Motor Collection - Old School Horsepower

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Motor Collection - Old School Horsepower

Post by dinglem » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:17 pm

Here are some of my old motors from bitd.

These range from around '87 to '92.

There is a nice timeline of MG motors evident here, as I became sponsored by them and they provided me with their 'hand selected' standard motors.

You can see the MG Brown Dot (now quite rare) has a sticker marking it as an '88, and then I believe it was the Red Dot, of which there are a couple, then the ones with the blue label (x3), then the floro pink versions, and then I believe I went on to the Cobras.

There are also a couple of very early Demon motors in there as well - always loved the red stickers on those (one 27T standard, and a 16T).

Plenty of Reedy modified in there, and a pair of LRP's which were probably the last couple of motors I purchased. I always liked those as they came in a tasty LRP-labeled tube/pot, which you can see just above the motors stood up on the table.

I cannot recall whether the purple MG 'Exterminator' was a standard or modified - I don't have these in front of me as my folks have only just dug them out of their loft and sent me the pictures.

I think the Trinity was also a standard 27T, probably from around 1990. There is at least one missing - a 21D Reedy Silver Dot - but I think that is still in one of my other cars which hasn't been located in the loft yet! I am hoping so anyway.

I thought you might like to have a look, as seeing these brings back some great memories for me.

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Re: Motor Collection - Old School Horsepower

Post by tamiyadan » Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:34 pm

always awesome when former racers break out their stash :D.

i raced from 1983 till 1991-2ish off-road was sponsored not fully by a couple of companies in that time, TQ, Kyosho usa, Team Tomy, Hyperdrive.
Mostly i was a B-main tester for those guys, they would give me test parts to run for the factory guys and comment on how the parts did or didn't do.

I left offroad in 1992, 1993 went dirt oval, then touring till 1997-98 (ran a hobby shop in NY during all that), jumped back into off-road from 1997-1998 till 1999 then hung it up for good in 2001. I raced a couple of nationals in the states in Cali, Arizona, New york, Conn, etc 1991 was the best year. Honestly the entire thing has turned into a blur now.

Fun times :D

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Re: Motor Collection - Old School Horsepower

Post by dinglem » Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:04 pm

You did a lot more than I did by the sounds of it... I was only in from around '87 - '92, and stopped almost immediately when I went to Uni. Beer and boobs took over.

'91 was my best year also. 3rd overall in the 4wd Nationals.

I see you have already commented on my RC10 post so you have seen that car - it's a bit of an oddity. There is a Yokomo works of mine in the Yoke section also. They were my two main cars, although there was also a very modified Optima Mid which was lowered for carpet racing. Heavily lightened and drilled out, with cool alloy rims. We can't seem to locate that at the minute, but I am sure it will pop up eventually. Lost in the depths of the attic.

There must a lot more up there - boxes and boxes of spares most likely still in their packets. I'll dig it all out and see what happens.

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Post by tamiyadan » Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:05 pm

well i tried, lol. it was tough i did all the trips myself and was alone in the pit as the mechanic/driver/manager.

in retrospect i had so much going on i never practiced enough and i had my motor and battery routine out of wack.
i just could never gain up the ladder into the A-mains. was always B and C and i moved around too much between 2wd stock, mod and 4wd mod.

plus i moved between 4 states during that time as i was in college as well and i wasn't sure what the hell i was going to do.
when i ended up in Arizona i was able to hit the cactus classic in scottsdale for 2 years. i was in Tucson at that time.
It was like AHDH and half the focus, lol.

i didn't like the way things were clamping down in the off-road hobby at the time either. there was the big fight in 1991 at queens offroaders in NY.

I decided i wanted out of everything and left the southwest went to colorado to help an uncle in the oil industry and was there i picked up 1:1 Sprint car and 1/10 raced dirt oval and 1/10 monster trucks.

that didn't really work out and came back to NY and dumped into Touring where things were still fun, took over a friends hobby shop for a couple of years, raced from there and did other things as well. sold the shop. Today my reflexes are horrible i have been trying to recapture some youth and i tried to get the family into 1/12 on-road this summer with a spec class of tamiya cars and it went no where fast. i spent the summer trying to practice and just becoming more and more annoyed with my diminished skill set. it used to be so easy :(

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Post by dinglem » Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:24 pm

Oh don't say that! :?

I am hoping when I get going again it all comes rushing back in a flash and i'll be right on it....

I had my father running the pit box, charging and building/re-engineering the cars. All I did was race and marshall, so I was lucky in that respect. I got the impression he enjoyed it even more than me, and that seems to be the case today as well as he is the one digging all of my old stuff out of the life and getting excited that we might start up again.

We still can't find my carpet Mid though, which is a bit of a worry.

What were you doing in the oil industry? I am in seismic exploration (sat on a ship right now in fact).

I think my first hurdle is getting the wife involved with the racing.... that's going to be a tough sale for sure!!!

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Post by tamiyadan » Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:38 pm

oh lucky you, cherish those times with your father.

