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Old 02-28-2012, 10:58 AM   #301
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Those silly Canadians and their ice, next we're gonna find out they're racing toy cars on it.
We do. Seriously, a bunch of self taping screws into an old set of rims mint setup
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When you start thinking about how you're going to go about winterizing your R/C cars.... God thats cold!!

Can you tell I like living somewhere warm?
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We do. Seriously, a bunch of self taping screws into an old set of rims mint setup
Sounds dangerous... I'm in.
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Sounds dangerous... I'm in.
It's very dangerous I did it a couple winters ago when the local bike Ice racing track was by my in-laws Ran the old tmaxx around a large oval tonnes of traction while under power but let off and weeeeeeeeee
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I remember racing in the snow and ice with fine finishing nails superglued into the front and rear tires of my old Frog.

Buttsy, myself and quite a few crazies ran an icy oval in our friends front yard.

-20 degrees can't stop racing. But broken plastic parts can.
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I remember racing in the snow and ice with fine finishing nails superglued into the front and rear tires of my old Frog.

Buttsy, myself and quite a few crazies ran an icy oval in our friends front yard.

-20 degrees can't stop racing. But broken plastic parts can.
Now you just cry about a little dust being on the carpet
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:11 PM   #307
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Don't worry about him, he's just an internet asshole.

Be sure to have lots of fun with that new offroad track, watch out for that post on the over-under!!! Here's a tip: Gear down a few teeth and have lots of front-end parts and a few spare chassis in the bag. It's not a question of if you hit it but when and how hard.
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Overheard at work, reminded me of R/C racing:

-What do you mean the battery's dead?
-Thats the accepted term for when they don't have any more electricity inside but haven't quite let the magic smoke out yet.
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Took me awhile to read this whole thread...especially with the pauses to remember those who have now passed. I started racing in the early '80s. My first car was an Associated 12e. GE batteries had 1200mA and pinions didn't have set screws (they pressed on the motor shafts). My 'charger' was a resistor wire that connected to the car battery. The TOJ was the only body to run. Radio of choice was the Futaba 'box' radio with Thorps slot car throttle added on the back of the box. Resistor wire speed controllers and a Bantum Midget steering servo. I remember Briggs and racing in the parking structure at Petersons Auto Museum.

The Ranch/Pit Shop (as seen on Cops) was originally Thorp raceway in Pomona, CA (first r/c race I ever ran was there). John eventually sold the track so he could concentrate on his manufacturing business (1/8th scale gas cars with a variable belt transmission, diffs for the original Tamiya Sand Scorcher and Rough Rider, and ball end wrenches) located in the industrial park next door. It then became Vehlie's (sp?) Pit Shop for about a year or so until the Losi's bought it and renamed it the Ranch/Pit Shop.

The Ranch was originally in Colton, CA and was a skate board park. Jr built a (VERY small) off road track just outside of the shop which later grew to a much larger dirt track next to the skate park until (as I recall) neighbors complaining caused them to move to Pomona.

I was at the Ranch the day Jr finished building a revolutionary new 12th scale car and timed laps for him. The car went on to dominate the Nationals and was called the 12L(osi).

1/12th scale 6 cell winged sprint cars on a carpet oval that was an old gym floor at Bob and Jims...I designed the sprint car bodies and the timing system.

Radio Controlled Hobbies (Costa Mesa), Bob and Jims (Riverside), Hobby Haven (SF Valley), and especially the Ranch were where I spent most of my misspent youth. Bob Novak, Mike Reedy, the Hustings, Kent Clausen, Mike Lavaco, Big Jim, John Gudvagen (JG Mfg), Ron Paris, Gary Keyes, Lou Peralta (R/C Racing News magazine), Gary McAllister, and especially the Losi's and Andy Jacobson, along with countless others I was lucky enough to know and race with.

Tonight I need to see if there are any old boxes of RC stuff still lurking in storage and dust them off but I fear that I've gotten rid of most of my old R/C over time. I'm sure there is more to come.
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Tonight I need to see if there are any old boxes of RC stuff still lurking in storage and dust them off but I fear that I've gotten rid of most of my old R/C over time. I'm sure there is more to come.
Great storys.

