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I was hoping he would give some sort of final ‘Goodbye from The Cub Report’ but apparently that’s not how he rolls. We are sad to see him go, and believe me, the counter offers were BIG. We wanted to do something special, but he really wanted to just fade away. Cubby’s last day was this morning at Big Squid. I can’t really give too many details, I’ll let him do that from his new office if he chooses to do so. The short version, it sounds like ROAR decided, if you can’t beat him, or get him to shut up, hire him! Starting in a few weeks, our own Cubby will be the new front man/face of ROAR! He thinks he’s going to be making changes, and helping convince the powers that be put an end to 5 days of qualifying, and endless hours of sitting around sniffing glue. He thinks he can convince them that off-road tracks should once again consist of dirt, and bumps, and well.. off-road. Personally I think he has already drank the company koolaid, and can’t see that this is just a ploy to get him to stop the bad mouthing. They are too far gone to make it right.

That being said, we get emails from disgruntle former industry insiders on a weekly basis asking to contribute, so while there may be a change in appearance, we are looking at it as a regeneration. Think of it as time for a new ‘Doctor’. If you think you can fill the shoes, drop us an email. Believe me, it’s not as easy as it looks… or maybe it was..

ROAR RC RacingYou probably remember from back in February a lawsuit between Trinity/Epic (and their business pardners) against ROAR Racing. The lawsuit has now been settled and here is a press release from Fantom Racing (who get motors from Trinity) stating some of the details.

“Trincorp Reaches Settlement Agreement with Remotely Operated Auto Racers.

JUNE 24, 2013 – WASHINGTON, DC – Trincorp, LLC, along with three other companies (Fantom Racing, Team EAM Inc, and Putnam Propulsion), have reached a settlement with Remotely Operated Auto Racers (ROAR) to resolve all outstanding issues regarding the removal of the Trinity D3.5/17.5 motor from the ROAR approved list.

The parties were able to reach a settlement without either party admitting or conceding any liability for claims raised in the lawsuit after Mr. Ernest Provetti of Trincorp, LLC was able to personally meet with ROAR’s President, Mr. Steve Mruk. At that meeting, the parties agreed that the interests of the individual racers. who purchased the Trinity D3.5/17.5 motor after ROAR initially approved the motor, should take priority in structuring the settlement. Accordingly, the parties crafted the terms of the agreement in order to provide a meaningful opportunity for those racers who had purchased the Trinity D3.5/17.5 motors to actually race the motors in ROAR sanctioned races for a specified period of time.Trinity RC

Under the terms of the agreement, the TRINITY D3.5/17.5 Trinity motor will be reinstated on the ROAR approved list on July 1, 2013 and will remain on that list though the first quarter of 2014, upon the release of the new TRINITY D4/17.5, when it will be removed. Trincorp has guaranteed this will occur before March 30, 2014.

ROAR, a non-profit organization staffed by unpaid volunteers, is a sanctioning body, which operates for the benefit of the racers. The ROAR Executive Committee is committed to improving it operations through a set of measures which are intended to become effective within the next ninety days. The operational changes are as follows:

ROAR will reinstate an independent testing laboratory for product evaluation and testing by September 1, 2013.

In order that the ROAR members and the RC Community will be better informed regarding ROAR’s operations, ROAR will also put in place new rules and standardized procedures for the product approval process, including avenues for affiliate members’ direct participation with ROAR.

Trincorp, Fantom, Team EAM, and Putnam will continue to support and participate with ROAR in promoting and regulating radio controlled automobile racing.

ROAR appreciates the continuing participation and cooperation of Trincorp, Fantom, EAM, and Putnam as affiliate members of ROAR.”

So that’s the word folks, remember comments are open so feel free to let the world know what you think about this.

For more information on ROAR Racing check out THIS LINK, to see what’s new with Team Trinity just click HERE.

Trinity Sues ROARAfter a recent ROAR ruling banning the previously legal Trinity D3.5 17.5 turn brushless motor (also known as WireGate on the forums), Trinity have just announced they (along with Fantom Racing, EAM, and Putnam Propulsion) are bringing a class action lawsuit against the sanctioning body. Here is the press release from Trinity-

It is with great regret that I must inform the racing community that lawsuits have been filed against R.O.A.R. this morning the 26th day of February 2013 in the State of Florida. Case # CA-13-976-16W and ROAR and Plaintiffs to appear before Judge Dickey for resolution. A class-action suit pending involving Trincorp, EAM, Fantom Motors and Putnam Propulsion is now in place with the Court System and will have to be defended. We as a group have done everything in our power to negotiate with ROAR, asking for a time period for new specifications using this new protocol testing to allow time for manufacturer’s and consumers to adjust to their new protocol yet using the same vague rules but we were denied! Our goals are to protect our good names and our customer base from purchasing new motors for a season that has not ended due to the precocious and what we feel irresponsible behavior of ROAR to change the “testing protocol” which has been used for over 30 years, terminate both Independent Labs, keep a rule “with no maximum tolerance listed in the rule and be arrogant enough to still leave it “as is” have left us no alternative at all than to allow a “fair and equitable” court system to decide the “fate” of all involved with the D3.5/17.5 it’s customers both National and International and it’s race organizers and promoters.

