THE Cub Report, 07.28.2014, Version- Endo nesia
And this week the wheel of death lands on… you guessed it, one of my favorites, ROAR! Actually this week I’m not flipping out on them at all, but I do want to talk about their press release from last week. ROAR put out a statement in regards to the high-zoot 2.4″ wheels that are all the rage 10th scale buggies right now. They very nicely explained how the 2.4″ wheels (and tires) have not been approved, therefore nobody should expect them to be legal at ROAR sanctioned events in 2014. The PR was well done and said what needed to said without making them sound evil or out of touch. Well done ROAR (have I ever said that before???).
On the other hand… I’ve seen where there are a bunch of “racers” out there melting down about it, which I simply can not understand. How is it so hard for one to wrap their head around the fact that tires/wheels that have never been approved are not legal for racing? Pretty simple stuff here no doubt, but a certain group of “hardcore” racers think just because they’ve bought a bunch of the 2.4s that they should instantly be legal for any event they see fit. Some of you wacky racers out there need to get grip…
And… some of you “hardcore types” should consider quitting your cheating. A couple weeks ago at a big west coat rc event the organizer decided to do some tech inspections on the “stock” and “super stock” classes and found numerous cheaters at his event. We’ve even seen people at really laid back events cheating by various means. How pathetic is that, cheating at racing toy cars? There is no honor in a win acquired by cheating, and it will be something that the perpetrator will think about over, and over, and over again with shame…
On a different note… years and years ago I had a little accident while racing motocross that was a career ender. After the accident promises were made to my family never to ride again. They (my family) were put through an awful lot during my injury, so I made the promises and pretty much stayed away from bikes after that. Well, until about 2 months ago…
If you ride you know that it is an itch that simply can not be scratched without riding again. I pretty much didn’t ride for close to a decade and a half so the itch simply got too strong and I broke down and bought a new bike. I’ve been riding every week since then, and quite honestly, it has done wonders for my mental state. Riding helps keep me on an even keel, since I’ve been riding I no longer feel like killing everyone I see.
But… I got a real eye opener today (Sunday as I write this). As I neared my local riding spot I started seeing state troopers, an ambulance, and a fire truck. Three riders had been involved in an accident, two of which required helicopter flights, with the other a ride in the ambulance. I don’t know who was involved, or how it happened, but any which way, I forgot that even going out for a casual trial ride can be fatally dangerous.
So what’s my point? I know a whole lot of you do rc plus ride/drive/race the full scale deal too, my point is it’s easy to become too relaxed and forget about the dangers of riding/racing. I know I rode a whole lot more cautiously today after seeing those LifeFlight helicopters, I hope each and every one of you make it a point to have fun and go big, but do it in the safest way possible.
That’s it for this week ya lunatics, stay safe out there and support your local hobby shops and bash spots.
YOUR Cub Reporter