Current status: Works for AKA Racing,
and races for Team Associated and
O.S. Speed (among others)
Racing accomplishments: 3-time
IFMAR World Champion (1995, 2002,
2006); Multi-ROAR National Champion
With three IFMAR World Championships to
his name in three different classes, including
1/8-scale nitro buggy (2006), nitro touring
car (2002), and 4WD buggy (1995), and spanning both on- and off-road races,
Mark Pavidis has put himself firmly among the best. That’s quite a list just at
the IFMAR level, and includes a variety of different classes that also reach into
the national championship books. Needless to say, you don’t get very far at that
level without knowing how to set up a car, and with nitro, setups need to be fast
and durable. The American driver, like many of his world championship pears, is
highly competitive and had a professional driving career that took him around
the world. He can still be seen racing, and his son Ryan is growing up to be a
pretty fast driver himself.
Brian “The Dirtinator” Kinwald
Current main sponsors: Team Associated, Reedy, JConcepts
Racing accomplishments: 2-time IFMAR 2WD World Champion (1993,
1997); Multi-ROAR National Champion; 2-time Reedy Race Invitational
Winner (1998, 2000)
At the young age of 15, Brian “The Dirtinator” Kinwald began reinventing RC racing.
At his peak, Brian was known for his hand-modified equipment, aggressive driving
style, and a streak of wins that dominated the racing scene in the late 1990s. He
paved the way for professional drivers of today and was the face of American off-road racing for years. Brian has won world titles on dirt but is also an accomplished
driver on carpet and asphalt tracks. His approach to racing is still followed today, and
Brian remains a trendsetter. Notice how almost all racers in electric off-road use
clear, frosted wings—yep, he was the first to do it.
Brian Kinwald, with his iconic livery at the 2016 Reedy Race of
Champions, where he still competes with the best and thrills
his fans every time he hits the track.
Mark Pavidis still
competes, but now
it’s mostly for fun.
He can still challenge
the best, however.
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