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Rain Disappoints at the 2011 BRCA Nationals

As some of you probably know, the British Radio Car Association (BRCA) Nationals have been going on in England for the past few weeks, and I have a few snippets of news for you from the event.  This past weekend saw these races:

  • BRCA Large Scale On-Road National – 2011 – Round 3
  • BRCA 1/10th Electric Touring Car National 2011 R2
  • March Stockcars & Bangers 12th Oval National

I really wanted to get some cool information for these races, and then I realized the BRCA website sucks. So, after some digging, I’ll let ya in on what I found. Round 2 of the 1/10th scale Electric Touring Car National went to….wait for it…the rainy weather! It had been predicted all week, and everyone was hoping the weather people were wrong again, but they weren’t.

As the rain continued to persist the decision was to continue running the finals however worsening conditions after the first round saw an abandonment of the race, and unlike F1 the race didn’t continue. Under these rules points from just one leg of the finals count. So we did have some results, but not like they were planned:

Pro Stock
1 Zak Smith
2 Chris Slater
3 Lee Price
4 Jon Bowden
5 James Hart
6 Chris Neff
7 Sam Clifton
8 Mark Wallace
9 Kieran Clift
10 David Hall

Olly Jefferies

1 Olly Jefferies
2 Chris Kerswell
3 Andy Moore
4 Russell Williams
5 Tom Watts
6 Chris Grainger
7 Chris Ashton
8 Matthew White
9 Brian Eldridge
10 Alan Bickerstaff

From other news I have heard that the BRCA Large Scale On-Road National Round 3 may have been rescheduled due to rain. I cannot find any results on it, so I’m going to assume that is so.

I will continue to stay updated on the event and dig for more information as the Nationals continue.



Upcoming Event! Team Losi Racing Super Cup

Hey Racing Fans – here is an upcoming event that you may want to check out and follow! Coming up on June 25-26, Eden Park Raceway will be hosting the inaugural TLR Super Cup 2011at their famous multi-surface racetrack in Beckenham, Kent. If you are a fan or racer of these three most popular 1:10 off-road classes of 2WD and 4WD buggies, and 2WD Short Course Trucks, you don’t want to miss this!

Even though they are aiming to attract top drivers from the UK and Europe, they are hoping that the TLR Super Cup, in association with Spektrum and Electrix RC will appeal to local drivers as well.

Here are some of the details on the format of the race:

All three classes running on both days of the weekend. Saturday will hold two practices and three qualifiers, with a short practice, two qualifiers and multi-leg finals on the Sunday. Qualifying will use the FTD format and there will be three legs for the A finals in 2WD, 4WD and Short Course Trucks with two legs for all the other finals. Awards will be presented to the winners of 2WD, 4WD and SCT, the top three in the U14 and U19 classes as well as in the concourse competition.

There will be prizes!

Awards for winners of 2WD, 4WD and 2WD SCT. Top three in Under 14 and Under 19 classes in 2WD and 4WD only. Concourse competition winner.

And the not so fun, but always needed…RULES:
-Event running to BRCA 2011 1:10 Off-Road National Championship guidelines
-No control tire in 2WD and 4WD Short Course Truck tires only – no 1:8 off-road variants allowed


I’m sure this race is more appealing to my friends in the UK in terms of going or entering, but if you want to stay posted on this race, I will keep you updated on our blog here at RCNightmare.com! Check back for more RC news, events, new products, and more!


Mike Reedy Passes: 1941 – 2011

It is sad news that I bring to you today. I am sure most of you have heard the name Reedy if you are an RC fan or racer. It is a famous RC brand teaming with Team Associated and sponsoring some great racers such as Ryan Maifield.  The man that began it all and turned his name into one of the most successful racing brands in R/C history, Mike Reedy, passed away on the morning of May 17th, 2011. He has lost a 10 year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

From what I’ve heard through the news, he was a great guy and a great inspiration to those in the RC world. Those who knew him said he could be found in the pits of every major race event building and tuning motors for most of the top R/C drivers in the world.  It didn’t matter whether you were a world champion, or just an average racer, Mike was there to help everyone and had a true passion for doing this.

His contribution to the hobby and sport is indescribable. He served as the Team Associated race team manager for over 20 years, and during that time, scouted, and mentored some of the best talent the R/C industry has ever witnessed.  Names like Jay Halsey, Masami Hirosaka, Mark Pavidis, Bill Easton, Brian Kinwald, Tony Neisinger, Neil Cragg, Craig Drescher, Matt Francis, Mark Francis, Cliff Lett, Ryan Maifield, and many others are prime examples of the unparalleled influence he had on our industry and the people in it. He sounds like a cool guy and I bet it was a great honor to know him.



Team Associated SC10 RS RTR Truck Info & Review

Team Associated has recently come out with the SC10 RS (race spec) Ready-to-Run Truck. It is a 1/10th scale Electric 2WD Off Road Race Truck. The reason I wanted to take a look at it today is because I’ve heard a lot of people asking, “what the heck is the difference between this and the regular SC10?”. When I first started looking into it, I was a little confused myself. Is this just an SC10 with a different body? Are there upgrades? So I took a little bit of a deeper look into it.

What is a Race Spec?

My first thought was, has everyone been racing with the wrong types of RC’s? Do I need a race spec model? The answer is no, of course. But, like the name implies, this is a replica of the trucks driven in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. So basically, it has the same specs and looks as the truck that was used in that race. The SC10RS won the 2010 R.O.A.R. National Championships. (more…)