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Random Observations About America Part 2

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If there is one thing Americans are good at, it’s being lazy. Name pretty much anything, and in America there will be a drive through version of it, just so they don’t have to move their fat arses out of their SUVs. I mean even the language is simplified, did you notice that just now? Thru/through. But there is another side to this, and it’s called convenience. Let the lazy bastards be lazy, for the productive people out there, America is awesome, because the lazy drive “thru” culture has brought with it convenience, and when things are convenient, it’s a lot easier to be productive, and get shit done! I mean you have to go to the pharmacy to get some pills (using the drive “thru” of course), you can get your beers there too. Who thought of this? So convenient, I love it.

This is my pet peeve in this country. People who are perfectly capable of walking use these motorised shopping carts and wreak havoc on everyone. If you can't walk enough to go get your groceries and hemorrhoid creme, then you don't deserve any.  I think anyone who uses one of these should be rounded up and shipped off to Syria.

This is my pet peeve in this country. People who are perfectly capable of walking use these motorised shopping carts and wreak havoc on everyone. If you can’t walk enough to go get your groceries and hemorrhoid creme, then you don’t deserve any. I think anyone who uses one of these should be rounded up and shipped off to Syria. The rest of the world manages America!

But to get to my point, it is this. The single greatest achievement of the Americans, is deciding to allow turning right during a red light. I bet you it started because some lazy bastard was so lazy, that he couldn’t be bothered to sit at a red light when he could easily just turn right, get home sooner, and eat more nachos in front of the TV.

The funny thing about American traffic signs is also how they write everything. In Europe there is a symbol for no parking, in America they spell it out “No parking here any time”, “stop wait here”, “speed limit”, “Do not pass”. Basically, if you don’t speak English, you are fucked! Then there is this one, “No turn on red”. That’s the bad one. Then you have to sit there in the right lane and look all European.

So why don’t we allow right turns on red in Europe? Probably because we have pedestrians, people actually walk places in Europe, and if we had cars running red lights things might get dicey.

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Club Racing in America

Tuesday Night Nationals at HotrodHobbies tonight. I TQed and Degani qualified. I won and Degani BLEW OOOUTTT!!!

Tuesday Night Nationals at Hot Rod Hobbies tonight. I TQed and Degani qualified 2nd. I won and Degani BLEW OOOUTTT!!!:-p

One of the great things about spending time with your RC Cars in America, is that you can race almost every day of the week. And actually, this is a really bad time for club racing, it used to be better in the past! If you run 1:8th and 1:10th, you can club race Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the area I am staying. Maybe even Thursday, hell I haven’t checked! Do you still wonder why there are so many fast American racers?

Club racing has been dying out, probably partly due to all the bigger money grabbing races that offer low value to your average racer that attends. A lot of money, a lot of time, and the same track time you get at a weekly club race! Not good for our sport in my opinion, I hope race organisers start running races with the actual racers in mind again, instead of just inventing classes and trying to maximise entries. Maximise fun instead!

Actually, for me, the most fun I have ever had running RC cars, has been back when we used to race modified touring cars on carpet in a relatively small bomb shelter in Finland. There were about 5-6 of us, and on the best nights we had some EPIC battles, I remember some crazy overtaking manouvers, and bumper to bumper action. One night a guy got a bit too ambitious going down the back straight, hit the wall and his car bounced 6ft up in the air into the rock wall. The rest of us had to pull off because we were laughing so hard. Club nights, and club racing is the best, when you get the same group of people going week after week, that’s when it gets really fun. Just need to make sure not to Neff out and create unecessary tension. Keep it fun! I never understood why we don’t do more club racing in Europe!

 

 

Random Observations About America Part 1

usa-toiletsI never understood American public bathrooms. Or “restrooms”, apparently Americans go there to “rest”, the English go there to take a bath. Shitters, I never understood the shitters in this country.

  1. What’s with the ridiculously large gaps either side of the door. With the terrible fear of a transgender person using the “wrong” bathroom, and the imminent paedophilia threat, you would think that the health and safety office or whoever the hell draws up regulations for these public restrooms would be all over that shit.
  2. So there is a drought in half the country, but your toilets use about 5000 gallons of water each flush. And not only that, the fact that there is enough water to fill a medium sized swimming pool in the toilet means, that it is actually quite literally impossible to pee without splashing all over the shop. Now you COULD sit down to pee, but then you might be mistaken for one of those transgender paedos, and someone is bound to figure it out, what with those cracks in the stall.

Get a grip America!

