I Have Made It Big Time – About Time

I can now quit my side gig!

It has finally happened. I made the New York Times Best Seller list. I am now a journalist, an author. I am a bloody George Orwell, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, I am William Shakespeare, I am Malcolm Gladwell. After writing billions of words I have been contacted by an RC website, and asked to write for them, on a weekly basis, and I of course said “it’s about time”!

So there you have it, professional author from now on. I have no idea what will happen to this blog. Maybe, eventually when they start censoring me, I post the uncensored versions here. Advertiser dollars rule, right? Let’s see how it goes. I’ll do my best.

You need to check it out tomorrow. I’ll post a link tomorrow.


2017 Top 5 Posts! 1st Place – To Win at Any Cost – Try Traction

Well, you probably guessed it! The nr 1 most popular post of 2017 was indeed, the divine intervention that happened at NEO17, where Ty Tessmann introduced the world to Pro Concepts! It didn’t go very well, unlike this blog post.

1st Place – Try Traction Scandal

Happy New Year to you all. Stay tuned for 2018, the year of THE JQ.

2017 TOP 5 POSTS! 2nd PLACE – Who gets canned first?

One day, these guys called Cody.

Cody looked at his phone, and he knew. JQ was right again….

2nd Place: Who Gets Canned 1st – Poll

This one was surprisingly popular. I actually didn’t think that much of it, I thought it was an interesting one to do. I got some hate for this, how dare I. I dare because I was right. That’s why. So all you haters can piss off.

2017 TOP 5 POSTS! 3rd Place – The RC Racing Market is Broken and it’s my Fault

This one was a bit surprising. The post was originally made in August of 2016, but somehow it was still relevant and on the surface, enough to become the 3rd most popular post on the blog in 2017!

3rd Place – The RC Racing Market is Broken and it’s my Fault


2017, Top 5 Posts! 4th Place – #Watergate

Well, we all knew this one would make the list! WATERGATE! The biggest news in RC in 2017 right? Oh my lord was this a big one. Weeks of FB fights thanks to Degani’s water fuel. People seemed to get really passionate about this debacle.

5th Place: #Watergate

This blog post was also when the fued between #spamadamdrake and yours truly began. A couple of blog posts about “Operation Richard Saxton”, a couple of others making fun of the fact that  I beat him with a borrowed AE, and egos got hurt. Well now it’s just the gift that keeps on giving.

2017, TOP 5 POSTS! 5th Place – EOS Commentary

THE BLOG IS BACK! With only 5 days left of 2017, I want to share with you THE most popular blog posts of 2017. Here goes!

5th Place: EOS Slovakia Rd3 – 4wd Main 2 Commentary by JQ

This may actually be my personal favourite of the year. I made myself have a minor seizure due to laughing too hard at this silly race. This blog post also ignited passionate Facebook posting for DAYS after. It was an epic time. I want to personally thank the entire Xray team for this absolute blast we had back in February.
This blog post also introduced to the world the term “CTO” which has been adopted by racers worldwide. Much like the more recent “Maifielding”, I am proud to have contributed some linguistic genius to the world of RC.

Bolivia – Where Chickens Make You Gay

I said I was going to post a blog every Wednesday. Well I fucked that all up didn’t I. One blog down and then I miss a week. Well two, because today is Thursday. (and it finally went up Saturday night, this isn’t easy) You see it’s hard to find the time and energy to create these masterpieces while exploring 5 new countries in 3 weeks, and running a company. Add to that 3rd world internet. How I managed to write a blog every single day for over a year beats me. That’s completely insane!

Anyway, Bolivia. First a trivia question. What’s the capital of Bolivia? (This question is for the non-Americans reading this obviously, as the American readers are still coming to terms with the fact that Bolivia is a country that actually exists.)

La Paz right? WRONG! It’s Sucre. How this is possible I do not know. How do you make the whole world (well except America) believe that La Paz is your capital when it’s actually some other place no one has ever heard of? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that half the population is constantly high? Really high! I mean 12 000ft high, 3600m. That’s so high that our JQRacing driver Jorge Zamora who is a commercial airline pilot told us sometimes he likes to mess around and land in La Paz by reducing altitude too much before La Paz, and then having to actually fly up to be able to land. What worries me is these commercial airline pilots that like to “play around”.

