This past weekend, the last race (#8) of the Florida nitro championship (FORGASS) was held in Arcadia, Florida at the Nuggets Raceway track. Racers had great weather all weekend with temperatures in the high 80s and lots of sun.
All the champions had been determined in Race 7 so this event gave everyone a chance to test, try to go fast and enjoy RC racing at it’s best. Greg Esser, owner of Nuggets, hosted a get together Saturday night at his house that featured Jim Rice’s famous BBQ ribs and a roaring bonfire.
The popular Apeldoorn track played hosts to the first round of the Dutch nitro on-road nationals this past weekend which saw Gunther van Staey claim the 1/8th NK class ahead of John Ermen and Frank Baggen, who finished second and third respectively.
The first round of the Spanish Electric Touring Car nationals took place this past weekend in Madrid. Nitro Buggy World Champion Robert Batlle secured the overall modified class victory with Toni Rheinard finishing in second leaving Jonnhy Pastor to complete the podium.
This past weekend saw the first round of the Portuguese 1/8 Off-road Nationals take place, with perfect Portuguese weather greeting the 38 drivers in attendance. Xray duo Miguel Matias and Bruno Coelho both shared the lead during the 45 minute A final however it was TQ man Miguel Matias who secured the overall victory leaving Bruno Coelho and Carlos Duraes to complete the podium in second and third respectively. Read more…
The 2014 Series kicked off in fine style at the superb West London venue, with over 110 drivers booked in for the event. The weather was dry for Saturday which saw many of the driver’s use the day for a lot of practice to get their cars fine-tuned ready for race day on Sunday. However what greeted us all Sunday morning was rain, followed by more heavy rain, the weather was going to make for some very interesting racing! Read more…
In a rare rather candid video interview with Asia RC, Atsushi Hara shared some of his thinking and reasoning behind the move to SWORKz that dominated headlines months ago.
RC News ran a feature two months ago where over 60% of readers polled he had carved out a move that would lead to big climate changes in the RC market for years to come.
We know Hara spent many months evaluating his next move visiting the top brands and figuring out what was the best move for him, saying -
“Speedmaster has huge potential, lots of knowledge how to make cars, materials, design and I see deepter inside what they are doing. Speedmaster are right up there with the best hi-tech factories around“.
Despite his diminutive size, one might conclude that Speedmaster / Sworkz have signed an asset worth his weight in gold given the amount of information he has collected not only from testing multiple chassis platforms but also going behind closed doors of many of the top brands…
In this latest video Hara aside from conceding, “I knew SWORKz wasn’t the top brand” however going onto explain he was looking for a long term challenge, contributing to the development of not only the car but the team and Speedmaster Hobby company.
He saw the “biggest future” with Speedmaster / SWorkz not only given their close blossoming relationship with online retail giant A Main Hobbies even more so now with Hara closely supported by the Chico company.
No perhaps the most interesting and telling comment from Hara-san was one that might easily be lost in the interview -
“I want to make new stuff… maybe new categories“
He is clearly looking beyond his career of racing and echoed his feelings of wanting to “give back to the RC industry, having spent 80% of his life dedicated to RC Cars”.
Exciting times ahead not only for SWORKz, Hara but RC in general.