Feature Event: 2014 Pro-Line NSW/ACT Grand Prix Nitro Offroad Inter-club Series Round 5

What: Rd 5: Liverpool GP (LRRCC), November 30th, 2014.
When:
 30 November, 2014
Club: LRRCC
Where: End of Iraking Ave, Moorebank, NSW.
Classes: GP Buggy, GP Truggy, EP Buggy
Website: http://lrrcc.com
RC Tech Thread: http://www.rctech.net/forum/australian-events/787641-2014-proline-nsw-act-grand-prix-1-8th-offroad-inter-club-series-may-dec.html

HEI in association with the IMCC, CORMCC, MORCC, LRRCC and MVRCCC are thrilled to announce the third year for NSW and the ACT’s premier interclub series for nitro offroad. The Pro-Line GP Interclub Series pits the best Clubs and Drivers in the State and Territory against each other in a series of one day meetings (practice the day before).

http://lrrcc.com

The competition features both Buggy and Truggy. The series is open to all formally organised RC clubs in NSW and the ACT, not just the host clubs (Interstate and International competitors compete for a Barbarians team). The same Pro-Line control tyres will be used at each round to ensure a level playing field and bring the costs down for competitors. Entry fees for each round are reasonably priced at $25 1st class, $15 2nd class.

Full rules details including the championship points system, tyres and tyre pricing, etc. can be found in the attached pdf. Stay tuned for more details, and for announcements of how to enter each round in the coming months.

2014 Notable Changes:

Rocket Round Qualifying – Making it easier to qualify due to the low number of Qualifying heats.

Tyre Price Rise – Due to the decrease in the AUD, we have had to raise the pricing of tyres.

EP8 – is not a demo class for 2014. You asked for it to be included so we did. EP8 must run the control tyres and will receive the Awesome trophies at the end of the year. Points will also be contributed to you and your club for this class.

Feature Event: 2014 NSW EP10 Off-Road Club Series, Round 3

When: Truck Classes – 17 August, 2014. Buggy Classes – 31 August 2014
Club: St Ives
Where: St. Ives showground, Mona Vale Rd, St. Ives, Sydney Australia
Classes: 1:10 2wd Stock & Mod, 4wd Stock & Mod, Stadium Truck, 2wd Short Course Truck, 4wd Short Course Truck
Website: http://stivesrc.org.au/
RC Tech Thread: http://www.rctech.net/forum/australian-events/790981-2014-nsw-ep10-off-road-club-series.html
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vent Website including Online Entry: http://nswclubseries.com/

Due to the ever increasing entries this series has been experiencing over the past few years all the clubs involved in running the event (Castle Hill, Maitland, Ryde and ST Ives) have agreed to run the series in two parts this year, trucks on one day and buggies on another. Trucks will be run on the warm up meet leading up to each club’s buggy day, which is expected to be the key focus of the series. This means we will be able to offer SCT Pro2 10.5, Stadium Truck 10.5 and Pro4 Open Motor (2S only). All classes will have individual trophies at the end of the year but only Pro2 and Stadium Truck will be part of the overall club points. These meets will be held in concurrence with the normal club meets leading up to the Club Series but will have 3 Heats and 3 Finals and entries for these classes will take preference over other classes and will be $25 per class as for the other Club Series classes.

Entries for the Club Series Buggy days will be limited to 14 heats and there will be 3 x Qualifiers, 3 x A Finals, 2 x B Finals and 2 x C Finals.

During the Inter-club Shield there will be a Junior Driver Trophy in both 2WD Stock and 4WD Stock; Juniors will race in their own heats. More details of this class will follow later in the year.

Each meeting will Start at 8am with a Driver’s Meeting at 7:45am.

A new facility will be loaded onto the Entries Page at NSW Club Serieswhere you MUST pay by PayPal for your entry to be accepted; there is no way around this and there will be no exceptions. Once you have paid for your entry you will be on the entry list. There will be no waiting list so it is first in first served.

As with all major meets there is no cross entering between Stock and Mod classes with the exception of the Truck Classes.

