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.