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NEW Beginnings Are Always Good

new-beginningI like new years, because they are always full of promise. I’m not the sort of person that makes resolutions that I then break. Sometimes I don’t make any, sometimes I make one I keep. But every year I strive to improve. Sometimes steps forward are made behind the scenes, and sometimes they are made in public. 2017 is a year when we are going to be making progress in public.

Daniel Adams Appreciation Day

sun_danieladamsI wonder how many week ends Daniel Adams works every year. He seems to be at a race representing Pro Line every possible week end. This guy is a trooper, and after the Reedy Race I thought he has earned his own Daniel Adams Appreciation Day. He not only spent time at the track before the event with team drivers, testing tyres, and preparing for the event, at the event I saw Daniel do all of the following things:

  1. Setup and maintain the ProLine pit presence.
  2. Supply tyres.
  3. Tech inspection.
  4. Tyre impound.
  5. Set up and work the DJ booth.
  6. Help out in the hobby store.
  7. Race.
  8. Walk around with red cheeks.

I really wonder if Pro Line pay him enough. I doubt it. What a valuable guy to have working for your company.

Silly Season Wrap Up -90% Perfection

I think most deals are announced now. You know how genius I was? Out of the 24 predictions I got 22 right. I missfired on King and Aigoin. Not bad, not bad at all. Let’s take a look shall we: (A more detailed 2017 prediction post will follow)

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Ryan Maifield – Leaves TLR – Joins Mugen – Never lets go of throttle.

Yes, it happened, Maifield joins Mugen, and Yokomo for 1:10th. Looks like 1:8th program is on point. 1:10th program needs some setup work!

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Davide Ongaro – Leaves Mugen – Joins AE – So nothing really changes.

Davide Ongaro – Leaves Mugen – Joins AE – Already has a dialed setup.

Davide Ongaro – Leaves Mugen – Joins AE – Already has all the spare parts.

Davide Ongaro – Leaves Mugen – Joins AE – Basically in order to make the car match his blue cooling head.

Ongaro did in fact go to AE, and he was immediately dialed. What a surprise!

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Cody King – Leaves Kyosho – Joins JQRacing – Paul King Stays with Kyosho.

Well I almost got this, just substitute JQRacing with HB. And once Paul King get’s out of intensive care, he will most likely stay with Kyosho.

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Jerome Aigoin – Leaves Kyosho – Linked to Mugen- Americans are now asking “Who is Jerome Aigoin?”

I should have seen this one coming. I am disappointed in my lack of foresight. His brother sells Xray, and runs it. Seems so obvious now.

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Jared Tebo – Staying with Kyosho – Yawn.

Got it. Didn’t believe the rumours.

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Joseph Quagraine – Fires himself – Buys his spot back on THE Team.

Yep, it cost me a lot, but I had to do it.

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Ty Tessmann – Leaves HB – Joins Xray? – If it is God’s will.

It was God’s will. Tessmann really did go to Xray!

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Juha Aromaa – Stays with TLR for 1:10th scale, because he is dominating.

Well, he showed up at OCRC running TLR’s!

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Baldo Brothers – Leave Mugen – Join TLR – Culture Shock Imminent

Well I’ll be damned, got it!

quintonDaniel “Mr Party” Quinton – Stays with Kyosho – Meaning he still buys Kyoshos, moving Kanai-san ever so close to that new Ferrari.

Still paying for Kanai’s Ferrari!

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Atsushi Hara – Dude, I bet he doesn’t even know what he is doing himself. Possible onroad career ahead.

I was right in the way, that Hara still doesn’t know what he is doing.

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Jeremy Kortz – Can’t leave anyone because he is not on a team – Does not sign with anyone.

Kortz is still not signed with anyone, and it’s still 0-0, for another month!

IMG_4057[1]Max Mört – Stays with JQRacing – Mainly due to severe threat to his life if he leaves.

Max has confirmed that he does not want to die yet. Too much to live for at the moment.

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JC have Maifield, Rivkin, Ogden, Savoya, they are good right? Well about to get a whole lot better. I have heard that David Ronnefalk to JC is a done deal, and Ryan Cavalieri is possible.

Got all those!

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Then again, with the rumours of Tebo and Phend going to AKA, it just makes this whole scenario not make any sense. Haven’t heard anything about Lutz, staying put I believe.

And all these!

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Haven’t really heard anything about European drivers and PL. Even if Tebo and Phend did leave, they still have a ton of great drivers, like Boots, Drake, King, Cragg, Aigoin, Berton and Tessmann. I would not be surprised to see more drivers out though.

