Saturday 22.11.14

Went to Boondall early for a couple of hours, the usual fun with the Vintage crew – just like in vintage days the Team Associated Worlds car rules the 2wd scene out there (although I wouldn’t mind having a good Cougar 2000 or Fireblade to test out against them. The Holiday Buggy still rules in the “brings smiles to my face” class.

Had to leave there earlier than planned as I wanted to be home by 11.30 to watch the golf on TV from 11.30 – by the way if you want to follow along then it’s on at 11.30 today and Matt Guyatt our ActionRC Team golfer is just 4 shots off the lead going into the last day – c’mon Matt. If I can figure out how to I’ll attach a little TV grab from yesterday which typifies Matt and his approach to spreading the joy.

Got to Bayside later than usual but still in plenty of time for the start.

An eventful night, probably more dnf’s than I remember for a long time both for me and others, but the racing was still good. I managed to win both finals in 21.5 from Steve and then Wayne.

Was good to see two full heats in 13.5 this week, the boys had to work to make the A final and the B final guys were just as competitive in their finals as though they were fighting for the A great to see. I think Terry won the night with two seconds in the A’s (Mel and Cooper had firsts but lower placings in the other leg)

Was also good to see a good strong entry in mod, not sure who won that – might have been Corey (TQ) but I think he might have failed to finish one of them so you’ll have to wait till the results come out. Anthony was running the Schuie and was on target for a 19 lapper till a little bobble late in the 2nd qualifier dropped him back a bit. He suffered a couple of gremlins in the finals as well.

All in all a pretty good night, I think they announced that the Bayside Cup will be held on 20th Dec. so don’t miss that – the last biggie for the year.

 

Years end looming.

This week I will be racing Offroad at the Gold Coast – naturally the Schumacher K1 Aero – at the regular fortnightly Wednesday night meet, laps from 4 till racing starts at 6 then finish about 9 ish.

Saturday I will be at Boondall for the Vintage Offroad run in the morning – this will be my last run at Boondall for the year – where has that year gone, incredible how fast time flys when you are having fun. Will run my RC10 Worlds (original) and probably Optima Mid and maybe a HPI truck, sadly no Schumacher at this meet.

Saturday arvo / night I will be at Bayside for the regular Onroad meet,  running the Schumacher Mi5 EVO in 21.5 or maybe 13.5

Sunday – day of rest, might go and watch the finals at the Qld 1/8th Offroad Titles at Logan.

Love to see you at one or all of those meets.

The cheap (er) way in.

Fining you want a Touring Car or a buggy but struggling to get the readies together for a new car – have a look at our second hand page for some good cheap still competitive cars that might be possibilities for you.

Just so you know I still have a large stock holding of spares for all the cars listed, and if there is something I don’t have I order from Schumacher virtually every week so I can get it for you usually before the next race meet.

Touring Cars. We have two customer cars featured there, the CXL of  Shane Hyde which is still competitive in the spec classes and a super cheap ($175 with a 21.5 motor) entry level car and then there is a Mi5 which is just one model off the current EVO and still very good – would be useful in any of the classes. This is Ed Clarkes car and at $250 which would be a great bargain given the spares etc with it and the constant maintenance, repair and replacement program that Ed puts his cars through.

If it’s a buggy you want have a look at my Cougar SV2 – it can come with whatever electrics you want or as a bare rolling chassis – way to go if you want a competitive buggy for the Gold Coast

Saturday 15th racing at Meakin

On a very hot Brisbane day track opening was postponed from 2pm till 4pm try and let some cooler weather roll in – that didn’t really happen but the usual Logan breeze whipped up and cooled things a little. Some opted to stay home in the AC, some opted to watch the V8 action and some went off to the non-event G20 for entertainment.

Anyway those of us who  raced had a good night.

21.5 was all Robert Tyler – he really has his Schumacher EVO operating fantastically and no mistakes in the finals meant he ran out ahead of pole sitter David Guyatt.