Feature Event: 2014 Pro-Line NSW/ACT Grand Prix Nitro Offroad Inter-club Series Round 4

What: Rd 4: Manning Valley GP (MVRCCC)
When:
 12 October, 2014
Club: MVRCCC
Where: Taree Showgrounds, Muldoon St., Taree, NSW.
Classes: GP Buggy, GP Truggy, EP Buggy
Website: http://www.mvrccc.com.au
RC Tech Thread: http://www.rctech.net/forum/australian-events/787641-2014-proline-nsw-act-grand-prix-1-8th-offroad-inter-club-series-may-dec.html

HEI in association with the IMCC, CORMCC, MORCC, LRRCC and MVRCCC are thrilled to announce the third year for NSW and the ACT’s premier interclub series for nitro offroad. The Pro-Line GP Interclub Series pits the best Clubs and Drivers in the State and Territory against each other in a series of one day meetings (practice the day before).

The competition features both Buggy and Truggy. The series is open to all formally organised RC clubs in NSW and the ACT, not just the host clubs (Interstate and International competitors compete for a Barbarians team). The same Pro-Line control tyres will be used at each round to ensure a level playing field and bring the costs down for competitors. Entry fees for each round are reasonably priced at $25 1st class, $15 2nd class.

Full rules details including the championship points system, tyres and tyre pricing, etc. can be found in the attached pdf. Stay tuned for more details, and for announcements of how to enter each round in the coming months.

2014 Notable Changes:

Rocket Round Qualifying – Making it easier to qualify due to the low number of Qualifying heats.

Tyre Price Rise – Due to the decrease in the AUD, we have had to raise the pricing of tyres.

EP8 – is not a demo class for 2014. You asked for it to be included so we did. EP8 must run the control tyres and will receive the Awesome trophies at the end of the year. Points will also be contributed to you and your club for this class.

Get A Grip! Savage Tuning for Serious Monster Truck Owners from HPI

HPI have published a great guide to bashing with the HPI Savage line of trucks on their website.  you can see all of the information and photos over at HPI here http://www.hpiracing.com/en/article/view/2014070101 . Of course really it is a way to illustrate the range of accessories and hopups for the savage, but when it provides an informative guide to bashers as well, why not!

However here are a few key excerpts for you now.

Wheels

Of course, you’re going to need some wheels to mount those tires on! Check out the full range of awesome-looking custom-styled wheels that are designed for the Savage! All Savage tires feature 17mm hexes for increased durability, and all of the off-road wheels measure 83mm in diameter and 56mm across, so they’ll fit a wide range of large and small block monster trucks.

 

Ride Height

Changing the ride height of your Savage can really change the handling of your truck. In the most general sense, lowering the ride height is a quick, no-cost way to instantly transform the truck into an on-road monster or lift it into a mud bogger maestro!

Lowering the Ride Height

By removing all the ride height clips on your standard shocks, or dialing the spring collars all the way up to the top of the shocks on threaded shock bodies, you lower the ride height of the truck. This lowers the center of gravity (also known as the ‘CG’) for better handling on high-grip surfaces like asphalt/tarmac. If you’re using spiked tires on short grass, lowering the ride height can really improve the handling of your truck, too!

Lowering the ride height has its disadvantages, too: if you’re doing jumps and landings, the chassis can bottom out when the truck lands, meaning you can lose control on the landings or damage the truck on a big hit. Try adjusting the ride height to different levels to see what works best on each different surface you’re on!

Raising the Ride Height

Adding clips to the shocks or dialing the spring collars down will raise the ride height, giving you extra clearance to get over obstacles like small rocks, branches, water, leaves, etc. You don’t want the chassis dragging in the mud, let the tires do all the work! A higher ride height is ideal for off-roading through grass, water, bog and many obstacles – and of course as a monster truck the Savage lives to drive through this sort of terrain! If you’re doing big stunts like long jumps and back flips, you’ll want the ride height increased so you don’t bottom out the chassis on landings, which can damage the TVP chassis plates and other parts of the truck.

If you’re racing the Savage, think a bit before raising the ride height, because your center of gravity will be higher, making it easier to roll the truck over, losing you valuable seconds on your lap time!

You’ll always be looking to balance the grip of the tires with the landing ability and ride height so you don’t traction roll in the corners, and also make sure that you have enough ‘give’ in the suspension to land with the ability to keep rolling forward.