Yep, all good, just add McBride there.

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Dave Wentz – Kyosho to JQRacing – The Earth’s Orbit adjusts to this news.

Dave is being mysterious. No one knows exactly what is going on!

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Robert Battle – Modelix (ProCircuit – Ultimate) Out – AKA and Picco In – Mind blown.

Yes it really did happen!

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Barry Baker – Comeback? – Old School: instead of social media drama, he brings it in reality.

This was a genius one, and it ended up being Serpent!

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Cameron Kyle Neff – Stays with SWorkz – No One Cares.

As predicted, no one cared!

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Davide Ongaro – Adds traction to his program – This could go either way.

Well would you believe it, I called it right. Now we just need to see what happens this summer!

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Alex Zanchettin – Leaves TLR for Tekno – Upgrade in $$$, Downgrade in handling.

Did go to Tekno, let’s see how he handles the handling!

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Team Orion – Downsizes team after Ronnefalk’s Worlds Bonus empties bank account.

Cavalieri and Phend did leave, haven’t seen anyone added, but yet to be announced Cody King to HB and Orion.

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Honorable Mention – Marc Rheinard – Tamiya back to only caring about plastic models.

I said he goes to Infinity, it hasn’t been announced, but I’m just going to announce it. If he isn’t going to Infinity I’ll go there.

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Joseph Quagraine – JQ deal fell through due to lack of pace in mains – Retires and gets real job.

I was WRONG. At the last moment I managed to win OCRC Wednesday Night Worlds in 2wd, which was so impressive, that I convinced myself to give me another year to prove myself. The 17th year is bound to be the one, it’s the right time, its JQ time finally. I’m going to JQ the shit out of 2017.

A lot of Testing Today

16110096_1324173060961804_638198240008732672_nLee Martin is running 1:8th scale for Infinity, which means that for as long as they don’t have a car, he is free to run whatever he wants. Obviously he wants to test all the best cars, and clearly he knows whats up :-).

Working together is the best way to achieve success. The best lap times too it seems.

Working together is the best way to achieve success. The best lap times too it seems.

On another note, I also got sent this video from my sister who has been doing some testing over in Finland with her son. Seems like we need to work some more on concentration and focus.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BPW0AqLB22R/?taken-by=thequagraine&hl=en

 

San Diego Supercross

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Saturday was a Supercross kind of day! Juha Aromaa and Karri Salmela are over here for the Reedy Race of Champions, and we took a day off from RC and headed down to San Diego in the morning for the 2nd round of the AMA Supercross series! For whatever reason the boys had created their “Rap Names”, Juha is now known as “Phatty J”, Karri is “Skinny K”, and I was unanimously voted to be “Dumb J”.

The supercross was awesome. The racing was great this time, unlike Anaheim 1, the 250 main was epic, with Davalos’ late implosion leading to a hectic finish. And team Europe dominated again, that was great to see! Can’t wait for A2 next week.

On the topic of names, I think it’s strange how they often ask you for your name when you order food at a number of American establishments. This time Juha became “John”, Karri became “Kenny”, and as for me, I always say my name is Jesus, just because I want them to call out loud for Jesus. They always pull the “Hesus” card on me, but I’m going to succeed! I feel like we should have gone with our rap names.

We had a pretty funny incident occur after the SX race. As we were walking through the pits, we were debating weather we should swing by the Kawi pits, or head to a bar for a few beers, so I said, in Finnish “You know what, let’s just go to a bar, Tomac has really small tits anyway.” Just as I said that, a Samoan looking guy butts in, IN FINNISH, “Hey, are you from Finland?” Hilarious, after that, every time any of us said something strange, we looked around to check for Finnish speakers.

 

HRC Engineers anxiously checking for the latest JQ blog post.

HRC Engineers anxiously checking for the latest JQ blog post.

Not only do I always pick the wrong line pretty much anywhere I need to stand in line, I also choose the wrong place to sit.

Not only do I always pick the wrong line pretty much anywhere I need to stand in line, I also choose the wrong place to sit.

Skinny K and Dumb J after Team Europe beat Team USA.

Skinny K and Dumb J after Team Europe beat Team USA.

Look at that, LOOK AT THAT!

Look at that, LOOK AT THAT!

