Herts Regional 4wd 2017

Written by Tony. Posted in Race Reports

Hi yah all.
I have been changing layouts in my SDX4 for some time now and basically learning what suits what in what circumstance.
It has to be said I have never had a 4wd that can practically have every layout possible apart from with my Serpent SDX4.
I have now settled on the saddle configuration as I feel this gives the most consistent feel and the most balanced corner to corner as well as front to rear.
I chose to run a shorty servo as this is less weight up front.  A short servo is around 20-22g lighter than a full servo.

The Herts Astro track is sand based and can be very tricky if off line.
2 practice session went very well and I quickly turned the first 2 runs into TQ runs.
This would guarantee me 2nd on the grid whatever happened in the next 2 runs

The 3rd run and the 4th run were to basically get some minor stuff dialled in for the final.  
In the 4th run I was fighting with my friend Steve (drives a Schumacher- we all have problems) and he was to just steal the round from me that actually gave him TQ for the event, on the same points as myself.  He had a faster run in round 3…..

Certainly up for the finals as up to this point I didn’t use any new tyres like all other competitors were!!
I was running the 4wd full staggers on the front axle and the Darts on the rear.
Forward traction on this tract comes at a price of a new set of tyres unfortunately.

I will cut the final report short as I am actually very disappointed in myself.
Historically, most know if I get out in front I am a difficult person to overtake.  I will hold my lines and even if slower someone would have to go round me to gain the position.   I got out in front in leg 1 but a self inflicted error cost me the win only to finish 2nd.  In leg 2 I got out in front again and it was a repeat stupid error again to finish 2nd.  With a realistic chance of winning the meeting leg three started.  I held on to second only to make the most stupid error and put me last after the 2nd lap.  With nothing to lose at this stage I started to push my car to unprecedented limits for my driving style.  I took over place by place to find the commentator announce I was leading.  I was so surprised.  I was even questioning this as I was circulating.  Last lap and yes you guessed it.  The jump on the far side caught me out to find myself finishing 3rd in the leg.  This report is the day after and I am still annoyed at myself.  From a clear win, I finished 3rd for the event.

Conclusion is simple.  
This is radio controlled car racing and we take the rough with the smooth.
Mega enjoyed myself with some good friends.
Well done to all especially to Matt Perry for the win.

Next – National at Stotfold


Stotfold Regional 2wd August 17

Written by Tony. Posted in Race Reports

Hi all
Just a quick report on the 2wd regional at Stotfold.

Competition at this club is always strong as there are so many people that run here mid-week, especially through summer months.
The same as National level, there are only 2x 3 minutes practice sessions so getting up to speed quickly is always difficult.

I had plenty I wanted to try so this is how it panned out.

After 4 rounds of qualifications I qualified 5th

Finals are always tricky but I found myself fighting for the lead every leg.  3rd, 2nd and 3rd again gave me a chance at the win but it turned up to be equal points and therefore 2nd for me.

Happy with it 🙂

Catch up soon

Setup used:

SRX2 MH TEAM Tony Evdoka Stotfold Regional Aug17 Web
SRX2 MH TEAM Tony Evdoka Stotfold Regional Aug17 Web

Regional Stotfold setup

Category:SRX2 MH
Date:August 8, 2017
570.9 KiB

Stotfold 4wd Regional 2017

Written by Tony. Posted in Race Reports

Hi all….
The 4wd regional BRCA event at Stotfold.
A National track so practice was needed but also racing against some very good drivers with some very good local track knowledge gives a good measure where ones at.

Practice rounds were good and the car felt very safe.
Round 1 should of done better but still everyone is learning the track so with a couple of errors I was happy with 3rd.
Round 2 and things got faster for everyone.  I drover way too fast and only got a 7th in round.  My car was good though.
Round 3 and I made some minor set up changes to the car and got a 4th in round.  I knew I was on the right track.
Round 4 and with some more minor changes my car was on it as i say.  2nd in the round and now I felt mega confident being 3rd on the grip for the finals.

Leg 1 and it was an interesting final as I felt under control the whole way through.  I managed to sit in 3rd for a while and while the front 2 where fighting and getting their lines wrong, I sneaked into to 2nd.  Sat there for a little bit and felt comfortable although under pressure from Matt in 3rd. Steve made an error at the front and I took my opportunity to take the lead. I knew driving clean with no errors would take leg 1 and that is exactly what developed.