13.5 was a mixed bag with Leonard (TQ) leaving early it left the night to fight for Keith being the best of the rest  from Karl (improving every week) and One Tran.

V8. This was a battle in two between Noel and Michael with Noel ending up in a Michael sandwich.

Mod. Was good to see Anthony back in mod and a pleasure to watch his driving, smooth, consistent and hitting every apex perfectly. The Schumacher EVO looking the goods in his hands. Ed’s second place giving Schumacher a one two finish in the fast class.

Full results here

Overall a pretty good night of club racing.

The big picture

Over the next couple of days there are a couple of big RC events unfolding.

Firstly the World Titles for 10th IC Touring Cars in Taiwan, there are a few Aussies over there doing their best on the world stage. Qld’s own Jeff  Hamon looking a chance for the A’s. Finals start at 4pm Saturday.

Closer to home the Aussie Nationals for 10th EP Touring Cars starts today at Canberra. Qlders Dorn, Broadstock and Pearson are down there ready to go hard.

All the best guys.

There is movement in Tasmania

The big news today is that Beggsie (that’s John) is back in team Schumacher Tassie. After a two year layoff (and prior to that a long dabble in Mini) John has acquired the well sorted Schumacher Mi5 of long time Tassie team leader John Batich – John Batich has of course moved on to a Mi5 EVO.

Welcome back Beggsie, looking forward to your debut in the Mi5. ( We understand the comeback will be very early 2015.) Watch out for it – maybe an added incentive for ActionRC to try and scrape together the $$ to get a couple of drivers down in March for the Titles.

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Saturday 8.11.14

Personally had a great RC day, just one of those days that come along ocassionally to make you smile, and remind you how much fun our RC hobby can be.

Boondall. Started the day with a bunch of mates running Vintage RC offroad buggies (and a few modern buggies as well by the way) – no lap counting, no serious racing, no rules, just a fun morning of running some old buggies – I was running my original RC10 worlds buggy – 20 years old and still very, very good – telling some stories and just generally hanging out. I enjoyed the morning immensely.

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Bayside. From Boondall I headed in to the Bayside track for the regular fortnightly Onroad racemeet. Some serious racing, again some hanging out with some like minded (RC mind anyway) mates.

Turned out that while there were good entries in 13.5 there were low numbers in the other classes. Good to see 5 entries in the kids club – a great initiative on behalf of the Bayside club. Those kids certainly had some fun in a semi serious kind of a way – some giggling heard from the drivers stand and some enjoyment in the pits as well.

I raced 21.5 tonight and the main feature was the races with Steve – he got the TQ as I fiddled with ratios and forgetting to remesh after a pinion change – went down two teeth on the pinion forgetting that when running the blinky motor mount with a 44 tooth spur 2 teeth on the pinion is a huge ratio change – anyway I got it right for the finals and won both of them – not that easily as the lead changed 3 time on an entertaining last lap in the first final.

In 13.5 Leonard was too good for the rest with Cooper being the best of the rest.

Not too sure about Mod but suspect that the front running was made by Brad. Good to see a couple of Hervey Bay boys down.

The new to Bayside class of SSF drew 4 entries but what they lacked in numbers they made up for in entertainment value, particularly their last final, opposite direction and a handicap start. John Taynton took out the night from Cooper.

Almost forgot – managed to give my Schumacher Supastox a run after racing – hasn’t been run for ages – so much fun that little car with it’s hot hatch body brings a smile to my face just seeing it on the bench – on the track is even better. Would be a great, very economical, spec class, – if we ever needed another class but of course we’ve got too many classes allready.

All in all a good day – bring on next week – a Logan week, Wednesday night F1 and Saturday night TC (including a round of the Ford v/s Holden  series). See you there – what’s that, don’t have a F1 yet, I can fix that for you, see me for a Speed Passion, the F1 to have.

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By the way if you don’t have your Christmas present sorted yet (or your kids :-) ) I have some more of the little Onslaught Rally Cars and Trucks in stock – the most fun you can have in RC for $60.

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My old worlds with its runner body shell still manages to get plenty of action

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