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Old 11-23-2004, 04:23 AM   #1
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Unhappy Mark Pavidis Is Sadly Leaving Associated...

Here are words from THE MAN himself:


"Yes it is true I will be leaving Associated at the end of the year. I have been one of the most loyal guys out there. My decision to leave Associated was a hard one but also the decision did not happen overnight. I want to thank eveyone at Associated for all the support they have given me over the years. CHanging is not a easy thing to do for me since I have never done it in my 20 years of racing for Associated. I feel that this change is something I need to do and I am very much looking forward to the challenge.

Next year I will be racing for Kyosho working with them on new projects. Kyosho has alot of exciting things going on right now as well as for the future. I am changing teams but all the friends I have made will stay the same.
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All the Best of Luck to you Mark! AE fans and supporters are definitley sad to see you go. Hope some of your projects involve newer and better Electric Off-Road kits. It would be nice to see a 3rd brand out there become consistently competetive again. Kyosho at one point had that in the late 80's. Take it Easy and again goodluck on your new challenge!
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Old 11-23-2004, 07:27 AM   #2
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Mark has always been one of my favorite racers. And being a Kyosho consumer since my Turbo Optima, I was still rooting for Mark at the Worlds. In the ocean of V-One RRRs in the A-main, I was hoping to see a US car and driver make the top 10. I'm sure though that in Mark's case, change will be for the best of him. Good luck!!!
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Old 11-23-2004, 07:49 AM   #3
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WO.....before I got to the Kyosho part, I totally thought he was moving to Losi. Kyosho must have some serious things planned for the future or he wouldn't be making such a change.....

Good Luck to Mark!
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Old 11-23-2004, 07:59 AM   #4
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There was a thread about this like 2 weeks ago - "Mark Pavidis to Kyosho"......
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Old 11-23-2004, 10:50 AM   #5
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Remember that Pavidis also races 1/8th scale buggies so it was no big deal if he extended his contract with them for racing in this class.... he still would race AE Off-Road & On-Road kits (and even a Durango, Yokomo, & BJ4 by JConcepts on different ocassions). This latest announcement makes him an exclusive Kyosho Driver and it seems he will be involved in the development side of various kits and products. I'm not so sure but this could mean that he might leave Pro-Line as well....

Either way.... it's tough news for ANY Associated fan
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Old 11-23-2004, 12:51 PM   #6
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Old 11-23-2004, 01:19 PM   #7
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Kyosho has been working on a new TC in Japan from what I've heard and I think they're bringing him on full ride to promote the new TC here in the states. They're also working on a new 4wd buggy based on the same layout as the TC.
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The Proline sponsorship has nothing to do with Associated or Kyosho so he is staying on with Proline.
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Old 11-23-2004, 01:26 PM   #9
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I think he ment the Pro-line employment.
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Mark Pavidis inspired me to run a B3 in a sea of T3's at my local track. As a diehard AE fan I will miss him ! Best of luck Mark!
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WOW!!!!!!! One of the truely great guys in our sport/hobby. Good luck to Mark in his new venture.
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Kyosho has been working on a new TC in Japan from what I've heard and I think they're bringing him on full ride to promote the new TC here in the states. They're also working on a new 4wd buggy based on the same layout as the TC.
Any info on the Kyosho TC? Is it a belt or a shaft?
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The pics I've seen are a shaft drive plate chassis. There was a thread on here a while back about it. Can't remember where though. It almost looked like a triple deck car the way they had the bulkhead braces configuerd. It looked like it could be just as competitive as anyother car out there. Maybe a little on the heavy side. I think they just need a driver to drive it. I think that's what the purpose of bringing Mark in will be.
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Thanks for all of the support from everyone. Leaving Associated is tuff but it is not a decision I made overnight. I am looking forward to racing for Kyosho in all the classes. I will still be working at Proline full time but next year all of my racing will be with Kyosho cars.
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Old 11-23-2004, 02:32 PM   #15
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What about the electric classes??
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