First thing I got to know about him was that he was the maker of an amazing RC dragster. I started watching his videos on YouTube and got addicted pretty easily 🙂 Despite the fact he is making his own RC parts under his own brand, the way he paints his rigs that’s one of a kind and just perfect, he seems to be a really nice person and a total RC maniac 🙂
He is the perfect example, that a passion can turn into way of life. We are more than happy, when someone we follow for such a long time succeed the way he did 🙂 (you’ll read about it below 😉 )
With a great pleasure we present to you answers to “5 questions to:..” from someone very special to us – from beautiful European country of Norway – HemiStorm! 🙂
- How has your RC adventure started and what was your first RC?
When I was approximately 9 or 10 I got a toy grade Nikko Monstertruck for my birthday, which more or less started the addiction. I was intrigued by the sense of freedom it provided, with the big wheels the truck could go places and it moved at a whopping 18 kilometers an hour, which was pretty ground breaking for me. I bought my first hobby grade RC at the age of 16, a Tamiya TL-01, which I still have. This was the era where mechanic speed controllers got switches to electronic, and me being eager to go fast, forgetting to do important upgrades first, such as replacing nylon bushings for ball bearings. A TL-01 with a melted drive train sits as a reminder in my man cave, to think before acting. The true adventure started in 2009, when I started producing parts for the HPI Baja. This spiraled into a full time career running HemiStorm Products, and in 2012 the start of my YouTube channel. I’ve met the coolest people, have been able to live my dreams by producing parts that I dreamed up. 2015 has been absolutely crazy so far, I’ve been on national television twice, once in the evening news and once for winning the “Lifestyle YouTube channel of the year” in a Norwegian awards show. Last month I’ve built and driven RC cars for a commercial shoot with my good friend Reed who runs UrbanRCLA on YouTube. We spent ten crazy days at all the cool spots in LA and in Miami, battling RC cars against a full sized Formula E car during daytime, and kicking back and living the good life in the evenings. I’m very fortunate and feel blessed to be able to have had all these experiences through RC.
- Which RC (that you own or owned) is your favorite?
I don’t have one particular RC as a favorite. I love the 2WD platforms which ProLine produces. The Pro2 is an amazing chassis and looks striking and competitive in both the SCT and SCB version, and I can’t wait to beat the hell out of my Pro MT. Recently I’ve been totally hooked to my Axial Racing Yeti XL, which is everything I hoped for in the last couple of years. And some days I like to mess around with my gas powered vehicles, whether that’s the HPI Savage Octane or the Losi 5ive-T doesn’t really matter to me. The grunt, the noise and the run times you get from each of them put a smile on my face every time.
- What is your dream RC?
I think I have built most of my dream RCs so far. If I dream up more, I will just make it. I like my RC4WD Kahn Defender, just because of the enormous detail I managed to put into it. The scalebuildersguild.com forum has been a great help in making that happen. I also still like my 5th scale Dodge Challenger dragster with the working line locker brakes and brake parachute. One of my more recent builds is the Ken Block Hoonicorn Mustang, but mine is based on a fastback with a massive hood scoop and drag racing rear tires. When I have a vision of what I want to create, I won’t rest before it’s done. I’ve been having ideas about a four seater Axial Yeti XL with twin motors recently…
- What do you like the most in this hobby?
What I like most is going places, meeting people, finding like minded individuals who like to be genuine, creative and passionate. I’d like to push the hobby further by highlighting those who truly care for RC. And thankfully there are a lot of good people out there, and a lot of companies who really are in this with heart and soul. I want to ensure a sustainable future for the hobby and explore possibilities to raise the bar. Thinking outside the box by bouncing ideas back and forth among friends is a crucial part of that.
- What are 4 things that you always take on your RC adventures?
Cigarettes. My phone. I need to make a call at some point to tell my wife I’m running late. Again. Milk. I always have a carton of milk on me. Or two. A lighter. No point bringing cigarettes otherwise, unless you have a Lipo fire.
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