Scale Ultra Zero Limits – Brad Perry

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!

Death Run

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?

Brad: Livermore,Ca

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!

Adam Drake is your 2017 JBRL Nitro Series E Buggy Champ!

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

Lathrop wins the Triple Crown Dirt Oval Series

Tekin team driver Jennifer Lathrop would travel up to the Auburn Performance Raceway where the final round of the Triple Crown series was held.  In the final round Jen would take 3rd place in the Mod Sprint division giving her the overall title!  Jen was running a brand new C4 chassis powered by a Tekin RSX and Redline Gen3 8.5T motor.

Jen also managed be in second place during the SC Mod division race only to drop out with a mechanical failure. P2 would have given Jen another overall title but she’d have to settle for 2nd place overall even with the DNF.  Jen again chose the Tekin RSX and Redline Motor series to power her to another podium result.

Hooks takes the win at the Cajun Classic

Tekin team driver Tyler Hooks recaps the Cajun Classic:

“This past weekend was The Cajun Classic in Shreveport Louisiana. I ran 2wd Mod Buggy and 4wd Mod buggy. Qualifying went well and I was personally able to TQ both classes. I had some rough luck in the 2wd Mod mains, but I was able to take the win in A3 to take 2nd overall. In 4wd mod buggy I was able to wrap up the win after A2. My Tekin RSX’s and Gen 3 6.5 and 5.5 preformed flawlessly! Big thank you to everyone at Tekin who helps make it happen.’

Tekin Dominates The Casino Classic @ RC Tracks of Las Vegas!

Tekin factory drivers Chris Wheeler, Matt Olson, Rob King and Hunter King all attended the Casino Classic. While the entries were a little on the low side the racing action was taken serious by all who attended.

Chris “18” Wheeler would take the overall Tq in the 17.5 2wd Buggy class which had the most entries. Teammate Matt Olson would sit in P2.  Hunter King would sit in P7.  Matt Olson was the only driver to dip into the 19 second lap range with his RS Pro BE Spec R 17.5  powered B6 during qualifying. A single A main would see Matt Olson jump over Wheeler in the quad section! Wheeler would try to fight back immediately in the next corner and the two would collect each other. Olson got a racers roll and the lead, Wheeler would drop back.  Olson would get caught up in some traffic allowing Wheeler to catch back up and make a pass stick. The two would finish 1-2 separated by 2 seconds. The two RS Pro BE Spec R 17.5 powered buggies were the only two to dip into the 19 second lap range in the entire field. Results here.

In the 4wd 13.5 class Matt Olson would dominate qualifying and the A-main lapping the entire field and once again was the only driver in the 19 second lap range running the RS Pro BE and Spec R 13.5 motor in his MIP equipped B64. Results here. Olson was the only driver to make the quad on this layout as well.

pic courtesy of RC Tracks of Las Vegas

Chris Wheeler also won the 2wd Mod Buggy class running the Tekin RSX and Gen3 7.5T motor.

 

Jonathan Yeung wins XMG James Racing Cup!

The XMG James Racing Cup held this past weekend in Dongguan, China drew top racers from Taiwan, Mainland China and Hong Kong. A controlled tire race meant it came down to driving and car setup.

Jonathan and Carson Yeung were in attendance. Jonathan would take the Tq position and win the 1/8 E Buggy division with his Tekin Rx8 Gen3 T8 1900kv motor with father Carson taking 4th as well. The brutal heat and humidity caused problems for others but not these two Tekin powered drivers with Jonathan winning all 3 rounds of A-mains!

ROC412 Trail Prep – Element Proof Motors

The Element Proof RX4 has proven to take water, mud and snow in stride and the Element Proof ROC412 line of motors are no different. Designed to handle whatever you can throw at it, these motors are pretty much ready out of the box to take on the trails. Sensor connections are the weakest link in any system that is going to see moisture, so we provide the proper dielectric grease with every RX4 and ROC412 EP motor.

The first step is completely optional and not necessary, but you can use M3 set screws to fill the 4 extra mounting holes in the motor’s face plate. A small dab of blue thread lock will keep them in place.

The second step is to grease up the sensor connections. Put a good amount directly in the sensor port, don’t be shy!

Next you should apply some grease to the sensor cable plug. The rear of the pins are somewhat exposed and need to be coated to avoid any shorting.

Plug the greased sensor cable into the greased sensor port. You can wipe away excess grease that squishes out or I use my finger and dab it around the plug edges. The more you can seal it up the better!

Last thing to do is install the motor and go play! It is highly recommended to disassemble the motor regularly to clean and dry components and oil the bearings if you play in the water often. A clean motor is a happy motor and happy motors keep trucks on the trail. Adventure your way!

-Ty Campbell

Mike Eglberger wins PA State Champs!

The PA State Champs was hosted by WOCRC Raceway. Tekin driver Mike Eglberger was in attendance for the weekend.

Qualifying for 4wd SCT had Mike setting round 1 TQ. Mike would improve the TQ during round 3 placing himself P1 for Sundays A main. 4wd SCT A main was up first and went Mike’s way leading uncontested tone to tone and take home the win.

 

Mike chose the following Tekin products:
RX8 Gen 3
Pro 4, 4600

Arkadiusz Smyk wins Two Polish National Championships!

This past weekend the Polish Nationals were held at Ruda Śląska a fast and at times bumpy track. The weather participated in the racing in the beginning raining hard the evening before washing off some of the prepped surface. Tekin team driver Arkadiusz Smyk attended running both the Modified TC division and ProStock class using a handout system.

Friday qualifying underway has Smyk taking Tq’s in rounds 1 and 2.  Round 3 a small change dropped him down to a P2. In qual 4 Smyk once again took the Tq position.  Unfortunately due to the weather the mains were cancelled with the results going down to qualifying points giving Smyk the clear victory with his 3 Tq’s and the Polish National Championship!

Smyk chose the Tekin RSX and 4.5T Redline Gen3 motor to take his national championship!