Hey, there! Welcome to the second article covering my personal history in the RC hobby. Part 1 showcased a few vehicles from the 80s (and one from the 70s), including the Tamiya Sand Scorcher, and Radio Shack Golden Arrow. For Part 2, we’re moving forward into the 1990s and onto a few vehicles from a couple of the biggest manufacturers in the hobby.
With that out of the way, let’s get into why you’re bothering to read this, and that’s the vehicles. Enjoy!
Team Associated RC10GT
The Team Associated RC10GT was released in 1993, at a time where nitro conversion kits for electric stadium trucks were rapidly growing in popularity. Team Associated didn’t want to simply convert their existing stadium truck, the RC10T, into a nitro-burning beast; instead, they designed the entire truck specifically around nitro power. It made the “gas truck” category the hottest racing class in all of RC, and the RC10GT dominated it by winning every single ROAR national event that it was entered into. Its influence extended off the track as well, and many RC10GTs also saw action as high-performance play machines.
The RC10GT I owned was a hand-me-down from someone who was trying to purge some of the vehicles from their massive RC fleet. When they gave me the truck, the only thing missing was the body shell. I had no idea what the original body looked like at the time but, when I saw the replacement in the local hobby shop, I was in love. (The truck was so popular that JConcepts even produced a re-release of the original body shell.) I wanted the truck to use as a general basher (technical racing isn’t for me or my skill level), it was way overpowered for what I was using it for and that made for some epic launches and wrecks. The RC10GT is still one of my favorite RCs of all time. The truck was a beast and a blast.
BONUS RC10 Trivia! A modified original RC10 buggy, with an off-the-shelf Parma International 1963 Chevrolet Corvette body, was used in the famous chase scene in the 1988 motion picture, The Dead Pool. In it, Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry is being pursued through the streets of San Francisco, California by a highly explosive bomb disguised as an RC car. The “bomb” was actually driven by IFMAR world-champion race driver Jay Halsey. The car was in fact an electric; the sounds of a nitro-powered engine were added in post-production.
My time as the owner of an HPI Proceed is a funny story. Some would say it’s more sad and embarrassing, but I still say it’s funny for anyone who isn’t me.
The HPI Proceed was a 1/8th Scale Racing Kit for serious racers looking for the ultimate in speed and tuning capability. Running on a .21 size rear exhaust engine, the Proceed was capable of doing 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds. The Proceed was not for the faint of heart. The kit was meant for the hardcore racer who wanted to experience exhilarating speed and demanding on-road R/C racing. Yeah, that’s not the type of RC driver I am, or ever was. When I bought it, I was in over my head. I took the kit home and, three months later, still hadn’t finished building the car. I wound up trading it in at my LHS towards something else.
The 1/8th scale racing class is considered to be the “Formula 1 of R/C racing” and, watching cars like the Proceed on the track, it’s easy to see why. The Proceed featured the finest quality components available at the time, including a 5mm thick 7075S aluminum chassis, 2.5mm thick woven graphite radio deck, quick-change front, and rear wheels, double wishbone suspension, dual kingpin pivot balls for the front and rear uprights, adjustable front swaybars, thick steel brake disk with fiber disc pads, and threaded shock bodies for quick ride-height adjustment.
HPI Q32 D8T Tessmann Edition
The HPI Q32 D8T Tessmann Edition Truggy is the smallest member of the HB-HPI family. This version of the Q32 is a replica of Ty Tessmann’s HB D8T Truggy that won multiple ROAR National Championships. The Q32 D8T is perfect for playing at the skate park, in the garage, or inside the house. The high grip foam tires help it get a great grip on tile, wood, and carpeted floors, making it a blast to run around the house. And taking the foams off turns the little truggy into a great drift vehicle.
The truggy’s super-small size and direct rear-wheel drivetrain mean it’s light, nimble, and FAST. The RTR package includes corner markers and a cool mini-ramp to help get yourself started making your own custom RC track. I use cardboard from shipping boxes to make more ramps and have a great time timing my laps when the weather is crap or I’m not well enough to head outside. (The D8T really saved me from boredom and anxiety countless times.) The Q32 also features “Real Steer”, which meant to simulate Ty’s 8th scale HB D8T ROAR winner. Of course, it doesn’t do that exactly, but you can adjust the steering with a very unique steering trim that’s located on the front of the car, on top of the axle. It’s a unique feature, especially for micro vehicles, and allows you to be pretty creative when trying to set up tricks.
Speaking of tricks, HPI offered a series of downloadable PDF files that included plans to build your own ramps. I have them all available for download right from the CCRC site, as well as the Q32 Owner’s Manual. You’ll find all the links below.
And that concludes Part Two of my history in the RC hobby. I really hope you’ve enjoyed this series so far. I have at least one more article to share before I wrap it up. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the vehicles mentioned so please share them in the comments below. Thanks for taking the time to read what I have to say. I appreciate everyone who stops by. As always, take care and please be safe out there!