He is one of the awesome guys we met this year in Sweden (and that we talk to quite often since then 😉 ).
He has tons of ideas for new rigs, is building at least one right now and already planning new projects for next year – we start to think he doesn’t sleep at all, as we usually talk in the middle of the night 😉 (and he is wearing sunglasses.. hmm..). But being serious – his RCs are not built by quinsidence – every detail is well measured and lots of thought is put into the proccess. We can’t wait to see the rig he is working on, when it’s ready 😀
After few weeks break, we present to you answers to “5 questions to:..” from someone, who is one of the reasons we can’t wait to get back to Sweden next year 🙂 It’s Jay Leno! 😀
1. How has your RC adventure started and what was your first RC?
I had several toy grade RC’s the best probably being a Tyco buggy when I was young, but I didn’t get into hobby grade RC until around 2000. I had moved to the Northeast of the USA and started oval racing with a Team Associated RC10L and then moved to a Hyperdrive Pro 3. I got pretty deep into racing and then moved to Sweden in 2008 where I transitioned into drifting and rock crawling and now quadcopters as well.
2. Which RC (that you own or owned) is your favorite?
I think it’s always the one that I’m building. I love designing and fabricating and I get a lot of enjoyment out of that creative process. I have RC’s that I treasure and won’t sell but the “next one” is always the favorite. Sadly I have more ideas than time and budget will ever allow for which is why I am always looking for more people to collaborate with.
3. What is your dream RC?
That’s a really tough question. There are definitely some very cool RC’s that I would love to have, most of them having been in the RC Car Action magazine that I would read through over and over and over as a kid. Some that come to mind are an original Gold Pan RC10, Custom Works Dominator, Kyosho Optima Mid and too many others to list.
4. What do you like the most in this hobby?
I think for me the best part of RC is that it is always changing and evolving, especially with rock crawling and drifting. There are always new ideas to experiment with and something new to try to get that last little bit of performance or ability. There are also really great people in the hobby that make it that much better. Now there is so much to work with from a parts point of view and as a designer and fabricator there are so many ways to create things for our RC’s from traditional metal work to CAD and 3D printing. It used to be there was only one or two ways to do something at the very most, sometimes it was even impossible. Now there are often 4 to 5 different ways to do the same thing.
5. What are 4 things that you always take on your RC adventures?
- tools like wrenches that have the tips in the handle and pliers
- a few spare / repair parts like nuts, screws and zip ties
- my phone and camera gear
- some good friends
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