Originally posted by thousandAnd1
AE...compete with LOSI...oh this is a good one. Where'd you get this confident feeling? HAHA!
Well, if it's an attempted bash at AE, it sorely failed. The only thing that was accomplished was proving ignorance to us and the rest of the world. Besides winning more IFMAR World's then any company on Earth, here are just a few recent facts with regards to AE's huge success:
The Count is now 4 Major International Off-Road Titles for the B4! 3 with primarily AE sponsored Drivers and another through Yokomo. 2 of the 3 three Drivers have the doubles in their respective country's Chamionships! Furthermore, Neil Cragg (2WD British Champ) took home both the European 2WD and 4WD Championships over in Austria this past weekend! (He only narrowly missed getting a Double in England when he ended a very close 2nd in the 4WD class). The B4 had Great results from the Japanese Off-Road Championships as well with a clean sweep of the top 3 spots!
Here are the Drivers, their Trophies, & their Rides! -
Ari Bakla - 2WD & 4WD Australian National Off-Road Champion! Associated B4 and the German designed AE TC3 Off-Road conversion - DURANGO -
Neil Cragg - 2WD British National Champion (BRACA) & 2WD European Champion using the B4! He won the 4WD European Champion using the Yokomo MR4-BC SPECIAL -
The JMRCA All Japan electric offroad championship was decided over the weekend at the world famous Yatabe Arena indoor track (with retractable roof!).
The most succesful Japanse driver, Masami Hirosaka, was not racing this year. First the 2wd qualifying was run followed by 4wd qualifying and then the finals in both classes on Sunday.
The race was a big success for Yokomo team driver Hiroshi Suzuki who won both classes. In 2wd he dominated with his Associated B4 buggy while in 4wd he won with his Yokomo MR4BC Special. -
With the recent success this year of Associated Drivers in the 4WD Class both in the U.S. and abroad, it is finally time for AE to "Get In Gear" and make a push for a 100% AE built 4WD Off-Road buggy! They have the R&D talent and a solid bassis to really produce a fantastic 4WD buggy (The Durango & TC3-"O" prove that). The class is finally starting to heat up with the recent success of the Durango and the Yokomo MR4-BC SPECIAL. It's no longer a hands down win for a Losi XXX-4 or the XX-4. The Big race events now have more variaty and hopefully there is a trickling down effect.... an effect that AE can take advantage of which in turn would further prop up this amazing class!
For the B4 and now T4, it's on to the ROAR Nationals next week then the World's in Florida come October!