Unfortunately I felt unwell after leg 1 and although I was running a really good 2nd in leg 2 I wasn’t myself and retired after 11 laps.
Had some great banter with my friends and eventually I finished 4th at the meeting but even if I say so myself, I was much quicker than that.  The SDX4 working really nice 🙂

Thank you as usual to all my sponsors.  Serpent, Muchmore, RudeBits, ArrowMax, Racer and Sick1Grafix


Easter Weekend Racing

Written by Tony. Posted in Race Reports

A weekend of running around and a mixture of racing.
Its Monday morning right now and I raced yesterday at TORCH Reedy Race.
Great day racing and i have to say my cars were wicked.
Super fast with my Muchmore equipment .
I was testing loads and loads of stuff so my results were not of essence today.
Learned loads too and had a super lunch from M&S LOL 🙂 

Now off to Neo for the day to see the Team up there

Silverstone 2wd Regional 2017

Written by Tony. Posted in Race Reports

This 1st event of the year was indoors on EOS carpet.  I call it the home of Schumacher racing as their factory is only round the corner but of course it’s not factually correct.  Many drivers have competed over the winter months here so their cars are pretty much dialled in.  Full concentration needed to achieve a good result here.   The club put in a great effort as usual and laid out a challenging track with some tried and tested features and jumps used over their winter series. 

I was running some prototype parts on my 2wd Serpent and as usual looking forward to the challenge.   Practice was good and the car felt safe and powerful.

Round 1 – I made too many mistakes and simply gifted the others the 1st round.  Without my errors I would of TQed by some way but of course others would claim similar.  3rd in round was good.

Round 2 – I had a better round.  Again some small errors so 2nd in round was good but to catch Charlie Ware was going to be difficult.  He has won many big events here and on this surface and he TQed the round and was the pre-meeting favorite.

Then the most unusual scenario occurred!!  The computer crashed and lost all the data.  The organisers had the printed results and could of course call it a meeting there and then but decided to ask the drivers on their choice.  It was decided by vote of the racers to run a fresh meeting of 2 rounds on a FTD basis.  I can’t remember the last Fastest Time of the Day event I did.   I also voted to carry on.

Round 3 (1st of FTD) – Went round and made one error but could only manage 3rd in round.  Don’t get me wrong I would have been happy with that but the lap times showed more in the car so my driving had to improve.

Round 4 (2nd of FTD) – Well if you’re going to pull off a good run then the last round is the time to do it, especially on a FTD basis.  Charlie, William, Steve and I were in with a shout.  Of course others from other heats were super quick too and already posted superfast times.  Charlie already posted a fast time from round 1 of the FTD rounds so it would have to be fast but clean too.  Going into the run I was 5th in the round after everyone else had their runs.  I didn’t go for any heroics.  Drove round, clean and tidy and found myself surprisingly at my age right at the top of the qualifications.  

Finals – The Finals would normally be 3 legs but it was cut down to just the one because of time loss through the day.  Off we went and basically I started to pull away after a few laps.  I sort of surprised myself if I’m honest as the drivers behind are not slow.  1 minute goes by, then the next minute goes by and I was really comfortable at the front.  I knew just keeping it clean it will be an easy flag to flag win.  Then at 3 minutes gone I sort of started to play it safe.  For the youngsters out there, this is a mistake.  When driving fast and within yourself then the concentration is high and all is well.  Slow and safe though, sometimes is not the right way.  The quick guys behind were catching me and applying pressure.  Being caught and being overtaken are two different matters though.  Pressure I can handle so still very confident in bringing the car home for the win.   At 4.30 into the race and the smallest error made me clip the pipe and unfortunately running a test car saw me pop a steering turnbuckle.  Crazy unlucky but that’s racing.  Finished around 6th I believe. 

Loved the weekend and totally happier to be away from the BRCA shenanigans and to enjoy my racing with great friends.  

As usual many thanks to my sponsors and supporters.
Serpent for great support and great cars
Muchmore for reliability of smooth but super powerful electrics
ArrowMax for great fluids and tools
Racer for great coverage of race events and product reviews from all over the world
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Suspended, Blackmailed and Reinstated

Written by Tony. Posted in My news

Well what was it all about.   
I first found out while at a race meeting.  The race director got a text that I was suspended.  Nice I hear you say!
The original email after I already knew stated and quote: 
“A member of the executive has implemented section 9 of the BRCA constitution and charge of bring the Association in to Disrepute has been levelled against you.”
I still do not know what this is about or how on earth I bring the Association into Distribute.
Next correspondence and quote:
“it was felt that your actions in recent times regarding posts on social media, emails and actions regarding the 1/10 off road web site were not in keeping with that of an officer of the Association”
So to clarify, in my eyes they didn’t like the internal emails where I am straight to the point with my views in making things better and somewhere, something was posted they didn’t like.  
I asked for specific examples and still don’t have them but got the following:
“As your suspension was not racing related your licence would be reinstated with the following conditions.” “The you serve a suspension of 5 years from serving on any committee within the BRCA”
So basically I have been blackmailed to be removed off the committee……all they should of done is asked! 

