Finally some racing

Haven’t been doing much racing lately due to caravanning and other retired person sort of stuff but this week was a bit different.

Saturday morning I got out to Boondall for some vintage offroad – the track has been too wet or rained out for weeks, but finally we got a go. A few small puddles to be broomed off and it was all good.

I have been concentrating on making my Vintage runner fleet all Schumacher lately which has meant selling a few, buying a few, swapping a few and so on, at last count the Schumacher fleet looked a bit like this.

Club 10 Cougar,

Club 10 Storm,

Cougar 2000 buggy,

Storm 2000 truck,

Cat XLS Masami 4wd buggy

Cougar SVR buggy (not really vintage but getting older)

Cat K1 Aero (also not vintage but a few models old now)

Still looking for a Bosscat but my real wish is for a Cat 2000 – There is a good story behind my desire for a Cat 2000, i’ll tell you sometime.

All of that means my onroad fleet is down to a Serpent F1 (on the market) and a truck (fun to race at Logan).

So Saturday morning was spent at Boondall, lot of fun trying out some different cars etc and chatting – sold my Tamiya Super Shot.

Saturday evening went to Meakin to race my f1 but ended up racing truck – the trucks are really a lot of fun, consistency is the key, if you have to be marshalled there is no chance of catching up. I had a reasonable run with a 1st, a 2nd, and a 3rd.

Sunday I had a few minutes to spare so I wandered out to Chargers new track at Carol Park to see some of the action. Watched one race and them they stopped for lunch. Still had a good look around, drivers stand, with a ramp, is totally amazing. Maybe the shelf on top of the barrier makes it a bit high for kids and wheel chairs, time will tell. Saw a few old faces and met  a couple of new ones. The future looks promising for The South Brisbane Chargers club. Plan on heading out there sometime (not on a race day because I can’t marshall at the moment) to give a couple of vintage cars a run -= maybe the Cat XLS and one of the trucks.

Next Saturday 24th we are having a run at Boondall which is the off week but most didn’t want to run over Easter so we are having an extra. There will probably be a few there Easter Saturday not too sure, next meet after that will be two weeks after Easter.

There is a good (quantity and quality) entry for the Qld Onroad Titles being held at Brendale on 13th to 15th April. I’ll try to get there on the Sunday for the finals, should be some good racing.

Another week – some RC but not much

my only Rc this week was the Wed night meet at Logan for the trucks. Six trucks on the grid this week, a lot better and much more fun for the numbers. Whilst they are all the same speed they do get separated during the race but individual battles between 2 or 3 cars were epic. Really enjoyable night.

not much else to report but I did pick up a couple of Schumacher vintage on eBay which will occupy my bench for a few weeks. A club 10 Storm as it came of the track 27 years ago and a slightly newer buggy (the red chassis one) along with some spares. Should be arriving about the time I get home from this trip.

exciting times


Where have you been hiding Heavy.

My apologies to those followers who keep reminding me that they follow this page to keep up with whats on and when. Looking back I can see that its about 4 months since I last logged on and penned a few lines, I’d better get back to it.

My main interest lately has certainly been in the Vintage Offroad Category with the excitement caused by Schumacher releasing the CAT XLS Masami. There are about 14+ of these floating around Brissie, some put together as runners, some as shelf queens and some kept as NIB by collectors.

Mine has been built as a runner and has done a few laps at Boondall (Brisbanes Vintage Offroad Track ) and is an absolute joy to drive. Schumacher rereleased the model as a very faithful representation of the original with the notable exception of making provision for LIPO batteries. The recommended power maximum is 17.5 brushless (I am currently running 13.5 ) which recognises the power we get these days from LIPO and brushless, there is a power transmission available,which mine is about to get, and which will allow lower wind motors. There are other options available as well which I haven’t bothered with so far – graphite replacements for chassis , top deck, shock towers etc. Most of the Brisbane runners have taken up the option wing mount which is a cheap solid replacement for the very flexi wire mount.

There are also some 2.2″ wheels available which allow the use of modern rubber tyres – we use Blockades at Boondall, however there are also the old original CAT tyres in 2″ in pins and blocks which also work well at Boondall.

I’m itching to try mine on Blockades at Chargers new track once it’s ready.

There has also been some interest from those who had been restoring originals and were stuck for a part or two, they can now buy the part they want to progress their project.

The interest in onroad for me has swung in favour of the new Wednesday night class at Meakin, The Euro truck class, based on the old Tamiya TT01 chassis with a semi trailer MAN body shell, the class is being run strictly as a box stock class. The kit comes with tyres, esc, motor and they all have to be used and no fancy alloy parts allowed. pinion can be changed for a better quality one as long as the same number of teeth. LIPO battery can be used.


I have run one Wednesday night and one Saturday  (normally this class will be Wednesday only at Meakin) so far and can say its more fun than I have had in RC in a long time – best approached as fun rather than out and out competition you’ll have a ball.

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Saturday 24th – Club Onroad Racing Bayside.

Wednesday 28th – F1 and Truck Meakin gates open from 5

Saturday 3rd March – Boondall Vintage 8am till lunch or whenever (I”ll be away for this one )

– Meakin Onroad Club meet gates open about 2 racing under lights  – (I’ll be away for this one)

Saturday 10th Onroad racing at Bayside

Wednesday 14th – F1 and trucks at Meakin (i”ll be away for this one)

Saturday 17th March – Vintage Offroad 8am Boondall

Saturday 17th March – Club Onroad Racing at Meakin  6pm

Hopefully I’ll be back with more news before then.

Racing last Saturday night at Logan was very good, good numbers in all classes, good to see a full field of Mods going round. The trucks drew a few laughs from both drivers and spectators so that’s a good thing.

In addition to the above there is also electric onroad racing a Brendale on a regular basis these days, I’ll have to try and catch up with that when I get back.

If you want anything Schumacher give me a call, I still have some stock and I order for myself on a fairly regular basis and its no problem to add your items if it’s a definite need.

My current restricted wish list

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How good is TC Racing

Since I’ve been back from a long holiday I’ve spent a bit of time working on some vintage buggies but I took the time out on Sunday to head out to Bayside to watch the Qld EP10 Onroad Titles and came home with a renewed enthusiasm for TC racing.

Therefore the Mi6 EVO finds itself on the bench this morning getting a few secret tweaks. In a rare fit of passion I even got the setup tools out. Bring your A game you 21.5 drivers.

Finally getting back to some rc action

After a long break I finally got back to the bench for a little work. On the bench at the moment is a Tamiya Big Wig original which I am restoring. Good time to be restoring  a BigWig as the rere is out and there are plenty of parts available, looking forward to giving this a run at Boondall sometime in the next few weeks.

This is my plan for the week, all accompanied by my trusty chair, for resting.

Wednesday night – F1 practice session at Meakin Park.

Saturday morning – Vintage Offroad at Boondall

Saturday night – Onroad (F1 or TC) at Meakin Park.

Should be a good week, might be a tad cold at Meakin nights.

Mi6EVO gets a run this week

Sorry guys been a bit slow getting the program up this week had a few days r&r on the Gold Coast (hospital) but we’re back in the drivers seat today.

For what’s left of the week see below.

Saturday morning Boondall Vintage Offroad – I’ll be there early about 7 but only till about 10.30. There should be plenty of the good old boys out there with plenty of old cars going around.

Saturday evening will be the Logan Onroad Racemeet. Looks like there will get a fair batch of Schumacher Mi6 EVO going around this week with at least 4 or 5 in 21.5 and probably 1 in 13.5, should be good.

Team Schumacher Queensland

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