We look forward to a reasonable and quick decision by the Court so we can all get back to enjoy racing the way it should be. We also hope that the Executive Committee of ROAR can see and understand the misfortunes of this case and the wrongful action by a select few of their own and rectify this situation as quickly as possible to restore the “independent and equitable atmosphere” ROAR should exhibit to all it’s members and affiliates will ultimately restore the confidence again to the ‘buying public”. It is obvious that ROAR holds a great responsibility not only in rule-making but also in confidence for consumers to purchase products on their approval which is why rescinding an approval after 10 months (when there was no change in the motor) for the personal gain of some of it’s directors and or manufacturer’s they are aligned makes the action of ROAR so profound and must be heard in a court of law!

Sincerely

Ernest N. Provetti
Managing Director
TRINCORP, LLC

We will be bringing you more information as we receive it, until then HERE is the link for Trinity, and click HERE for ROAR’s website.

Pro-Line VTR Tire
Last weekend the 2012 ROAR Fuel Off Road 8th Scale Nationals were held in Oakland Mills PA. Prototype Pro-Line Blockade VTR tires went on to dominate, going 1-2 in both the buggy and truggy classes. If you are a track-basher the new Blockade VTR’s look to be the hot ticket. Look for more info coming soon on the Pro-Line website.

Click here for more Pro-Line News.

We like Venom lipos around here. Apparently, so does the ROAR, as they have just approved six of Venom’s best selling lipos! Head on over to Venom and check ‘em out! Prices range from $60 to $220! The follow packs have been approved:

Part #15038 – 30C 3S 3200mah 11.1v LiPO Hardcase
Part #15057 – 40C 2S 5000mah 7.4v Sport Power LiPO
Part #15058 – 50C 2S 5000mah 7.4v Sport Power LiPO
Part #15064 – 60C 2S 3800mah 7.4v LiPO Hardcase
Part #15070 – 70C 2S 5300mah 7.4v LiPO Hardcase
Part #15071 – 70C 4S 5300mah 14.8v LiPO Hardcase

Cubby Welcome to yet another exciting week in our wonderful hobby of rc. :)

What was the big rc news last week you might ask? HPI announcing a new gas (not nitro) powered monster truck coming in 2012, that’s what. I guess the obtuse might have just blown right by that PR, but I saw it as the first sign of a big change coming- the switch back to fuel dominance. Our hobby goes in cycles, for years fuel is dominant, then electric takes over. So… right now with electric being king, it’s only a matter of time for fuel to take over. Current nitro engines certainly have plenty of power, what they don’t have is consistency, convenience or life span. Around the office we’ve been expecting the almighty Traxxas to come up (ok- pay for the r &d) with the solutions needed to put nitro/fuel back on top, but after HPI’s press release, perhaps they have beat’em to the punch? Is that a TRX sticker I see on Fonzie’s gas tank? Nawwww, surely not…

Speaking of Traxxas stickers… Traxxas got mad love on NBC last weekend during the broadcast of the AMA Unadilla motocross national. I am still amazed whenever I see rc in the mainstream, and it doesn’t get any more mainstream than NBC on a Saturday afternoon. Btw, the latest Traxxas tv commercial is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen- very professional, and done in such a way as to get my blood pump’n. Good stuff there Traxxas, for both us hobbyists and for those that have never heard of hobby grade rc before.

Oh ya, one more thing about Traxxas… TRX has released “official” info on their new Lipo batteries. The biggest news on their batteries? Their “Lifetime Battery Exchange Program“. To quote the PR, “For the first year ownership, Traxxas will replace any battery found to be defective at no cost.” After the first year (once again quoting the PR), “After one year, any Power Cell LiPo battery in any condition can be exchanged for a new equivalent battery for just 50% of the new pack’s list price, no questions asked.”. Should be some interesting days ahead for the people in the Traxxas return/repair department, LOL.

The most prestigious amateur motocross championships held in America went down last week at Loretta Lynns in Tennessee. One of the news stories out of the race was the fact the fastest lap of the week was busted out by a “B” rider. If you aren’t familiar with moto, the “B” class is considered “intermediate”, “C” is considered “novice” and the “A” class is considered “expert”. So… when an “intermediate” rider busted out a faster lap than anyone else at the event, of course the term “sand bagger” got thrown around a lot (like it is every year at Loretta’s). Which got me to thinking about a recent ROAR national where a former IFMAR world champ won a 13.5 class (for those that might not race rc much, the 13.5 class is considered “super stock”). And as we all know, the original purpose of “stock” classes in rc was to provide a class for noobs to race in.

