Easy-to-enter, so don’t miss your chance to win a Pro-Line PRO-2 short course truck!
Whether you love to race or like tearing it up wherever there is fun terrain to conquer, our friends at Pro-Line want to hook you up with the “Go Anywhere – Do Anything” PRO-2 short course truck to do it with! So, for this special giveaway, Pro-Line is giving away one PRO-2 SC truck to a lucky person..
ABOUT THE PRO-LINE PRO-2:
The 1/10-scale 2WD electric Pro-Line PRO-2 short course truck is a kit so that you can outfit it with the electronics gear you like best. Pro-Line has also done a good portion of the chassis assembly for you which makes the box to track time even less. The PRO-2 SC truck is packed with all of Pro-Line’s highly developed accessories like the ProTrac Suspension with long arm design and negative offset wheels, PowerStroke Shocks with dual-rate spring technology, the proven Performance Transmission, the low center of gravity Performance Chassis, the ultra-popular and performing Flo-Tek clear body and National Championship Winning Blockade tires with F11 multi-spoke black wheels.
How to enter:
All that you have to do to be entered into Pro-Line’s March Madness Giveaway is go to RCGroups.com to the posting for the contest and make a post in the thread and simply tell them why you want the Pro-Line PRO-2 short course truck. Please only post once. The contest will end on Monday, March 17, 2014 and the single winner will be announced on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. They are useing a random number generator to select the winner. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
An added bonus is that we have this giveaway open internationally so be sure to enter regardless of where you call home!
We were blessed with some Mediterranean weather for our BRCA Nationals Warm-up race at our local Hertz track – the track was in great shape, very fast flowing multi-surface with lots of jump sections. We arrived on the Saturday to test our car with the engine and tyre setup. We had a great day’s testing – got the car really dialed into the track and Elliott feeling very confident with his 2014 package.
We arrived on Sunday morning, again to glorious weather - sun shining and blue skies – something we haven’t seen for a while. The track conditions were dry but very hard packed and with over 150 drivers in attendance it was an amazing turn out for the sport as it is important at these races to put a good show on as there are a lot of good customers needing help and advice. Qualifying was to be 3 rounds, 2 to count for TQ.
Qualifying went very, very well. Elliott was able to TQ all 3 rounds, setting some stunning lap times and with some small errors along the way was able to stay in front at all times. We were running our new Reds R5 engine with Byron fuel which ran faultlessly all weekend and we were testing various tyres and we opted for Pro-Line Diamond Back in X3 Compound which gave us the best traction and were very, very fast on this track. We did try some Big Blox which worked extremely well but for the sheer speed of the tyre the Diamond Back was the best for our car. Our Kyosho MP9 TKI3 was stunning all weekend. We made a few small setup changes but generally it felt fast and stable all weekend.
Elliott was on pole for the Main A Final – due to the amount of drivers the final was cut short as it was beginning to get dark. Elliott was able to lead off the pack and make a good gap between second place but unfortunately made a small error coming through the chicane which demoted him back to third but with some fast lap times set was able to recover very quickly and was able to move back into the lead and then he was able to settle down into the race, pulling away from the rest of the following pack. He then was able to back off his pace as he had the race under full control and felt very comfortable knowing he had plenty in reserve if needed.
We now have a return to this track next weekend for the start of our BRCA National Campaign for the 1:8 Electric, which we are really looking forward to as we will be running with our new Tekin equipment and will be setting the car similar to our Nitro car.
We would also like to say that anyone that needs any help or advice on tyres, engines or car setup please don’t hesitate to come over and see us at any time – there is always someone around with good advice if needed.
Elliott would like to thank all his sponsors for all their help and support for his 2014 race season.
Chris and Elliott Boots
2014 Pro-Line Cactus Classic
March 10-16, 2014
2945 N. Scottsdale
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
This past weekend I attended the Grass Roots Racing Series round #2 at Pro-Line. Well first off I would like to say thanks to everyone at Pro-Line Racing for all that they do, it really helps!
Buggy was a struggle all day from practice to the main. First qualifier in buggy I had a servo issue, second qualifier I had another issue in the steering department. So I was in the B-main and didn’t manage to bump. It just was not my day for buggy.
Truggy on the other hand went pretty good! First qualifier I was still trying to figure out some things with the truck and qualified fifth which I was happy with since I had made a couple small mistakes. Second qualifier I had the truggy ready to go. I got out there and was pulling in some good consistent laps. Unfortunately, I got knocked around by a fellow driver so I thought that was going to ruin my qualifying run, but I held in there and clicked off some more fast laps and ended up setting the new TQ by a full six seconds. The main was cancelled due to being too dark so I ended up with the win.
Pro-Line M3 Blockades were the tire to use in truggy for sure.
Buggy was X3 Blockades in my opinion.
Great job to all my fellow racers, up next is JBRL see you guys there!
If you read Part 1 of this guide (CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT) you may remember that for the Part 2 portion of “Upgrading Your RTR Axial SCX10″ I planned on limiting the budget to $100. Well, in the grand tradition of every single r/c project I’ve been apart of…we are going over budget! Besides, if your rig isn’t over budget then you aren’t a true scaler! Right?! Yeah, this excuse never works on my wife either. I digress. Click the “Read More” button to see what kind of trouble we can get into this time.