If you find old boxes of junk, just send them to me... no need to look in them first.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:00 AM   #311
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hey bob,
when are you breaking ground on a national rc museum?
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hey bob,
when are you breaking ground on a national rc museum?
Better make sure it's not "breaking wind".
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He already has one, its in his basement, garage, and applicable storage units.
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I never saw any of his cars! Is it the gas oval thing with the capped tires?

Yeah it was kinda funny really how many Nascar crew members were playing with RC in their spare time. It was almost an underground thing and although many of us were aware of who and what we did in our day jobs we didn't talk about it.
Almost like we were ashamed of playing with toy cars. Random spectators would walk up and ask if I realized I was playing with toy cars with some big names in NASCAR...

None of us gave a damn because we were all there to race, not talk about where we worked.


Of course now its a whole different story now of course!

I mean Tony S. and Donnie L. for starts! I bet more NASCAR guys have played with hobby level RC than those that haven't now.

I wish I had stuck around Charlotte long enough for RC to "come out of the closet" in Nascar circles.

Anyway, sorry about the Nascar trip off topic!
We have a very humble carpet track at the Hobbytown USA in Mooresville, NC. Many nascar crew guys come race 1/18 Losi latemodels and mini sprints with us, and a few drivers have cars and show up occasionally. We raced 1/10 touring last year before we restructured and went oval, and Kyle Busch came out and raced with us for probably 5 weeks in a row with an Associated TC6. He was fast! But he grew up with RC, had AE sponsorship and even worked at the Hobbytown in Las Vegas before his racing career took off. Justin Allgaier has a bunch of mini sprint stuff. Jeff and Mark Green, Trevor Bayne, and TJ Bell just to name a few. Greg Biffle has several HPI Bajas and shops at the store every so often. Martin Truex Jr scratch builds RC boats and shops at the store on a weekly basis. Rick Mears flys rc helis and comes in a lot when he is in town. Its interesting to me that they find time for such a hobby and enjoy it as much as they do; what with their deep pockets and busy schedules they could be doing any number of things.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:02 PM   #315
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when are you breaking ground on a national rc museum?
I don't know that anybody short of the hundred of us here would particularly care. Actual museum, a nice guaranteed way to lose 100k a year.

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He already has one, its in his basement, garage, and applicable storage units.
It's every where, in every building, in every room. I find axles in coat pockets, rims in the glove box of my truck. I constantly open boxes and find things I forgot about or didn't even know I have.

I find the whole thing very frustrating about 95% of the time. But I can't seem to stop doing it either, or even slow down. 6 boxes of stuff today, a few yesterday, yadda...yadda... But little things. things needed to complete projects. They're not all glory items. I did swing a deal with a guy and I picked up big wad of new in the bag brushed motors to finish off some things.

I have a lot of people PM me on the forums, with obscure stuff. that helps too.

An actual museum, with staff, restrooms, etc. would be a total fail. My family is involved HEAVILY with the Lemay car museum in Tacoma. I know what goes on, and the work involved. It's hard, thankless, and crazy expensive.

I suspect if I could whittle it all down to say a 2500-3000 square foot building, and just store stuff in it, that could work. But it's kind of like that now. Just not well displayed. Right now I'm working through about 1500 pounds of vintage Schumacher offroad stuff we had stored. that was a happy accident. But now it's a mess. I put up about 250 sq feet of pegboard high up in our track room, hoping to get it all hung up in there and organized so I can find it. that stuff is mostly Schu' offroad, I'd say 1990-1995, and a lot of tires from 1984-1990. A lot, thousands.

I do want to restore an old red chassis Cougar-2. those were kinda pimpin.

most people have no idea how many pan cars there were. thinking it was potentially 5-10. It's hundreds. and some obscure companys from back in the day, like "Franklin". Yea, I know youre not gonna know that one, I have 2 of the cars. Most people don't know we did a 235mm car, sold 6 of 18 (I think that's how it went down, or maybe it was 12 of 18.) I really need to get that organized.
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