Anyways, the fact an IFMAR world champ won a 13.5 class at a ROAR nat raised a lot of questions in my mind. Why did ROAR allow an IFMAR world champion in a 13.5 class? Why did that racer even want to race in a “stock” class? Why would a manufacture allow their staff IFMAR champ to race a 13.5 class? Why would that manufacture advertise the fact their former IFMAR world champ won a 13.5 class? Why didn’t any of the other racers at the event have a problem with a former IFMAR world champ running a “super stock” class? Lastly, (and in my mind most importantly) just where is the honor in having an IFMAR world champ on top of the podium in a stock class? Pathetic, lame and outright sad…

That’s it for yet another scrumptious edition of the webs most influential (and satirical) rc column, THE Cub Report. Support your local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots. And oh ya, grow some stones and don’t sandbag (or allow it to be done).

YOUR Cub Reporter

Cubby Hola rc fans, welcome to yet another scrumptious edition of rc’s most satirical column, THE Cub Report. So… where did “Cubby’s Wheel Of Doom” land on this week? Our lovely sanctioning body ROAR of course. :)

ROAR has a new rule stating that cars/trucks will be required to run headlight, taillight and grill decals where applicable. Sounds great right? Sure it does, as it’s nothing but good for our hobby for our race cars to look like their full sized counterparts. It’s good for ROAR, it’s good for the manufactures, and it’s especially good for people outside our hobby looking in. I’m glad to see this rule come into place, heck, everyone I talked to loved it. But… this rule goes a long way in showing the biggest problem at ROAR- they are obtuse to the big picture. This rule is such an obvious one why wasn’t it on the books 20 years ago? Better late than never, but still…

ROAR also released rules regarding motor size in the SCT 4×4 class. After reading them it makes me wonder if Anyone at ROAR has ever raced the class on a regular basis. When I see a 4×4 SC I see an 8th scale buggy with a parachute on it, ROAR must see something very different. 8th scale buggies and 4×4 SC trucks have nearly equal wheelbases, widths, and weights, so why are their power system rules so different? ROAR allows 4S Lithium in 8th scale buggy, but only 2S in 4×4 SC. ROAR allows a maximum of a 550 sized motor in 4×4 SC, yet they allow larger motors in 8th scale buggy. My view of the 4×4 SCT class is- the power system requirement is even greater than 8th scale buggy because of the huge SC body (and that’s quite obvious if you’ve ever spent a few weeks racing 4×4 SCT).

Has everyone at ROAR that contributed to the 4×4 SCT power system rules raced that class week-in/week-out? Because if they have, their experience must be a lot different than mine, the people writing up the rules must never have a problem with motor temps or making runtime. My experience has been different, one where small motors on 2S like to get real hot in a 4×4 SCT leading to short lifespans. Being limited to only 2S requires a whole lot of current to be yanked out of the batteries, not optimal for the longevity of the batteries, motor, or speedo involved. Popping in an 8th scale power system on higher cell counts resolves that problem, when geared appropriately you end up with the same amount of power, longer run times, less heat, and no more burnt up electronics.

Now… “some” may argue an 8th scale power system is too expensive for the 4×4 SCT class, but… if they aren’t too expensive for 8th scale buggy, why would they be too expensive for 4×4 SCT? Others may argue 4S 8th scale power systems make a 4×4 SCT too fast, but I’d argue if they aren’t “too fast” for 8th scale buggy, then they can not be too fast for 4×4 SCT. Running an 8th scale motor/speedo/4S set-up in 4×4 SCT isn’t done to blow the tires off the rims, it’s done to have the same amount of power that runs cooler and burns up less electronics. Seems someone doesn’t understand that (yet).

To boil it down- if ROAR is going to take the time to make up rules, they should be good not for just the next 2 months, they should be rules that stand the test of time. 2 pole 550 motors on 2S is not a sufficient power system for 4×4 SCT, nor will it be 6 months or 6 years from now. Adding rules for headlights and grills is a great start for making race cars look more realistic, but a truggy with headlight and grill stickers still looks like a freak’n Martian spaceship resembling absolutely nothing in full scale.

And what’s with the ROAR brass getting on the forums and arguing (and talking down to) with the anonymous masses? Geezus, I’ve talked about this before- there is no winning an argument on the internet, but it sure can make ROAR look like idiots. I guess it only makes sense, if they are that clueless about internet forums they can be equally clueless about some of the rules they are making.

On a different note…

Review Tuesday is right around the corner and BSRC will be featuring the Axial Wraith rock racer this week. Brian, Wrench, and Adam “The Intern” literally drove the tires off the Wraith, what verdict did they come up with? You’ll find out on Tuesday. I didn’t get a chance to drive the Wraith, but it sure looks uber and generated buzz wherever we went with it.

