Keven Hébert Interview – April 2008
MyRCBox.com: How did you start in RC racing?
Keven Hébert: One of my neighbour had a tamiya stadium blitzer and my brother bought it so my dad decided to get me a rc car.
MyRCBox.com: What was your first RC car?
Keven Hébert: Tamiya Madcap
MyRCBox.com: What is your preferred race class and why?
Keven Hébert: Electric Touring, because I like the way they drive, and they have so many adjustment you can play with.
MyRCBox.com: How many hours do you practice/race per week?
Keven Hébert: Since I don’t have a local track I can run touring on, it is hard to practice regularly, but sometimes I won’t practice for 2 weeks but when I get to a track, I run for 4-5 days straight.
MyRCBox.com: What will be the future of RC in the next 5 years?
Keven Hébert: It is hard to say, lately nitro has been pretty big but I could see electric coming back stronger with Lipo batteries and Brushless motor.
MyRCBox.com: At your race level, do you still see RC as a hobby or more like an industry?
Keven Hébert: As a hobby. I think that is part of the reason why I have so much fun doing it. I enjoy every second I spend at the track testing or racing.
MyRCBox.com: In the future, do you believe companies outside the RC industry will sponsor pro drivers?
Keven Hébert: I would think so. I have seen poker player sponsored by energy drink, I would not see why rc racer could not get sponsor outside of rc company as long as it is fine with the other sponsors.
MyRCBox.com: What has RC racing taught you over the years?
Keven Hébert: First of, my English as improved with French being my first language. I learned the basic of English at school but learned most of it at races. I also learned a lot about myself as far as what I could do.
MyRCBox.com: Who has most influenced you in your career and why?
Keven Hébert: My Dad. He has always helped me a lot and he believed in me.
MyRCBox.com: Any words for those who want to start racing?
Keven Hébert: Go for it. You can learn a lot out of it and always remember to have fun, that’s what the hobby is about. Also, ask as many question as you can. Don’t be afraid to ask.
MyRCBox.com: In your race career, what is the achievement you are the most proud of?
Keven Hébert: Finishing 3rd A main in Modified Touring at the Snowbirds National.
MyRCBox.com: You must contact pro RC racers for a dream team, who do you call first?
Keven Hébert: I will stay in the onroad part of it. It would be Paul Lemieux and Marc Reinhard.
MyRCBox.com: Is there something you would like to change in RC?
Keven Hébert: Give the hobby more exposure. There is a lot of people out there who loves RC but just never heard about it.
MyRCBox.com: Before a race, how do you prepare yourself? Do you have any special superstition?
Keven Hébert: No superstition. I try to be as prepared as I can be when I get to the race. I try to stay calm and drive the best I can.
MyRCBox.com: After your race career, where do you see yourself, any specific projects?
Keven Hébert: It is a hard question being only 20. But I could see myself still involved in the industry in the future.
MyRCBox.com: How do you deal with the fact that many RC enthusiasts recognize you at race tracks?
Keven Hébert: I am honoured. I love to meet new people and have conversation with them.
MyRCBox.com: It is now time to “plug” your sponsors, who are they?
Keven Hébert: Team Associated, Reedy, LRP, Much-More, JR radio, Protoform, Parma, Fastcats, Bawdyshop, Dekelz.
MyRCBox.com: Is getting sponsored have been difficult for you?
Keven Hébert: No.
MyRCBox.com: Beside RC, what are your others interests?
Keven Hébert: I love skiing, watching movies and hanging out with my friends.
MyRCBox.com: What is next for you in the next years?
Keven Hébert: Finishing School and definitely a lot of racing.