How everything started…
Everything started in 1991 when I saw a RC race for the time of my life. This was an exterior off-road track. The guys were racing Team Associated and Team Losi 2wd electric buggies. I remember being amazed by the all the details of those vehicles. I wanted to know everything about them and their motors, tires, gear ratio and suspension setup. I had only one thing in my mind… To know the more I can of this hobby.
I went to the track few weekends to watch the races. At the end of the summer, I had to moved for school so I didn’t get back to the track for almost a year. Meanwhile, I bought all RC magazines I found and read everything from the cover to the last page.
At the beginning of the next summer. I had saved enough money to buy my first real RC. I went to the LHS and a guy named Gerald was there. He show me few models, a Team Associated RC10T, a Team Losi JRXT and a Tamyia Nissan King Cab. I wanted the Nissan King Cab cause it was looking cool and there was few aftermarket parts available like aluminum wheels…. 🙂
Gerard asked me the ultimate question…. “Will you race ?” and my answer was… after few second of hesitation…. “Yes I will… Sure…” And then he explained me few things about RC’s that everybody should know and then he said…”If you plan to race… Go with Associated…”. I followed his recommendation and bought the RC10T. The RC10T kit was 500$CND didn’t save enough money to buy the electronics but this gave me time to build the truck. For the first time I was able to practice what I learned in the magazines during the winter. It took me few evenings to assemble the truck.
After few week of work and money saving, I was now ready to buy all electronics. I went back to Gerard and bought all electronics I needed. A Futaba Magnum Jr transmitter with a Futaba steering servo, a stock motor, two battery packs, a 15 minutes charger, an ESC that I can’t remember and red paint for the body. Anyway, I was ready for action. I painted the body the best I can (and after all those years I still hating to paint those bodies). I installed electronics and charged the packs. I turned on the transmitter and the ESC and I was the happiest guy in the world. For the first time, I was driving my RC10T…
For the rest of the summer I ran my RC10T everywhere I can but I didn’t race it. Did I lie to Gerard when he asked me the ultimate question …? No, I wanted to race but I was too shy to go to the track. With all those years behind me, I think I did a mistake of not racing my RC10T when I got it. This should have gave me more information about the hobby and made me a better driver now. Anyway, this is past and I can’t change it.
To give you an idea of the RC scene in the early 90’s, almost all bodies were painted with fluorescent green, red or pink. All vehicles were unassembled kits, you had to buy all electronics separately. Having an ESC installed was almost considered as a luxury equipment. But there is one thing that didn’t change over those years… This is the fun I have to run all my vehicles…
I still own the RC10T, it collects dust in my work place. It is parked between my RC10B4 and my RC18T and it is waiting for the next run. It still in a perfect shape. I even have the original narrow front tires. There still a lot of parts for the RC10T available on the market and few RC10GT parts fit the 10T.
Since the day one with my RC10T I always owned Team Associated vehicles. But the most important is that Gerard gave me good advices when I bought my first RC in 1992. It took time to explain me. This is something only a LHS can do. Since this day I’m the #1 Team Associated fan. I owned multiple RC10GT, Nitro TC3, RC10T3, Monster GT, RC10B4, RC18T, RC10GT2 and since Thunder Tiger bought Team Associated, I bought a ST-1.
What about my future in RC, I can’t tell. My 4 year old son loves RC too. I believe he will love RCs as mush as I do. I’ll continue to run them as often I can and participate to as much races I can. Racing a RC vehicle on a track is always fun, no matter what vehicle you race.