It’s about time for an update and boy, do I have a good one today! It has been a few months or so since I sold my last autocross and track car, the 1999 Mazda Miata. That car was outfitted with quite a few suspension goodies and was a blast to drive. However, after driving Miata’s for the past couple years, I felt like I needed a change. I wanted something with a fixed roof, was relatively lightweight, RWD, cheap, and was a good platform for an autocross and track car. After much consideration, I decided to look for a e36 generation BMW. These cars meet all my requirements and on top of that, are hugely popular in the casual/club racer scene and have gobs of aftermarket support. The search was on and it took about 6 months of on and off craigslist hunting to find the car that met my requirements and was in my budget (<$2000). I ended up finding a 1994 BMW 325is with about 197k miles on it, for a measly $1700! The car is jet black with black interior and runs strong with a good shifting 5 speed manual transmission. It is in need of some cosmetic care and minor maintenance, but what 20 year old car isn’t? As for the future plans, I will be prepping the car for the STX class in SCCA autocross. Stay tuned as I plan to video log all my upgrades and maintenance activities on my youtube channel, Justin’s Pit Lane. For now, enjoy the pictures below and my first “Project 325″ video!
Well, I just bought myself an original Tekno EB48 1/8th scale buggy about a month ago. Today, Tekno has released the next generation Tekno EB48.2 buggy that certainly looks to be a great improvement upon the last buggy. Now I am wishing I would have waited and got the EB48.2! If you want to see my own Tekno EB48 in action, my video is below! I have also published a Tekno EB48 Un-boxing video as well. The latest information on the new Tekno EB48.2 can be found on the TeknoRC website.
Want to know how well a Tamiya F104v2 holds up against multiple crashes? Well, just watch my video Epic Crash Derby With Tamiya F104v2 – Race Report and find out! In my most recent RC car racing video I put the Formula 1 RC car through the wringer, sometimes painful to watch, but so much fun
I made it out to my first race with my Tamiya F104v2 Pro RC car this past week. The track was an indoor carpet track at 5280 Raceway out here in Lakewood, CO. It was quite the learning experience as I have never raced on carpet before! Check out the video for some of the tips and tricks I learned to get your Formula 1 car running good on carpet. My Tamiya F104v2 beginner race tips video is below!
It was only a matter of time before I got back into on-road RC racing. That is where it all started for me some 20+ years ago with a BoLink Eliminator pan-car! Check out the un-boxing video of my new Tamiya F104v2 Pro kit below. This kit is unique in that is a “Black Edition” which includes all black anodized parts instead of the standard blue parts. I also grabbed a Ferrari 2012 replica Formula 1 body kit and plan to build this kit to scale realism.
Friday night club racing features my Tekno SCT410 vs. the Team Losi SCTE 2.0 driven by my little brother. Check out the video and commentary as we go head to head in the A main! In addition, my Schumacher Cougar SVR race report is out for the same event. GoPro head cam footage brings you all the action as usual in my SCTE 2.0 vs Tekno SCT410 video!
The SCCA National Tour passed through town this past weekend. The SCCA Rocky Mountain Match Tour was held at Pikes Peak International Raceway and proved to be a great success with its multiple race format weekend. Saturday consisted of a normal 4 run autocross event, with the top 32 drivers qualifying the Evolution Super Shootout to be held on Sunday. In addition, there was a last chance qualifier Sunday morning that would add the top 16 drivers from that event into the shootout. Lastly, 8 drivers were drawn randomly and the top 8 ladies made up the final 16 driver bracket. Check out my race report video below where I take through my weekend complete with race footage and commentary!
As usual, I was out racing my RC cars at Unser Underground RC raceway this week. I had a great night with my Schumacher Cougar SVR buggy and found some serious time in my race pace. While I placed well with the Tekno SCT410 shortcourse truck, I did not feel it was driving all that great and will go back to the drawing board to find some better setup adjustments.
Here we are with another video! This one is a how-to that explains how to install custom rear chassis braces for a Schumacher Cougar SVR buggy. Inspired by this Tony Newland setup, these braces will add stiffness to the chassis and prevent it from bending on hard impacts. Check out the video and be sure to subscribe to TheJustinZone youtube channel!
Hey all, I’ve got some new RC Race Reports published that include some race footage! They came out alright, still working on editing and getting better race video. The next report should be even better, check them out and remember to like, subscribe, and share!