Feature Event: 2014 Pro-Line NSW/ACT Grand Prix Nitro Offroad Inter-club Series Round 3

What: Rd 3: Canberra GP (CORMCC), August 24th, 2014.
When:
 24 August, 2014
Club: CORMCC
Where: End of Kyeema Street, behind the National Velodrome, Narrabundah, ACT.
Classes: GP Buggy, GP Truggy, EP Buggy
Website: http://www.cormcc.org
RC Tech Thread: http://www.rctech.net/forum/australian-events/787641-2014-proline-nsw-act-grand-prix-1-8th-offroad-inter-club-series-may-dec.html

HEI in association with the IMCC, CORMCC, MORCC, LRRCC and MVRCCC are thrilled to announce the third year for NSW and the ACT’s premier interclub series for nitro offroad. The Pro-Line GP Interclub Series pits the best Clubs and Drivers in the State and Territory against each other in a series of one day meetings (practice the day before).

The competition features both Buggy and Truggy. The series is open to all formally organised RC clubs in NSW and the ACT, not just the host clubs (Interstate and International competitors compete for a Barbarians team). The same Pro-Line control tyres will be used at each round to ensure a level playing field and bring the costs down for competitors. Entry fees for each round are reasonably priced at $25 1st class, $15 2nd class.

Full rules details including the championship points system, tyres and tyre pricing, etc. can be found in the attached pdf. Stay tuned for more details, and for announcements of how to enter each round in the coming months.

2014 Notable Changes:

Rocket Round Qualifying – Making it easier to qualify due to the low number of Qualifying heats.

Tyre Price Rise – Due to the decrease in the AUD, we have had to raise the pricing of tyres.

EP8 – is not a demo class for 2014. You asked for it to be included so we did. EP8 must run the control tyres and will receive the Awesome trophies at the end of the year. Points will also be contributed to you and your club for this class.

Feature Event: 2014 AARCMCC IC Onroad Australian National Titles

When: 2-5 October, 2014
Club: Radio Racing Cars SA Inc
Where: South Australia’s Littlehampton race track
Classes: 1:10 Pullstart, 200 mm Sedan, 1:8 GT and :8 ScaleSport – Prototype
Website: http://rrcsa.weebly.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/radioracingcarssa
RC Tech Thread: http://www.rctech.net/forum/australian-events/805024-2014-aarcmcc-ic-onroad-australian-national-titles-sa-2nd-5th-october.html
Online Entry:  http://www.myrcm.ch/myrcm/main?pLa=en&tId=E&hId[1]=org&dId[O]=14024&dId[E]=17116

New paints from Duratrax

For those of you that haven’t seen, duratrax is putting out RC car paints, and the most impressive thing is that it is in larger spray cans than the tiny tamiya cans (well for me anyway).  I’ll certainly be trying them as soon as I am able to!  They also come in small paint pots for those that prefer to use an airbrush.

There is 25 colours available, and while that doesn’t like a lot, it is a pretty broad range of colours as well as finishes including metallics, pearls, florescents, metallic flakes and candies.

more details at http://www.duratrax.com/paint/index.html

Source: http://www.duratrax.com/paint/index.html

Feature Event: 2014 Vintage Festival at Castle Hill Off Road

 

When: 27-28 September, 2014
Club: Castle Hill Off Road
Where: Fred Catterson Reserve (Entry via Gilbert Road off Showground Road, Castle Hill)
Classes: See below for details.
Website: http://www.hillsoffroadrc.com/
RC Tech Thread: http://www.rctech.net/forum/australian-events/794799-2014-vintage-festival-castle-hill-off-road-september-27-28-a.html

Hello all Vintage RC car enthusiasts!! The Castle Hill Off Road committee is proud to announce that it will be hosting the 2014 Vintage Festival on September 27 and 28
This year as with last we have been listening to feedback and looking at class numbers (the best feedback there is) so in the efforts of tweaking the event to make it even better this year, here is a summary of the changes

Pipe frame – We’ve struggled with low numbers for a few years, but rather than put the bullet to it we’ve expanded the class to include chain driven 4wds such as early optimas/rockys/javelins etc

Plastic clarification: We’ve tidied up the regs for the plastic class just to make it clear that the only modifications allowed are different springs and wheel/tyres. All internal gearbox components must be factory standard and the maximum pinion allowable is the largest pinion indicated in the manual, no dremelling of the gearbox to shove bigger pinions in.

