Since I was just 8 years old I’ve been racing Karts, Formula Ford & RC cars, I’ve spent the majority of my life being a total fanatic about racing in all shapes and sizes.
When I started RC racing around my 20th birthday I quickly got hooked on the competition that bigger events had to offer, and when I made a start in EP Off Road, it didn’t take me long to set my sights on competing at an IFMAR World Championships. Continue reading The worlds according to Crash→
The 2017 1/10 Offroad Victorian State Titles were held at the red clay track of the bordertown Wodonga RC Club. Big winners were TLR/Motiv Leigh Cheeseman (2wd 17.5, 4wd 17,5 and Truck 17.5), AE/JC/Reedy Ray Munday (2wd Mod), AE/Reedy Cameron Zammit (4wd Mod) and ORCA Simon Healy (Truck mod).
The original date in August was washed out so the re-run was held in combination with the Coleman Cup, an event that has been running for over 20 years in memory of a young racer who tragically died at a young age. This event celebrates sportsmanship and competition, and the prestigious ‘Coleman Cup’ for services to the sport was awarded to Bazz Densely who not only prepared buggies for his 2 kids to race but also helped with track prep and even cooking the bbq through the weekend. It’s because of racers like him that the sport of RC is so much fun!
Racers were treated to a fantastic blue groove surface on the bumpy but flowing classic outdoor track, with sunny weather for practice and 4wd day but rain on 2wd day which kept everyone on their toes chasing the perfect setup. The event ran with the Holeshot V2 as the control tyre for all classes. The small but enthusiastic club members had worked tirelessly in the leadup of the event and during the weekend to give all racers something to remember.
TLR / Motiv racer Leigh Cheeseman was on a mission all weekend, taking TQ in each of the 17,5 classes and converting in the finals to win all 3. It wasn’t as easy as it looked though, as he was pushed extremely hard by Ben Howard (2nd 2wd 17,5 ) and Jason Milbourne (2nd 4wd 17,5 and2nd Truck 17,5T) with Simon ‘sticks’ McHugh rounding out the podium in both of the buggy classes and Hope Densley taking a popular 3rd in Truck 17.5 with her T5M!
Munday took TQ from Zammit and Andrew Selvaggi, but in the finals ‘CamZam’ proved too strong taking out A1 and A3 to defend his title from 2016. Cam was pushed hard by AE racer Selvaggi, the result only decided in the last couple of laps of A3, with Simon Healy and Lachlan Munday 3rd and 4th.
Munday also took TQ in 2wd with his B6D from Healy (Kyosho) and Selvaggi 3rd. In A1 it started raining making conditions slippery but Munday took the win from a hard charging Healy with Andrew holding his podium place. Unfortunately the rain came down harder after A1 so the event was called based on the results of this single final.
Cam Zammit took TQ in this class but had some poor luck in the finals. Simon Healy made the most of this to take the win, Matt Kellett (AE) in 2nd and Andrew ‘Ace’ Adamic (Xray) in 3rd.
Junior 17.5 (Under 16 2wd):
This is a very popular class in Victoria, with a full field of racers looking to make their mark on the sport. Brian Lawrence took TQ from Nathan Facciol and Shane Lawrence. In the finals Brian took the win from brother Shane, Nathan 3rd. Look out for these names in the future!
Paul Slifka took TQ in this class but couldn’t convert in the finals, Nathan Krone taking his B6 to the front of the pack for the win.
This was another battle between Paul Slifka and Nathan Krone with many entertaining races. The result was a reversal of 2wd, Slifka taking the win with his Schumacher from Krones Yokomo.
Well a big day is finished here at MORBC for the second day of the 2017 FEMCA 1/8 IC Off Road Championships! The day started with the opening ceremony, 3D Helicopter demonstrations and concourse judging. The WA Model Aircraft Sports Centre (WAMASC) were happy to put on 2 3D Helicopter demonstrations over the track, and an RC jet flyover to add to the opening ceremony, showcasing another world of RC excitement and skill from their club, as the 2 clubs operate side by side in the Whiteman Park area.
Tomorrow morning marks the start of the 2017 Kart World FEMCA 1/8 I.C. Off Road Buggy Championships here in Perth! As Model Off Road Buggy Club (MORBC) in Whiteman Park, Western Australia plays host to the event for the second time in the last two year…all in the buildup to hosting the 2018 IFMAR 1/8 I.C. Off Road World Championships next year!
The club have been tirelessly working over recent weeks and months despite the very wet winter that Perth has experienced. Last week the track build was completed by the master himself; Craig Laughton. Ropes have been laid and the track painted…were getting ready to hit the track Wednesday morning!
Back in July AARCMCC sent out an email to all affiliated clubs asking them to submit expressions of interest for hosting sanctioned event. The deadline for those EOI’s, October 15, is fast approaching. So even if you are thinking about applying for a sanctioned event, get your EOI in. Continue reading AARCMCC Sanctioned Events EOI→
Lets start with the touring car, AARCMCC have clarified the legality of the Mugen MTC-1 and it’s front bumper As you can read below the ruling is that the bumper and the car are legal for use.