That’s it for this week, support your hobby, local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Cubby Everyone is OCD in some way, shape or form, I’m OCD about market trends.
As much as I’d like to think the same as an “average consumer” does, I know because of my involvement in the industry that I don’t, my views/thoughts etc are epically skewed. Unfortunately for me, my job requires that I am spot-on with market trends. With that in mind, my uncontrollable repetitive behavior pops up whenever I’m at a hobby shop, or at a track- I ask a million questions of the people standing around to attempt to gather data on market trends from average hobbyists. At hobby shops it’s usually something about “What’s the hot seller this month?” to the guy behind the counter, and at tracks my questions range from “What brand of tires have you been running lately?” to “Do you remember who won the ROAR nats last year?”.

Arguably the most important rc race to be held in America this year went off last week in Beaumont California- the ROAR 8th scale nitro off road nats. Even though most of the normal world has switched over to electric, the 8th scale nitro buggy class still seems to have the most prestige. This year JT ended up TQ’d buggy and truggy with his Kyoshos, with Ry-Cav putting TT/AE on top of the hour long buggy main, and TT/AE teammate Ryan Maifield stood atop the podium in truggy. Mega congrats to both of the Ryans for their wins, and to AE for sweeping both classes, nice to see all their hard work pay off.

Most rc’ers have no idea just how much work, time, and money was put in by the teams at the ROAR nats. But even worse, most don’t even care. Back in the day virtually ever rc’er kept up to date on race results and it mattered to them which chassis was on top. Now days, when the ROAR nats get the same amount of media coverage as a local Ground Hogs Day trophy race, many average consumers have simply quit caring who wins what, as it’s virtually impossible to differentiate the truly important race wins from the ones that don’t really mean diddly squat. And on top of that, average consumers used to pride themselves on owning the latest uber chassis, now days they wouldn’t be caught dead driving what’s cool with the snobby race crowd. So while Associateds RC8 platform dominated the ROAR nats last week, average consumer types are still sticking tight with their “intended for bashing” Traxxas and HPI models.

IMO, our hobby is very lucky the chassis manufactures continue to dedicate as much money to their race teams as they do. Back in the late 80′s and 90′s, if you won on Sunday it sold on Monday. Now, because of the deep divide between the race crowd and the mass populous of bashers, that is not the case. If you win on Sunday, you will sell to the small race crowd on Monday, but the vast majority of buyers, the bashers, really don’t care who won last weekend.

Oh ya, back to my form of OCD. So when I ask average Joes (racers and bashers) at a local track “Do you remember who won the ROAR nats last year?” their responses vary wildly. Some say “Is Kinwald still winning?”, others say “Probably Drake cause he’s the best.”, but the guys somewhat in the know respond with, “Which ROAR race are you asking about?”, which is a good reply, as there are a half dozen different ROAR nat races held each year, with dozens of classes. Needless to say that when I specify exactly which ROAR race, the answers are typically wrong a vast majority of the time. Sometimes I think the only people that remember who won last year are the actual winners themselves.

So why is there such a harsh division between the race and bash crowds now days? Is it stoked from the eternal flame wars between the anonymous masses on the message boards? Were too many “casual” hobbyists treated like crap at their local tracks by the uber race crowd? Was it fueled by the jealousy of those not willing to empty their bank accounts on the hobby, or the jealousy of those born without major driving skills? I really don’t know, but it makes me sad to know that it exists and the divide is so wide. It’s such a waste, people who love driving rc cars hating other people who love rc cars. I know it’s quite cliche to say, but “Can’t we all just get along?”. Can’t everyone at least respect the right to enjoy the hobby in any way that makes them happy?

Anyways…

Yes we’ve been slack’n lately on our shootouts. It seems we are always busy with other things, but after a phone call with Brian tonight we are making it a priority. If you are a battery company and want to be in on our next shootout, give Brian an email at Brian at BigSquidRC dot com.

We put on a jump contest last weekend in the epicenter of the rc universe, Champaign Illinois. Huge props to everyone that hucked their pride and joy off the ginormous ramp. Special props to Craig “The Ramp Builder Guy”, Brian, Wrench, Jammin’ Jimmy, Tim and Adam “The Intern” for going big. We had jumps ranging from 60 feet to just under 200, it was an insane day with lots of carnage (read- TONS of fun!). Next up on the BSRC calender is our Chicago Old School bash coming up in two weeks.

We’ve got our Firelands Group Helion Animus in hand and ready for testing. This is an 18th scale short course truck that is being sold exclusively through the HobbyTown USA chain, look for a complete review in a couple weeks. It will be interesting to see if Gil Jr, Mike Gillette and Jason Carole’s new product is as good as you’d expect it to be.

