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Andrew Selvaggi 08-13-2005 02:15 PM

Matt Francis Retires
Just got back from the banquet here in italy, and there it was told to all the drivers that after a long 19 years of racing, 6 years with Associated and 7 with Losi, the 2 time world champ winner 1995 and 2002, Matt Francis is offically hanging up the controler, "i have come to a point where i have decied that i need to move on, pass the torch on"

Matt will no longer be racing off-road, but he will still do a little on-road (a few events here and there)

He will be sorly missed in the RC community. He has been one of the major embasitors of the RC industry in the past couple of decades.

Good luck in your future Matt

losi jon 08-13-2005 03:33 PM

I really hope this is not true...Matt is still one of the fastest drivers on any given day and THE nicest and most helpful out there! If he's doing it to get on with his life and better himself, then cool good for him...Matt,thanks for all the help over the years and good luck with everything.

JoshR 85 08-13-2005 03:35 PM


man if this is true im like totally bummed out n ill miss not seein him much... as long as he will still be around it... that'll be awesome..

Still Bill 08-13-2005 06:47 PM

Said he was going to spend a couple weeks looking around in Italy after the Worlds; but, not this!

Hopefully, he will continue in Nor-Cal on-road where he is totally Da Man.

We wish Matt great success in his real life of being a real estate agent and any other ventures he undertakes.

J.Filipow 08-13-2005 07:06 PM

Can't you just drink some coffee and wait about three hours...!???

Still Bill 08-13-2005 07:24 PM

Originally Posted by J.Filipow
Can't you just drink some coffee and wait about three hours...!???


superslow 08-13-2005 08:28 PM

does this mean no MF3 :flaming: i hope this isnt over him not winning as many big races the competition is way to tight at the top level, and he still is one of the best in the world probally in the top seven overall, he should reconsider...... :tire:

lotus1 08-13-2005 09:20 PM

Too Bad
My daughter and I met him at the mod nats.Asked him to sign our truck and buggy bodies.Even tho we run associated he had no problem and chatted with us a bit.We were impressed by him thru the whole week.His dedication,practice routine etc.Too bad.Hopefully Losi will be able to keep him in whatever capacity.Glad we got to see him run before this.Thanks for the memories Matt.good luck.Mario and Kate.

Big Daddy Boomer 08-13-2005 10:00 PM

Listen to the interview that matt did. It was metioned by the interviewer that this is the 1st worlds that he hasnt made the A in 10 years. It left him almost speechless. Matt Clip here

It is a sad day for sure if he follows through with this.


Andrew Selvaggi 08-14-2005 01:31 AM

yes i can say that this is true, his speach last night was moving

Shocker 08-14-2005 01:55 AM

I hope it's not true, but after listening to that interview I can understand why he may feel like retiring. Matt is a true Ambassador of the r/c world. He's the class of all factory drivers. In all the races I've seen him attend I never once saw him turn away anyone who approached him. Many fast drivers come and go without leaving much of a mark. Matt's one of the few to leave a GIANT and permanent mark in R/C racing.

Dave Bowser 08-14-2005 02:49 AM

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i dont know what to say................................thanks for everything and good luck Matt

FREAKAH 08-14-2005 03:23 AM

I wonder if he is REALLY retiring or just retiring Billy Easton style.

Andrew Selvaggi 08-14-2005 03:32 AM

from what i have heard this is not an Easton style im leaving but ill come back thing, sounds perminate, as he said "i have reached a point in my life where i think i need to move on"

SirSpeedy 08-14-2005 05:25 AM


RC toy car racing is not a career?

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