FEMCA week is here!

FEMCA week is here!

Today marks the start of FEMCA week! The 2017 Kart World FEMCA 1/8 I.C. Off Road Buggy Championships are upon us here in Perth! As Model Off Road Buggy Club (MORBC) in Whiteman Park, Western Australia plays host to the event for the second time in the last two year…all in the buildup to hosting the 2018 IFMAR 1/8 I.C. Off Road World Championships next year!


The club have been tirelessly working over recent weeks and months despite the very wet winter that Perth has experienced. Last week the track build was completed by the master himself; Craig Laughton. Ropes have been laid and the track painted…were getting ready to hit the track Wednesday morning!

We have some big international names in attendance this year, with 2000 IFMAR World Champion Yuichi Kanai joining the entry list alongside fellow Japanese aces Shin Adachi and Wataru Takashiro, plus Indonesian 1/8 Buggy star Jason Nugroho and Joao Figueiredo from Portugal; just to name a few! They will line up alongside Australias best including 2015 FEMCA champion and 7-time Australian National Champion Kyle McBride and his fellow Queenslander Aaron Stringer fighting hard to keep the FEMCA title in Australia. We’re even graced with the presence of some Kiwi’s! Shane ‘Mad Maori’ Mangu and Shane ‘Taxman’ O’Connor will be ones to watch as they’re no strangers to racing with the best in Australia and abroad on the international scene. Flying the flag for the local West Aussies will be Josh Pain, Aaron Dexter and Kyle Francis who have all been prepping and getting ready for the last few weeks, ready to show off their skills on home turf.

This week we won’t only be burning Nitro however, as a Demonstration class of EP8 Buggy will take to the track also. Ones to watch battle on track will be Josh Pain (2015 FEMCA EP8 Champion), Kyle McBride, Shin Adachi, Shane O’Connor, Ben Panic, Zac Ryan and Aaron Stringer.

AsiaRC will be here following the event with regular updates, along with yours truly attempting to update as much as I can right here on Aussie RC News. But the best news of all, Front Row Screens will be covering the event from Thursday onwards with a complete live streaming package; moving cameras, vision switching, timing overlays and interviews to boot! (I will post the links each day so you can all find them easily)

If you’re still hungry for updates (you should be here!), keep an eye on the MORBC Facebook page and FEMCA Facebook page

Event Schedule:
Here is a rough breakdown of the event format coming this week
Wednesday: 4 rounds of Practice
Thursday: 2 rounds of Practice + Qualifying 1
Friday: Qualifying 2-4
Saturday: Qualifying 5 & 6 + Lower finals, EP8 leg 1 finals, Junior final
Sunday: all remaining finals, A final due to start 2.30pm.

My picks? McBride will be hard to beat, although if anyone can beat him it would be a tough decision between Joao Figueiredo, Aaron Stringer, Wataru Takashiro or Josh Pain. Adachi, Dexter, Nugroho, Francis, O’Connor, Ryan, Kanai, Panic, Mangu and Ricca are my picks for the A final, but don’t hold me to anything! We will find out come Sunday afternoon!



The countdown is on! 2017 1/8 FEMCA Championships are coming soon

The countdown is on! 2017 1/8 FEMCA Championships are coming soon

20728794_10156426796873219_5608475780974937501_o.jpgCalling 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


FEMCA Facebook Page


West Coast Model RC throws down fresh asphalt

West Coast Model RC throws down fresh asphalt

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




Carpet Off Road open for business in Perth!

Carpet Off Road open for business in Perth!

Adding to Perth’s growing RC racing scene, the Perth Radio Electric Car Club (PRECC) has completed the final touches on their indoor carpet off road track in Morley, WA.

The PRECC club has been around for many years, running weekly club racing for EP On Road racers at their indoor facility, in recent times the club has moved around, finally settling into their current location at 26 Boag Place, Morley WA 6062 (behind the Bunnings warehouse).

Adding to their existing carpet on-road track, the club has now added EP Off Road to their roster, with a new track build behind the existing circuit, allowing both tracks to share the same drivers stand. To do this, the club has relocated their pit area to the back of the building. The track itself is quite small…well its very small to tell the truth, which adds a certain element of character to the new track. The measurements come in around 20m x 10m in size, made up of older on road carpet segments, and utilising a double-crossover, a clear perspex tunnel and a fantastic wall ride, the ladies and gentlemen behind the scenes have spared no effort to deliver a great new track to throw our cars around on.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with the committee in the last few weeks. Testing various tire options, minor layout changes and offering some advice on future plans, the track is very technical and crazy fast, delivering 14-16s lap times with a 2WD Modified buggy.

Due to the size and fast-paced nature of the track, the track is only open to 1/10 vehicles (No EP8!) but even then it will be a challenge for even the best drivers to turn a perfectly clean run by themselves, let alone with a full field of cars on the track! But fear not racers, the layout is easy to grasp initially, after a couple of battery packs you can expect to driver comfortably around the track on decent pace. The club have been looking to address the issue of size, at the moment the track is probably too small to run a full 10 cars at once, so they plan to start out racing with 8 car heats. They have expressed a long term idea for the addition of an upper-deck back straightaway; which will add a 6th lane and open up the track to allow 10 car heats.

The off road track is available for practice on Tuesday nights while they hold their regular on-road club racing, and the plan moving forward is to host weekly Saturday night off road racing, so as not to clash with the other EP Off Road tracks in Perth (West Coast Model RC and Belmont Radio Controlled Car Club) which both race weekly on Friday nights.