That’s it for this week. Support your hobby, visit your local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots! Oh and, take it easy on each other out there, we are all in this hobby for the same reason, to have fun via rc cars!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Cubby Boorah rc fans, it’s Memorial weekend and yes, even your beloved Cubby has to work. Ughhhh… the impossibly hard to live life of an internet pundit, now that’s what I’m all about.

Breaking Bad- new season starts July 17th. Just say’n…

Vettel won the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco over the weekend. Ughhhh…. And it’s not that I don’t like Sebastian Vettel, it’s the fact that I would rather not know who’s going to win a race before it even starts. Just say’n…

Ryan Dungey had the big kids class all wrapped up in Texas until his RM-Z450 died in the second moto. The Dung’ DNF’ed a moto in supercross this year, now he DNF’s a moto in the nationals, something strange has gotta be in the water over at team Suzuki.

Oh ya, what about rc?

ROAR has announced they are busy formulating rules for a new Short Course Buggy class. Over on rctech.net one of the ROAR guys was talking about how they are looking at the Kyosho Ultima DB and the Losi SCB to help determine the rules. Ya know, in a perfect universe, instead of measuring the K-car and the Losi, ROAR should be at TORC and LOORS (or is it LOORRS?) events measuring full scale rides. Seriously, if you want the class to get off to a proper start, and you want the class to remain true to its full scale origins, the only proper way to formulate the rules is to go strictly off a full scaler. Is the Kyosho or the Losi even close to being scale? Maybe, maybe not, (certainly not in the tire/rim department) but ROAR needs to quit thinking short term, and start thinking what is best for our hobby long term. If ROAR were to look at the full scalers then determine the rules- the manufactures might have to change some parts here and there to meet regs, but if you are going to make rules they might as well be proper ones, not ones suited to the non-scale product the manufactures chose to put out. Lastly, if you make the rules right the first time, you won’t need to come back and keep changing them all the time, just say’n…

Brian and Wrench have been driving the tires off our Axial Wraith test truck. I’m not a crawler kinda guy, but I have to say it’s one sharp looking truck. How good is the new Wraith? Well the review looks to be going up in the next couple weeks, so keep an eye on our main page.

I heard Brian got all the loose ends tied up for BigSquids first summer bash, look for complete info to be posted in the next few days. If you live in the Chi-Town area and want to meet up and do some hardcore bashing (or heck, be extra cool and make it a road trip!) this event will be for you! Big air, big crashes, and even bigger fun!

This marketing to the masses stuff is paying off, every time I hit a practice day at the track the place seems to be crawling with noobs, which of course is awesome! The more the merrier in our hobby I say. But… many of these noobs are showing up wayyyyy over powered. The first car I got was one of the Cox nitro jobs that wasn’t even rc, you grabbed the front wheels and manually turned them the direction you wanted the buggy to go (this was back in the early 70′s). I got my first “real” rc car in the 80′s. That’s been over 2 decades ago. Amazing how easy it was for me to forget just how hard it was for me to drive a hobby grade rc car for the first time. But… after thinking back about it, I can NOT imagine myself trying to learn how to drive figure 8′s with a 6S Revo, or 4S Slash 4×4, or 4S RC8E. Heck, the Mabuchi motor on 6 cell NiCd power system that I started with felt way over powered the first week I was pulling trigger.

Now I totally realize all the marketing makes noobs want that uber 6S Revo, and I’m not saying noobs shouldn’t buy one of those. I totally think noobs should buy whatever it is that catches their fancy. What I am saying is that for every 6S Revo that goes out the door with a total noob that a brushed Slash needs to go with it. A bone stock brushed Slash is no slouch, yet is a hell of a lot easier (and cheaper!) to learn on than some 1200 watt monster. Once a new driver learns how to turn both left and right going both towards and away from himself, then break out the high zoot Revo. Just say’n this because total noobs can not have a good experience while learning the basics on an over powered land missile (and they are hella dangerous to everyone else while doing so).

That’s it for this week folks. Never forget those that gave their lives for our freedom. And oh ya- hit up your local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Most Amercians could car less about Formula One racing, but being the most elite motorsport on the planet I can’t resist watching it. Todays F1 race was in held in Brazil at Interlagos. If you are an rc road course designer, your dreams should be filled with thoughts of emulating that track. The elevation changes, the multiple apex corners, the off cambers, the Senna S’s, make Interlagos an absolute road course nirvana. Sadly the idiots running on road in rc think a perfectly flat piece of ozite is what a road course should be like. Anyways, the Red Bull team locked up their very first world constructors title today with a 1-2 finish by their drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Red Bull has thrown mountains of cash into their F1 effort, and knowing how Red Bull likes to associate their name with only the best of the best, todays title must be ridiculously sweet for their team. Congrats to the Red Bull team, and like most F1 fans, I can’t wait to see who wins the worlds drivers title this weekend in Abu Dhabi.

