We manufacture electronics, that is true. We are also RC fanatics that enjoy building vehicles of all types. Last year we acquired a 3D printer and shortly after decided to put our skills to the test and build a 3D printed 1:10 6×6 military cargo truck. A few months and a couple spools of filament later, we had created something completely from scratch and spare Axial parts.
The 2018 Southern Nationals was held this past weekend in West Monroe, Louisiana. Many Tekin factory and regional drivers were in attendance dominating the competition.
In Pro Ebuggy, Ryan Lutz would take the TQ spot. After all three mains were said and done it would be Joe Bornhorst who would take the win followed by Ryan Lutz, Tyler Hooks, Brandon Rose, and JR Mitch. All of the top 5 utilized the RX8 Gen3, Gen2 and Gen3 motors, and Mitch was also using the new Tekin Servos.
Joe’s Rx8 Gen3 1900kv Setup:
In the Etruggy class, Privateer Joey Bourdon would qualify 5th, but make big strides during the mains to finish 2nd overall. Joey used the RX8 Gen3 and Gen2 Truggy motor. Brian Henn would also go on to finish 6th utilizing the RX8 Gen3, Gen3 motor, and the new Tekin Servos.
Finally in Pro Nitro Buggy JR Mitch would again utilize the Tekin Servos to finish 4th overall in the highly competitive class.
The last round of the BRCA Ebuggy National Championships in the books, we are proud to announce that factory Tekin team driver Darren Bloomfield is Champion again! He had this to say “with the British weather playing part in the series with 32c at one round to torrential downpours at another, low traction oiled tracks to bone dry high traction astro turf, my Tekin Rx8 Gen3 ESC and T8 2050 motor combo has kept me in control and reliable in every single moment, helping me achieve my 3rd consecutive BRCA e buggy national championship hand in hand with Tekin.”
Darren opened his tittle chase way back in April at Brookthorpe a totally new track to the BRCA scene, with some very close qualifying Darren would start the main second on the grid, but with a heavy downpour just before the start with his Agama A215, Tekin Rx8 Gen3 and T8 2050 he had more control than the rest and claimed a convincing win.
Onto round 2 and it was up north to North West Nitro yet another new track to the calendar however the club have a small history of running UK nationals at there old venue not too far away. With a real loose surface Darren was off to a good start with full control in qualy thus starting P1 for the main converting it to a win stamping another mark on his tittle chase.
Round 3 was first day of July and at yet another club re entering the BRCA calendar after running nationals previously at the clubs old venue, great to see some new venues getting a crack at the whip. With Darren having never been to this track before and others having spent a substantial amount of time here, Darren settled for 2nd in qualifying and although he got real close to the win he would have to also setttle for 2nd overall, a great score towards his tittle never the less.
Round 4 and the very familiar BRCA venue Herts nitro model club, Darren’s home track and in the height of summer……. rain all day. Darren felt at an advantage here knowing exactly where every bump is on this track but also because he knew he had the smoothest and most well programmed motor and esc for the super slippery wet oild track conditions. With this said he took a convincing TQ and win lapping the entire field. WITH THIS SEALING THE BRCA E BUGGY NATIONAL CHAMPIINSHIP.
Onto the 5th and final round at Slough and yet another of Darren’s tracks he is very familiar with as he use to live one mile away, going round at this event as more of a victory round, Darren went on to TQ all 3 rounds and win the main lapping again up to 3rd place.
10 TQ’s, 11 wins and 3 2nd places out of the last 15 rounds over 3 years with one non appearance Darren is convinced he is using the best he can get as you should be also with Tekin. Darren is already looking forward to what 2019 will bring!
Tyler Hooks recaps his first ROAR National Championship:
“Well it has been a couple of days so I guess we should recap this shindig. Last weekend was the ROAR Nationals and I decided to run all the stock classes with Tekin Racing products at the event. To preface this, we showed up with Tekin Spec R‘s and Tekin RS Pro Be‘s straight from the package1, I don’t know how to use a motor analyzer, I don’t know proper shimming2, and the stock rotor seemed good enough3. This stuff was box stock. We set the timing to 50 ish degrees on every motor and let er rip.
To my surprise considering we didn’t really know what we were doing and just went off of the gearing Mr. Pike4 suggested, my stuff was fast, like really fast. There was a massive quad on the layout and I had no issues making it in either 13.5 4wd or 17.5 buggy. I was even able to make it for the first 2 or 3 minutes in truck which was as long or longer than any other brand.
