In 2007, my 11-year-old son, Aaron, bought an RC car on eBay. As soon as I saw it, I was hooked, and Aaron and I spent most weekends at the track from then on.
At the start of 2012, I bought a Tamiya F104 X1 and was surprised at how difficult it was to find information on how to set up and drive F1 cars. My website www.RCformula1.com went live in June 2012 to bring F1 enthusiasts information to maximise their enjoyment of this fantastic class. In the early years, it was the only dedicated RC F1 website, and it is still the most read, with nearly 8 million page views as of late 2021.
There is a lot of information on the web about setting up pan cars. However, it is often hard to find, incomplete, brand-specific, out of date or on a forum where the discussion lacks the necessary context to make it truly useful.
I wrote the Essential 1/12th & F1 RC Racer’s Guide to create a comprehensive manual that racers can follow to improve their lap times, regardless of their skill level or the car they drive. I spent 30 years as a business consultant, and part of my skillset is to extract technical experience from experts in the field, pull in relevant information from multiple sources, and present it in an easy to apply “how-to” format.
In late 2020 I released Essential Touring Car RC Racer’s Guide and in late 2021, Essential Off-road RC Racer’s Guide. My RC books have sold in 29 countries.
Dave B Stevens
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In 2013 Dave set a Guinness World Record for: The longest distance covered by a battery-operated remote-controlled car, using an F1 car (a Tamiya F104 v2).
One of the inhibitors to growing the F1 class in Australia was the lack of a national set of rules. Dave worked with racers and clubs throughout the country to rectify this and these national rules are still administered by RC Formula1 today.
Dave has been published in a number of magazines including his regular column in Racing Lines magazine. He is a former president of the Templestowe Flat Track Racers RC club and a former board member of the Victorian On Road Tracks Executive Committee.
He also writes fiction and lives in Melbourne, Australia with his wife and sons.