On this version of the JConcepts Friday5 we speak to Australia staff driver, Tommy Dexter!
1. When and the way did you get began in RC? And what class do you compete in or did you primarily bash your autos?
Once I was round 12 years outdated (1987) in Adelaide (South Australia) there was an 1/8 nitro on-road monitor close by referred to as Little Hampton. I’d spend my weekends on the monitor, dreaming of someday proudly owning one. I saved my cash and acquired a Tamiya Wild One and constructed it. They constructed an off-road monitor and I started racing in 2wd Inventory (540 Silver Can) with an Acoms stick radio. I loved it a lot I saved more cash and acquired the most recent KO Propo wheel radio. After which a Tekin speedy; I used to be hooked.
2. In your opinion, what lessons have you ever observed that appear to be in a decline? And the way would you attempt to resolve this so there’s extra participation?
The place we’re, post-Worlds, and within the Covid local weather, there was an actual flip down in 1/8 off-road racing significantly. It’s even robust to discover a Interest retailer to purchase gasoline. I’m at present concerned with a brand new Membership nearer to dwelling and our intentions are to have gasoline obtainable to promote on the monitor and still have a monitor floor that isn’t particular to 1 kind of tyre tread or compound. So rivals don’t want containers of tyres to be aggressive.
3. Drag racing in RC is large proper now. Why do you suppose that is, and do you suppose it’s a “fad” or right here to remain for a few years?
I’ve solely seen drag racing on-line, and it doesn’t have a following in Australia so far as I do know. I assume it appeals to the artistic hobbyists who could make or modify there personal components and check them in opposition to the clock. I additionally think about the principles aren’t too restrictive and the profitable margins could possibly be fairly tight making it very thrilling to compete.
4. Up to now what’s your favourite JConcepts product of all time and why?
My favourite JC product is the Silencer body. It’s tremendous fashionable, it seems to be nice on any automobile, and the very best factor is it suits like a glove! Really easy to chop out to the strains and it simply suits. The Kosmos can be a terrific tyre since it really works on so many various surfaces. It’s a really versatile tyre.
5. Title one factor individuals may be stunned to learn about you.
I used to be adopted from beginning and have by no means sought to search out my ‘authentic household’. My ‘new’ mother and father beloved me like their very own and I’ve by no means felt the necessity to discover the originals. I determine they gave me up for a very good purpose, and that was as a result of they wished the very best for me. I’m very grateful to have had a terrific life to this point, with RC being one in every of my hobbies.