Now Get Out There!
Racing is tons of fun and a challenge
that you may have been missing in
RC. Jump in, get involved, and don’t
worry about the small details until your
experience and skill have had a chance
to develop. This is one form of RC that
can be shared by participants of all
ages, and often builds friendships that
can last a lifetime. If you’re competitive
by nature, you’ll want to be part of this
passionate segment of RC. ✇
Can I Race My RTR?
Yes, absolutely, get out there.
You don’t have to invest in a
competition-caliber kit and
gear just to try racing. But if
you do get hooked, don’t go too
crazy trying to hop up a play
car for racing—the money you
spend can be as much as just
buying a race kit, and the race
kit will work better than your
tricked-out play car. Do invest
in the right tires for the track
(the locals or track director
will tell you what works) and
experiment with your setup.
But if you want to take your
racing to the next level, go for
a competition model instead
of piling on more upgrades.
Exception: If your track offers
a single-brand or low-cost
class (a Traxxas Slash class, for
example), where the whole point
is to run inexpensive cars with
rules that prohibit big-dollar
upgrades, score! It’s a great
way to race.
HOW TO CORNER-MARSHAL
f Get out to the track
immediately after you drop off
your car and transmitter at your
pit space. You can work on your
stuff after you marshal.
f Stick to your assigned spot,
and don’t wander around. If the
track doesn’t have assigned
spots, make sure that you aren’t
obstructing the drivers’ view of
f Watch your section of the
track, not the entire race. You
don’t want to miss a flipped car at
your feet because you’re watching
the battle for second at the far
side of the track.
f Do not try to fix a disabled
car. Your responsibility is to the
race, not to broken-down cars. Set
the car aside in a safe place and
continue your duties.
f When helping a crashed car
back onto the track, be aware
of traffic and do not put the car
down in front of others.
f If a car crashes out of its
lane, return it to the spot where
Some RTRs make better racers
than others. Team Associated’s
RC10B4.2 RTR is built on a
platform that won the IFMAR
Worlds five times!
Notice how the marshals are
watching their sections of the track,
not the action behind them.