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cubby with torc spoke-modelRecently, a big name IFMAR World Champ walked out on a race. After practice, he decided to picked up his stuff and just go home. Sounds like a uncool thing to do? Sound like a quitter to you? It might sound that way, but the racer, Jared Tebo, was worried about the health of his family, that’s why he loaded up and went home. You see, he was at an indoor track where everyone was using tire sauce. What he did has subsequently set off “tire gate 2014″.

If you are just a basher you might not know, but at many track across the world, racers rely on tire sauce to get better traction and to lower lap times. Tire sauces have been said to be a “toxic stew” of chemicals that both clean and soften tires. When used at breezy outdoor tracks, you never notice them, however, if you are trapped at an indoor facility for days on end, they can affect even the most hardcore of racers. Personally, for years I was a zombie racer-type that just accepted the fact that the skull splitting headaches and nausea was a part of competition. And I wasn’t alone, there are hundreds, heck, thousands, of racers that sit in pit areas every weekend breathing God knows what for hours upon hours.

No, there have been no studies on the effects of tire sauce fumes on the human body, but it only takes common sense to know it can’t be good. Yet… the racing community has ignored the health hazard in exchange of faster lap times. Tebo showed leadership and decided it wasn’t worth the risk, when will race promoters and sanctioning bodies man up and outlaw tire sauces???? Cutting a tenth or two off a lap time while racing a toy car is not worth the potential health risks. Ever, Period. Tebo- thanks for the wake-up call, industry- time to get your s**t together, and racers- time to Wake Up!

On to BSRC news…

Hey, as I am writing this there is only 4 days and 22 hours until the BigSquidRC Quadcopter Championships presented by Ares, Blade, and Heli-Max, and ESTES. There are a ton of questions behind this event, like- obviously quads are a sales floor darling, but will anyone show up to actually compete with them? The Bash Crew has built some pretty cool obstacles for the competition and we’ve got some SIC looking trophies for the winners, but we honestly have no idea if 3 people are going to show up, or 300. Of course the Bash Crew will be there, as well as some industry types driving up from the greater Champaign area, and of course you, yes You, are cordially invited to join us too. Just grab a quad, grab $5 for an entry fee, and prepare to be a part of something new and trend setting. Oh and, if you win, not only do you win a trophy, you’ll also win a brand new quad and, you & your quad will be featured on the front page of BigSquidRC (read- instant Rockstar status).

Lastly… we have a big review coming up later this week, the 5th scale Losi Desert Buggy XL. As a teaser I will say that it definitely took a while to get started, but once going, we had a blast and even hucked it off a roof, not once, but twice, AND it drove away both times. To read the full review keep your eye on our front page later in the week.

That’s all I have for now, hope to meet a bunch of you guys this weekend at the Quad Championships, and support your local bash spots and hobby shops when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Cubby with Vaughn Gittin MustangGood morning everyone, happy Monday to you all, and here’s to hoping you have a great week that just freak’n blows by.

First up, some BigSquidRC news.

Yes, we’ll be doing another BigSquidRC Live show again this Wednesday. If you caught it last week you saw exactly what can happen during a live net show. Jeff’s computer decided to chunk a tire while Tim’s microphone sounded worse than a sand filled spur gear, so both of them DNF’ed the broadcast. This dropped the entire show in Brian, Adam, and Craig’s lap, and well, it just went downhill from there. On the upside, it should have made for some good viewing watching Brian wiggle around with nothing to say. :) Anywhos, the live show will again be starting at 9 pm CST this Wednesday, and this weeks show will be focused on your comments. You can comment on the YouTube feed or in the post on BigSquidRC, and yes, we’ll be giving away ANOTHER truck live on the air! Be there or be square.

Hey, if you get a chance, check out the BigSquidRC Google + page. Yes it’s rad, and there is stuff on there you won’t see here on our dot com or on our FB page.

FYI, we are 21 days away from announcing our “Bash Vehicle of the Year“, perhaps the only media driven award that consumers actually trust. Who will win? Stayed tuned to find out…

We’ve got some cool reviews coming your way this week- the Durango DESC410R V2 4wd short course truck, the Thunder Tiger TS4E touring car, and the Traxxas QR-1 quadcopter. We’ve been driving and bashing the heck out of the Durango and the Thunder Tiger for weeks now, I hope you enjoy reading the reviews, goodness knows we have enough time put into them. 3 of our staffers ended up getting the new Traxxas quad- one wouldn’t bind out of the box and the other two wouldn’t fly properly without some serious tuning. Should be interesting to see how that review comes out, LOL. Oh ya, expect the majority of our reviews to come with short videos to accompany them from here on out. :)

One vehicle you won’t see reviewed this week is the HPI Ken Block Rally Car. As I’ve previously mentioned ours died about a minute into testing, its pinion gear exploded and the output shaft on the motor broke off and we’ve just got our replacement parts to fix it. This makes the second HPI vehicle we’ve attempted to review this year that broke early and ended up sitting around while waiting for parts. I hope you guys are having better luck getting HPI parts than we are. We should have it back up and running this week so we can get the review finished off.

