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Monster Trucks Hit the Dirt

I recently started a new RC racing adventure when I built an Axial-based solid axle monster truck. At the risk of  sounding cliche, it’s been a learning experience to say the least. To further complicate matters, I added a Tamiya Clod Buster to my solid axle stable. The Clod Buster is the most popular platform for this type of racing, so it made sense for me to expand my experience with this truck (this one is actually my third Clod, but first racer), and driving more trucks on race day increases both your odds of success and track/fun time. This new truck has been appropriately dubbed Spare Parts and is getting closer to being competitive with each run.




Thus far, I have raced on carpet twice and now once on dirt. Carpet was fun and many solid axle monster truck racers only race on carpet, but for me, it got real on dirt. Outdoors, my Axial-based truck is pretty close to dialed. I have yet to get the overall win in a bracket or even make it to the final two, but I have had numerous “photo finishes” with highly experienced racers running well-equipped trucks. It’s worth noting that this type of racing is no different than your typical go-fast type RC racing in that there is a wide range of vehicles and driver experience levels. No one should expect to win their first time out, but beginners are very welcome and sure to have a great time.

The club I have been racing with is RC Monster Truck Challenge — NY, but despite the New York designation, all three races have been held at RC Madness in Enfield, CT. At this race, which was the first event in a point series sponsored by Crawford Performance Engineering (CPE), the organizers used Traxxas’ DTS-1 Drag Timing System. This made for a cool experience as you could not only see your elapsed time, but also your reaction time. The system also created and managed all of the brackets.







Crawford Performance Engineering
RC Monster Truck Challenge — NY

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  1. Cool article Matt…glad you are continuing to cover the MT racing…cant wait to see your article after Digger Dungeon.

    Love the Clod too, I cant believe my old Clod Pounder made it to you lol…how are the trucks running?

    I also agree with you about running on dirt…no offense to any of the indoor guys because I respect all of them and would love to race with them, but I think outside on dirt is where you really have fun with these trucks..I love powersliding and seeing the Rooster Tail off the back tires…Cant wait to meet ya..hopefully Ill make it up for a race with the NY guys

    1. I’ll have coverage of the World Finals, but I do not believe I will personally be there this year unfortunately.

      It would be AWESOME if you could make it up here. Your old Clod is slowly getting a new lease on life.

  2. I’m in the process of building three monster trucks from scratch and was wondering where did you get the bodies from? So far my truck is chasse and wheels. No electronics, nor drive train. It has clod buster tires, solid axles, link suspension, quad steer, and duel shocks on an aluminum frame. They are 1/10 scale. I haven’t picked out my motor, tranny or electronics yet. The bodies I’m Looking for are Gravedigger and the second one I haven’t decided. The third will be my monster of monster trucks with a GMC Body. Can anyone help?

    1. Parma and Traxxas make the Grave Digger body. Check out Pro-Line for fully licensed GMC products. Good luck and hope you find what you’re looking for!

      1. Thank you for your support. I am having trouble finding life like wheels for the trucks. I was wondering if my trucks can compete in the competitions? I think I have the body roll down. Just need the motor, drive train and electronics for test. Let you know how it goes when I get it ready for test. If you have anymore suggestions to give a rookie let me know.

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