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A Brief History Of Rc Cars

Radio controlled cars first appeared some sixty years ago in the 1940s but the technology at the time was crude and, although cars could be run at speeds of up to 70 mph, it was only possible to run them round and round in a circle on a tether.

By the late 1960s however technology had advanced considerably and miniature solid state radio control systems became available. This meant that cars could be controlled from a control transmitter unit with remotely controlled servo-assisted steering, throttle and brakes. Radio controlled models could now be run on a race track rather than simply in a circle and the precision of control available meant that they could be run in much the same way as a real vehicle.

Despite the advances in technology during the 1960s, it was not until 1976 that the first commercially available cars were seen. Produced by Tamiya (a Japanese company with a reputation for supplying detailed plastic model kits), these early cars were very crude in mechanical terms and somewhat expensive but, nevertheless, they sold well.

Over the coming years Tamiya concentrated its attention on the mechanics of these early models and, by the mid 1980s, they were producing some extremely popular models such as the Grasshopper, Hornet, Blackfoot and Clodbuster with more powerful engines, working suspension systems and textured tyres.

This was really the start of the hobby radio controlled car as we know it today and quickly brought other producers into the market. These included Schumacher Racing (a British company which replaced the then standard solid axle with a ball differential, allowing cars to be finely tuned for different track conditions) and Associated Electrics (a California based company which introduced the model that quickly dominated the off-road racing market - the RC10 off-road electric car).

The 1980s saw a major shift away from what many described as "toy" cars towards truly precision crafted models of the very highest standards. Traditional manufacturing materials were dispensed with as were many of the established production methods. Chassis were now made from high-grade anodized aluminium alloy, which was also used in the manufacture of oil-filled, machined and tunable shock absorbers. Many components normally pressed from plastic were also replaced with high-impact nylon, including such things as suspension control arms and wheels.

Today's interest in off-road 4 wheel drive vehicles was also sparked during the 1980s with the introduction by Schumacher of the Competition All Terrain (CAT) vehicle which won the off-road world championship in 5 out of the 10 years following its introduction.

Competition is of course the driving force behind any market today, including the market for radio controlled cars, and for several years a strong rivalry between Associated Electrics and Team Losi (founded by Gil Losi Jr., a racetrack owner from California) led to a rapid development of high quality models, both technically and in terms of the range of cars available.

Today Associate Electric and Team Losi are still major players in the market and have been joined by others such as the US-based Traxxas company and the Japanese-based company of Kyosho. As these major players continue to compete against each other, and others join the market, so the market for radio controlled cars will go from strength to strength in the years ahead.

Modified Tamiya Grasshopper in Action

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1984 Tamiya The GRASS HOPPER 1 10 Scale RC Vintage NIB
1984 Tamiya The GRASS HOPPER 1 10 Scale RC Vintage NIB $235.00
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TAMIYA 110 THE GRASSHOPPER R C 1984 ORIGINAL RC VINTAGE FUTABA RADIO RTR Shelf
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GRASSHOPPER 2 Tamiya Chassis Also for Vintage SUPER HORNET RISING FIGHTER Car
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ALUMINUM FRONT LOWER ARM S TAMIYA 1 10 GRASSHOPPER HORNET A Arms A Parts 0005164
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Time Remaining: 2d 23h 29m

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vintage tamiya rc 1 10 GRASSHOPPER 2wd BUGGY chassis with motor $35.00
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 29m

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Vintage Tamiya Frog Grasshopper Buggy Tires Wheel Lot
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Time Remaining: 3d 14h 18m

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NEW Tamiya Grasshopper 2WD Off Road Racer RC Buggy Kit 58346 FREE SHIPPING
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Time Remaining: 12d 18h 51m
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Time Remaining: 28d 22h 14m
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Time Remaining: 27d 23h 57m
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Tamiya Monster Beetle Grasshopper Frog TBLE 02S Brushless Brushed ESC
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Time Remaining: 12d 19h 8m
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Alloy for Tamiya Lunch Box Midnight Pumpkin FAV Wild One Hornet Grasshopper CW01
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Tamiya 0335062 Grasshopper Body White 58346
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Used Vintage You G Front Oil Dampers For Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper
Used Vintage You G Front Oil Dampers For Tamiya Hornet Grasshopper $24.99
Time Remaining: 2d 23h 33m

Tamiya Grasshopper Sand Scorcher 4 Tire Set for New or Vintage Model RC Car
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Time Remaining: 27d 15h 37m
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TAMIYA ORIGINAL PART X10211 C TREE GRASSHOPPER II SUPER HORNET NEW
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Time Remaining: 5d 20h 56m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER CHASSIS BATTERY COVER w SIDE BARS GH9
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Time Remaining: 1d 23h 21m
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Tamiya Tires 2 Rear Grasshopper TAM9805081
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Time Remaining: 28d 13h 29m
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Tamiya 1 10 R C Off Road 2WD Grasshopper Kit With101BK ESC 380 Motor TAM58346
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Time Remaining: 27d 10h 10m
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Used Vintage Tamiya Grasshopper 1 10 RC Off Road Original Car With Controllers
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Time Remaining: 2d 14h 43m

Tamiya RC Hornet Grasshopper Frog 110 Scale GENUINE REAR TIRES 9805034
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Time Remaining: 20d 16h 37m
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POSI LOCKER for Tamiya Grasshopper Hornet Lunchbox and Midnightpumpkin
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Time Remaining: 14d 17h 51m
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NEW TAMIYA SAND SCORCHER Wheels Front Grasshopper BUGGY CHAMP 1 10 TA31
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Time Remaining: 20d 40m
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Tamiya Complete Chassis Set for New or Vintage Grass Hopper Buggy Frame Part Lot
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Time Remaining: 28d 9h 47m
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Time Remaining: 13d 13h 16m
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TAMIYA PARTS FRONT SUSPENSION ARMS WITH STEERING GRASSHOPPER HORNETUSED
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Time Remaining: 29d 20h 55m
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NEW TAMIYA GRASSHOPPER FRONT REAR TIRES w WHEELS GH1
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Time Remaining: 1d 23h 20m
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BLUE Rubber Sealed Ball Bearing Set For TAMIYA RC 58346 GrassHopper
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TAMIYA Grasshopper Hornet Gears and Steering Part Lot From a NEW Kit
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Time Remaining: 28d 9h 47m
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Tamiya Hornet Adjustable Motor Mount Kit Gear Cover Lunchbox Grasshopper 16t 22t
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