I enjoy collecting and racing a wide variety of classes, from touring cars to Formula 1 and off-road trucks and buggies. Although each car may differ greatly in terms of driving style and the types of surface they are raced on, they all share similar common threads.

Each car is totally adjustable – from the types of tyre used right down to the minute handling settings such as ride height and the weight of the oil in the shock absorbers. Anything that can be altered on a real Formula 1 car such as camber, caster, ride height, toe-in, toe-out etc… can be tweaked and fiddled with to obtain the optimum setup. Indeed it has to be said that much more time is spent on maintenance and meticulous attention to setup than is spent actually racing!

The cars are also constructed from some of the strongest and lightest materials known to man. Carbon fire chassis are made to the same standard as those employed by top Formula 1 teams, and super light strong titanium parts are included where possible. Essentially what makes RC racing as fun as it is is the uniqueness and endless variation of each car making the on track action even more varied and exciting.

Below is a brief description of each RC that i own:

Hpi Pro 4

Coming shortly…

HPI Pro 4

HPI Pro 2

This was my primary race car before i upgraded to the Pro 4. It is about eight years old now, so pretty ancient but by no means out of date. HPI designed the Pro 3, its sucessor to have a fleixble, wide chassis, and it didnt work out at all. Therefore, the current iteration, the Pro 4, is very similar to the Pro 2, however it features a centre shaft as opposed to the twin belt drivetrain of the Pro 2.

The Pro 2 features a long, slim chassis design, fully ball raced out of the box, adjustable ball differentials, aluminium turnbuckles and a carbon fibre chassis.

HPI Pro 2

The Pro 2 is let down by poor design on the battery holder which is fixed to a weak point on the carbon fibre which regularly snaps, forcing me to buy a brand new carbon fibre chassis every few months at £50 a pop, but besides that its solid as a rock-i’ve never had to replace any parts bar the diffs and the CVD’s-thats amazing! Current upgrades include an aluminium motor heatsink, stiffer shocks on the front, softer on the rear with progressive springs all around, aluminium centre mounts front and back and a handling kit which stiffens the chassis. Ground clearance is about 3mm, hence no pootling around the street.

HPI Rally

The HPI Rally is based on the HPI Sprint, a cut down version of the Pro 2. The Rally holds on to all of the Sprint’s features, however is 10mm wider and has longer shocks. Due to the extra chassis width it works great indoors, so ive replaced the shocks with spares off my Pro 2 and upgraded the steering by adding an extra bellcrank, as the Rally usually only has one.

 HPI RS4 Rally

Only had it a couple of weeks before i snapped the top deck in three places-not nice, i had to order in parts from the States at a cost greater than what i paid for the car itself. Then on its return i sent a bolt through the front bulkhead in another nasty crash. Have been too scared to touch it since.

Tamiya F102

The Tamiya F102 (shown in the background below-right) is my favourite Tamiya F1 car. Originally it featured a 1992 Williams FW14B Nigel Mansell shell, but due to its age the paint has peeled right off it sadly. Theres not much to say here, basically its a piece of carbon fibre with a wheel at every corner. The car is very light and simple, and therefore is incredibly quick and nimble. Not used much as no-one else at my club races F1. It has a brake light, so no-one should have any excuses for hitting me. I have a second one of these that i use for spares (currently decked out below as a Williams FW18) as you can’t buy bits for them anymore.

 Tamiya F102Tamiya F102

Tamiya F103

I couldnt resist buying this, its basically an F102 with some extra bits that make it more stable on big open tracks, but harder to drive around a tight twisty track. The car is pretty much mint, and will always be a shelf queen.  It can be seen below dressed as a Benetton B195, piloted by Johnny Herbert.

Tamiya F103

Tamiya F201

This car is a beaut. It is the car that most resembles an F1 car, despite it being 4WD. I have a Ralf Schumacher Williams Shell, and a Rubens Barichello Ferrari shell. Due to its 4WD and realistic suspension, it is absolutely incredible to drive. It feels weighty like a sedan, but nimble like the aformentioned F1’s. It can be frequently seen with smoke pouring out of the back of it as the motor is mount so low down and cocooned inside the car that there is no airflow cooling it. It too is a bit of a pain to get parts for, so it sits on the shelf also.

Like the F102, I have a second one of these that i use for spares.

 Tamiya F201

Team Associated B3 Buggy

These things are fun! The B3 is a RWD buggy, mainly used for bashing around the woods behind my house. Occasioanlly gets raced at club events.  I would really like a T3 as i prefer the look of the stadium trucks to the buggies. The B3 is not raced much anymore as the weather has to be good and i cant be bothered to keep cleaning it.

Tamiya Mini Cooper

Was lucky enough to pick one of these up for next to nothing a while ago, all it was missing was a set of genuine Mini wheels and tires which i nabbed for a tenner from eBay. The exterior is black and badly battered, but the chassis itself it in beautiful condition. Not used much as its like driving a fridge on wheels being FWD and so top heavy, and as the wheels and tyres are tiny they wear very easily. On the look out for a new shell and kingpins as they are always falling out.


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