Originally Posted by lickrim
are you kidding me? big jim was the key to the success of PEAK PERFORMANCE teaching RICK to wind than rick picked DEREK FURUTANI who wound ALL the motors for TEAM ORION current world champions...the book is the shit .....big jim and derek furutani the leaders of our new gereration of motor builders...NOT ..JOE PILLIARS...
Time for a history lesson...
Actually Big Jim never had anything to do with Peak Performance nor did he teach me to wind or tune motor. Big Jim was a super nice guy and when I was sponsored by Checkpoint in the early '80 he was kind enough to give me a part time summer job matching batteries (we weighed them at the time), tearing down motors (we actually took working Mabuchi motors apart), filling Tire Goo containers, and doing other basic functions like packaging and assembly of motor components like the famous modular brush system.
I left Checkpoint in 1985 before I had a chance to learn to wind, balance, cut comms, or tune a motor, and began racing for Team Associated and Reedy as a factory driver while finishing high school.
Peak Performance was formed by myself and Mike Hickman in 1985 making small accessories, then in summer 1986 decided to begin selling motors and matched batteries (and giving up my AE factory status) in addition to the other products. Mike and his brothers (Bruce and Steve who still race to this day) previously had a small motor company called BRM that tuned Igarashi stock motors and made small production runs of modified motors for Southern California locals mostly.
Mike Hickman had experience in all aspects of motor production and taught me the basics of winding, balancing, tuning, etc. In fact the debut of Peak Performance motors was at the 1/12 Nationals in Reno Nevada in 1986 where I won the Modified class with an outdated RC12i (factory drivers used the prototype RC12L).
I became sole owner in 1988.
While I appreciate Big Jim's help (he was my first motor sponsor and a good friend) it is an insult to those that truly helped me get to the point I am at today.