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So Easy Even a Village Idiot Can Do It

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You may remember this guy, Fajar from Indonesia, 13 years old at the time, and a marshal at the RC track in Medan. I wrote a blog post about him back then, which you can read here if you like. I realised I never did write about the fact that some time after the visit, he dropped out of school as his parents couldn’t afford to send him, so I had my local distributor find out if he wanted to keep going to school, and if his parents were OK with me paying for it. They were, so I did.

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On the left, when I first met Fajar. On the right when he got his new school uniform, and went back to school.

I just had the good news that 5th grade has begun, as a new school uniform was needed. Cool to see, and it made me think…oh boy here we go again!

My point of today’s post isn’t to say look how awesome I am, (although please feel free to do so also), it is to say that it’s really easy to make a positive difference in someone’s world. It doesn’t take much at all, even a village idiot from Finland can manage it. I don’t know if Fajar’s life will change due to my help, but what I do know is that I am providing him with an opportunity. Sometimes all a person needs is an opportunity.

Still loving the marshalling duties

Still loving the marshaling duties at the Medan track!

it’s really easy to make a positive difference in someone’s world. It doesn’t take much at all, even a village idiot from Finland can manage it.

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Who Jet Skiis on Thursday?

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As I wrote just a few days ago, I have realised the importance of work life balance. You work hard, you play harder. I think you can burn the candle at both ends before 30, but then you just get burned out, and stop being productive. Your life needs a balance. I am way more productive, and get shit done when I have a suitable balance of work and free time. It’s still not perfect, and I still have too much work and stress compared to chill time, but it’s better than it was. That’s why we went jet skiing today 😀

“Who jet skiis on a Thursdays? There’s people out there who don’t have food.”

It’s just moments like this that you realise how fortunate some of us are. I think if you can go jet ski on a Thursday in California, you don’t have much to complain about! One thing I want to do here shortly is provide opportunities to people who don’t have them. RC isn’t the right venue for that, and since I’m not rich myself there’s not much I can do, I barely get by myself as it is. But the clothing brand, the clothing brand has the potential to do just that. More about that later. Now I got to do some work. It’s daytime in China, and morning in Europe!

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Moving House #rcgypsy

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It’s that time, being homeless is always interesting 😀 Thank you to the Degani Inn and to Las Vegas, it’s been emotional.

Time to move the JQ HQ to Orange County and get a routine going. My life is a mess for the most part, traveling all over, never 100% sure where I will be a few weeks from now, but I do like my routines, and they are needed for when progress is supposed to be made. I can maintain what I have, as far as the business is concerned, but I can’t make progress unless I set up camp somewhere, and get a routine going. I just can’t focus and put all the pieces together without getting my life around all set first. Over here my setup is the best, better than in Finland. I get up 7:30, head to the gym, be ready to start work at 10am, after having breakfast and watching some youtube videos and checking social media.

For the next few weeks it will be working in virtual reality online, getting everything figured out for next year, and then I’ll get back at it, RC that is, mainly at OCRC doing some 1:10th scale with my PR Racing cars. I’ll be updating you about that, posting my findings, and my setups. For now, it’s back to making plans, and working on the future, so that I have more time to go to the track towards the end of this year.

Trying to make it out to the Fall Braw at Myrtle Beach in North Carolina in December, and then the Dominican Republic, and possibly Trinidad and Tobago right after that, still before Christmas. The one man circus just keeps on going, adding more countries, that’s the name of the game! Grow this RC world one country at a time!

Still have some worlds blogs to post, damn! Need to get that done too.

Popping To The Other Side of The World Again

I really enjoy, and hate traveling. Packing the night before is the worst. I have got better, I was packed in good time today. Now just need to check I have all company stuff figured out! No time for this now!

Back in Finland

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Midnight in Vasa. As you can see no lights needed. Now it’s coming to 5am, just made it home. Almost 11000km, well worth it!

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LRP Electronic – From a Basement to Multi Million € Company

Jurgen is into wine. Not quite in the alcoholic way, but the wine connoisseur kind of way. He introduced me to the art of fine wines last year, and he is still pushing the issue.

Jurgen is into wine. Not quite in the alcoholic way, but the wine connoisseur kind of way. He introduced me to the art of fine wines last year, and he is still pushing the issue.

I first started racing RC Cars in 1999, and I bought a car with an LRP speed controller. Ever since then I have been running LRP! At some point I somehow got sponsored by LRP, and have been ever since. I have never actually visited LRP, so on the way back from Spain, Max and I decided to drive via Stuttgart, as LRP is located close by.

We had a short meeting after our tour, and a few good laughs.

We had a short meeting after our tour, and a few good laughs. Jurgen on the left was trying to convince me to go to the 1:8th Euros. Andy on the right was just laughing because he is Andy, and that’s what he does.