They have damaged themselves way more than any damage to myself.

The shame part of it all, I never claimed a penny for expenses unlike some with beautiful trips round the globe.  Always in my thoughts was how do we make the sport better and more entertaining. When I had a BIG sponsor for the sport and I am talking HUGE and interested in putting up 1/4 of a million pounds sponsorship, I was told we couldn’t handle more members.
What saddens me is the fact that inside I feel I have let the racing community down not a few power driven ‘boys’ at the BRCA.

See you at trackside ……



Blackmail definition

Written by Tony. Posted in Race Reports

“Blackmail refers to a situation that arises when a person threatens another person with some form of punishment if they do not offer some form of concessions” 

Today I had to give in to blackmail for the first time in my life so I can keep my sanity and the well being of my family and friends ……

I’m back with BRCA troubles

Written by Tony. Posted in My news

Hi all
Its been a long time since I used my own website.
Taking charge of the distribution of Serpent Off-Road products in the UK has been hard work but now that it’s established and going really well, I will be using my website a lot more.  Some trick stuff for you to use as well as set up advice and so on.

A little more time is also available to me, after my recent SHOCK suspension from the BRCA.
Yes that is correct and I hear you ask yourself why?!
Well after racing for 35 years, in fact I think its 36, and after numerous years in promoting the sport and supporting it in every way possible, some guy with clearly too much power has decided to suspend my licence because I have sent some sharp internal (quote internal) emails to the relevant committees.  Oh and a typo error.  Yes its true and even more so that they say and quote ‘ bringing the Association into distribute ‘
Yes I know you think its unbelievable but now it’s got more serious as its affected my racing 2017 season.
I had to cancel the 1st 8th National as I am still suspended and soon I will be FORCED to really consider my options legally as this is clearly defamation of my character.

Whats crazy about this is they say I have brought the Association into distribute……bearing in mind that the Association is its member, there is not one person that has negative critic for me on my timeline…..makes one wonder!! …..More soon….. 


Departure from Team Kyosho

Written by Tony. Posted in My news

I am saddened to announce my departure from the Kyosho Team.
As UK 1/10th Team Manager for some years I have been very fortunate to drive for a special brand and represent some great people.
I would like to also thank all my Kyosho friends from all over the world.
Special thanks to Neil, Mike, Christoffe and everyone at FDL France (Kyosho Europe) that have given me great support over the past 5 plus years.
I now look forward to some exciting new challenges ahead.

Kyosho ZX6 Build

Written by Tony. Posted in My news

Hi yah all

I have been privileged to have a few meetings with Elliott Boots prototype ZX6 recently and was with a view in establishing some base set ups for the production car on our high grip UK tracks.
What I didn’t expect is to find the new ZX6 production car to have so many differences and improvements not only to the older ZX5 but to the production car.

This is what I discovered when I built my new Kyosho 4wd ZX6 launched to the UK shops on the  7th of July 2014

Firstly the box and what’s inside (don’t laugh)
The box just makes a statement of intent.  A statement that inside you are going to have something real nice and competitive.  A better description of the box would probably be the word, classy!
The usual instructions and what’s what and tools needed and so on.  No differences here.
I then spotted the body and my mind instantly said to me that they thought about this car.
We have all been running a forward cab body on the ZX5 for some time and yes you guessed it, a beautifull forward cab body is in the box with some slick lines.
Right at the bottom of the box, there it was, a lovely narrow alloy chassis, just waiting for me (LOL)

I will not bore you to death with all the stage by stage build stuff but just point out some of the advantages of the new car as well as some of the improvement.

The shocks.
Everyone world wide knows the Kyosho shocks are probably the smoothest on the racing scene.
I noticed new upper support cups for the metal big bore cups.  Defo an improvement.
I also noticed medium shock bottoms included in the kit.  (they had to be bought separate before)
Couple of spare nuts and spare lower inserts part in the kit too.
2 hole pistons just like I have been running for a while so that’s sweet too.
Probably a little soft front spring for UK tracks but spot on Gold rears.