Classic buggy on ice for the moment: with the low numbers attracted to this class in the last few years, we’ve elected to pull the classic 4wd and 2wd classes off the schedule for this year in lieu of some new and exciting classes below. But don’t worry, all is not lost. The 4wd class in 2013 was a bunch of top forces (evos and normal spec) and a vintage eligible Lazer and a Schumacher. We’ve therefore moved the top force evo into vintage class so it will be on for young and old!! (mainly old). With regards to 2wd, sadly B2’s and XX’s wont get a run but the jrx pro fitted with the LRM tranny is vintage legal

****NEWS FLASH!!! – Exciting new classes****

2wd stock Purist: new addition to the 2014 festival. This class is for those racers that love the purity of racing how it used to be. Two categories of car are eligible for this class.(originals and plastics) all cars must run on original tyres

-The originals: stock original ultimas (ladder type chassis) and stock gold pan short arm rc10s (re-re eligible) – Cars must be original; 6 gear transmission in the RC10, standard tranny in the Ultima, original shocks.

-The plastic cars: may be fitted with option parts that must have been available to buy for your car. No handmade pivot blocks so you can fit rc10 arms to your frog etc but hot trick, thorp and crp parts for example are all fine for this class, camber may be adjustable and shocks may be upgraded as may gearbox components but please don’t throw a stealth transmission on the back of your FAV

Truck (Vintage Open, Vintage 540 & Classic Open): Oh no I hear you say, don’t change the truck class, it was awesome last year!!! Yes you’re right, it was awesome, but what could be more awesome than 1 truck class?? 3 truck classes!! Yes you read it correctly. We’ve had our thinking caps on over the break and we were looking for ways to include more of the earlier and entry level models (Blitzers and king cabs) so we figured lets create a 540 truck class as well as still running Vintage truck open. Vintage Truck 540 is an experimental class but we thought the best way to level out the playing field was to drop the power and pull the trigger.

The other class that will be available on the Sunday now is Classic truck open. This will give you a chance to dust off that old T2 or XXT or preferably that old Pro-XRT, Storm 2000 or SRT and put whatever motor you like in it and run hard. As usual, classes with less than 5 entries a month out from the event will be cancelled, the beauty of the structure of the truck classes is if numbers are struggling in one, you’ll be able to move into another class easily and also remember that if you want to run your vintage truck twice over the weekend, there’s no reason why you cant run it in Classic Truck on the Sunday or throw a 540 in it and run vintage truck 540

We also want to mention that if you have multiple cars eligible for a class, please feel free to run them all during the day, if you have 6 x 2wd vintage cars setup, run a different one each race!

Entry fees will be $20 for the 1st class, $15 for the second and $10 per additional class after that, you can enter up to 3 classes per day. In keeping with the vintage vibe you can pay cash on the day at race control however if you wish to pay via EFT please make your payment to :

Castle Hill Off Road Club
BSB 112-879
A/c 015 468 992
Ref: “your name” Vintage

The BBQ will be running for lunch as per usual and cold drinks will be available all day

Drivers meeting 730am

******Racing will START at 8am SHARP on BOTH days******

The events to be held on Saturday are:
• 2wd Vintage Stock
• 2wd Vintage Open
• 2wd Purist Stock
• Vintage Truck Open
• Plastic fantastic

The events to be held on Sunday are:
• 4wd Stock Vintage
• 4wd Open Vintage
• Vintage Truck 540
• Classic Truck Open
• Pipe Frame / Chain drive
• Hotshot

Categories for Vintage racing are:
• VINTAGE Buggy: Cut off date December 31, 1991. 2wd and 4wd classes – open and stock
• VINTAGE Truck: Cut off date December 31, 1993. Open motor
• CLASSIC Truck: Cut off date December 31, 1996. Open motor
• PLASTIC Fantastic: Cut off date December 31, 1988. Stock motor

Category motor basics:
• STOCK – RS540 Mabuchi silvercan with black endbell /Johnson 540 grey endbell
• OPEN – any motor – brushed or brushless.

