Thompson Valley R/C Race Club hosted the 2017 Kamloops Summer Classic, Round 3 of the Western Off-road Racing Series from June 23-25. Blue skies and the sun soaked canyon walls of TVRCRC welcomed 152 total entries from all over BC and as far as Alberta, with nine electric and two nitro classes represented enthusiastically by all who participated. Local club members poured countless hours into improving the long running facility and attendees were greeted by a laundry list of upgrades, most notably a brand new deck on the drivers stand and freshly painted walls surrounding a sparkling new track layout that turned out to be a very fast and very fun off-road challenge! The reaction from racers was overwhelmingly[…]

WORS Round 2 was a SCORCHER in Kelowna! The Western Off-road Racing Series has continued it’s impressive inaugural season with a scenic jaunt over the mighty Coquihalla Pass to go toe-to-toe with interior British Columbia’s best electric off-road R/C racers at Kelowna R/C on May 26-28, 2017. Mountain air merged into lake country, giving way seamlessly to sunbaked pasture and dirt racing heaven and with some of the best in the west in attendance the 2017 Spring Scorcher Shootout was always going to live up to it’s name! With some neighbourly requests in place at the KRC track, the nitro portion of the WORS tour would sit out Round 2, leaving 105 entries in 9 electric classes of 1/8 and[…]

“When you wanna be the best, you go and shoot the best!” It’s no secret that throughout it’s six previous editions the JConcepts Indoor National Series has grown to become one of, if not THE premier indoor 1/10 travelling race tour in North America. It travels to great race tracks. It attracts top local talent and brings pro talent with it. It brings hype. And atmosphere. Most importantly it creates a culture of great racing. And on May 19-21 2017, for the second race of it’s 7th season the JConcepts INS brought it all, including a fleet of pro talent, to PNW racing mecca Tacoma R/C Raceway that would rival any top level event on the planet. Ryan Cavalieri, Spencer[…]

“The Big Barn Shoot Out has set a whole new bar for R/C racing in Canada. This was quite simply the best event we have ever had in BC. The future potential of this event is unlimited.” The rolling green corn fields of Chilliwack British Columbia, located about an hour east of Vancouver, played host to the first ever Big Barn Shootout on April 21-22 and 23. More specifically the 30,000 square foot horse arena within Chilliwack Heritage Park, aka The Big Red Barn, would be the location for the ground breaking event with a huge temporary track built by a small group of dedicated volunteers in under two days. With the world famous tulip festival happening just down the[…]

Lewiston, Idaho is the home of a race known around these parts as Cabin Fever. With almost 300 entries, more a marathon than just a race, to be honest. Traditionally held in the bitterly cold month of February, inside a horse arena, this event occupies many a bucket list. If it weren’t for folklore it might be checked off a few more. While the weather wasn’t that cold this year, no doubt the likelihood of standing around shivering for hours in minus temps keeps even some of the most diehard racers away. That and distance. The drive from Vancouver was almost 9 hours, tack on an extra couple for me from Whistler and you understand why the west coast contingent[…]

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The Cabin Fever R/C Supercross race in Lewiston Idaho has become a fixture of the racing scene in the greater north west region and this year, I got to go and experience it! Known as the first dirt race of the year in this area it has become something of a legendary event. Intrigued by the stories, I joined my local club racing buddy and Maclan teammate Rob in his RV for the eight and a half hour trek from Vancouver (after 3 hrs in snow from Whistler the day before!) and we made it to the Lewiston Roundup mid afternoon on the Friday which had been assigned for practice. The event would go on to draw 296 entries, supposedly[…]

The excitement surrounding ‘Conquer The Carpet’ had been rapidly rising approaching its early February date and when it came time to boogey on the rug not even Snowmageddon2k17 or the Super Bowl could stop over 215 entries from making this the biggest indoor off-road trophy race anyone in the Vancouver scene could remember. The event was a landmark for host Outlaw RC, it is their largest to date, and it was the result of many months hard work by President Chris Mueller and his dedicated crew of volunteers. The race even attracted pro racers Nick Wautlet (AE/WallieBuilds) and Kurt Wenger (Schelle Racing) to make the trip north and see what the buzz was all about! Practice Like many other locals,[…]

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The first weekend of February 2017 saw Outlaw RC host their biggest race on record, the three day Conquer The Carpet event. Over 215 entries took part in three rounds of qualifying on Saturday, with a full program of lower mains and triple A mains on the Sunday. As always, The Toy Car Creative joined in the fun, competing in the 2wd and 4wd modified buggy classes and taking time in between rounds to snap tons of frames with my trusty Nikon. With racers travelling from far and wide, including pro-drivers Kurt Wenger (Schelle Racing Innovations) and Nick Wautlet (Team Associated) all the way from California, the racing was always going to be some of the best ever seen in[…]

The North West Model Hobby Expo hosted Diehard RC for their indoor off-road carpet trophy race on January 27-29 and I travelled down to compete, eagerly anticipating the debut of my Kyosho Lazer ZX6.6 4wd modified buggy. I would also be running my Team Associated B6 in 2wd modified buggy and the expectation was to meet head-on with some of the PNW’s fastest racers and see where I stack up heading into the 2017 year. Despite the typically laid back atmosphere of Diehard RC, the action on the rug turned out to be intense across all classes! Practice Modified classes usually draw the most confident of competitors anyway and this was true of the weekend with local young guns like[…]

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The weekend of January 27-29 saw the return of the North West Model Hobby Expo to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington. Along with displays and demonstrations from numerous model builders and groups, Diehard RC also hosted their 2017 carpet off-road trophy race as part of the three day festival. The Toy CarCreative always loves to support the local trophy races and so I packed up the truck with all my gear and headed south for a weekend of awesome racing with good friends. The action was fast and furious and the competition fierce. Along with competing in both 2wd and 4wd modified buggy classes I also took some time between races to snap a few frames. While my[…]