RC Nightmare Community Blog
Any R/C enthusiast who races regularly knows who I’m talking about, the rare breed of R/C racer who just drives you insane. I am relatively new to the racing scene, but not by any means am I new to the hobby. I recently started racing with my schools R/C club at a local track. Racing is a blast and for me is a culmination of all things good about the hobby. Picture the novice racer at his first race night experiencing some of the things I see too often at the track.
A track regular (we’ll call him “Racer X”) with an ego the size of the track itself, is standing front and center atop the drivers stand as a race begins. The race gets underway and the first sign of trouble involves Racer X. A string of negative commentary rains down from the drivers stand as the marshal frantically work to right the cars. As his car is tended to last, another barrage of choice words comes from above, this time directed at the marshal. Things proceed relatively smoothly after the first incident until Racer X comes up on some lap traffic. Yelling out leader as he whips around other slower drivers, Racer X is unintentionally blocked by another driver. The driver that blocked Racer X hears about it both the moment it happens and then again after the race.
In my short racing experience I have seen far too much of “Racer X” for my liking. I can see how a novice racer could go to the track for the first time and be on the receiving end of some negative comments and be turned off of racing for good. When I see things like this happen it really bums me out. One of the most detrimental things we can do for the health of the hobby is to discourage people from racing and participating in organized events.
Let’s be honest here, whether we like it or not, we’re all adults playing with toy cars. Therefore we should act like adults and play nice with each other. The racing scene should be one of respect and good natured competition, and almost everyone who is involved in the racing scene recognizes and follows those principles, showing respect and acceptance to everyone, even newcomers. It’s the few people who seem to think they can play by a different set of rules that can be very harmful to the hobby. People who are just entering into R/C or just trying racing for the first time are just as valuable to the hobby and to the atmosphere of the track as the guy with 20 years of experience. So don’t be intimidated by the Racer X at your local track, go out and enjoy the hobby! And for the love of R/C, don’t be “that guy”!
These days, big bore shocks are all the rage when it comes to dialing your suspension. Paul Sinclair, of X Factory RC, came up with an interesting solution for having all the benefits of big bore springs without the added weight of big bore shock bodies. He claims that using big bore springs on a standard size shock body is the best overall setup for shock performance. The idea is that big bore springs can be placed on smaller bore shocks in order to prevent scraping. Scraping is a very common issue when it comes to standard size shocks, which can result in an inconsistent feel. Smaller springs buckle as they compress which can allow them to actually touch the shock bodies and cause friction. Because big bore springs have a much larger diameter, they are much less prone to scape than their smaller counterparts. I can personally vouch for this method as I have been very impressed with my t4.1’s handling after doing this simple mod. My shocks feel very smooth. Read on »»
A class that could be rallying its way to the top
If you’ve been reading around at all lately, you probably noticed that the RC rally scene is growing really fast. With the release of the new Traxxas 1/10 Rally, I think that it’s safe to say that rally is here to stay for a while. Will rally ever be as popular as short course? Probably not. But I think that it presents some really interesting opportunities for RC racing and bashing.
First off, RC rally racing has a lot of potential. It’s definitely one of the most stellar full size racing styles in my opinion. I think that the terrain required to have a really awesome rally course is much easier to create than the ‘super cross’ style that most off road tracks require. All you really need is some gravel or loose dust, some pipes for the lanes, and maybe some gradual dirt mounds for modest jumps that the rallys can handle. This might make it easier and more plausible for hobby shops to make tracks due to shear simplicity. I could also see rally racing classes taking over parking lot racing. Why not drop in some simple wooden jumps for the rally guys right after mod touring? I could see those touring guys getting jealous of that rally class airtime. The possibilities for a rally racing class are endless. Read on »»