Category Batteries:
• Hard case Li-Po 7.4 v nominal voltage maximum.
• Sub-C cells. 7.2 v nominal voltage maximum

Class specific guidelines:

Eligible Vintage Truck entries:

Truck class cut-off is nominated as end of 1993 for vintage classification. Motor is open in truck class.

Eligible cars for the HOTSHOT Class are:
• Hot Shot
• Boomerang
• Super Shot
• Big Wig
• Hot Shot II
• Super Sabre

The eligible buggies for the Hot Shot class are limited to the above mentioned buggies only. The motor for this class is the Mabuchi/Johnson RS540. (Same as the stock class). The aim for this class it that someone could buy a re-release kit and go racing merely by finding the right pinion (17 tooth maximum) and modern tyres so the cars should remain as stock as possible, standard cva shocks must be used, all internal gearbox components must be standard . Interchanging of parts between these cars is fine. ALL cars must retain a strong resemblance to the original buggy where possible (period correct aftermarket bodies are acceptable). Tyres and wheels are open and upgrading to bearings is fine.

Eligible cars for Plastic Fantastic Class:

Any car that was released with fixed camber front and rear up to the end of 1988. Solid axle buggies like the Hornet and Grasshopper are also included in the class. Basically this class is for entry level buggies. Springs can be changed, but the car must retain original shocks. All internal gearbox components must be factory standard and the maximum pinion allowable is the largest pinion indicated in the manual, no dremelling of the gearbox to shove bigger pinions in. No other modifications or option parts are allowed. Buggies that have been modified to have adjustable camber should be entered in the 2wd purist class. The motor for this class is the Mabuchi/Johnson RS540. (Same as the stock class).Tyres and wheels are open

Eligible cars for 2wd Purist Class:

This class harks back to the classic battle of the 1987 worlds. Kyosho had brought out the Ultima with a pledge that it would beat Associated’s all-conquering RC10 and win the Worlds that year (which it did). So the class is limited to RC10 Gold pan (short arm/6 gear-no mods or hop ups – rere allowed), original “ladder chassis” Kyosho Ultima (no mods or hop ups) and plastic fantastic cars (period option parts allowed). All cars must run on original tyres and the Mabuchi/Johnson RS540 is the motor for this class

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR VINTAGE:

The main aim of these events is to have fun obviously, but a part of that fun is feeling like everyone is competing in the same spirit of the event. With that in mind, the cut off is there for a reason and the concept is pretty simple regarding modifications. If the modification involves changing the geometry of the car ie 1992 shock towers give a better/different geometry to the 1991 ones, then they shouldn’t be on the car. However, if it’s the case that the upgrade is purely a reliability one ie using a 92 slipper on a 91 car to protect the drive train or stronger belts, then it is deemed ok, but don’t replace the whole transmission with a unit from a later model in the name of reliability. If the item is both stronger and changes geometry, not allowed

Please look at the attached documents for a list of what cars fit into what category.

Unless specific class requirements state otherwise, the fitting of later model shocks, wheels and tyres and other small parts are acceptable – as sometimes they are simply impossible to find and/or maintain. We need to keep the cost of racing a vintage buggy reasonable.

DRIVING STANDARDS AND ETIQUETTE:

We understand that a lot of vintage enthusiasts aren’t well seasoned racers, which is why it’s great to get a chance to get everyone out on the track with fellow minded people who all have a respect for these old machines. The driving standards have been excellent over the last couple of years, with a lot of respect being show on track for these rare cars whilst still maintaining high level competitive racing :
• NO SWEARING AT THE MARSHALS – they didn’t crash your car – you did!! It’s ok to talk loudly to attract their attention (they are probably fixated on the cool vintage buggies) – but don’t swear or be aggressive towards them. Remember – you are a marshal too – or will be!!
• If a faster car is coming up to lap you – just move slightly off line – or let them know that you are letting them through. This avoids damage to our precious vintage buggies and allows you, as the slower driver, to learn the lines of the faster driver. Crashing, and taking both of you out, only slows the both of you down…..easier to just be courteous.
• Be ready for your race, the sooner you are ready – the sooner we can start – giving more free time for everyone! We understand that having a chat about the good old days is fun, but we really want to make sure that everyone gets enough racing in. If you intend on entering the maximum 3 classes per day please plan ahead so you have your cars ready and down at the track at the beginning of the round so you can race then marshal and then grab your car ready to race again. We’ve found we lose a lot of time with people having to run back to their tables to grab the next car etc.
• Please don’t be aggressive with your driving or other competitors. We all understand the value of the cars we’ll be running dangerous moves are not worth it.

