October 1, 2023


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Friday5 With Crew Driver Tom Bishop – JConcepts Weblog

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On this version of the JConcepts Friday5 we speak to Massachusetts staff driver, Tom Bishop!

1. How did you find out about RC automotive racing? What class did you take part in to start with and why?

I began racing again within the early 90’s. I had a buddy that will race and I made a decision at some point to go and test it out and have been hooked since. The courses I ran once I first began was modified truck and modified buggy since they have been the courses he ran and I wished to compete in opposition to him. They have been additionally the 2 greatest courses again then till we began to dabble into the world of 4WD as effectively. The world of 4WD drive modified when the BJ4 released by JConcepts got here alongside, and it was a recreation changer on this planet of 4WD automobiles and the best way they dealt with.

2. In your area you do fairly a little bit of racing on off-road turf. So what recommendation do you might have for off-road dust drivers which might be making an attempt out turf for the first time?

For a driver coming from the 1/8 dust aspect of issues I’d say tire choice is an enormous one. I inform individuals on a regular basis the one solution to get higher is tracktime and tires. The driving fashion is just a little completely different going from a dust observe to a excessive chunk turf observe, however as I all the time inform individuals when on the observe, or if I see a brand new face, I all the time say hello and allow them to know the trailer doorways are all the time open in the event that they need assistance. I feel getting assist from a neighborhood driver is a big asset to the observe in addition to all their sponsors.

3. You probably have been racing for awhile, what would you say is the primary know-how development in RC so far AND why?

Boy the place to start with this one. A lot has modified from the times of being on the observe and going to the board to get your frequency clip and hope nobody is on the identical channel and turned their radio on whilst you we on a very good run. After which we flip to the brushless motors and pace controls wow discuss a recreation changer! You possibly can run for longer, now not needed to reduce brushes or true comms , and it was extra plug and play. Then got here alongside LiPo batteries and also you now not needed to hope you bought a full peak into your battery to make your 5 minute most important. As for tires the choice that we have now now’s wonderful with all of the completely different compounds. In case you wished that again within the early 2000s it’s was a science experiment to make the tires softer. Your month-to-month subscription to RC Car Action Magazine would preserve you up to date month to month with new merchandise, however now with social media you hear a couple of new product being examined or used on the observe aspect inside days.

4. Identify one JConcepts product that you simply really feel is ignored by many however you discover it very helpful.

As for a instrument that I really feel will get over seemed is the JConcepts Metal Car Stand. It’s not solely a automotive stand, but additionally a shock rebuild stand as effectively. It would maintain your 1/8 or 1/10 shocks so your not taking part in the steadiness act whilst you watch for the air to settle out of them.

5. Apart from RC automobiles, what different hobbies are you into?

Different issues I love to do exterior of racing is I like to offer again to the neighborhood by being and umpire for baseball in our space with something from Little League to Excessive Faculty. Within the winter time right here within the Northeast I do lots of ice fishing. Catch and launch is what I observe. I take a fast photograph and ensure the fish swim off to develop larger and catch them one other day.

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