towers for the SCT410.3 and EB48SL platforms. Made up of thick 5mm carbon fiber material, the new front tower is 6mm lower, and both towers are 6 grams lighter (each) than the original SCT410 shock towers. Designed to lower the center of gravity and weight of your vehicle, these towers should only be used with TKR5516 front suspension arms and TKR5515 rear suspension arms  for the SCT410.3 and EB48SL.

New Spektrum servos with removable wire leads

New Spektrum Servos

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The latest generation of Spektrum surface servos provides the performance needed for any 1/10 to 1/8 scale vehicle application. The S6230 and S6240 offer high-torque or high-speed performance in a more compact size for 1/10th scale crawlers or monster trucks where space is limited. The S6250 HV and S6260 HV are standard size servos for High-Voltage applications up to 8.4v, and the S6280 HV and S6290 HV feature all metal case construction for the ultimate 1/8 scale performance. All these servos feature Spektrum innovations like the removable wire leads that allow for custom lead length and ease of maintenance and all metal servo mounting tabs to keep them in place through the most extreme conditions.


Associated unveils the RC10SC5M


Based on Team Associated’s wildly successful, race-winning RC10B5M platform, the RC10SC5M Team Kit represents the next step in the evolution of competitive short-course racing. Starting with the data acquired through the development of the B5M and T5M, the engineers behind the doors of Team Associated’s AREA 51 set out to design the ultimate short-course truck chassis that utilizes all the advantages that come with a mid-motor configuration.

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JC Indoor National Series heads west

JC Indoor Nats

JConcepts national tour visits’s Outback Raceway for the fifth consecutive time July 9-12 for the Summer Indoor Nationals. The national-caliber race draws over 300 entries with several factory drivers mixing it up in the modified divisions. The Outback Raceway facility is air-conditioned, features over 140 permanent pit spots, large TVs for live timing and scoring, and racers can conveniently order parts directly from AMain. Last year, racers from California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Indiana and Florida made the trip to Chico, California for Northern California’s most popular electric off-road race.

Racers are encouraged to sign up early, as this race will sell out. Register for the JConcepts Summer Indoor Nationals HERE!

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AKA up to 90% off this Memorial Day

AKA Sale

25% off your entire order* at starting today, May 22nd thru the 26th. Don’t miss out on the deals on your favorite tires to race on. New clearance items will be added (up to 90% off!) and still get some dirt cheap tires from the “$1 Tire Sale” that has been extended through the weekend! Head over to RACEAKA.COM for the deals!

*Discount excludes sale or clearance items, and shipping

Russian Grand Prix at Moscow Expo

Among the hundreds of hobby expo shows around the globe, one of which that took place earlier this spring was the annual Moscow Hobby Expo in Moscow, Russia. The expo show included a sprinkle of nearly everything R/C and model related. As part of the expo show, there was a variety of racing events taking place in front of the hobby show crowd as well. Our pals at RCMOTORS.TV have shared a few of the highlights from these events, including the Russian Offroad Grand Prix.

CLICK HERE for more RCMOTORS.TV Moscow Hobby Expo Highlights