We will be having approximately 4 minutes between each race – as there are lots of us running multiple classes

MVP – On Sunday afternoon we will present the trophy for MVP (Most Vintage Pride). This will be an entirely subjective award which will come down to biggest effort for the weekend so it will encompass thing such as (but not limited to) display vehicles/arrangement, attire, attitude, competing in the spirit of the event, tallest stories about the good old days, rarity of vehicles raced etc. Being No.1 on the track won’t make you the MVP. Being No.1 in the pits will! Wiggy took it out last year. Who will be our MVP in 2014 ?

 

 

 

Feature Event: 2014 1/10th EP Onroad South Australia State Titles

When: 29-31 August, 2014
Club: Adelaide Electric Radio Controlled Car Club
Where: Hobby Habits indoor onroad facility on Daws Road, Melrose Park.
Classes: 21.5 Blinky Touring Car, Stock (13.5 Blinky) Touring Car, Modified Touring Car, 12th Scale, Mini, F1 – Demo, Sakura Class – Demo
Website: http://aerccc.org.au
RC Tech Thread: http://www.rctech.net/forum/australian-events/817618-ep-onr-2014-1-10th-sa-ep-onroad-state-titles-august-29-31-2014-a.html
Online Entry: http://aerccc.org.au/2014-titles/entries/
Event Website: http://aerccc.org.au/race-calendar/2014-titles/

Being an indoor facility means you come, you race. There will be no rain dealys. Guaranteed 6 Rounds of heats and guaranteed 3 A finals and 2 Finals for the minor groupings.

The track is a permanent top quality asphalt surface with newly laid concrete kerbing and painted corners.

The facility has a pit area with tables and chair permanently set up. Access to the shop will be available over the weekend. Also the cafe to cover all your eating needs. Hey if you have an offroad car as well there is a high grip carpeted offroad track you can cut some laps during the practice days or even between rounds.

Entry list can be found @ http://aerccc.org.au/2014-titles/#entries

All Touring car classes, including 21.5, will be running control tires. The control tire will be Muchmore Rush 36. Event tires will need to be purchased via club. Practise tires can be oredered via the club when entering.

Tires for Mini, F1 and 12th Scale are open.

The track will be accessible for practise on Thursday the 28th and Friday the 29th from 9.00am – 8.00pm.

The previous four years events have been a huge success. A highlight for everyone that has attended.

We have quite a lot of interest already shown from Interstate competitors so it’s shaping up to be another cracker

 

ARRMA release updated 2wd Mega 2014 lineup

ARRMA has released details of some updates to their 2wd Brushed fleet, labeling the updated vehicles as MEGA.

Comprising four super-tough and ultra-rugged ready-to-run RC kits, the ARRMA 2014 MEGA range has a vehicle to attack any environment, any surface and in any conditions. Crowned by the multi-award-winning GRANITE monster truck, this fleet of vehicles is equipped with awesome features that include:

      •  Fully waterproof 35A ESCs for unrivalled smooth operation
      • 15T MEGA motor for consistent power control on all surfaces
      • 2.4GHz radio transmitter and receiver units for fast and glitch-free control
      • Water- and dust-proof 69.4 oz-in (5kg-cm) steering servo for unrivalled control precision
      • Painted polycarbonate body shell for long-lasting durability and super-cool looks
      • Mounted multi-surface dBoots tires for ultimate traction in any environment
      • Assembled, super-tough chassis, oil shocks and 2WD drivetrain for easy out-of-the-box action

One detail that seems to have been missed is the 2 year warranty on all of the vehicles, something that ARRMA must have had some confidence in their vehicles to offer.  Certainly the updates improve what is already an impressive lineup for the price from Hobbico, and upgrading to the dBoots tyres would definitely be an improvement.

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Source: www.hobbico.com