Phat J working on his rap name

Phat J working on his rap name

Happy New Year

img_58741I was a bit tired last week so I didn’t want to start the new year. I decided yesterday that today was the day. Get a routine going again, wake up at 8, head to the gym, then deal with business stuff, and then off to the track in the afternoon. I got a new radio too, need to dial that thing in, built a new 4wd, it’s a new beginning. New year, same goals, let’s see how much closer we can get this year! I like new years. Out with the old, in with the new. Fresh motivation! so Happy New Year! (I do what I want, so should you.)

Being Competitive – Blessing & a Curse

TQ to 4th. Really?

TQ to 4th. Really?

I am extremely competitive. I always have been and probably always will be. I remember as a child I would be so mad at myself , and sometimes cry if I didn’t win at whatever I was doing. Almost all the games I played were some sort of competition where you could win or lose. This is how insane I am:

We used to live in the sticks, so there weren’t many friends around, which meant that I spent a lot of time alone. I would play alone, competing against myself at something, pretending to be multiple different people, usually 3 people. So there were 3 competitors and I would ride my bike, play with some toy or whatever, and compete against myself. Acceptable level of insanity at this point, BUT, I would have a favourite split personality, and if that one didn’t win, I would get mad at myself. So I would be racing something, and then get mad at myself because my favourite’s attempt wasn’t the best. I’m nuts.

Anyway, my point is, that for whatever reason, being competitive can lead to positive or negative outcomes, and I don’t quite know what it is that determines which outcome it will be. Losing is a terrible feeling, for me it only really feels bad when I know in my heart I can win, and then I don’t, and specially if I don’t because of my own mistake. It’s such a terrible feeling it makes me want to quit racing at first. And this is where it gets mysterious. Some competitive people will actually quit after some hardships. Others, like me, will somehow get over the worst disappointment, and turn that into motivation, and fuel the fire and decide to try even harder, in order to never feel that bad again.

Losing is a terrible feeling, for me it only really feels bad when I know in my heart I can win

The last 6 years have been a mental beat down and destruction of my confidence and competitive spirit. It’s not that I stopped being competitive, it’s that in my heart I have known that I can’t win. That meant that I wasn’t willing to put in the work as a driver, yes I tried, but I didn’t DO. The difference of “I’ll do my best”, and “I’ll win.” It’s almost like I had to accept defeat mentally, or I would surely have gone completely insane, and most likely quit. With too much on my plate, designing producing, marketing, selling a car, running a company, I just couldn’t improve as a racer at the same time. I had to put my competitiveness on hold in order to survive. And it made me hate life.

Finally, this past year, as I started this blog, I made the decision to get back at it, and focus on my driving, and practice so I can go to a race with the mental approach of “I’ll win”, instead of “I’ll do my best.”. I decided to do that because THECar was now good enough to win any race. I knew that with another year of development it would be right up there with the very best, and that I needed to work on my driving to match that. Slow progress is hard to see, so now racing 10th scale in America I can see the progress more clearly. I am now racing and beating drivers who were lapping me in 5 minutes just a year ago.

I am now racing and beating drivers who were lapping me in 5 minutes just a year ago.

So after tonight’s Wednesday Night Worlds at OCRC, where I TQed over really fast guys like Hartson, Schreffler, Beyett, Thayer, Miller in 2wd, and then went into the main and stuffed it into a pipe on the first lap, going to dead last, fighting back to 4th, but feeling like I just lost a potential win, I got that terrible feeling again. It’s just a club race, but to me when I can win and I don’t, it almost doesn’t matter, it always feels so bad. And this time I realised that this is a good thing. I care again, and I’m so motivated to work harder and win something important one day.

2017 – It’s here

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Some of you are already in 2017, I just got back from the track, and will now celebrate the end of a year, and the start of a new one. I would just like to remind you of something I have realised over the years. No matter how bad you think your life is right now, remember, it can always get worse!

Good luck to you all in 2017!

The Power of Our Minds

The grass is always greener on the other side. Right now I can honestly say, I love my life. Don’t worry be happy. It’s all going to be ok! What a journey life is, there are no right moves, just try to make interesting ones. Actually working on improving my driving has made me a happier person. I suck a bit less, and that has made me happier. Deciding to enjoy myself more has done wonders. Figuring out how to work on the company without burning out, also a plus. JQThreads, also a plus. 2017 is looking exciting.

JS7 – What’s going on?

I have heard James Stewart is announcing his retirement at Anaheim 1 in two weeks or so. So sad 😦 I hope it isn’t true. I wish he came back and won at least one race, and then retired. Come on, you can’t go out like this!