The official launch race night is next Saturday July 1, doors open at 3pm, racing from 6.30pm. Typical carpet tires seem to be working best (Schumacher mini pins & cut staggers 2WD / Wide Stagger rib 4WD works best for me so far) however its very fun to throw down your dirt car on an old set of pin tires and cut loose! The only other thing needed are some shock tower protectors (if your car has carbon towers), a few pieces of hacked up old wing, or the bottom of a coke bottle make great protectors that are easy to make and fit to your car!

Hit up the PRECC Facebook page to stay up to date with all the info.

See you at the track!



Feature Event: 2016 Launceston R/C Cup

The Launceston R/C Cup as cemented itself as a must do event in the depths of winter each year with its indoor, off road layout being predominantly carpet with some astroturf.  With the cold being the only weather to effect the race (and it certainly froze competitors from around the country last year) it is one race that you can bank on happening without weather delay.

So, the vital details!!!

What: 2016 Launceston R/C Cup
When: 5 – 7 August, 2015
Club: Launceston R/C (LRC)
Where:  Uniquely Tasmanian Pavillion, Quercus Park, Carrick (just outside of Launceston, Tasmania)
Classes: SCT Stock, Open/4×4 SCT, 2wd Buggy Stock, 2wd Buggy Mod, 4wd Buggy Stock, 4wd Buggy Mod, Stadium Truck, Novice (over 13), Junior (13 and under)
RC Tech Thread: http://www.rctech.net/forum/australian-events/940045-2016-launceston-r-c-cup-5-7-august.html
Event Website: https://launcestonrc.com/2016-launceston-rc-cup/


Feature Event: 2015 Launceston R/C Cup

What: 2015 Launceston R/C Cup
When: 7 – 9 August, 2015
Club: Launceston R/C (LRC)
Where:  Uniquely Tasmanian Pavillion, Quercus Park, Carrick (just outside of Launceston, Tasmania)
Classes: SCT Stock, Open/4×4 SCT, 2wd Buggy Stock, 2wd Buggy Mod, 4wd Buggy Stock, 4wd Buggy Mod, Stadium Truck, Novice (over 13), Junior (13 and under)

Online Entries:http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/RZcgdIym4WK5
RC Tech Thread:http://www.rctech.net/forum/australian-events/878247-2015-launceston-r-c-cup.html
Event Website:http://launcestonrc.com/2015-launceston-rc-cup/

Why wait for the worlds at Yatabe when you can race indoor on artificial turf and carpet in only a month’s time in Tasmania! This fantastic event is on it’s fifth running this year and is expecting to bereak their record of 102 entries with a number of mainland and sponsored drivers already confirming their attendance. Already there are 61 entries with a month to go before the event.

Ok, so yes, I am biased because this is my home event and I help to organise it, but we have always prided ourselves not only on close competition, but a friendly and fun focus to the event. This year we have embraced the cold, rain and snow by moving the event further into winter to August. This avoids clashes with other events and invites the poor weather to try and intefere with our indoor racing. For full details visit the website at http://launcestonrc.com/2015-launceston-rc-cup/

For those after a taster, have a look at some of hte videos taken by Team Durango driver Leo Lorenzen of the track layout recently.  https://www.youtube.com/user/erugifkcitstaf/videos

And as some bonus content, our appearances on local news the lasst couple of years, not always all the facts, and my ugly mug appears, but good PR none the less.

Feature Event: 2015 AARCMCC South Australian IC 1/8 Off-Road State Title Championships

What: 2015 AARCMCC South Australian IC 1/8 Off-Road State Title Championships
When: 17-19 April, 2015
Club: Southern Districts Model Car Club Inc (SDMCC)
Where: Wilfred Taylor Reserve, Wheatsheaf Road, Morphett Vale, SA 5162, Australia
Classes:1:8th I.C. OFF ROAD Buggy Pro and Sportsman Class
1:8th I.C. OFF ROAD Truggy Pro and Sportsman Class
1:8th E.P. OFF ROAD Buggy – a minimum of 10 entries is required for this class to run.
Entries: sdmcc@adam.com.au
RC Tech Thread:http://www.rctech.net/forum/australian-events/862618-2015-aarcmcc-sa-ic-1-8-off-road-state-titles-17-19-april.html

Buggy and truggy are 15 car, 45min finals.
Sportsman finals are 20mins each for Buggy and Truggy classes.
EP Buggy are 3x10min finals

The event will run under the 2015 AARCMCC event format.

This is a sanctioned event and is part of the National Series, (round 2 which will be counted towards the overall champion)

This event is strictly limited to 120 entries in total (Sportsman entries not included), please note the drivers acceptance will based when you have paid rather then nominated.

$60 for first class, $40 for extra classes.

Payments to:
Credit Union SA
BSB No: 805-007
Acct Name: Southern Districts Model Car Club
Acct No: 00198060
Please include your name in the reference.

Accommodation located near the track.

Woodcroft caravan park – 5 minutes from track
(08) 8325 1233
1 Bains Rd., Morphett Vale SA 5162

St Francis Winery – 10 minutes from track
(08) 8322 2246
14 Bridge St, Old Reynella SA 5161

Sturt River Caravan Park – 15 minutes from track
(08) 8296 1113
Brookside Rd, Darlington SA 5047

Marion Holiday Park – 15 minutes from track
(08) 8276 6695
323 Sturt Rd, Bedford Park SA 5042