Anyway, the super high altitude has a couple of major flaws:

  1. Now I could have swore that our hotel room didn’t have any gym equipment in it when I went to bed, but in the morning I woke up to Keenan K White working out on a treadmill. That’s what it sounded like. Heavy breathing, swearing, shuffling around. Turns out all he was doing was walking to the bathroom and back, packing his suitcase, and trying not to die. Apparently it’s almost impossible to breath at this ridiculous altitude.
  2. It is also impossible for our engines to breath. There is almost no power at this altitude. It’s ridiculous. The power is severely limited, the motor’s don’t rev high at all. You have to experience it to believe it. The things I did to at least make my car driveable:
  • Removed the venturi completely.
  • Removed 0.1mm head shims.
  • Ran a 50 main gear, I would have run a 12t clutchbell, but didn’t have one.
  • Ran an aggressive setting on a REDS clutch.
  • Ran a very short low end needle to increase low end power.
  • I would have needed fuel with higher nitro content also.

The reason for me and Keenan being in Bolivia, was our Latin America Tour, spanning Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. We would end the tour with the roughest and most dangerous country of them all, South Carolina, for the Fall Brawl. So Bolivia was step 1.

Basically our visit lasted 5 days, landed in La Paz, tried not to die, drove for 6 hours or so to Cochabamba, traveled back in time and checked into our hotel from the late 1800s, raced for 2 days, then drove back, checked into a hotel close to the bus terminal in order to take a 11h bus ride to Chile the following morning. Below you can see and read about the highlights of our journey.

As we set off from Miami, Keenan was immediately racially profiled. Hilarious.

The journey then began with a seatbelt extension.

LaPaz airport. BE in there.

BLACK Edition Promotion everywhere

Ok, this is definitely not Miami anymore.

Look at THAT. Cable car ride from Alto to LaPaz. Something else. I want to see Danny MacAskill navigate Alto roofs.

God Bless Bolivia – Team JQ has arrived.

Our Bolivian Distributor took us to their home track up in the mountains!

Very nice track, only problem, lack of power!

A bunch of drivers showed up with JQ BLACK Editions, and JQ RTRs!

Next morning we woke up early, and drove 6 hours or more to Cochabamba with the power of cocaine tea.

Cochabamba was a bit lower than LaPaz, so a bit better power, but still terrible

After a long drive through the mountains we arrived at the track for the race.

Bit of an evening snack at the race! Goddamn!

Team shirts were handed out. We need all our teams to look good!

Andres Claros had a cool ride. Back to the future

The driver stand was a bit small. Needed an extension đŸ™‚

This huge double proved to be my downfall in the main. I landed on a crashed car and my engine started running really weird, and died 2 corners later. Then it wouldn’t run. To this day I don’t know what happened.

Winner winner chicken dinner. On the left Jorge Chacon who took the win, and on the right Carlos Guerra who finished 3rd. Jorge is an up and coming racer who took his first win with a JQ, and Carlos is a veteran RC racer. A multiple Bolivian mountain bike champion, he runs a MBK store, and works as a mechanic on bikes. Great job to these guys!

Our Bolvian team is on point! Left to Right, Javier “Captain Slow” Rivera, nickname from real car driving. Jorge “Winner” Chacon, Javier “Rocky” Barros, JQ, Carlos “MTB” Guerra, Bryan “THEBoss” Bohrt, Keenan “K(unt)” White, Jorge “THEPilot” Zamora.

Preparing to go home, Bolivian style. TRANQUILOOOO!

The look of death. Our Team Last Resort driver who drove us back home was on another level. He clearly had no fucks left to give, and we almost died multiple times. I tried to explain to him why there were so many crosses on the side of the road, but he didn’t speak any ingles.

Back in LaPaz we stayed in a hotel where they shot a SAW movie. It was close to the bus station and it was Keenans first serious bad choice of the trip. Here I’m charging my phone. So awesome.

As if that wasn’t enough, this is the electrocution kit add on to the shower. Did it work, fuck no. Only cold water, well except for 3 seconds of luke warm water about 3 minutes in.

This breakfast hot pocket made things a lot better. So good. Saltenas I think they are called.

