Category Archives: #Inspiration

#WeAreAE #IamJQ

From a B3 back in the early 2000s to a B6D in 2017!

When I first started racing there were a few brands that stood out thanks to their great products and race success. Team Associated was one of them. The first 1:10th scale buggy I owned was an AE B3, and I have actually always really enjoyed 1:10th scale offroad, but it has just never been my focus.

However, as I only have a few years left in racing, I wanted to take full advantage of them, and have fun, and hopefully some success, racing the best 10th scales on the market. Naturally I contacted Brent Thielke, the Team Manager at AE. I announced that I am available and willing to join the AE team for 10th scale, and sent him my bank info for my paychecks. Brent responded by sending me a Richard Saxton “How To” dvd, and a link to amain.com. He also told me that if I do run AE I should under no circumstances ever wear an AE shirt. He said something about that being bad for AE’s image. I didn’t quite understand what he meant. Strange guy.

Richard Saxton has become a living meme in Finland. A term was coined after him, a translation being “Saxtoning”, or “to Saxton”. It basically means leaning forward in an approximately 30 degree angle, and clapping slowly with exaggerated hand movements, as a car goes by. It also includes towel waving. After discovering this dvd, it is clear that Saxton has been a living meme for a long time.

Anyway, I got myself some AE cars, and was so stoked. Now I would be just as fast as my heroes Ryan Cavalieri and Neil Cragg. Actually one other reason I wanted to run AE was that I wanted to be team mates with the Craggs, as they are good people. The only way to do that is to run AE, as that’s all Neil has ever, and will ever run.

After watching Saxton’s how to video I was quite confident going into my first race with my AE buggies, the Euros warm up. Both cars were fresh, never been run. In the end I managed to make both mains, and actually finished top Associated in 2wd! How you like them apples Brent?

All joking aside, I’m looking forward to the Euros that start tomorrow, and I’ll be keeping you up to date with daily reports of some sort. Let’s see how inspired I feel, and if we can figure out the wifi.

Brent didn’t say anything about stickers! Btw Brent, paypal works too.

Mobile Office

At times I feel like I totally Forrest Gump my way through life, at other times I feel like I have a few solid ideas, set in stone, that I made up my mind about, and I have just figured out everything around them. As it turns out, I somehow figured out the modern business style, flexible, super low overhead, outsourcing what isn’t vital, and that has lead to a mobile office. I can be wherever I want, whenever I want, and I can run my business. The only requirement I have, is the need to get online. I can go wherever I want for a year, and as long as they have wifi, I can run the business. It might not be as easy, or as comfortable, but it’s possible. I like the freedom. So when the invitation to the Dominican Republic came in, I didn’t need to organise a holiday, or figure out work, I just said “I’ll be there.”

Just Add Driver

  
An unidentified stick radio driver picked up my wheel radio, and on the first full tank did a 7Laps 5:08. That’s top 3 qualifying pace.

As I have said before, the BLACK Edition is capable. Just add a driver.

What I Have In Common With Arnold Schwarzenegger

I have covered these same things this blog over the past year, and in FB posts before that, and of course, I have lived it since the year 2003. Let’s take a look

1. Trust Yourself

When I started designing my car, and later when I started my company, I knew that I didn’t know what I was doing, but I always believed I could figure it all out. That’s it really. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

2. Break Some Rules

Not a problem, this one I have covered. Stupid rules are made to be broken. From studying for my degree picking the courses I wanted, even when I wasn’t accepted into the specific programs, applying instead after I had completed them, to doing business unconventionally, figuring out things as we go.

3. Don’t Be Afraid To Fail

It goes without saying, I have failed a lot. When you try everything for the first time, it sort of comes with the territory.

4. Ignore The Naysayers

This does not only mean haters, it also means ignoring your friends or family members who may not share your faith. It takes a strong mind to remain dedicated and committed, specially if everyone around you thinks you are wasting your time, and won’t succeed, and definitely if your goals are to do something that hasn’t been done before.