So… Steve Pond was recently elected the new president of the largest sanctioning body in our hobby, ROAR. If you’ve never heard of him before, he’s best known for his work over at RC Car Action magazine, and more recently for what he’s been doing over at Kyosho. IMO, this is the most important reign a ROAR pres has ever had. Why? Because there has never been a time in our hobby that has seen so much manufacture money being used to market to the mainstream. Traxxas has seemingly endless Brinks trucks lined up to market to the 1:1 crowds in short course, motocross, monster trucks, and rally crowds. Associated, Horizon/Losi, and others, have also been cut’n the big checks to cross market. If there is ever going to be a time when the hobby grade rc market busts out huge into the mainstream, NOW is it.

But… rc racing, as it currently stands, is a train wreck, plain and simple. It’s not set-up to deal to with noobs (it’s set-up to cater to the core racer that’s been in the hobby for years), and on top of that, its system for determining a true national champion is a farce. Today, when the hobby is primed to take the next big step to the mainstream, we can NOT afford to have the racing segment hold us back.

So what should be the focus points for the new ROAR pres? Here are what “should be” the top 3…

1. Fix local racing. Nearly every local track uses ROAR rules as a template, unfortunately these are like kryptonite to noobs. IFMAR qualifying has never been fun, and never (ever) will be. When was the last time you came off the stand with a ginormous smile on your face because you had soooo much fun in an IFMAR qualfier? Never, that’s when. Would someone PLEASE kick IFMAR qualifying to the curb. And I’m one of the guys in favor of 1 hour qualifying. This is an idea that’s been out there forever, where the track surface is open for one hour to qualify the racers. As a racer, you come out any time during that hour you wish, and run as many laps as you like, but only your fastest 3 laps count. If someone hacks you, no big deal, scratch that lap. If you break, no big deal, fix it and come back out. If you get behind a moving roadblock, no problem, abort the lap. Don’t like your tire choice, pull your car back in and change’em. But the best part is one hour after it starts, qualifying is over, and racing can begin.

For those that might not know, a “typical” race day at a local track includes something like three 5 minute IFMAR quals, and a single 5 to 15 minute main. But people show up to freak’n race, not screw around with qualifying all day. Additionally, the technology has existed for a decade to have over 10 minute long mains, yet the average main is still 5 minutes. It’s time for less qualifying, and more racing. Run the one hour qualifying, then a pair of 10 minute mains (or 15, or 20). The racers end up with more track time, but they don’t have to spend the entire day at the track, a win-win situation.

ROAR has two main functions as a sanctioning body, to make rules, and to supply race officials. The time has come for a set of rules that make sense at the local level.

2. Fix the national championships. Why are they a joke? Because there are too many of them, and the ones that are held, come down to a single race day, not a good thing if you flame out, get hacked etc. The fix? One national champion determined by a series. One, 1, Uno champion, not dozens. Also, this champion needs to be determined over series, with a big check waiting for him at the end. Yes, a check with at least four zeros in it (at least $10,000 not $100.00 ya smart a$$es). If you have proven yourself the best rc racer in America, you have earned some decent bank. A total re-boot of the nationals are in order, and have been for a very long time. The world has changed, rc racing has not, it’s about time we catch back up.

3. Secure a major series sponsor. ROAR’s job isn’t to sponsor races, but sometimes even they don’t realize that. If ROAR were to acquire Monster/DC Shoes/Red Bull/Pepsi/Spy Optics/Fox Racing/Toyota as a title sponsor it would ad legitimacy, afford them the money to cut decent checks to the winners, and help pay for better marketing of the series and upgrades to venues. The bigger the sponsor, the better the series can become.

Now, I’m quite certain none of the 3 items above will ever be addressed by ROAR. Unfortunately they will carry on business as usual, squandering a golden opportunity. They’d rather debate rotor sizes and speed control timings, than what matters at the end of the day. Such is the way the world turns in rc.

That’s it for this week folks. Support your local hobby shops, tracks, and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Report

Hello good people of the rc world, and welcome to yet another vitriolic edition of your favorite weekly rc column….

So, one of the guys in the ROAR camp sent me another scathing email, which I thought was quite odd as Cubby’s Wheel Of Doom hasn’t landed on ROAR for weeks (a wheel I spin to determine who I’m flip’n out on that week). Mr Know It All ROAR guy was all sorts of torqued off on something I had said, and it wasn’t even related to racing. Some people just have to keep their blood pressure up I guess. You’d think he’d be all ramp’d up on the upcoming ROAR elections, where each candidate is worse than the next for the overall health of the hobby.

The other day, while having a quite deep discussion with RC Car Action mags Jason Sams, we got on the subject of racing as a whole. Now normally most of the mag guys are all ROAR gung-ho, but Sams actually could see some of the mud in the water. While he’s knee deep in the industry, he could look at things from a wider prospective than most in that position and had some pretty wild (by ROAR standards) ideas for making racing better at the local level. I was amazed that a mag guy would feel that way, but that’s exactly what it’s going to take to hoist racing up to the next level. Period.

