Keeping it real!
We’ve been working hard to develop our RC skills over the last six years to make this a possibility. It’s been a wonderful journey filled with many learning experience, it’s more than playing with toy cars or polishing one’s ego with results. There’s a lot to learn and you have to love it to invest so much time and energy to cover the basics and develop it to a level where you can adapt and change to a variety of scenarios and conditions.
The 2014 World Championships will be more challenging than anything we’ve encountered, not because the world’s best will be racing there, we aren’t delusional to think we can pull off the “Bradbury” even the thought of making the final is beyond the scope of a dream for us. Many would say that we are defeatist and “If yo don’t think you can win, don’t go!” To me that is a ludicrous remark and I’ve heard it countless times in motor racing. The lack of participation based on that concept denies the experience necessary to move forward, it breeds a culture of trophy hunting egotists and the passion for our precision racing models blurs into a community of wannabes that haven’t the intestinal fortitude to accept defeat. It leads to the demise of our hobby. Perhaps that’s a strategy for them, but it’s far from the motives of why we do it.
Why it matters.
It’s going to be the greatest challenge to hold our head up high and develop the self control and mental strength the accept our best isn’t good enough. We have to question our motives of why we do it and I believe it’s more than racing toy cars, it’s a test of our own integrity. Focusing on the enjoyment of the hobby rather than the emotional head games of being better than someone else, that’s why we’re still passionate, because as a father and son team it creates an environment where we are challenged to raise the stakes, lift our game and keep a rational view of the benefits of a hobby that allows boys to be boys and learn to overcome the adversity and live up to the wise words of the late Graham Rourke, RIP.
We need more good losers, we have enough bad winners…
Yes, we’ve met many wonderful people and the hobby has lost more than it deserves. It’s a social challenge to keep the spirits high, keeping the racing fair and the continuity of enjoyment in an environment that puts winners on pedestals and stereotypes everyone else a loser. The only losers are those that didn’t attend and have opinions from their armchairs and we know better than that.
It’s not all doom and gloom.
With a dismal view of the hobby, then why do it? Because we love the cars and there’s no substitute for the engineering that goes into a scale model without hitting seven or even eight figures. We mimic the formula 1 world in our cars, they are precision engineered racing machines and it’s a pleasure for a father to sit with his sons discussing the physics, mechanics and dynamics, while dreaming of greatness. It’s also a great environment to learn how to deal with adversity, human error and seed interesting learning experiences. It’s also a haven for boys, one of the last arenas where our male emotions aren’t quashed or scorned, sure it’s not nice to lose your cool, I’ve heard and had harsh outbreak of emotions and it’s a good place to teach tolerance.
We all need our idols and the truth is the majority of professionals are selected for their contributions, not just their results. Luke went to the last worlds as a spectator, I thought it would be an ideal adventure to head off with Mr Peter Jovanovic and experience his first solo experience without mum or dad looking over him. On his return I was thrilled to hear he had nestled with his idols and they welcomed him, it made me proud to think that this ridiculous investment in a hobby would return a life experience for my son that stood him two inches taller when he returned.
So it’s his turn to join in on the action and I want to extend my gratitude to AARCMCC for working hard to vouch for us, it’s the largest contingent of Australians to the worlds for many years. We’ve done everything we can to remain independent and allow our top drivers to bring the best they have to offer and put on a show that we are accustomed to in Australia. I’ve watched the last two 200mm worlds and I can honestly say the world hasn’t seen them in full flight. Phillip Woodbury demonstrated his potential and if lady luck looks upon them, there’s a few names that will make for very exciting racing to be enjoyed by one and all.
Aussie.. Aussie.. Aussie.. Oi..Oi..Oi!!
The Australian team is:
Casey, Joel (Serpent) – NSW
Davis, Jesse (Capricorn) – VIC
Dunn, Ben (Capricorn) – NSW
Gillespie, Andrew (Mugen) – SA
Hamon, Jeff (Mugen) – QLD
Jovanovic, Peter (Capricorn) – VIC
Jovanovic, Steven (Capricorn) – VIC
Lee, Aaron (Serpent) – NSW
Sinanian, Luke (Capricorn) – QLD
Vocale, Ricky (Capricorn) – VIC
Care, share and play fair!
Called HEI International looking for the one and only lightweight SRS-N left in the country, found it and then sent it to James in South Australia to dress it up. [ Full Res ]
Capricorn RC Australia, Peter has everything you need for the car and for what it’s worth, I can’t fault it…
Uriah at Murnan Modified supplied all the necessary engine components, parts and consumables for this kit. It’s a one stop shop for everything you’ll need and more…