Ronda Skelton Interview – June 2008
Hometown: Redlands, California
Currently racing: 1/8th nitro Buggy and Truggy!
MyRCBox.com: How did you start in R/C racing?
Ronda Skelton: In 1990 a family member gave me a Remote Control car for Christmas and the rest is history.
MyRCBox.com: What was your first R/C car?
Ronda Skelton: My first R/C car was a Kyosho Raider.
MyRCBox.com: How many hours do you practice/race per week?
Ronda Skelton:I practice about 5 hours a week and race at least once a week.
MyRCBox.com: Beside R/C, what are your other interests?
Ronda Skelton: My other interests are: bowling, photography, and spending time with my boyfriend.
MyRCBox.com: You say you like playing bowling, what would you like most, play a perfect 300 game or finished on the podium at a big race?
Ronda Skelton: I would definitely like to finish first at a big race.
MyRCBox.com: Do races’ organisators know they will need to hire “trophy guys” when you’ll be on the podium 🙂 ?
Ronda Skelton: I wish they had trophy Guys! 🙂
MyRCBox.com: I read your blog on Pro-Line’s web site, what happened to you in the last few months really touched me. I don’t want to go in your private life but how things are going for you now?
Ronda Skelton: We all go through rough times in our life. I am the happiest I have ever been. 🙂
MyRCBox.com: Now that you’re back stronger than ever on the race tracks, what are your goals for the next year?
Ronda Skelton: My goals for next year are to be at the track practicing and racing as much as possible.
MyRCBox.com: What has R/C racing taught you over the years?
Ronda Skelton: Racing R/C cars over the years has taught me: Determination, Discipline, and Willpower!
MyRCBox.com: Who has most influenced you in your career and why?
Ronda Skelton: Kris Moore from Mugen Racing and Scott Hughes from Pro-line have influenced me the most in my racing career. Without the support of Kris and Scott I wouldn’t be where I am today in racing.
MyRCBox.com: Any words for those who want to start racing? For the girls specially?
Ronda Skelton: Have fun! It’s all about enjoying what you do and the people you do it with. Don’t be intimidated by the boys! 🙂
MyRCBox.com: What are the reactions of the guys when you beat them?
Ronda Skelton: The guys don’t say to much when I beat them. Most of the guys are really good sports about it. I can definitely draw a crowd to the track when I am the lead car. 🙂
MyRCBox.com: Before a race, how do you prepare yourself? Do you have any special superstition?
Ronda Skelton: I make sure my hair and make-up looks good. haha.. Just kidding. I like to get on the driver’s stand early and try to relax before the start of a race. It’s all about clearing your mind and driving.
MyRCBox.com: Did you ever feel that being a girl helped you in any way in your race career? Or at the opposite, never felt any sexism?
Ronda Skelton: Yes, it has helped me get my foot in the door with companies like Mugen and Pro-line, but my helpful attitude and results allowed me to go further with both companies and my R/C career.
MyRCBox.com: It’s now time to “plug” your sponsors, who are they? Is getting sponsored have been difficult for you?
Ronda Skelton: I think getting my first sponsorship was the most difficult. The rest were easy after that! 🙂 My current sponsors are: Mugen Seiki, Pro-line, Airtronics, Team Orion, Byron’s fuel, Pyrographix Paint, Avid bearings, Upgrade, BCE racing, Promotion, and B-mod products.
MyRCBox.com: Who would like to me interview next? A special question for him/her?
Ronda Skelton: My boyfriend “The Drake”!
MyRCBox.com: This section is just for you, say anything you want…
Ronda Skelton: Good luck to all the racers out there!