We have had some questions raised about the legality of the recently released Mugen MTC-1 touring car. The item in particular is the advertised ‘Aerodynamic front bumper’, which may contravene regulation 184.108.40.206 “Under body/chassis aerodynamic aids of any nature are not allowed.”
Following discussion of the committee, we have concluded that whilst the car in question is advertised with bumper as an “aero-shaped” component, the primary function is as a bumper/foam bumper support, not an aerodynamic device.
The intent of the regulations is to avoid home made bolt-on skirts and diffusers, not to restrict mass produced cars from competition.
As such the MTC-1 is legal for use in all Sanctioned AARCMCC events.
In the land of batteries, there has been an update to the battery list to include Team Zombie batteries on the approved batteries list. Now most of these are High Voltage packs, which personally I think should not be allowed on the list. It gives easy scope for people to cheat and use higher voltages, and more work for officials who have to test the battery voltages. That said, it is just my opinion but as my club is looking at running a state title for the first time in 2018, all I see is more work….
We have recently had some discussions about the use of Zombie Batteries at AARCMCC sanctioned events. Having been in contact with both racers and the distributor, it’s been drawn to light that battery approval lags well behind motors. For example, the BRCA only update their lists twice a year, and ROAR haven’t updated for a while.
Having discussed this among representatives from both Electric sections (On and Off-road), we have the solution to provide a local approval.
The stipulations were;
1) Batteries must have been submitted to ROAR and/or BRCA for approval on their lists (this has been provided, to both ROAR and BRCA)
2) The batteries are commercially available for sale (they are, and have been for some time)
3) Samples sent need to be sent to AARCMCC for measurement and reference (complied with)
With this, we are happy to announce that Zombie Batteries detailed in the attached pdf are as of now legal for use at AARCMCC sanctioned events.
We are always keen to work with local distributors to aid in making sure equipment is able to be used, and if any other supplier wishes to enquire as such, please get in contact with us.
Calling all 1/8 Buggy racers from Australia and beyond!
As many of you already know, the 2017 1/8 FEMCA Championships are returning to Australian soil this year, being held at the Model Off Road Buggy Club (MORBC) from October 4-8, right off my own backyard in Perth, WA.
If you’re getting that deja vu feeling, you would be forgiven for thinking we’ve somehow wound back in 2015, as the same event was held at MORBC just 2 years ago. The FEMCA event in 2015 was an absolute cracker of a show, and kickstarted the push for MORBC to host the upcoming 2018 IFMAR 1/8 Off Road Worlds next year, potentially the biggest RC event to come to Australian soils in a very long time!
If you haven’t been to MORBC before, or haven’t seen the 2018 worlds trailer which was released on LiveRC’s stream of the 2016 IFMAR 1/8 Off Road worlds last year in Las Vegas, check out these:
The AARCMCC executive is trying to get together a more balanced calendar of events for 2018, which i can say from the perspective of trying to arrange non clashing dates for a major event, is very, very welcome!
This is the information that AARCMCC posted on their 10th offroad Facebook page today, and was also emailed to affiliated clubs. I have removed the link to stop AARCMCC getting un-needed spam, but if you need it just message us and we can pass it on
Dear AARCMCC Clubs,
In an effort to align, publish and plan next years calendar, we are now seeking expressions of interest for AARCMCC Sanctioned Events for the 2018 calendar year.
This includes all events as defined within the various section technical regulations, including, but not limited to National and State Championships.
We ask that you nominate the event(s) you would seek to host next year, including two dates – one that aligns to any preliminary or example calendar within the relevant technical regulations and a second date of your choice.
If you plan to apply for two or more events, for example BOTH a state and national championship, you will need to submit this form twice.
Cut-off for expressions of interest will be 15 October 2017, and you will be asked to reconfirm any event EOI that you may submit with your re-affiliation by 1 November 2017.
To be guaranteed to be considered to host an event next year you MUST submit via this process. Any event that does not receive an EOI is not guaranteed to run next year.
West Coast Model RC are very proud of their recent works, the major upgrade and resurfacing of their on road circuit in preparation to hosting the 2017 AARCMCC Australian EP ONR National Championships in November!
The original track, which was built well over 20 years ago, has not been completely resurfaced since its original construction, and has stood the test of time in Moojebing Reserve, Bayswater. This year, the club decided it was time to change things up, with original plans to simply put in some bitumen cut-outs for additional layout options. These plans quickly blew out to a complete overhaul, with cutouts and a resurface of the circuit.
The new surface should last a lot longer, and the cutouts will provide plenty of layout options for WA’s on road racers to play on. This work is the focal point of the buildup towards hosting the 2017 AARCMCC Australian EP On Road National Championships on November 2-5, right here at WCMRC!
Personally, this makes me want to build up a tourer and go back to my RC Racing beginnings, but I’m thrilled to be a part of a growing RC scene here in WA, and also to be trackside announcing the show!
Event info and entry forms, including hotel and tire information is all coming soon from WCMRC, follow the club on Facebook to stay in the know, and I hope to see plenty of faces here for the Nationals!