We have what is for us very mixed news to share.
The time has come for retirement to actually mean retirement, and for David to dramatically downsize his time commitment to Action R/C and to spend much more time on the road, hooking up the caravan and setting off to enjoy and travel this amazing country we call home.
Sadly for us that means that we’re about to conclude our long and happy partnership with Schumacher Racing and cease retailing the brand in Australia from Easter 2015. We just don’t have the time or capacity to do a good job for Schumacher or our customers in an ongoing sense, and the last thing we would want is to let either Schumacher or you down. So after a long and happy partnership, it’s the end of an era for us.
We want to first thank all of you who have enjoyed racing Schumacher cars, and who have been part of our crew and extended community over many years. We’ve valued your support, loved sharing tips and ideas with you, and just plain enjoyed your company. We hope you keep on racing these cars we all love.
Second, we want to thank Schumacher Racing, and particularly our main contact Harvey Kempton at Schumacher HQ. We race Schumacher because we believe in the company, the people and the products, and we have truly valued what has been a long, long term partnership. Scott first started driving for Schumacher’s race team back in 1992, so it’s been nearly 23 years of partnership in one form or another.
Schumacher will be actively making arrangements for product support and availability in Queensland through another shop or retailer. They will make an announcement in due course, and we’ll pass on that information so that you can keep enjoying your Mi5 EVO, Cougar or CAT race cars for a long time to come.
We also still have good stocks of parts for all three, along with Schumacher/Sorex premount tyres and expect to at least for the next couple of months. Until Easter, it’s business as usual. Let us know what you need.
So what does this mean for us personally post-Easter?
First, we’re racers through and through…and this just means more time for David to enjoy race tracks both in Brisbane and further afield. He’ll continue racing the Mi5 EVO and CAT K1 and collection of vintage off-road cars whenever he’s in Brisbane (or look for him at a race track near you in other parts of the country). Scott is taking a break from race tracks for a while, but expects to return with the Mi5 EVO in due course. We hope to continue our personal affinity with Schumacher cars and racers.
We’ll continue to have a small supply of Protoform bodyshells, tyres (incl MuchMore Rush and Ride F1 tyres) and a few minor bits and pieces whenever we’re at the track, and happy to help where we can. And we’ll continue to tell racing stories through this website, sharing news and views and hosting race results and reports.
Once again, thanks for your support and friendship. It’s been a great ride.
See you at the track (actually, we’ll race you there).
David and Scott Guyatt
January 24th, 2015