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Monday January 4th – Sunday January 10th, 2016 2 weeks until Reedy. With one last local club race on the high traction carpet before I hit the California clay, a good result would go a million miles for my confidence. The Ozite carpet of Outlaw RC has been a forgiving and nurturing surface to learn on but I’m not expecting the same treatment on the OCRC clay. After a frigid early morning start on Saturday I arrived, setup and had the B5mFL on the track for practice by 8am.  Things were going well until an awkward tumble snapped a hard rear arm at the hinge pin. I only had a standard replacement, it didn’t seem to make much difference on[…]

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Week 11 Monday December 28th – Sunday January 3rd 3 weeks until Reedy.   Another week, another chapter of, “Going Toe-to-Toe with Terry Yeo!” Happy New Year everyone! The week between Christmas and New Years was uncharacteristically slow to start, what with no travel that weekend and therefore no recovery I had all kinds of projects to work on but very little desire to do much at all. It must have been the Christmas dinner coma I was enduring! VRC did continue to be a big part of my training and I spent a good amount of time working on that. An hour and a bit every day, it soon builds up and my improvement is still solid. I was[…]

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Week 10, Monday December 21st – Sunday December 27th 4 weeks until Reedy With the racing season done and the holidays upon us it has been time to explore some different avenues in the R/C world! While I am not too interested in spending a bunch of time reflecting on the past I have taken some time to think about how I got to where I am and how to continue to grow as a racer. My priorities are pretty settled, strive for absolute consistency on the track and learn everything I can about setup. Slow down to speed up has become my motto and with the arrival of a new toy I have been able to really focus on[…]

Week 9 – Monday December 14th – Sunday December 20th   The end of the 2015 race season is upon us and a return to a familiar location brought much needed confidence. The final club race of 2015 for Team99 was on the off-road carpet at Outlaw RC in Cloverdale and it was great to return to a familiar surface.  After a tough run at Tacoma Raceway the previous weekend it was good to not have to play the tire or traction game and be able to focus on what I have learned in relation to car control. Due to some other commitments and an early morning day-of track setup I didn’t get a single lap of practice prior to racing[…]

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Week 8 – Monday December 7th – Sunday December 13th “That really sucked dude. You ruined my whole race!” Week 8 will go down as a week of lessons learned. Almost everything I experienced was in some way new or unique to me. Definitely one of the most exciting things to happen this week (and ever really!) was an article about my preparations and trip to Reedy that appeared in the the Pique Newsmagazine, both online and in print! You can read the full article here. I want to extend a huge thank you to Dan Falloon and indeed the entire Pique team for not only squeezing me in but giving me the centre spread and a colour photo! So cool![…]

Week 7 – Monday November 30th – Sunday December 6th 6 weeks until Reedy. The halfway point has come and gone. The time to go is now. In R/C it’s so easy to imagine your upcoming weekend heroics and say “oh i’ll just grip it and rip it out on track, I’ll be so fast!”. The reality is though that when you wan’t to do good, you tend to be over careful and that’s not any good to anyone. Wheelies off the line, or even worse ploughing into the guy in front. Cutting the pipes too close, over shooting that double…there is a certain hurdle to jump, a calm and relaxed state where your absolute focus becomes to have the best race[…]

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Week 6 – Monday November 23rd > Sunday November 29th 7 weeks until Reedy. After a tough start the American Thanksgiving long weekend turned out to offer plenty to be thankful for. Sadly, no turkey.   Early in the week I made the commitment to head down to Tacoma R/C Raceway in Washington State for a weekend of practice and some club racing on their top notch clay surface. After quickly realizing that it was in fact Thanksgiving I decided to leave very early Friday morning and avoid any border lineups. That turned out to be a great decision and it was smooth sailing all the way. Black Friday is actually one of TRCR’s busiest days of the year apparently[…]

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Week 5 – Monday November 16th > Sunday November 22nd 8 weeks until Reedy. Five weeks down and preparations have passed the one-third point for  the 2016 Reedy International Off-Road Race of Champions. Practice time has continued to be a struggle but I am making it work and the improvement is clear to see (At least I think it is!) I have also continued to develop my knowledge of off-road setup, suspension geometry and am beginning to focus on the more complicated technical functions of my electronic equipment. Not being able to go to a track every day, or even every week, has been frustrating but I believe it is almost a blessing in disguise. There is absolutely no substitute[…]

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Week 4 – Monday November 9th > Sunday November 15th 9 weeks until Reedy. Well, even after a bittersweet end to week 4 of Reedy Race preparations I can honestly say my enjoyment of the hobby has crested a new peak. The racing experience has never been so pure. 1/10 buggies make short course racing feel like riding a whale in a hot tub. I’m in love with the hobby all over again. Related: 2016 Reedy International Off-Road Race of Champions official website 2016 Reedy Race official Facebook page Reedy website Reedy Facebook page Team Associated website Team Associated Facebook page OCRC website OCRC Facebook page. Previous “Journey To The 2016 Reedy Race” articles: Week 1 – Week 2 – Week[…]

Race 3 of the Outlaw RC Indoor Off-road Winter Carpet Series at the Showbarn saw 70 entries put on an awesome show of racing. Team99 was of course stoked to be a part of the action! Race results for all entrants and classes can be found on the Outlaw RC Facebook page. Team99 Race Results The fastest laps of the day by the best racers on this layout were in the 14.5 to 15.5 second range. 2wd Open Buggy Team Associated B5M Factory Lite Heat 1 – 18 laps @ 5:14 > +3 lap improvement. Almost half of all laps were under 16 seconds. Almost 2/3 of laps were under 17 seconds. Four laps at +19 secs including two @[…]