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Under the Hood: Matt Olson’s 1/5th MIP/Losi 5IVE-T


Under the Hood: Matt Olson’s 1/5th MIP/Losi 5IVE-T

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While we were out at the 1/5th West Coast Off-Road Nationals a couple of weeks ago at Heritage RC Park in Chula Vista, CA. We caught up with Matt Olson of MIP. Matt allowed us to do an under the hood report of his 1/5th scale Losi 5IVE-T.MIP is developing some new products for the 1/5th scale market. Check out Matt’s MIP/Losi 5IVE-T.

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Chassis: Losi 5IVE-T

Tires: Pro-Line Blockades

Engine: Bartolone 32cc Reed

Pipe: Bartolone XP Buggy Pipe

Servos: (Steering/Throttle) Hitech HS-1000SGT/SV-0235MG

Radio: Airtronics M12

Note: We spoke with Eustace Moore after the end of the 1/5th West Coast Nationals. Eustace said MIP was developing a new shock package, clutch package, break package, and drive system completely MIP based. He said with the new parts installed their goal is to get the weight down 5 pounds…

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Note: 1/5th Large Scale West Coast Nats Report and one more Under the Hood Report to follow…

Zack Rogers reports from the “North vs South” Race


Zack Rogers reports from the “North vs South” Race

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California is one of the heaviest populated R/C areas in the world, but with racers comes trash talking, so this year it was no surprise when Brandon Waldron and Chicken Ranch Raceway in Visalia, CA teamed up to present the North Vs. South Beat Down Race to decide which half of the state would have bragging rights for the rest of the year. With that being said the layout of this race would be a little different than most, using each teams overall points to determine the overall winner of the 8ft monstrous trophy, however each class had individual awards as well.

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I went into this race knowing the competition was going to be stiff between some of my “southern” teammates and myself, but didn’t realize the north would be packing a punch as well when they showed up with some heavy hitters from the bay area.

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Lucky for us racers this was a one day race (Saturday) leaving Friday open for everyone to practice on the high bite smooth sugar track. Although we were all limiting our practice time due to one run tires in the mod classes, I felt like I had enough track time to get my cars handling the way I wanted, and my head on straight enough to put in some solid runs.

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When Saturday rolled around, I did just that, and was able to Tq both 2wd mod and 4wd mod buggy. Unexpected by me, we had nearly 30 mod 2wd and just under 20 4wd, so needless to say the competition was great!

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By the time mains came around I was feeling very confident in my cars and myself, so I through on some new tires on both cars and lined up P1. In 2wd I would end up going on to make a mistake on lap one of the race, dropping me back to about 7th, I was lucky enough to be back up in the top 3 around 2 laps later. Once I was placed in podium position I just put my head down and charged to the front, but it was no easy task as the top 5 cars were all on the same straightaway till about the 1 minute left mark…I just kept pushing and ended up making my way to front spot and having an AWESOME race with Jason Moberly for the win.

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4wd was a bit different, I was able to get a very clean start and within 2 mins of the race myself and Chris Wesson had checked out on the rest of the field, which is how we finished after running pretty much less than a second apart the whole 6 min A main.

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So all in all it was a blast, the track was perfect, and the people made the day one of the funniest times I have had racing in a long while! Thanks to my sponsors Kyosho, Team Orion, JConcepts, RCinsider.com, Bfast Diffs, and Rainmans Hobbies…..YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!

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Note: Special thanks to Zack Rogers for sending in this report…

Slavens reports from the SRS Grand Opening Series


Billy Slavens reports from the SRS Grand Opening Series

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This weekend we got to enjoy the hot Phoenix sun in the comfortable confines of the new SRS track. Even when it was well over a 100+ degrees outside the A.C. kept the 100+ (Friday and Saturday) Entries cool in the 70s seriously at some points people were cold !! This track has amazing clay surface several Cali racers said its the best clay they have ever raced on.

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Slicks were the tire of choice all weekend and the SRS crew constantly worked the new track into shape. Lots of competitive racing from the likes of Brian Kinwald, Spencer Rivkin & Matt Gilbert just to name a few.

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The building sported a massive pit area plenty of lighting and a stocked hobby shop on site and when you got bored in between races there were electric go karts to race and plenty of cold drinks on hand courtesy of Rockstar.

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All in all its well worth the drive to check it out and it will be interesting to see how people will respond to the Cactus Classic going indoors.

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Note: Special thanks to Billy Slavens for sending in this report…

Burch & Strack win at the 2014 Great Lake Challenge


Burch & Strack win at the 2014 Great Lake Challenge

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The 2014 Great Lake Challenge in Toledo Ohio had a nice turnout of 130 entries between four classes. In the 1/10th sedan class Ralph Burch and Paolo Morganti dominated the qualifying with Paolo coming out with the TQ. The final would end up being a great race all the way to the end.

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Paolo went with the strategy not to change tires, but Ralph went with the strategy to change tires and that would make for a very close finish. Ralph Lead most of the first half of the final and was able to put the field a lap down, until he changed tires at the halfway point of the 45 minute final. After changing tires Ralph Was down by one and a half laps and would put on a charge to run Paolo down and pass him on the next to last lap to take the victory.

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Source: www.teamxray.com

Under the Hood: Brent Bisbee’s 1/5th Losi 5IVE-T


Under the Hood: Brent Bisbee’s 1/5th Losi 5IVE-T

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While we were out at the 1/5th West Coast Off-Road Nationals a couple of weeks ago at Heritage RC Park in Chula Vista, CA. We caught up with former 1/5th National Champion Brent Bisbee of Team Losi Racing. We were invited by him and his guys to do some under the hood reports of their 1/5th scale 5IVE-T’s. Check out Brent’s Losi 5IVE-T. 

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Chassis: Losi 5IVE-T

Tires: Pro-Line Blockades/Losi Inserts

Engine: 32cc Bartolone

Pipe: Bartolone XP Pipe

Servos: Stock Losi Servos (Steering-Throttle) S900S/S901T

Radio: Airtronics M11X

Note: Brent told us they were using some new pre-production arms from Losi. They are stiffer and make the truck more responsive and will help make the set-up more acurate. They might be released early next year…

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Note: More Under the Hood reports are on the way…

Pro-Line: Higa 2014 1/5th Scale Double Nats Champ


Pro-Line: Chris Higa 2014 1/5th Scale Double Nats Champion

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Last Weekend from August 14-17, I attended the West Coast Large Scale Nationals held at Heritage Race Park in Chula Vista, CA. The crew at Heritage RC Park, Team KCRP and Limited Access did a great job building the track, as it held up to 4 long days of large scale racing.

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Source: www.prolineracing.com

P-L: Tessmann wins 5th Annual Medicine Hat Shootout


P-L: Ty Tessmann wins 5th Annual Medicine Hat Shootout

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Pro-line Driver Ty Tessmann raced at his home track for the 5th Annual Medicine Hat Shootout. This is the major fundraising race for his home club/track. Ty only raced Pro Buggy as he was busy helping water and maintain the track as well as helping other racers with setup and tuning throughout the weekend.

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Source: www.prolineracing.com

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