We were greeted by Andy Kramer, LRP’s own team manager/customer service/R&D/nice guy – guy. I hope they pay him a lot, he is worth it for the brand on the racing side at least! That would be my critique of LRP. For a while there during the last few years it looked like they were drifting away from the racing side. When I stared racing, LRP was this cool world championship winning, innovating brand. Then the last few years I got the feeling it had become this RTR quad copter monster truck backyard bashing lame toy brand. Then not so long ago LRP re-vamped their race image, signed some drivers, got a bit more of a presence going, and I’m back thinking it’s a cool racing brand. Andy is the Nitro guy, and Ales Dobnikar who I met for the first time last year is the Electric guy, and they travel to the big races for support. I hope Jurgen Lautenbach, the founder and GESCHÄFTSFUHRER (CEO) of LRP keeps racing close at heart and maybe even pushes the racing side a bit more as the market improves!

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Waiting for the GESCHÄFTSFUHRER

Anyway, Jurgen has come a long way, really impressive if you ask me. From soldering his own shit together in his parents basement to running a multi million euro company both producing and selling their very own products, and distributing others. It takes a lot to pull that off. And not only that, he is also a European Champion in 1:10th offroad. We got to see the multistory office building, all decked out with blue carpets and no photo signs. German, organised, and more than likely efficiently running, and of course non-airconditioned. That’s a thing in Germany. Maybe it was optional, some people had it in their offices.

All the LRP World Championships were listed impressively with plaques in the stairway of the office building.

All the LRP World Championships were listed impressively with plaques in the stairway of the office building.

Just down the road was an even bigger warehouse, far larger than you probably imagine, with rows and rows of pallets and boxes full of RC stuff. We picked up an order I had made for the 1:10th scale offroad euros, and I got a head ache imagining taking care of the stock control, product lists and webshop details for all this stuff!

So there you go, great example of going for it, pulling your sleeves up and getting to work on your passion. It’s possible people, it’s possible!

Entering the Sales Manager's office. Memories from Berlin clearly.

Entering the Sales Manager’s office. Memories from Berlin clearly.

Security levels were high. This was all the pictures I was able to sneak out.

Security levels were high. These were all the pictures I was able to sneak out.

You can read some more about LRP here.

 

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Max Euro Trip

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Written by: Max Mört

This has been the first big road trip for me and first time being abroad without my parents, if not counting Sweden, and it has been pretty amazing. I have gone to the last two Euros with my family with a caravan so the start felt pretty normal going through Sweden except that it was Joseph that I was traveling with not my family. One of the cool things Joseph has is his #rcgypsy style. No nights staying at a hotel only staying with some friends. One big difference to traveling with my family is that me myself and Joseph, we do not like to plan things too far ahead. That is something I really like. You are driving through Italy and you see a really nice town next to the Mediterranean sea and you decide to go there and buy and ice cream and enjoy the view. Or you realize that some friend lives nearby the road you are going and decide to go eat breakfast with them.

The life of a young #rcgypsy

The life of a young #rcgypsy

The race in Landshut Germany was my first race without my dad being my mechanic. Luckily some nice German JQ drivers wanted to help me and I got through the finals pretty well. Tomorrow we will drive to Spain after a cool training week in France with the Medjoubi family. They have been really nice and gave us a place to sleep. The week has still been really hard. Wake up early go to sleep late. Whole week wrenching and driving and breaking in my and one of Joseph’s engines. I wanted to get confident for the euros and decided to drive with my base setup and just get as many laps in as possible and as the track was really hard it was really nice to just drive and only think about that, not to try different setups all the time. On Thursday however, I decided to change my car and got it really really good and now I am even more confident for the Euros.

Amazing feast at the Medjoubi family! This week we prepare for the Euros together!

Amazing feast at the Medjoubi family! This week we prepare for the Euros together!

One of the funniest moments of the week was Joseph’s frustration on Monday when he did not get his shit together. He was sitting on the rostrum just looking at his transmitter and then he asked me to go turn his car around. After that I decided to give him a friendly hug every time he looked sad and somehow he got everything sorted out. This trip has also taught me many things about Europe and seeing some new cities and small villages has been pretty cool too. For example in Germany we went to a local beer garden and in Italy we went to get an ice cream by the sea. Today Rayan showed some places here in Toulon and some other places nearby. It has been a great trip and a great experience. Also huge thanks to all the people who have let us stay with them for a night or just a quick visit: Mervyn, Dieter, The Medjoubis and Max Johansson. Also thanks for my pit crew in Landshut and Joseph for letting me go with him even though I hit him every time I see a yellow car. TRANQUILLE!