Pro-Line Interco TSL XL 1.9 Tires -$52
Upgrading your tires/wheels is a very important decision. Not only do they play a significant role in how your truck handles, but they also play a big part in what it looks like. A macho rig ain’t a macho rig without macho tires. Hey, I didn’t make the rules I just follow em’. I’ve used a wide variety of scaling tires over the last couple years and this recommendation doesn’t come lightly. Heck, I think over the last year and a half I’ve spent over $300 dollars on just 1.9” tires (not wheels) alone. The market is crowded with superb rubber but in my opinion the new Pro-Line TSL XL’s (Part# 1197-14) are the cat’s meow. I’ve used them for about 5 months now (both on my Ford dually and JK SCX10′s) and across the board they are my favorite.
The tires grip everything, clean out extremely well, and offer fantastic ground clearance. They are (IMO) second to none in the scale looks department and give any vehicle the look of a Top Truck Challenge performer. I highly recommend them.
Pro-Line FaultLine 1.9” Bead-Lock 10 Spoke Wheels – $50
The perfect compliment to the big TSL’s are Pro-Line’s new FaultLine wheels (Part #2748-15). They look trick, were made with the TSL’s in mind, and have such a tight grip on the bead that legendary wrestler Danny Hodge would be proud (here’s what I mean). Make sure you have a drill on hand though, as each wheel has a staggering 40 screws per wheel (front and back) and they are all functional. The wheels went together easy and the thick plastic/metal ring construction felt very robust.
Ultimately there are many nice selections out there when it comes to scale wheels but I give the FaultLine’s the nod because they are a quality aftermarket option that won’t break your bank.
To compliment my recent addition of rear Pro-Line PowerStroke Performance Shocks to my Slash 4×4, I went with another reasonably easy upgrade option, tires and wheels. When looking at what tire and wheels will work best for you, it’s best to evaluate where you’re going to be driving and what you’ll expect the tires to do on those surfaces. For my needs, I felt a set of Gladiator SC tires (with Renegade wheels) would do the trick. After a quick shakedown, I’m quite happy with that decision and look forward to another, full-powered run this week. Until then, here are my initial thoughts on the Pro-Line Gladiators.
There is an air of high anticipation ahead of the third round of the Euro Offroad Series as the 1:10 electric offroad championship travels for the first time to the Hudy Arena in Slovakia this weekend (7-9 March). Widely reputed as the greatest r/c venue in the world by anyone who has had the opportunity to visit the 25,000 square metre facility which is also home to the Xray factory, over 260 drivers will get the opportunity to be part of what is only the second major international event to be hosted at the Hudy Arena, the first being last season’s Euro Touring Series finale.
Round 2 of the series in Berlin saw wins for both Yokomo’s Naoto Matsukura in 2WD and defending champion Jorn Neumann in 4WD. Only Matsukura’s second appearance in the championship the Japanese ace will be looking to keep his 100% winning record intact this week as will Neumann who in 3 seasons of EOS has never been out qualified or beaten in 4WD. This weekend the Team Durango driver chases his 10th consecutive TQ and win.
While a completely new indoor track layout has been prepared just for the EOS visit, the Hudy Arena is where Team Xray has carried out the majority of the development work on the XB4 platform. With Martin Bayer knocking on the door of a first EOS win for both the European Champion and Xray in Berlin, this weekend should see the strongest challenge yet from the team. While Bayer, who sits second in the current championship standings behind Neumann, says a win at the home track would be special he also feels it might take away from that first win as rivals will see it as having been down to home advantage. Neumann, is not concerned about it being Bayer’s home race saying there is more pressure on the Czech driver than there is on him to maintain his unbeaten record but the German is confident he can take his winning tally to double digits.
Making his debut for Yokomo at Round 2, 2WD Buggy Vice-World Champion Lee Martin will be aiming to build on his promising first outing, the British ace qualifying 2nd in 4WD and 5th in 2WD. In Slovakia, Martin will have the added benefit of the presence of the team’s new head of offroad development Shin Adachi who is making the trip from Japan. In terms of high profile drivers Yokomo will again have an impressive line up with Martin & Matsukura once again being joined by 1:8 Offroad World Champion Robert Batlle and ETS Champion Ronald Volker, who qualified 4th in Berlin in 4WD, and touring car ace Yannic Prümper.
Having come so close to repeating his season opening 2WD Buggy victory, a last lap mistake in A3 costing him the overall win, Team C and Pro-Line driver Hupo Honigl can again be expected to be a major contender this weekend. Finding a new level of motivation since his switch to Team C for the 2014 season, the Austrian has prepared well for Round 3 having already made a trip to the Hudy Arena for pre-race testing.
Kyosho’s challenge for a first EOS will again come from 1:8 Offroad European Champion David Ronnefalk. Showing good pace at Rounds 1 & 2, the 17-year-old Swede was frustrated with his results to date and is determined to make up for that this weekend. Making his first EOS appearance since taking a 2WD podium at the season finale two years ago, Marc Rheinard will travel to Trencin. Struggling for form in the ETS, the 3-time Touring Car world Champion will be hoping the switch to offroad will prove less frustrating than recent touring car outings. Another Touring Car ace who will be in action at the Hudy Arena is Team Associated’s Juho Levanen. Despite feeling under weather on his EOS debut in Berlin, the Finn managed a Top 5 run in the third round of 2WD qualifying and so should be one to watch this weekend.