Vale to the HPI Blitz

For  a little while now most of the focus of my collection of RC cars has been on my sons, and my own cars for off road carpet racing.

However later this  year I will be moving to a property that has enough space to build my own r/c track.  Now this got me thinking what would be the most fun to run around that dirt track as well as bashing in general.  So I turned to the recovering  HPI’s website to see what vehicles  they sold these days as in the past they had been my favorite bashing vehicles.  There is pretty much something for everybody in their range.

The Original Blitz
The Original Blitz

Eventually my thoughts came back to the venerable HPI  blitz that I used to race at my local club, as well as wherever I could find space.   I actually had the white and grey beast that was the Blitz ESE racing   version with stiffer plastics and a ball differential (and on  that note, me and that ball differential did not get along, and it was a replaced with a eFirestorm grease filled gear diff fairly quickly).  However to my horror I found that the new HPI post financial crisis have killed off the Blitz, and it’s older brother the eFirestorm! In their defense they have been replaced with the jumpshot range featuring a twin vertical plate chassis like the very successful savage trucks.  Now the  blitz wasn’t the first, it probably wasn’t the best.  But it was a tough truck that looked great, was heaps of fun and generally did whatever was asked of it.  Mine was only retired when our club moved to a carpet track and the blitz just didn’t work well on it at all.

My personal Blitz ESE

So now the dilemma is what to purchase.  I have to admit true Short Course Trucks like the Traxxas UDR and Losi BajaRey etc look and work incredibly well and are 4wd. But I also love the simplicity of the 2wd stadium trucks like the Losi 22S and Associated SC10 Short Course Trucks.  Somehow the TVP chassis of the Jumpshot Short Course Truck doesn’t appeal.  Even the Kyosho Outlaw  Rampage looks like fun. I suppose it will probably comedown to budget, so we will see what happens I guess.

In the meantime, rest in peace to the mighty HPI Blitz, we will see who inherits the SCT crown in time …..