The diffs/Drive train
I heard many people saying they were disappointed with the kit coming with ball diffs instead of gear diffs.
Let me tell you that there are many scenarios where gears diffs are not as good as ball diffs and of course visa versa.
Gears diffs are on their way as you may already know so no dramas.  We need both.
I noticed small positive changes here too!
The diff hasn’t changed as such so anyone with a FS2 diff, this will carry over.
Good quality diff balls and a bulletproof thrust races make sure these are sweet from word go!
Same goes for the casings upper and lower apart from the front is the same as the rear lower casing..
The bevel gears have been improved with a new material.  Not sure why actually as I never had any troubles with the old ones but Kyosho developments always move forward!
The shaft that carries the bevel gear has changed to a stronger material.  For people that didn’t maintain their cars at the highest level, the shaft used to wear after a while and consequently the movement can cause a gear malfunction.
The drive cup to the propshaft has also changed to now a metal one instead of the old one that was plastic.
I love the new double Grub screw that holds this on with 2 flat sides to the shaft.  Great idea and safe as!  Another improvement.
The propshaft is a thinner dog bone type and also has a new foam pad in the cup to stop any chattering.  More improvements!!
The slipper pads have now been changed to 2 white pads……I have been running these like this for some 2 years…..not that they listened to me specifically but again Kyosho taking note of every little detail and  implementing it in their kits.

The Chassis and New Motor Mount
The alloy chassis is new to Kyosho on their 4wd car.
Its a lot thinner than the prototype car hence loosing a load of weight.
I have noticed other manufacturers cutting out there chassis ans so on trying to loose weight but no need here.
The chassis comes with side guards like most cars do these days and these fit just perfect.
The chassis has various holes for the different permutations that the car can be run in.
Saddles, Shorty with front motor or Shorty with rear motor.
This can be achieved with the new motor mount with a trick side loading idea.
Again a massive improvement from before.
Everything is in the kit to run any permutation you desire.  There are no additions needed.
For a matter of interest, my car in shorty rear motor configuration all uo is 1645g.  That’s only 57g over the BRCA legal limit (1588g)
Spot on!  We can now put weight (if needed) where we want to.

The wishbones, hinge pins and shock towers.
Here you will find that Kyosho have gone for a stable car rather than a car that is difficult to drive.
Straight rear wishbones on the rear giving the car more stability rather than the lean into the corner and pivot scenario.  Of course if you wish to have that its a simple fit the gull wing wishbones on and away you go!
Everything front and rear has alloy hangers as standard.  No need again to buy anything.
Can’t speak for other manufacturers but the ZX6 has adjustable front toe angle.  A very nice touch that I look forward in experimenting with in the future.
The shock towers again are an improvement with specifically the front one having rear fitted shocks.  This I am sure is to eliminate breakages of the front tower at lower levels of racing.
I must admit I had plenty of tumbles and never really suffered with this breaking but some have! Again an improvement.
The rear tower has also been moved slightly forward and this allows front and rear adjustments of the inner ball stud positions and heights without the removal of the shock towers.  I must admit this was a pet hate of mine in the past but thanks to Kyosho its all in the past.

All new steering on the car including new knuckle arms.  The steering is just so much better and I have been fortunate to already tried this on the prototype car.
Looking forward in running the production one now.

Body and wing
I love the new body as previously mentioned so no more said there.  Just looks superb on the car and fits like a glove!
And you get 2 wings in the kit too!

Only one thing I don’t like.
There is no rear post for a pin to support the body on.
A clever idea for a support so the body doesn’t drop down lower than it should but I have never been a lover of velcro so I just mounted a body post.  No drama but there wasn’t the option.  Bad Kyosho!! – LOL

I have been racing for over 30 years and its impossible to know how many cars I have built over the years.
Being old school there are many things that I look for.
Tolerances, quality of parts, chances to older model, drive train and the list goes on.  The ZX6 production car has not disappointed me.
I have been driving the FS for over 5 years now and seen many changes over that period as the car gets improved.
No one speak of all the good things that kits come with.  Like the quality bearings or the quality diff balls and all the other little things that normally other cars need to perform to a high standard over a period of time.  Kyosho have always put the good stuff in the kits and some will argue the price is slightly higher but don’t forget its all included.
Everything that may of been suspect on the older versions have been addressed and so many more positives and alternatives added in too.
Nothing needs to be bought.  If you’re good enough I am confident this car can and probably will win many events in the forthcoming future.
Thanks Kyosho, I’m happy 🙂