Whether you race onroad or offroad, 1/10 scale or 1/8 scale, or all of the above…one thing remains the same. Racers flock week after week to find the ‘big race’ events to participate in. Whether it be a ‘big race’ at your local track offering up trophies or cash payback, or a ‘big race’ hundreds of miles away gathering the worlds top drivers looking for a championship…they are all considered ‘big races’. The question of the day is – What attracts racers to attend these ‘big races’? Is it to race with the pros? Is it to win a trophy or perhaps some cash? Is it simply to hang out with the crowd? WHY do YOU as a racer find, travel, and attend big R/C races…or do you?
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702 RC Raceway in Las Vegas, Nevada is among one of the nation’s top indoor offroad racing facilities. Whether it be the facility, the track, or the people…702 is known as a favorite place to race by many. Last week, the social media world was shocked to hear that long-time owner and operator Pepto Garrett would be stepping away from 702 Raceway. Many believed this meant the end for 702, but today we have received exclusive news that 702 R/C Raceway is still alive and well!
The facility has been taken over by the Battie family, as they are the new owners and operators of Vegas’s beloved indoor R/C facility. The track will be re-opening this Friday, August 7, for practice at noon and racing at 6pm! Dwayne Battie is said to have exciting plans to make 702 even better.
The Battie family says, “We are very excited to work with everyone in the industry and look forward to meeting all of the racers!”
Serpent has released their new 7075-T6 aluminum front radioplate post for the Viper 977 EVO. This front post will stiffen the front end, which may help in case of too much front end grip or roll. It’s only useful when using the central flex system, and as always, the effects depends on track conditions and driving style. The holes in the radioplate and chassis of the EVO are already there to use for assembly.
When it comes to driving off the beaten path the 1/18th-Scale ECX Temper rock crawler doesn’t know the meaning of “off limits”. From the nastiest of inclines to the most unforgiving of conditions, the ECX Temper rock crawler won’t back down from a challenge. The Temper is a breakout release from Horizon Hobby as one of the most affordable 1/18-scale rock crawlers on the market. Rock crawlers add scale realism to the driving experience by mimicking the off-road rigs that dominate steep inclines and endurance trials in the most brutal of terrain. While they might not be the fastest vehicles in R/C, rock crawlers have the muscle to conquer areas other R/C vehicles can’t even access.
This past weekend held the 2015 Futaba/O.S. Nitro Challenge at the Dirtburner’s R/C club just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. The event saw a long list of heavy hitters in attendance, ranging from local hot-shots to the nation’s top pros. When the dust settled, the weekend belonged to the Tekno RC team. Ryan Lutz (always a fan favorite at this event) would take home the gold in both Pro Nitro Buggy and Pro Nitro Truggy classes. While Ryan did not clinch the win in E-Buggy, his up and coming teammate Joe Bornhorst did, making for a Tekno RC sweep on the weekend!