Stock is stupid (not really, but kinda)

Stock is stupid (not really, but kinda)

With the revelation that a bunch of drivers were cheating in stock at a major race, big shock there, what does it tell us about where the industry is at? In case you have been living under a rock, here is the article from LiveRC that I am referring to. First things first, we need to define what stock racing is. Personally, I always thought stock was a drivers class. Motors were supposed to be legal, and it’s all about set up and driving skill. I have also thought that stock was a learning class, where you learn how to drive a good line and then win a few races and bump up to mod. It seems that some people just don’t get that. They stay in stock year after year because they are so worried about finishing in the bottom half of mod. I know it sucks to not win, but imho the only way to get better is to race with the best and that is in mod. Modified racing takes years to learn the subtle skill of throttle control. It sucks having to pull over and let the fast guys by, but after they do resorts you are racing with your own skill level. Then it’s just as fun as stock. You get the same feeling of winning in the B or C main, than you do by winning stock. I actually think it’s a better feeling, because once again you are driving against the best drivers at the track. It seems as though every track has it’s share of sandbaggers, in fact the bigger the...
Radical Idea for ROAR, ban tire sauce for off road

Radical Idea for ROAR, ban tire sauce for off road

Watch that video. I mean really watch it. 1992 and look at that track. That’s off road racing. Those cars completely sucked compared to todays machines. Today’s off road tracks resemble on road. Clean high grip surfaces with a few jumps put in. I can’t even imagine what today’s racers would do if they came to a track and it looked like this on from the 19992 Reedy race. Have we become a bunch of wimps and can only race on high grip? Tire sauce from the get go is a bad idea. It’s a bunch of chemicals, that is says right on the label to be careful with. I’m no tree hugger, by any means, but why would we want to use something that we know is bad for us in our hobby? Then there is the whole tire wear problem. At our local track, you are lucky to get two race days on a set of tires. This just makes it too expensive for the normal racer. Think about a dad that wants to bring his kids to the track. If he has two kids, he would have to buy 3 sets, every 2 weeks. That’s about 60 bucks, give or take. $120 bucks a month, over $1400 a year, just on tires!!!! ROAR should step in and just ban tire compound in off road. It’s meant for those on road guys anyway, because we know they can’t handle slick tracks Tracks should be loose, and you should have to get your traction with tire selection and set up. There should be a little bit of technical...

Comp Crawling: Future of off-road racing?

Searching YouTube for something new and fun in the world of RC I ran across a video of “Comp crawler racing”. I laughed at this after watching the first lap but not how you think. It actually looks like fun. Tracks laid out with all kinds of obstacles and stuff to cross as well as trying to be the fastest guy around the track. Replacing a normal groomed clay off-road track with dirt, rocks, and wood I would think there is no need to sweep or water the track between rounds. Instead toss more stuff on the track to race over. Gone would be the need for tire sauce or new tires every round. Just race and have fun! Check a race below and tell us what you think. Video complements of GLEN HELEN RACE...
Does anyone club race anymore?

Does anyone club race anymore?

  I’ve noticed a trend in our area, and i’m not sure it’s a good thing. The death of club racing! Everyone is having a series of big race. In the NW you can have some sort of “big” race or points series race every weekend and some weeknights. I also see normal club racing dwindling and some of the racers only showing up for the big races. It’s sad really. What used to be amazing racing every club race, has now become a battle for track owners to come up with the next series or large race. As a parent with a son who races too, i’m not sure how many big races I am willing to cough up anywhere from $40 to $100 bucks for just entry fees, add gas and food and I could just as well go see a pro sports game. Don’t get me wrong, I love racing big races, but when they out number club racing something has got to give. Club racing is the heart and soul of RC, and for most track owners it’s an afterthought at this point. Just something that has to be done. Instead of starting another “Bob’s little buggy and big truck race” why not change things up at the club race level. Invert the start, run all mains, run the track backwards, do team racing, anything but just do something different to get the club racers excited. I have proved this several times with something as simple as racing for a bag of Twizzlers, or Slurpees. It scares me when on a rainy Tuesday night that...
To Mid or not to Mid

To Mid or not to Mid

  This is one of the biggest questions in RC racing. Should I switch to mid motor? With this years World Champion Kyosho/Orion driver Jared Tebo winning with a mid, why not? When I first saw all the big drivers switching to mid motor, I personally thought it was a fad. At the very least, I thought it was because they were racing at all the world class racing facilities with superior traction. There is no way that mid motor will work for the rest of us club level racers. Was I wrong!!! Right now every manufacturer makes a mid motor car of some sort. AE even has the Centro conversion kit. TLR, Durango, and Kyosho all have kits that will do both. So why the sudden change? You don’t have to look far to find out.   Most modern race cars are mid motor, and have been for a very long time. Why should RC be any different? If a Formula One car can go 200 mph mid motor, why can’t my RC car work mid motor too? The answer is that it can! Most people are reluctant to change when it comes to RC racing. Think about how long we have been racing with that motor hanging out of the back of the car, creating that pendulum effect that we are used to. Shoot, I have been driving a car like that for 25 plus years. I can tell you that switching is going to be strange. The first club race I switched too, had a track that from everything I heard, was not a “mid motor”...
Is this really what it has come to?

Is this really what it has come to?

The current IFMAR worlds warm up race is going on this weekend, and once again a track has decided to pour pounds and pounds of sugar on the dirt track to give more traction to the racers. (insert said Def Leppard song here) First the Cactus Classic and now this. When will this ridiculousness end? It’s called OFF road people!! Offroad means it is run off the road, that means on dirt and there might not be perfect traction. Offroad at it’s highest level, has become kind of a joke, in my humble opinion. It’s like an onroad track with jumps! If you want perfect traction, why not give onroad a try. When you are wearing out a set of tires every run, something is wrong. Take a look at this video Can you imagine todays racers racing on this? Heads would roll, and the manufacturers would be screaming that the track was unacceptable. RC offroad racing needs to take a look at themselves in the mirror. The competition is at an all time high, which is amazing. We have a group of racers at the top, that are better than anything this sport has seen. Let’s see them race on dirt! Right now it seems like more than ever, the rc community needs to get back to their roots. Tracks are seeing dwindling sign ups, because there are just a lot more things to do with peoples time off. When local tracks see the big events pouring hundreds of pounds of sugar on the big events tracks, what does that tell the track owner? Does his track suck...