Ideas/rules that cater to the current crop of card holding ROAR members are freak’n kryptonite to the masses that you need to bring in to Elevate racing to the next level. Period. And as outrageous as this might sound, some in the industry believe the best and easiest way to elevate racing is to hand the reigns over to Traxxas. No doubt Traxxas has a handle on the industry right now, and no doubt the way they’d run things would cater to noobs and less serious hobbyists. Personally, I’m still a big fan of Carlton Eppes RC Pro Series. Given some actually rc industry support, and one large corporate sponsor (like DC Shoes, Monster Energy Drinks, Pepsi, etc), I could see the Pro Series revolutionizing racing.

Now on to a brighter subject……

As I mentioned last week BigSquid has some pretty uber plans for the iHobby expo. So just what are we up to???

Live web-cams from The Show! BigSquid will have two live cams from the show- the first perched high atop our booth, and the second a Booth Babe Cam. Am I kidding? Hell no! Yes, we’ll have a live booth babe cam from the show. We’ll have links to both cams posted prominently on our front page.

Free Traxxas Trucks! We have several wayyy super dope trucks to give away during our track demo’s. In fact, four trucks total, one for each of our demo’s on the consumer days (Sat and Sun). All you have to do to win is be in the crowd.

As mentioned last week, not one, not two, but…. wait for it…. Three Booth Babes! Eye candy is always nice to have around, and for all you BigSquid readers, just drop by the booth and have your picture taken with them, free o’ charge of course.

Mountains of free stickers (as usual)! Show you are damn proud of bashing by plastering your ride with BigSquid stickers.

Hourly updates on our main page. From the scoop on new products intro’d at the show, to pics of hot chics that caught our eye, if it’s worth covering, we’ll have it up in minutes.

A booth full of freaks. Of course the head honcho Brian will be there all four days, as will Colorado Jeff, Test Guy Jim, Wrench Dude Bill, and Pro Driver Tim. Part timers who will just be there for the consumers days are Craig The Ramp Builder Guy, Micro-Man Wes, and Chunky Jason. YOUR Cub Reporter will also be around the show, but if you don’t see me there I’ve already retired to my room and am relishing an ice cold bottle of Dom 98. So basically, our entire crew will be in full effect at the show, so make it a point to drop by and shoot the bull with us.

On a different note…

Last week I posted a link to a vintage rc vid. One of our readers sent me a link to a True vintage vid. Not only is this vid from the very beginning of our sport, but gives insight on how ROAR was actually born. Most of this vid was shot before I was even born, and I’m no spring chicken. Click HERE for some cool vid and a quick history lesson.

Once again my verbose nature has caused me to run long, so total props to you if you made it down this far, you are truly BigSquid material. Thanks for reading, and support your local hobby shops, tracks, and of course bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

How are tracks keeping their doors open now days? Have you looked at weekly attendance at your local tracks? More likely than not, your local track is getting 15-40 entries on a weekly basis, hardly enough to keep the lights on and rent paid. Well, I’ll tell ya how many tracks are keeping their doors open, big “trophy” races. Many tracks depend on trophy races to bring in enough dinero to keep from going under, without them, they simply could not make it.

Depending on trophy races to keep your doors open is not how a “fun” hobby should operate. A “fun” hobby should depend on building up a base of local/not so serious racers that come out religiously every weekend. Having a strong “fun” local base makes noobs feel more comfortable, creating a snowball effect, one that encourages first time racers to come back every weekend, giving a local track a steady growth of new blood.

Walk into an “average” track now days and you’ll find the same 20 hardcore racers you would have found there in 1996. Hundreds of noobs have come, felt uncomfortable and/or totally uncompetitive, and never came back a second time. Those 20 racers are the ones that will go out of their way to win at any cost- from cursing, to not sharing common set-up information, to hacking, to flip’n out on marshals, to generally doing anything to run away potential challengers to their spot as local fast guy. But, these few local hardcore guys (the ones that are willing to travel to race) are the ones keeping most tracks open. Out of their pockets come the $30-$150 entry fees for all those trophy races that keep tracks open. The real question is, how much longer can our hobby keep milking these guys dry every year before they start asking themselves is it really worth it? At what point will the local hardcore guy see that he spent 15k last year for a few plaques and a couple of partial sponsorships? Was spending 15k and missing his kids grow up worth those plaques and partials? Those guys are hardcore, but they aren’t stupid (perhaps a bit obtuse), and many of those aging hardcore guys have just about had enough.

Not helping are some track owners. I’ve talked to several new track owners lately who just can’t wait to hold big races. They see “big” races as the only way to make any money. They see big races as the only way to establish their track as being a “good” one. They really could care less about what their local noobs want, they only people they seem to listen to are the hardcore racers on RC Tech who live 50 miles away but swear they’ll support their track (well, if the makes the rules and the track the way they want them).