I made one brake setting change on my wheeler after talking with Mr. Pike5 but otherwise left my stuff alone and could just focus on setup and trying not to fly off the track. I was able to 2nd seed all three stock classes, take the TQ in stock buggy, as well as 2nd starting spot in 13.5 4wd and 17.5 truck, and take the win in 13.5 4wd with a 2nd in 17.5 buggy and truck. It was an extremely successful weekend and I can’t thank everyone at Tekin enough. These products are no joke so if you have any questions feel free to reach out!” Thanks, Tyler
Tyler Hooks as most of you may know has been up and coming for quite some time. Known for this good attitude at the track, well put together cars, and overall positive attitude towards R/C racing in general. It’s been my personal pleasure working with him to improve his racing program using Tekin products. His results at the 2018 ROAR nationals using “off the shelf” equipment is what we at Tekin strive to provide not only our race team, but our customers. Tyler Tq’d and ultimately won his first ROAR National Championship with the Tekin RS Pro BE ESC; the ESC with the lowest on resistance of ANY competition ESC on the market today paired with the Tekin Spec R motor which are products you can pick up at any hobby shop or online retailer knowing your “off the shelf” purchase can compete at the highest levels of R/C racing today! Randy Pike, Tekin team manager.
Tyler’s RS Pro BE Setups:
This past weekend was able to attend the 32nd running of the Hank Perry 240 in Spokane Washington. This would be the 2nd stop of the Northwest Championship Tour. Tekin team driver Matt Dortmund would run 2wd mod, 4wd mod and 1/8 E Buggy. Matt electing to go with the Tekin RSX ESC and Redline Gen3 motor series in his 1/10 cars, and the aware winning Tekin Rx8 Gen3 ESC and T8 1900kv T8 motor for his E Buggy.
Matt would take off from great qualifying positions in each class taking 2nd overall in 2wd Mod Buggy, 3rd overall in 4wd Mod Buggy, and 2nd overall in 1/8 E Buggy! A great weekend of racing for Matt!
I’ve been to each and every one of these races and I’m always more impressed by Kevin Jelich’s track building skill every time I show up. The layout for this event was fun, SUPER flowing, great jump construction, off camber turns, and a few very racy yet technical sections where the Pro guys could really show the rest of us mere mortals how to go fast.
I signed up for 40+ E Buggy and Open E Buggy racing the same Tekin Rx8 Gen3 T8 1900kv power system I have’d since I built this car. I am of course using the latest Tekin T-250 servo to control my Mugen Mbx7r Eco buggy. I managed to take top seed in both classes during all 3 rounds of seeding.
Qualifying had 3 rounds of which I Tq’d all 3 in 40+ E Buggy, the first 2 in Open E Buggy, electing to sit out the 3rd round held very late in the evening. Now besides getting a few extra hours of beauty sleep, I didn’t feel we’d ever race in the cooler night temp track conditions so felt it was worth getting out of the long hot days and resting a bit.
Mains day was up and I was Tq in both classes. A few Tekin customers needed some software updates and adjustments prior to their mains, hoping to do better than where they qualified. Starting from the top spot in 40+ was able to get through the first half a lap and only listen to the carnage I was leaving behind. I made one bobble when a damn fly flew into my eyes around the half way mark, no harm no foul. I’d go onto win this class uncontested.
Open E Buggy however would not be as smooth sailing. I got out to a quick 4 second lead and somehow manage to collide with another car from another lane or something. I honestly couldn’t tell you where the car came from. But I was hit pretty dang hard in the rear. As my car was going down the straight away I could see my rear wing was not straight. A few more turns and jumps later I could tell this was going to be an issue. On the next lap I rolled the car over in an off camber section and cleanly put the wing 90’s over while allowing P2 and P3 to get by me. I pushed hard to try and catch up only to find out that the rear wing on a 1/8 Buggy is VERY critical to its handling, just a pro tip for the day! I would have to settle for 3rd overall, only being 4 seconds back from the leaders. On the box, but thinking it could have gone better.
Out all the 1/8 E Buggy classes including E Truggy and 4wd SC thrown in for good measure, Tekin dominated the field being in over 95% of the cars. I even lent a “non Tekin” user an ESC so he could keep racing on qualifying day when his “other” esc failed him. I updated many users to the latest 272 software you can find HERE.
