about 4 hours ago by Phil
Whether you enjoy RC as a competition, weekend hobby or backyard bash the passing of fellow kindred spirits is a sad unwelcome event but a real one that seems to halt the ever turning gears of RC for a moment as friends cast a retrospective thought, remember and pay their respects.
In recent years we’ve seen some true pioneers pass away, dedicating their lives to building the foundations of where we are today; Gene Husting, co-founder of Team Associated will be remembered as an icon and joins the likes of Mike Reedy, Gualtiero Picco, Ted Longshaw, Hisashi Suzuki & more in heaven’s RC hall of fame.
Novarossi phoned us this morning and wanted to post a eulogy to Gene which we were only too happy to re-post:
The Managers of Novarossi World srl – Cesare Rossi, Graziosa Barchi and Elisa Rossi – are saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Gene Husting diligent and passionate protagonist of RC .
Novarossi therefore wish to use this medium to extend its sincere sympathy to the bereaved family and the entire RC World community.
We should bow our heads in memory of this time of Pomona 1987 WC. Novarossi and Associated won the world championship 20 laps ahead of the second place finisher and get started their business collaboration since then.
about 6 hours ago by KevinR
The 2014 Cactus Classic takes place across the 10th – 16th of March at the HobbyTown USA / SRS track and will be announced by the one and only Scotty Ernst! Full details can be found by clicking the above flyer.
about 21 hours ago by KevinR
New from Team Associated is the above factory team pit mat which features the Team Associated logo printed in white on the sizeable 24” x 48” 5mm thick yoga mat material.
about 26 hours ago by KevinR
JQ Products have announced the release of their new option parts for their THECar 1/8th buggy platform. Today’s releases include CNC high wing mounts, swaybar stoppers and CNC rear hub shims. We understand that the CNC machined high wing mounts and rear hub shims are available in either a gold or black colour with all of the options parts accessible via their distributor and dealer network around the world.
about 29 hours ago by Phil
Quick Review: AVID ‘Truss’ 1/8 buggy wheels.
By Stephen Bess
While considering the challenge that AVID RC faced when designing their new 1/8-scale buggy wheels, I emptied out my collection of cliches and settled on an old favorite: how does one re-invent the wheel? It’s a difficult question, and while perhaps AVID hasn’t technically “reinvented” the buggy wheel, they have certainly given it a nice face lift with several unique features.
AVID doesn’t want you losing your nuts, and neither should you.
Designed to bring both aesthetic and practical updates to the buggy wheel market, the TRUSS wheel is so named for its internal ribs. The ribs form a lattice work across the inside of the wheel, creating multiple triangle structures that AVID claims focuses the torque strength directly toward the wheel nut. In other words, the TRUSS isn’t going to flex any more than is necessary no matter what the direction of force placed upon it.
about 33 hours ago by Phil
New to the AKA apparel line is the “snap back” flat bill baseball cap.It’s made of 100% cotton, features a puff embroidered logo on the front along with embroidered detail on the back, and snap back adjustment. One size fits most.
Updated in the apparel line is the “Flexfit” flat bill baseball cap which now features the same puff embroidered logo on the front as the snap back version. Retails for USD 39.99
about 33 hours ago by Phil
It is with heavy hearts that we must inform everyone of Gene Husting’s passing. Gene was an icon in the RC industry and the founding partner along with Roger Curtis of Team Associated.
The public face of Team Associated for many years, Gene’s racing career started long before R/C cars ever existed. A street racer in his teens, Gene put his love of cars and racing on hold to serve in the US Army during World War II. Upon his return, Gene went back into racing, this time at the dry lakes and drag strips. Gene built the engines while his partner , Reece Adams, built the cars. Their 1934 Ford flat head powered Coupe set records at all 6 drag strips in Southern California, and never lost one race. Soon after, Gene designed the first streamline dragster, and on its very first run at Lions Drag Strip, it broke the track record. Mickey Thompson, the track manager at the time, was there to see it happen.
about 34 hours ago by KevinR
The JConcepts 1:8 Spring National is back for its 5th year at the HobbyTown USA Hobbyplex in Omaha, NE. Racers can expect a fun atmosphere, great layout, and a professionally ran race program under the direction of Alex Sturgeon. Best of all, there is no chance of a rain out as racing at the Plex is like racing outside with a roof. This year will be special, with the help of Team Associated’s Chad Parks they are bringing back 1/10th Gas Truck! Byron Fuels has also added the race to its contingency program for the expert 1:8 classes. Be a part of the race that jump starts the summer nitro season. Registration is open here.
about 36 hours ago by KevinR
Multiple IFMAR World Finalist and National Champion Travis Amezcua has officially signed to run Xpert servos. Travis has already used Xpert servos to dominate the 2014 Chi-Town Shoot Out, where his Viper powered Durango cars won 2wd and 4wd Modified Buggy classes. Travis also won the legendary Dash for Cash for the second straight year to pocket almost $500.
about 41 hours ago by KevinR
One of the UK’s top young up and coming off-road drivers, Lewis Jones has joined Pure Whip Racing for the 2014 season. Pure Whip Racing had the following to say:
“With a promising start to his racing career Lewis has already had an exciting couple of years, from becoming the 2013 Kyosho Masters Expert Champion to being invited out to Japan to compete in the Japanese Kyosho Masters. A busy 2014 schedule ahead for Lewis and we are very proud to have him on the team!”