Also not helping is ROAR. ROAR gave up on local racing years (decades?) ago, seemingly now only caring about nationals (upon nationals, upon nationals). After seeing dwindling membership year after year, they seemingly came up with the brilliant idea of holding as many different national races (and classes) as possible. They seemingly think the only way they can make more money is via entries to their national events, so they hold a ridiculous amount of them (anything for a buck eh? no matter how much it devalues their winners). If you race full scale motorcycles in the USA (dirt or street, it does not matter), you are most likely an AMA member, as nearly all local Joe Blow tracks in the country require an AMA card for even the most basic of events. It seems like ROAR is all about the money these days, funny that they don’t understand the real money is to be had at the local level.

Ok, to finally digress- the most important people in racing are the noobs, the guys that show up with the Stampedes, Red Cats, and T-Maxxs. Yet, while we all know that, nobody caters to them. We see it every single day. We see the future of the racing side of our hobby die a little each time a noob walks out the door never to return.

Enough of this racing talk, I could go on, and on, and on, so……

On to a different subject, we’ll be starting our 4S 8th scale Lipo shootout in mid September, and will hopefully be publishing the results the first week of October. On board so far is Thunder Power, Ace, and Checkpoint. Rumors still abound around the office that MaxAmps is IN.

Speaking of shootouts, our high zoot editor Brian says he has a boner to do a 2.4 Ghz transmitter shootout, lets say Futaba 4PK vs Tactic vs Spektrum DX3R vs one of the affordable alternatives. If you are a manufacture up for the challenge, fire off an email to Brian at BigSquidRC dot com, and if you are a consumer who thinks such a shootout would be cool to see (and what some of the criteria should be) send an email to that same email addy.

Ok, I’ve gone wayyyyyyyyy too long this week. As always, thanks for reading my drivel (sarcastic English butchering rants), and get out from behind that tube (ok LCD screen) and hit up your LHS, local tracks and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Have I mentioned how much I love Formula 1 racing? Have you heard every race is a giant soap opera? Well today at Hockenheim my favorite F1 team, Ferrari, had a one/two finish all locked up. Massa got a great start off the grid then pulled away with the lead. Later in the race his Ferrari teammate Alonzo started making up time and the Ferrai team essentially asked Massa to let him by. Being the “team” player Massa is, he pulled over and did just that. Team orders suck, even teammates should have to legitimately pass each other. Oh the drama of Formula 1, I guess that’s what keeps me watching. This weeks grand prix- Budapest! Can’t wait.

Have you noticed entry fees for the electric ROAR nats at Leisure Hours is $85 per class? Wow. Let’s say they pull 200 entries, that’s a total of $17,000. It’s cool the venue will make some dough on the race (although it sounded like Leisure Hours didn’t make much last year after their ROAR gas nats event), as tracks have a hard enough time keeping their doors open, but high entry fees are part of the problem. $85 for a single class entry is simply insane.

I got in some wheel time with the new Duratrax Evader DT this week. I’m a racer guy, so that truck really isn’t down my alley, but it’s actually pretty fun to bash around with, and it’s a tank. I also just dig the way it looks running around the yard. One of the best parts of working for BigSquidRC is driving test vehicles like you stole them, and that thing just would not break, a far cry from what us hobbyists normally put up with. Remember having to bring several extras sets of front a-arms to the track if you raced an Associated T4? Or extra front towers (and a lot of other parts! LOL) if you raced a Losi XXX-4? The more rugged the trucks, the easier it is to keep people in our hobby.

You hate mongers are slack’n out there, I haven’t received one hate mail in over a week. Geez, get on it you guys, start mashing your keyboards.

Brian has done an extensive booth babe search for the fall iHobby expo and I think he’s hit the jackpot. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Brian will post a few pics of the eye candy that will be rock’n our booth this year. If not, you’ll have to drop by the booth to take a look and get a few pics shot with her. iHobby is good times, so mark your calenders for late October. Btw, entry fee is only like $8? :)

BigSquidRC helped Craig “Ramp Builder Guy” Nelson with an rc jump contest in Champaign Illinois over the weekend. Dubbed the “Hypergiant Huckfest”, I wasn’t able to attend due to busting out some laps with my Corvette at an SCCA event (no, I didn’t do well, but the car came home in one piece), but I heard it went smoothly, the ramp was spot-on, cars were destroyed and records were set. Maybe Brian will pry himself away from the naked WOW tournament he’s playing in and post some news about it. :) Anyways, way-super-dope to hear another basher type event was put on, the more the better. Oh and lastly, I’m quite certain the entry fee was well under $85. :)

That’s it for this week, as always, support your local hobby shops (they miss you!), your local tracks (they miss you too!) and your local bash spots (can never see you enough!).

YOUR Cub Reporter