Readers’ Rides” is our way of recognizing the unique, innovative-and sometimes bizarre!-vehicles that our readers have created. Send us a sharp, uncluttered, well-exposed color photo of your car or truck (no Polaroids, please!, along with a brief description, to Readers’ Rides, R/C Car Action, 100 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 06877-4606. if we choose to feature your creation, you’ll receive a 6-month subscription to Car Action, or an extension of your existing subscription. You’ll also be eligible for the eighth annual “Readers’ Rides of the Year Contest” in the fall of 1998. The winner will be awarded 5500. In case we need to contact you, write your address and phone number on your letter and on the back of every photo you send. Good luck!
Chris Hintze of Mankato, MN, uses his Tamiya Clod Buster to pull his trailer and Associated RC10LS. The Clod has a Clodzilla III racing chassis, Novak ESC, Pro-Line tires and Trinity Midnight motors. The ioLS uses a Novak 828 speed control hooked up to a Reedy modified motor, and Pro-Line Road Hawgs grip the ground. The trailer is custom-built using a variety of materials. The rims are Tamiya with Road Hawg tires. Chris plans to add back-up lights and an automatic door to the back.
John Chang of Irving, TX, is lucky to have one of these rare Nissan Calsonic Skyline bodies for his Kyosho Inferno MP5. John says that the 25-inch body was made in 1993 and took three cans of spray paint to finish. Mounted on the MPs chassis is a .zi Picco P-6 engine equipped with an O.S. T2010 tuned pipe and a i6-tooth clutch bell. Other neat features include an MIP temperature gauge, Futaba 3PJ radio and 59304 and Sg402 servos. The tires and rims were special-ordered from Europe. John says his big Nissan is probably the only one of its kind in the United States.
This nitro sprinter really tears up asphalt and dirt. Bob Hartung of Dublin, OH, sent this photo of the Custom Works sprint car that he converted from electric to gas with a custom Competition Research & Development kit. An O.S. 12 really lays down the power, while a Futaba PCM radio and servos take care of the controls. Bob built the car, painted and decaled the body and slightly modified other parts for maximum performance. But he didn’t build it just for show; he races it as often as he can all summer long.
Kris Sotiros of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, loves to race his Associated T2 on indoor carpet tracks as well as outdoor off-road. His truck features Lunsford titanium upgrades, an RPM molded gear cover, MIP shock shafts, Robinson Racing gears and Pro-Line tires for both types of track surface. The juice flows from a Nuclear Power 1700mAh pack to an LRP ESC to a Reedy Sonic II motor. All the commands come from Hitec radio gear.
Modern Day Legends
Johny Nichols of Black Hawk, CO, enjoys running his Bolink Legends whenever he can. The yellow- and redscheme cars remain relatively stock. Both machines feature Futaba radio gear, Tekin Rebel ESCs, Kimbrough servo-savers and Deans plugs. The red-and-green Legend also has a DuraTrax bearing kit, Bolink springs, PSE gears, Trinity T-Tech motor and an Ex-Tech battery. It must be a blast to drive with such a fast motor. Nice work, Johny.
Renoir Valenti of Palmdale, CA, wasn’t satisfied with the stadium-truck look of his Nitro Rustler. The first item up for change was the body. The body mounts were modified to fit the ABS Tamiya Hummer body, which was painted in white like the street versions. The wheels were next. HPI truck rims with Pro-Line tires are mounted on all four corners. We bet the Hummer looks good with a trail of smoke and a rooster-tail of dirt behind it!
Ready for Racin’
Sonny Utterback of Indianapolis, IN, just picked up a couple of new bodies and slapped on some fresh paint. Sonny is ready for the new race season. His Double-X ‘CR’ and Double-XT ‘CR’ are equipped with Novak speed controls and Mercury receivers. Both also have Lunsford Punisher tie rods and Pro-Line wheels, tires, RPM hop-ups and Trinity motors. Good luck racing, Sonny; those bright bodies will really stand out on the track.
William Turk of Euclid, OH, owns this beautiful Associated ioL Super Truck and races it every weekend. The truck is powered by a Trinity XStar motor and Novak Tempest ESC. The guidance comes from a Futaba 1024 PCM radio and receiver. The Dahm’s Tornado body was painted in a Hooters scheme using Pactra paints and Slixx decals (the decals were slightly modified to fit the super-truck body). William says he has been away from the hobby for six years but he has come back and is running strong. Welcome back!
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