Finally on the bus with this lazy git, and on to Peru, via Chile.

And as for Chickens making you gay, I asked for an interesting fact about Bolivia for my blog, and the best story we heard was about Bolivia’s nutty president Evo Morales who said that eating chicken makes you gay. As a result chicken sales plummeted.

Operation Richard Saxton…On Richard Saxton

EZ up hoodie delivery was late.

Las Vegas, the scene of the final JBRL event. Tensions were high, you could sense it in the air as we pulled up in the JQRacing Motorhome. The superb RC Tracks of Las Vegas facility was prepared and ready to accept the 107 racers that arrived to do battle. This was going to be the day that “The King”, Richard “pit this lap” Saxton and Greg “not the worst WC any longer” Degani would face off one last time in the 40+ class, before the much deserved off season.

In less important news the experts, rookies, pros, left handed warriors, republicans, democrats, truggy retards, novices, amateurs and the sportsmen would do battle with various equipment to determine the winners in all these various classes. In America everyone is a winner!

Anyway, my flight is boarding, so let’s make this quick. Let’s get to the point. The 40+ main. Only 15 minutes before Degani jumped the start of the 40+ main, The King Saxton had completely dominated, dare I say obliterated Adam “the most overrated driver” Drake in the expert class main. It was an amazing race from Saxton, and he was clearly on it. He was looking confident, as he politely asked e-clip to pop-off, and made mention of the fact that Team Mugen had an opening.

Degani was not buying it though. He told me he had Richard covered. He said he has Richard so mentally fucked that he just can’t win. Ever since the 2002 worlds when Richard forgot to pit and ran out of fuel, and Degani sailed away to victory, Richard has had mind pump when racing Degani. Greg said that he just needed to initiate “ORS”. Operation Richard Saxton. You can read more about that here.

JQ is now officially #2 on the team

That’s EXACTLY what happened. Saxton pulled away a bit at the beginning as Greg made a mistake, but then it was on. It was so obvious. Degani’s tongue was out, and he was on a mission. Concentration was maxed out, and he was punched! He reeled in Saxton, and made an aggressive move. You could see it was going to happen already as the cars were in the air, over the big double. No matter what gap there was going to be in the next corner, Degani was going to be in it, like Senna back in the day. Degani throttle steered his BLACK Edition to the inside of The King and nudged him wide. The 30 000 strong crowd roared with approval. The race was on. Saxton was looking rather miffed. You could tell that sparks were about to fly. A short while later, as the cars headed down the short centre straight before a 180 going into 3 doubles, race craft once again proved entertaining, as Degani was wide, and hesitated before turning in. Saxton shot by on the inside like a North Korean missile, clearly anticipating that Degani would be there. Degani then turned in behind Saxton and regained the lead. By this point everyone was paying attention.

Saxton managed to get by one more time, and at this point it looked like maybe he had it, but no. Degani’s prediction proved to be true. He really had Saxton mind pumped beyond recovery. This was evident as Saxton launched off the track off one of the table tops. Degani sailed through and put the hammer down. This was it, it was time to break The King. After a few stellar laps of the World Champion looking eerily similar to his former self, he had a lead of approximately 10 seconds. It was over. What an epic battle, one that will go down in the RC history books without question.



It was only a matter of time. After laying low for the past few months. After taking 3 months off from RC tracks and a transmitter. After working tirelessly on design, marketing, sales, webshop, website, business. After preparing the company for major growth. After networking, looking for the right people and the right companies. After working on JQThreads, after creating a solid plan for achieving my goal of actually being successful by the time I am 35, after spending a record 3 months home in Finland, resulting in a boost in energy and motivation. After spending an enormous amount of time lost in thought and planning everything that is going to go down over the next 2 years, it is now time to make all the plans reality. A couple of things you can do, is look out for the following:


Every Monday we start the week with a “BLACK Edition News” posted on our website.


It’s time to get back in the swing of things. It’s time to get a routine going. It’s time to post a blog every Wednesday. This will be a JQ blog about anything, RC related or not. You know how it goes. The literary psychopath inside of me needs to release some rants once in a while. So from now on, every Wednesday, I will be posting something.


I will continue to post weekly FB Live videos once my traveling schedule calms down in December.