Word of Wheels: Rusty Racer Tips

Rusty Racer tips

As a racer, sometimes you need to take some time away from the racing scene and catch some fresh air. That is exactly what I have done for the last month or two. This past weekend I attended the ROAR 1/8 Regional Championships in my division, marking my first race back since taking my ‘vacation’ from R/C. While I knew I would be a bit rusty, I had no idea how quickly rust builds, and how hard it is to shake off. I know I am not the only one who takes vacation’s away from R/C racing from time to time, and to save you a bit of trouble when you return to racing, I have put together my top 10 list of things to remember BEFORE heading to the track (all of which I learned this past weekend).


Cavalieri leads AKA sweep at the Surf City Classic

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Race Report by: AKA
Coming off of an impressive 4-win sweep at ROAR Nationals, Ryan Cavalieri is keeping his winning streak alive at the Surf City Classic hosted by his home track, OCRC Raceway. Cavalieri contested three classes with his AKA equipped 2wd and 4wd buggies, and 2wd short course truck. He made quick work of the SC field by TQ’ing all four rounds of qualifying and walking away in the 10-minute main on SC Typo front and Chain Link rear tires in clay compound, supported by Black Closed-Cell Wide SC inserts. Stock SC was dominated by AKA driver and OCRC local, Jason Dias. Dias took the TQ after qualifying and walked away from the field in a tone to tone win. Jason was on Clay SC Typo tires, Red inserts, and Cyclone SC wheels.

Cavalieri would start 2nd on the grid in the lengthy 4wd modified buggy main with rival, Ryan Maifield, on the pole. After a typical epic battle of the Ryan’s, Cavalieri would come out on top on Clay EVO Typo front and Chain Link rear tires with Red EVO inserts all around. 2wd modified buggy was another Ryan-Ryan battle but after a few costly mistakes, Cav would have to settle for a respectable 2nd place finish. His 2wd buggy was hooked up on Clay EVO Pinstripe front and Chain Link rear tires with Red Closed-Cell Inserts. Congrats to the entire AKA team on a great performance at the Surf City Classic!

2016 Reedy International Off-Road Race of Champions Entries Open

Entries Open

Entries for the 22nd running of the Reedy International Off-Road Race of Champions are now open through October 18, 2015 exclusively on RCSignup.com.

In order to provide the best racing experience, new for 2016, the Open class is a single registration that includes an entry into both the 2WD Open and 4WD Open buggy classes. This is done to streamline the event and to assist with organization.


TLR unveils new 8IGHT-E Clutch System

TLR Clutch

See: TLR
TLR has just unveiled their new 8IGHT-E Clutch system. The 8IGHT-E Clutch system provides instant power while increasing traction and decreasing the load on the drive-train. The slip system of the clutch allows improved throttle modulation on bumpy tracks as it will slip under a heavy or abrupt load allowing the vehicle to remain stable. The clutch system also allows for full brake usage without the need for mechanical brakes due to the preloaded clutch shoes. The 8IGHT-E clutch system is a direct fit on the 8IGHT-E 2.0, 8IGHT-E 3.0 and 8IGHT-E T 3.0.

Key Features

  • Converts electric 1/8-scale buggies and trucks to a nitro-style clutch system
  • Provides smoother throttle response, especially on bumpy tracks
  • Direct fit on the 8IGHT-E 2.0, 8IGHT-E 3.0 and 8IGHT-E T 3.0

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Kelvin Yong earns his second MRC title in Malaysia

Kelvin Yong

The Malaysian Regional Championship (MRC) Central Region Rd 2 was held on Malaysia’s Independence Day. This is the second of a 3 series race for the central region where the top drivers from 4 other regions will do battle at the end of year grand final race.

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The race started off to a sunny day with current national front runners Daniel Law (2nd / Sworkz / S-Power / T-Pro ) & Kenny Chin (3rd / Mugen / Ninja / Sweep / O’Donnel ) leading the pack. However, Current MRC Rd 1 Champion, Kelvin Yong (Xray / FX Engines / Proline / Maxima) had other ideas as he reeled off some fast consistent laps to TQ all 3 heats. In the A Main Finals, the in form Yong raced over the dusty & bumpy track to win his second MRC title. A notable mention is 10 year old Adam Fikri, who bumped his way from the D Main Finals to the A Main Finals, finishing 7th overall and collecting the Truggy Title as well. MRC Rd 3 is schedule for 17-18/Oct with the Grand Finals in November.

Favre edges out Gmunder for the win in Switzerland


See: Intech Racing
This past weekend held a hot and dusty race weekend in Morges, Switzerland. Heading into the event, Intech Racing driver Marcel Gmunder looked to be a favorite to win. In the 1/4 final, Marcel would suffer differential damage, but with quick pit work would return to the track to not only advance to the final, but win by one lap! In the final it was a good race between TLR’s Daniel Favre and Gmunder. Favre would take the win with Gmunder second, and Huber Jean Marc third.


Newly crowned German Champ switches teams after race

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Source: Graupner
We’ve seen a few things here at Neo over the years, especially when it comes towards the end of a season and the drivers ‘silly season’ starts kicking up a gear… However according to Team Graupner / SOAR’s press release, newly crowned German Champion Marvin Fritschler on Sunday, announced his new deal only a matter of hours after securing the surprise title victory. Marvin Fritschler, not a household name in top racing circles took the win this past weekend driving a Mugen infront of Marcel Guske and Steven Schöniger coming home 3rd.

He will now compete using the full Graupner supported setup; Graupner SOAR 998 buggy, OS engines, Colt HoTT radio and Titan Fuel.


TLR releases new official team Touchscreen Pit Gloves

TLR Pit Gloves

The all-new TLR Touchscreen Pit/Marshal Gloves are the official gloves of the TLR team. They feature special conductive first fingers & thumbs that allow you to operate a touch screen device. Combined with the black synthetic suede palm, black spandex back and adjustable wrist closure, they provide style and comfort that makes them a must have for TLR drivers.


  • Silkscreened TLR logo to show you team pride.
  • Use any touchscreen device without taking your gloves off.
  • Great dexterity for handling small parts & tools.
  • Awesome for use in the pits, marshaling, track prep, and on and on.

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Video: Robert Batlle goes head-to-head with FMX star Edgar Torronteras

FMX Star

See: infoRC.net
After the successful completion of The Italian Job race this past weekend, racers and spectators were greeted with a special ending to this year’s event. Many would agree that R/C car racing is somewhat of a ‘crossover sport’ with motocross racing. Tracks are similar, the techniques are similar, the atmosphere is similar, and racers from both sports tend to enjoy both.

As the race came to a close, Robert Batlle took to the track one final time. His competition was not an R/C racer or R/C car, but instead freestyle motocross star Edgar Torronteras. Watch as the two go heads up around the La Nucia race track!



Hupo Honigl goes 3 for 3 to win Austrian E-Buggy National title


See: Serpent
The final round of the Austrian 1/8 Electric Nationals took place this past weekend on the technical track of MRC Jaidhof. The track was dry, rough, dusty, and tricky for drivers to consistently turn clean laps around. Despite the varying conditions, Serpent’s Hupo Honigl would charge his way to victory in A1 and A2 of the E-Buggy class. The double A-Main victory would seal the deal for the day, marking 3 for 3 for Hupo, and earning him the Austrian E-Buggy National Championship title.

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