On a different note…

Ya, ya, I know most of you guys don’t follow rc racing very closely. In this Traxxas RTR world racing has become less and less important to normal hobbyists. I believe part of that is because most users are more concerned about what the latest hop-up is for their bashing rig, and the other is they’ve experienced some of the racing scene and know first hand how broken it is. Well here’s a little story for ya from the IFMAR 8th scale buggy world championship held last week…

Most of the factory guys arrived in Argentina about a week and a half ago. Since then they went through practice, then qualified for nearly a week. The “TQ” for the event was a racer named Elliot Boots from the UK. You may not recognize the name, but he was clearly hauling ass all week and looked to be the class of the field. You will recognize the name of Jared Tebo, after qualifying for a week he ended up sitting in 4th spot. However, neither of these two men, arguably the two fastest men at the IFMAR world championship, would make it into the “A” final to even fight for the chance of being world champion.

How can it be that the Top Qualifier for the IFMAR world championship wasn’t even on the grid of the “A” main? Because… IFMAR screws around and qualifies for a week, then they run a set of qualifying mains. To make the “A”, you have to finish 5th or better in one of the two “semi final” mains, plus they add the two fastest times that didn’t finish top 5. For Boots, his steering servo gave out a few minutes into his semi, meaning that even though he was TQ of the event he wouldn’t be on the grid for the “A”. Tebo also ran into some mechanical issues and ended up missing the “A”, even though he had spent a week qualifying 4th.

As preposterous as that sounds, that’s the way IFMAR works. It sucks for the men that earned their spot in the “A”, it sucks for the companies that spent thousands upon thousands of dollars to put them there, its sucks that perhaps once again the fastest man on the planet in 8th scale buggy was not crowned world champion, and even worse, it’s yet another black eye for rc racing. Not only a black eye to the non-rc masses, but also a black eye to all the average Joe Blow rc’ers that are attempting to base buying decisions on the race results.

IFMAR spent wayyyyyyy too long qualifying, and once qualifying was over, it was all for naught. What in the hell are they thinking? Why do any of the manufactures even support these idiots? There is a better way, and it does not involve any of the people currently running the show right now. The purpose of racing is to fairly determine the fastest driver/car, the current IFMAR set-up does not do that. Maybe two years from now when the worlds are held again they should just sit around and flip coins because that is essentially what they are doing right now.

But come to think of it… IFMAR would even screw up flipping coins. They’d flip coins for weeks in some country where nobody wants to go (and hardly anyone owns a hobby grade rc), then they’d throw out all the results and play rock-paper-scissors with backwards rules FTW. “Sigh”……….

That’s it for this weeks Cub Report, support your local hobby shops and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Jared Tebo Edition Kyosho Mini-Z Buggy
One of the biggest names in the entire world of rc is Jared Tebo. For all you Tebo fans out there, Kyosho America has just announced a new Tebo Edition of their Lazer ZX-5 Mini-Z Buggy.

Features of the new Kyosho Tebo buggy include-

Full time shaft drive 4wd
Oil filled shocks
2.4GHz Radio gear
FET Speed control amp
Lazer Mini Z buggy body in Tebo livery

Street price is expected to be around $280, and you can find more information right HERE.

Looking for more Kyosho Mini-Z news on BigSquid, HERE is the link you want.

Editor’s Note — Here are the facts: Adam Drake was top qualifier in the buggy class. Jared Tebo TQ’d the truggy class. Tebo then went on to win both the buggy and truggy classes. Jeff was sent there to take pictures and provide coverage of the event. What we got back from him was this “story.” There is some truth here but much of the rest may be slightly exaggerated, greatly overstated, or outright fabricated. Read at your own risk and take it all with a grain of salt. Jeff also says that places, names, and times may have been changed to protect the innocent. We think he just forgot to write down all that stuff.

– Big Squid Editorial Board

Day 1

Journal Entry – Friday 3:30pm – Dear Diary, Just got off the phone with Brian, he wants me to cover the 2010 ROAR Off-Road Fuel Nationals this weekend. Get “a story to tell,” he says.

My phone is ringing, the caller ID shows Brian (Big Squid). I ponder for a second why he may be calling me. Have I not done enough posts this week? Possible. Has my new site design not included enough ad blocks? Could be. Is the site down? Most probable.

Having decided what this call is about I pick up the phone and go on the defensive. Before he says a word I start apologizing for seeding all those Warez and pr0n torrents off the server and taking down the site again, but he acts surprised and asks me what I’m talking about. “Oh nothing, never mind…” I say, “what’s up Boss?” Brian starts barking out the orders in typical over-bearing boss fashion. “The ROAR Nats are this weekend, you live closest to them, get your camera and get out there. Don’t leave until you have a story to tell and a bunch of pictures to post!” He then starts chanting over and over again “WE NEED CONTENT! CONTENT IS KING!”

I “accept” the assignment and hang up the phone, not really knowing what to expect. Brian told me it was going to be a long weekend, that’s all I know. I’ve never been to a big national RC event. I’ve never even been to a real RC race, I’m a basher to the core baby. My first opportunity to do both and I’m going to be stuck behind my Canon 5D and “Holly Hobby – Little Journalist” notepad the whole time. Sounds like it’s going to be a fabulous weekend. But then I key in on one thing he said, “have a story to tell,” and think to myself “I can work with that.”