I came from an abusive home so my escape was the hobby. somehow it was r/c instead of drugs or alcohol. i didn't talk to my father for many years.
now i just talk to him in passing.

well arthritis isn't helping things...

well it was actually uncle in law. he was trying to modernize, i was a computer scientist major and a math major with a minor in geology. i was coming off a motorola gig and getting into IBM. so he wanted to pull me in and get things straightened out in the office and organize things computer wise. he figured i had the education for what he wanted and i was family so i could be trusted. rocks were basically a hobby of mine. It was big equipment switch over i wrote some programs, but I went to IBM after a year.
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Re: Motor Collection - Old School Horsepower

Post by dinglem » Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:01 pm

Yup - good times. I would never have been able to have such a cool RC collection without his input, that's for sure. It is only now really that I am realizing just what it was I actually had. Just the motor collection is cool now I look at it 8)

Sorry to hear your story, but sounds like you came out of it really well.

Do you have any of your old RC stuff left from bitd?

I got into BMX around the same time so had a lot going on, although a significant accident with lots of broken bones slowed me right down. My other hobby now is collecting and restoring 80's BMX so I guess the RC thing will go hand-in-hand with that.

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Re: Motor Collection - Old School Horsepower

Post by tamiyadan » Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:13 pm

lots, but not everything.

Lots of stuff was lost in a flood many years ago; trophy's paper work, book collection, magazines

some stuff wasn't mine i had to give it back to sponsors but i managed to sneak some stuff out. prototype stuff mostly went back i kept a couple of parts but i hacked lots of that stuff up track side. I have some motors given to me by Jim Greenemeyer and Mike Reedy hand wound stuff.

i have various years of competition stuff some i sold to fund other things.

i have my original cars from 1983, 1986-1988 i have most of my 4wd stuff, i sold lots of stuff off to fund other things, have my 1991 2wd and 4wd cars. 1990 i snuck out my tomy stuff :) 1993-1997 i have all my cars and equipment. 1998-1999 lost stuff in flood.

the motors and batteries got used up i have boxes of defunct batteries and beat up cut to death motors and i have NIB stuff on display. things moved slower back then. by the mid 1990s things started to pick up speed and by the late 1990s it was insane.

since 1997ish i have been collecting stuff i didn't have or i wanted, to try and get back stuff i lost.

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Re: Motor Collection - Old School Horsepower

Post by dinglem » Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:29 pm

From what I gather there is a large shelf full of trophies in my parents loft, along with boxes and boxes of magazines, so by the sounds of it I have everything. The only 2 items outstanding so far are the body for my RC10 and the carpet racing Mid as I mentioned. I am sure they will turn up as they continue to sort through the loft.

I'll then have to shift it all over to our house, and to do that I have to negotiate the lovely wife(!) I have a bit of a mancave stuffed with BMX bikes, so the cars will be in great company :lol:

I have another earlier Yokomo (870c) which was thoroughly lightened by hand, and that is sat looking very sorry for itself at the minute. I might re-invent that and build it up as a shelf car for display I think. NOS parts. Same goes for the RC10 as I have the entire front and rear suspension set ups as new from when we switched over to the Yokomo conversion. All I need is a new chassis and I can build a shelf-fresh RC10. I have a new unused gearbox and engine guard plate also.

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Re: Motor Collection - Old School Horsepower

Post by tamiyadan » Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:39 pm

i can take some photos that might make the wife come to your side :D.

it is possible to lay out stuff so it makes a nice display, depending on room, you can use a large bookself and modify it to fit a nice layout.

if you are stuck in the garage you could install some nice display cabinets and set that up as a man cave.

I have an eclectic collection of display cases. for different stuff.

you can never fit it all but you can organize it and setup the display so you both get what you want. all guys want the hemi coffee table
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but you compromise or divorce.

i can envision using either a bookshelf or a glass display case with either a split front or single large door, then setup the trophies up top use the paperwork as background and setup all the cars on shelves with stands and setup all the family photos you have along with it. and you can setup the motors for display as well.

or if you just have a small waist high cabinet you can compress everything into a small area.

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Re: Motor Collection - Old School Horsepower

Post by dinglem » Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:46 pm

Nice table! I'm an engine/real car guy too :wink:

We have a large outbuilding which is used as a garage. You can get 6 cars in there parked up in two lines of three, at a push. Above that is a converted loft space which I use as a mancave and have all of my bikes up there. There will be room for the RC cars up there for sure as there is loads of space, and it is safely locked away.

How did we drift so far away from the subject of my motors???! :lol:

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Re: Motor Collection - Old School Horsepower

Post by tamiyadan » Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:49 pm

its all good its OLD SCHOOL :D

go nuts in your man cave it is totally worth it.

VERY old phone pictures i found.
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Re: Motor Collection - Old School Horsepower

Post by dinglem » Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:51 pm

Holy *&^% !!!!

That's awesome.

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Re: Motor Collection - Old School Horsepower

Post by tamiyadan » Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:54 pm

bah that's nothing those pics are like from 10 years ago.

I'll take some new ones when i get home.

should see my basement.
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plus the crap i can't fit in
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Re: Motor Collection - Old School Horsepower

Post by dinglem » Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:09 pm

Man that's a sweet collection! I have nothing like that, nor will I have I doubt. The wife would be having words, plus we have an 18month old who likes to trash EVERYTHING. If I can have my old race cars and then build up the old ones I had as spares into shelf cars that don't get used then i'll be more than happy. I really want to start racing again more than collecting I think.

I do get away with this too though.... basically the garage and the room above it are mine to do as I please (within reason).

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