RC Car Action: You just set the record for wins
at the Reedy Race. What makes this race so
unique for you?
Marc Rheinard: I like the heads-up racing with
no qualifying. Everyone races and starts from
di;erent places on the grid. I love racing and battling on the track
and making some moves—it’s something special.
You’ve raced touring cars for a long time. What’s changed since
;e biggest change was when we went from brushed to brushless
motors and sub-C cells to LiPo batteries. I think it made it cheaper and
easier for everyone.
So there’s less prep and costs?
Yeah, you don’t have to work and prepare your motor every run—no new
brushes. For every race, we used to use a new battery pack every run.
Now we can use the same battery pack all year and it’s fine.
Is the Tamiya Raceway your favorite track?
For this kind of format, yes, definitely. ;ere are nice 180 spots to overtake someone. I like bigger tracks with a nice flowing layout, but for the
Reedy Race, it’s the best.
What do you like about the Tamiya Raceway that sets it apart from
;e passing spots, for sure. ;e hairpins you can dive in. For this racing
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style, the size is perfect. It’s small and if you crash, you can still come
back. On a big track, if you crash you can’t come back. ;is is also a hard
track and many people crash, so coming back happens a lot—that’s the
You’re known for your smooth, clean lines. Why do you think that is?
I don’t know. I think it’s just the way I drive. When I first started racing, I
started with the Tamiya Cup. I started with a Tamiya front-wheel-drive
M-chassis, and you needed to have smooth driving. I think I took this
driving style to Modified as well.
If you were going to give advice to someone getting into racing, what
would it be?
Start with something like a Tamiya Cup car, and don’t go straight to the
Modified Car class. Just build up your driving style, and later you can go to
the Modified stu;. Everyone likes to use the power, but to get good, you
should start with something easier and go from there. ✇
Marc Rheinard and the Tamiya Raceway have a long history,
which now includes six Reedy TC Race of Champions titles.