Calling all 1/8 Buggy racers from Australia and beyond!
As many of you already know, the 2017 1/8 FEMCA Championships are returning to Australian soil this year, being held at the Model Off Road Buggy Club (MORBC) from October 4-8, right off my own backyard in Perth, WA.
If you’re getting that deja vu feeling, you would be forgiven for thinking we’ve somehow wound back in 2015, as the same event was held at MORBC just 2 years ago. The FEMCA event in 2015 was an absolute cracker of a show, and kickstarted the push for MORBC to host the upcoming 2018 IFMAR 1/8 Off Road Worlds next year, potentially the biggest RC event to come to Australian soils in a very long time!
If you haven’t been to MORBC before, or haven’t seen the 2018 worlds trailer which was released on LiveRC’s stream of the 2016 IFMAR 1/8 Off Road worlds last year in Las Vegas, check out these:
2016 AARCMCC 1/8 Nationals Series RD3 Buggy A Main
2018 IFMAR Worlds Teaser
More information is continuing to come from the club as we near closer to October. You can keep tabs on all that is the 2017 FEMCA at the following links:
MORBC Facebook page
MORBC FEMCA Web page
FEMCA Facebook Page
The AARCMCC executive is trying to get together a more balanced calendar of events for 2018, which i can say from the perspective of trying to arrange non clashing dates for a major event, is very, very welcome!
This is the information that AARCMCC posted on their 10th offroad Facebook page today, and was also emailed to affiliated clubs. I have removed the link to stop AARCMCC getting un-needed spam, but if you need it just message us and we can pass it on
Dear AARCMCC Clubs,
In an effort to align, publish and plan next years calendar, we are now seeking expressions of interest for AARCMCC Sanctioned Events for the 2018 calendar year.
This includes all events as defined within the various section technical regulations, including, but not limited to National and State Championships.
We ask that you nominate the event(s) you would seek to host next year, including two dates – one that aligns to any preliminary or example calendar within the relevant technical regulations and a second date of your choice.
If you plan to apply for two or more events, for example BOTH a state and national championship, you will need to submit this form twice.
Cut-off for expressions of interest will be 15 October 2017, and you will be asked to reconfirm any event EOI that you may submit with your re-affiliation by 1 November 2017.
To be guaranteed to be considered to host an event next year you MUST submit via this process. Any event that does not receive an EOI is not guaranteed to run next year.
the form us located HERE
West Coast Model RC are very proud of their recent works, the major upgrade and resurfacing of their on road circuit in preparation to hosting the 2017 AARCMCC Australian EP ONR National Championships in November!
The original track, which was built well over 20 years ago, has not been completely resurfaced since its original construction, and has stood the test of time in Moojebing Reserve, Bayswater. This year, the club decided it was time to change things up, with original plans to simply put in some bitumen cut-outs for additional layout options. These plans quickly blew out to a complete overhaul, with cutouts and a resurface of the circuit.
The new surface should last a lot longer, and the cutouts will provide plenty of layout options for WA’s on road racers to play on. This work is the focal point of the buildup towards hosting the 2017 AARCMCC Australian EP On Road National Championships on November 2-5, right here at WCMRC!
Personally, this makes me want to build up a tourer and go back to my RC Racing beginnings, but I’m thrilled to be a part of a growing RC scene here in WA, and also to be trackside announcing the show!
Event info and entry forms, including hotel and tire information is all coming soon from WCMRC, follow the club on Facebook to stay in the know, and I hope to see plenty of faces here for the Nationals!
WCMRC Facebook Page
WCMRC Chat Group
A good video always gives a good idea of an event, and if this video is anything to go by, it looks like it was a great state titles!
Why do we care what is happening with some US rules? Because many AARCMCC regulations are derived from ROAR rules, and what happens there tends to have an influence around the world.
Now i never understood the controversy around the bigger 2.4 rims (diameter, not width) were banned last year be ROAR as the rules never allowed them. However the announcement today is an about face from their position in 2014 that is effective immediarely.
Now the height and width of the tyres is not changing, just the size of the rim, and a lower profile tyre will not suit all conditions, just like with 1:1 cars.
If anything i am relieved to see the rule makers moving with the times a little, although i don’t see it changing the nature if how we race much.
ROAR is introducing a rules change with immediate effect that results in 2 different wheel configurations being available as options for manufacturers and competitors: – the existing 2.2″ nominal wheels – the newer 2.4″ or 61mm nominal wheels The new rules do not include dimensions compatible with vintage style wheels as they are generally not used in ROAR sanctioned competition. Dimensions for the traditional 2.2″ wheel will be: – Mounting Bead Diameter – 2.20 inch (55.88mm) +/-.013 inch (.30mm) – Maximum Overall Diameter – 2.42 inch (61.468 mm) – Width – 1.513 inch (38.43mm) maximum Dimensions for the newer wheel style will be: – Mounting Bead Diameter – 2.380 – 2.427 inch (60.45 – 61.65 mm) – Maximum Overall Diameter – 2.571 inch (65.3 mm) – Width – 1.513 inch (38.43mm) maximum
“ROAR and IFMAR Should Look at Their Rulebooks and Start Crossing Some Stuff Out” isn’t the title of my article, but rather that of an interview between Radio Control Car Action and Orange County RC Raceway’s outspoken owner, Robert Black.
The full interview can be found on their website here http://www.rccaraction.com/blog/2014/11/10/roar-and-ifmar-should-look-at-their-rulebooks-and-start-crossing-some-stuff-out/
It presents some interesting opinions, and thoughts with regards to a needed clean out of old, unused our outdated rules. In Australia many of our rules either follow or are based on one of these rule sets, in other areas they have evolved on their own over time with AARCMCC being the largest Sanctioning body (but not the only one) in Australia.
I’m not saying we need to throw out the rule book, but a fresh look at it once in and a while is worthwhile. Look at 1:8 GP off road, there was some fairly large rule changes proposed recently that the clubs mostly voted against. However the problem there was an all or none approach where a yes or no vote was the only options to some significant changes. Almost all of the proposed changes were well received, however one fiscal one that made affiliation more expensive for clubs by a significant factor was a sticking point for many clubs.
If it had been broken down into two or three parts the majority of changes would have been carried. Nobody likes change for changes sake, but you need to give people time to digest the changes one at a time, not throw a whole new book at them. I hope the proposal is re written and re submitted for voting once again because a lot of the ideas would certainly move things forward in terms of professionalism and the way that the sport is perceived. People just prefer to see such changes in smaller bites.
A bit of an early report from the weekend’s Victorian State Titles from Ben Sterling can be found on his website at http://www.bensterling-rc.com/2014-18-victorian-state-titles/.
If you are too lazy to go there to see it, read on below 😉 Continue reading