5. Work Like Hell

In Ryan Cavalieri’s words: “I don’t know how you do it. I don’t know how you have time to do anything.”. Well, basically by not having a life outside of JQRacing, it is actually possible. This is the one that I feel like I fail at the most. Spreading oneself too thin only means being average at everything, and not doing anything as well as possible. I feel like I leave too much on the table.

6. Give Something Back

I try to give good young drivers with the right attitude and dedication the opportunity to achieve their goals in RC racing. I provide a ton of content such as this, for free. Outside of RC I give back too, but that’s a different story. Good things happen to good people, so try and be a good person.

Full Throttle

NeoBuggy just needs to film when Max Full Throttle Johansson punches it for 5 minutes on this track.

That’s about it, I’m really tired!

I can see this happening to me

Social media brings out the worst in people.

Inspirational Motocross Race

If you love racing, and specially if you love Motocross, watch this race. It will be worth it.

Neo17-Day 3, THETeam Supper

On this day of celebration, I have outsourced my blog to Fat Jesus, as I have to focus for tomorrows mains. There will surely be more juicy blogs next week. For now, enjoy being told what to do.

Fat Jesus’ 10 Commandments:

1. Thou shalt all go BLACK Edition.

2. Thou shalt not covet your neighbours car.

3. Thou shalt not marshal like Spaniards or Italians.

4. Thou shalt run eTruggy. Tis brilliant.

5. Thou shalt only drink hot chocolate with coffee.

6. Thou shalt never case THE Quad.

7. Thou shalt enjoy THE Team Supper.

Neo Day 1 -PRACTICE

Day 1, so far so good. Practice has gone better than ever before at NEO. I seeded into both top heats, 14th in both, which I have never done before. My lap times are OK, but still 1 second off the best. I would like to see if I can find the pace needed. My cars feel really good. I made changes for each round, and both times the changes improved my car. Now for tomorrow  I will just leave them, and drive as well as I can! Sounds easy.

The track is very good in my opinion, faster and more flowing than most years. Similar to last year, which was the first of this new style. I prefer this a lot to how it used to be, tight, hairpins, etc. This is wider, and more raceable. It also has sections where good drivers can go for it a bit more, and make up time, which is how great tracks should be. We don’t want everyone doing the same thing every lap. The surface seems really bumpy and uneven, catching a lot of drivers out in seemingly easy sections.

There is really no rest, you have to be driving your car and concentrating at all times. In the first practice, I kept forgetting that the front straight ends right after the driverstand. I just went straight and then last minute handbrake, which was quite embarrassing.

Everyone seems to be running clay compound once again, the AKA guys running slay Typos for the most part it seems. I don’t know if one tyre is better than another, they all seem to be pretty equal at this point. As for car’s, this track isn’t really the kind of track that will favour one type of car, because it has a good mix of everything, it has the jumps, and woops, but it also has on power bumpy corners, as well as off camber sections, and tight corners. So a car really needs to be good at everything, and not be lacking in any department………………….C-hub!

Max Mört is doing very well at his first NEO, and so is Petri Ström, the mini cup champ running a loaner. After each other in 54th and 55th.

I really only have one main point from today.

We started racing at 8:30 or 9, and the day ended at 8pm. There were 23 heats, and we all raced 3 times, except the lucky ones racing both classes, that got to run 6 times. INFINITELY MORE ENJOYABLE THAN 6:30 TO 4AM COMPLETE BULLSHIT “RACES”. Just sayin’. We actually had time to socialise, and get some sleep.

Neobuggy is a race for the RACER, and one that looks to improve RC, with extensive coverage, a lot of track time (value for money), special dash for cash and junior final events, food, snacks, hobby shops on site, and even accomodation. It’s just really damn good, and all these professional race promoters running  these money grabbing races elsewhere should take note.

Peace.