Yes the latest edition of that home grown RC Magazine, Racing Lines, has hit the shelves, and I am happy to say a Rally Car makes it on to the front cover!!
Articles in this edition include:
- the latest news
- the Team Orion and Savox equipment in the Racing Lines RC10 worlds tester
- an RC History article on the Tamiya Boomerang
- a flashback down memory lane to a February 2005 edition
- a review of the Team Associated Pro Rally RTR
- a review of the Falken Edition Jeep Wrangler G6 from Axial Racing
- all the latest race reports from around the country
I don’t normally run any editorial on the content of Racing Lines as generally I enjoy what I read, however I found an exemption that I took a dislike to in the report on the Keilor Cup. Of course all of the racers were listed in what positions they came in , with reports on how each class fared. 4wd Modified naturally got one of the larger write ups, which is normal being is it is the pinnacle if you like of competitive RC racing in 1:10 electric off road.What got me off side however was that much of the writeup was not about the gentleman who eventually won the class. To quote the paragraph that got my hackles up;
While it needs to be said Wells drove most likely on of the best drives of his career, he was never at any point the fastest guy out there by any means but when you finish a final with a 0.2 consistency you know you are doing something right.
The driver in question is Tasmanian driver Sam Wells, who is arguably one of the fastest drivers in the state. It wasn’t the presumption that this was an exceptional drive for Sam but the apparently snide comment about him not being the fastest person out there by a margin. That may be true, but racing is about many things, being quick around the track is only one part of the winning formula, doing it lap after lap after lap is another, having a competitive car another, having a well prepared car that does not fail also a key ingredient, with luck being the final factor.
At the end of the day, the best driver crosses the line at the end of the race to take the win. I don’t know if this was simply not intended to come across the way I read it, or if the explanation is a different one. Personally I like to see credit given where credit is due, not lament and excuses for those that were supposed to perform better than they did. If that was the case motorsport around the world would be very different, just look at the Bathurst 1000 just last week!
Be the judge for yourself, but that is my rant for the week.