Meet Brad Perry. Outdoor recreational enthusiast. Photographer. Scale Ultra Zero Limits Award Winner. Brad picked up an RC vehicle a few years ago and ran with it. Literally, he runs miles upon miles with his Scale Ultra Axial Bomber through, up, down and over some of the most amazing terrain in the country. Pushing himself to the limits and doing what few in the world do with RC is a passion. The goal is miles and lots of them, as many as he and his rig can rack up. To power the adventures, Brad chose to run Tekin. Dependable, powerful and highly tunable are just a few of the advantages we offer the enthusiast and when you’re counting on your equipment to hold up to the abuse of long journeys, we put in the time to develop the gear. To prove it, we teamed up with Brad to put our servos, ESCs and motors to the ultimate test. With close to 300mi racked up in just a few short weeks, Brad has the confidence his Bomber is equipped to go anywhere he chooses to go and he sure doesn’t plan on taking it easy. His biggest accomplishment of the year to date happens to be the 58.2mi “Death Run”. Check it out!
He happens to take some pretty OK photos out on trail also.
We got together with Brad to find out more about what drives him to strive for such extreme goals.
What’s your home town?
Where do you currently live?
Brad: South Lake Tahoe, Ca
What’s your background? (work, hobbies, cool stories etc…)
Brad: Most of my life has been spent in the outdoors and has revolved around extreme sports. When I was 12 I joined the Youth Climbing League and first learned how to climb. Around the age of 14 I got sponsored by factory GoPed for racing motorized scooters. At the same time I was really into riding BMX bikes and Rollerblading. That’s around the time I first picked up a camera to document our escapades. Around 2005 when I was 19 I picked up and left the Bay Area and moved to South Lake Tahoe. I got a job at a ski resort where I could ski more than 100 days in a year. This is also the time I first started doing freelance photography work. In climbing I helped establish first ascents in bouldering areas all around Lake Tahoe. I also helped shoot photos for the Lake Tahoe Bouldering guidebooks. I worked both jobs for years until the spring of 2016 when I was able to take on photography as my full time job. I got a job shooting the Tahoe 200 ultra-marathon later that fall. Watching their drive and dedication was inspirational and I was hooked on long distance anything from that point on.
What got you into the RC hobby?
Brad: I kept getting injured climbing and needed something to do on my rest days. It was also fun to bring along when I would shoot landscapes because there is a lot of down time waiting for the right lighting. After attending my first Axialfest and learning about ScaleUltra and the 5k it sparked something. I left asking myself what trails can I do? How far and how fast can I go? I was hooked from there.
What is it about this segment of RC you enjoy the most?
Brad: The physical and mental correlation it takes. Trail running alone can be a difficult thing for some people to do. Your brain always has to be a few steps ahead of yourself so you don’t trip and fall. Add in driving the truck at speed on difficult terrain and it becomes very mentally taxing.
Can you explain what Scale Ultra is?
Brad: On paper Scale Ultra is a race where a driver along with their truck has to survive a 5k run. To me Scale Ultra is so much more. It’s an overall lifestyle to me and I love trying to push among the RC community. Taking on the “Ultra” side of it and trying to push the distance and capabilities of not just the truck but of myself. Setting FTK (Fastest Time Known) records on famous trails and summits and sharing them with the community.
Do you have any advice or tips for people that may want to get into the hobby?
Brad: Running isn’t for everyone at first. Start slow and work your way up. Proper running footwear is key.
What is your favorite rig to drive?
Brad: That’s a hard one but I do love my Axial Bomber. It’s such a stable and strong platform to run with.
What made you choose Tekin to power your adventures?
Brad: The tight knit family feel of the team.
Any personal goals for 2018?
Brad: Here are a few of my smaller goals; do a run that has over 10,000ft of vertical climbing. Do over 70 miles in a single day. Summit the highest peak in Nevada. Do a 14,000ft peak in Colorado.
Brad is close to the 300mi mark for 2018 with his Tekin-powered Bomber. He runs a T-440 servo, RX4 and ROC412 4200kV Element Proof setup to push his rig over and through anything he happens to encounter. We will be tracking his adventures this entire year and watching the miles add up!
The JBRL Nitro Series just completed its 12th season. With an average of nearly 165 entries per event, it is easy to understand why the JBRL Nitro Series is the most popular racing series in the nation. The JBRL series visited 8 tracks this year. Traveling all over Southern California and Nevada and Arizona to test the skills of its competitors over a wide range of track conditions. This exciting series is fun for the novice and expert racer alike.
Tekin Factory driver Adam Drake has once again took the overall championship title in the E-Buggy division running his Tekin Rx8 Gen3 T8 1900 powered Mugen Mbx7r ECO buggy. This Adam’s fifth time Drake has taken this coveted title! Everyone at Tekin would like to congratulate him on his championship!
“Thank you for all the great products, support and for making this series successful!” Adam Drake