TSR Speed Shop RC podcast

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July 21st, 2021    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “Scotty Ernst”

TSR podcast Episode 142

Scotty Ernst”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Colin Branch


Show introduction and welcome.

Show Questions

Tim Notes:

99% of the time not getting your software to connect is because you just didn’t read the instructions. FIGHT ME!

You do know we can see what you did to the unit when you return it right?

How can I have used the same Esc all this time and never hurt one?

OVER Priced tuners… What are they really doing?

Let me explain everything they do so you can be your own tuner.

Heavy car Vs light car, Choose your side and tell me why?.

Test Test Test its all we do…..

Last trip down took 3 hours and I peed in two starbucks cups…..

Once we got there is was all Rainbows and Sunshine thanks to the Christies.

Software not wanting to play nice,

73 mph are a few different locations and times.

Finally hurt a piece of equipment.

Big Chief coming back in for another go.

News items

Tip of the Day (brought to you by Colin Branch)

Main Topic:

Scotty and the Straight line Showdown, 40K payout.

Aug: 27-29, Great lakes dragaway

Entries go live tonight at 7pm CT, 8pm ET, 5pm PM @ www.straightlineshowdown.com.
This event may sell out so to guarantee your entry, an option of making a $25 deposit via pay pal is available. You may signup without making a deposit but know if we do sell out only entries with a deposit will be guaranteed a spot. If you have any questions at all, please email me at scottyernst@gmail.com and I will be happy to help.

Before we start lets get everyone up to date on who and what Scotty is in the RC world, please explain.

How did this happen and why?

What’s up with the classes?

What’s the pay out look like?

What kind of surface are we running on?

Will there be a timing system?

How will eliminations go, two days or one?

What do you hope to achieve with this race?

Will it be another LiveRC event?

What is your role going to be during the event?

Featured Item of the week

RC Speed Secrets ceramic bearing kit for the B6, 69 bucks of fun

Thank you to MaxAmps, MKS Servo, Maclan racing, Graupner USA, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all!

July 6th, 2021    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “New Era like it or Not”

TSR podcast Episode

it all seems to be changing”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Colin Branch

  • Show introduction and welcome.

Good bye my friend

The start of a new era


Tim Notes:

The Break out chassis fun

The Irwindale race, things were great and they got un great fast....

Chiefs new RC role

    1. at 2.15 WTF

No one knows the genius this guy posses


  • News items

Scottys Big drag race



  • RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by Colin Branch)

Main Topic:


Colins test/race day


Saturday testing with eh Christys


Barking tires

New tune fun and more speed then ever before

9 hits of glory

Mexican sure can!

The best night of sleep in a long time


Featured Item of the week

Cow RC hide wipes surface cleaning rags,

Textured cloths that smell great and get all the bug guts sticky prep off your hands.

110 8x12 rags in a giant container, 24 bucks, 19 if you buy a few. Remember the show discount too.

Thank you to MaxAmps, Maclan Racing, MKS Servo, Five Star, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all!

June 23rd, 2021    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “The Break Out Break Down”

TSR podcast Episode

The Break Out Break Down”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen


  • Show introduction and welcome.

Big Chief winning a cash day

Tim Notes:

The build

Car review


Broken stuff

Wheelie bar weight box

Summer Mayhem “Matchup madness” June 26th drag race 64 car shoot out, full

  • News items

ROAR Nationals fuel tank issues.... repeat...

Horizon buys AKA tires

Scotty Ernsts Straight line showdown Entry 125, Double elimination, 2 classes, Aug 27-29 Great lakes dragaway union grove Wi

Payouts top 16 outlaw

payouts top 8 in super sport

payouts top 4 in RTR class

  • RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by RC Driver)

Servo Horn:

Attaches to the servo and is the link between the servo and the steering linkage.


Servo Saver:

Usually a servo horn that uses a spring to absorb sudden shock or impact coming from the servo linkage. This helps prevent breakage of the servo.



Main Topic:

Facebook Questions

Corey Lively

What are your thoughts on a 1.7 pass being put down by Sean Stanford running a REAR MOTOR car with a Shark body during the testing before the event? Pretty cool and seems to have went a bit under the radar with all the other awesome stuff going on during the event.


Kidd Sims

Now that we have two mega races in the books. What could I (as a mega race promoter) improve on to insure everyone has a great time.


Chris Gilliland

Track temps definitely played a role in traction for the event. How do you know when to turn it down?? Great meeting you finally!!


Willie Trent

Tim Smith with it being a concrete surface I think a lot of people expected to see some record times being ran but that didn’t exactly happen. I know the surface was good and had bite but was it also not as good as everyone expected? It looked really coarse and not as smooth as one would expect and seemed to being giving people trouble especially on the big end.


Kerry Adams

First I want to say that was an awesome weekend. Second I wish Matt could have been there to see those sub 2 second runs. I would have liked to see the look on his face. Question is now is everyone ready for Colorado in July?


Jeremy Oldham

Went no prep racing for my first time Sunday and now I'm hooked. First time I was right there with my car thanks to your show it went straight and fairly fast.

Ok now for my question:

What can we do to get Joe Zaier Jr to try drag racing?


Kerry Adams

Oh and Tim you were so nice to chat with my girlfriend about sunburned ears.


Brad Waldrop

It was great meeting you, i had a wonderful time can’t wait for the next one!


Lonnie DeTurck

Love your podcast.

My question is on “discharge” before charging your battery to help IR and help the battery from dropping voltage. What do you recommend and if discharging is needed what unit do you recommend and at what rate to discharge.

Thanks a bunch


Yeti B.

What did you think of the firebird body?


Chip Puccio

Slipper or slipper eliminator and why?


Brian Elkins

Consistency or Send it? What do you think made it farther..


Yeti B.

What is next for toy tim?



Rick Schaper

Did you try stiffening up the rear suspension dampening for the added traction?


JC Myers

I have a question about tires at bracket races. How do you recommend handling tires between rounds? Do you clean and prep 1 set or do you ever swap tires to save time. I always end up scrambling between rounds. Thanks and Love the show!


Joe Zaier Jr

If the no prep cars are running the same times of a proper pro stock, what's the point of no prep? It seems like people are lighting money on fire for the sake of lighting money on fire. I'm just a spectator in this


Reflection: The start of drag racing, the years of tracks, Street outlaws, Cars, Bodies, ESC, Big Chief

Compare 1990 car to a 2021 drag car


Featured Item of the week

Five Star Hobbies 3D printed shock mount (61036) 15.00


Thank you to MaxAmps, Maclan Racing, MKS Servo, Five Star, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all!

June 2nd, 2021    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “2021 SuperChip Race Review”

TSR podcast Episode

2021 SuperChip”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen

Guest Colin Branch


  • Show introduction and welcome.


Tim Notes:

Kyles birthday

  • News items


  • RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by RC Driver)


The angle, from vertical, of the wheels. Negative camber is when the top of the tire is closer to the center of the vehicle than the bottom of the tire. Negative camber is commonly used to add stability in bumps. Positive camber is when the bottom of the tire is closer to the center of the vehicle than the top of the tire. Positive camber is not commonly used.


Main Topic:


Are you taking the truck? Oh boy

The flight, I love that they still have barf bags

not as many people cough anymore in public lol

Vegas airport weed vending machines and 69 dollar lunches

stand up in my aisle karma buddy

Rental truck

Tornado watch

The hotel, oh boy, leaking toilets and feeling like I was going to fall though oh and a few cops

Food at the Shilo, Glitter moles, snow cones and leather paints. Sweet tea

OKC life and how we fit in: Walmart shopping, we don't need no stinking masks kid, new shirts for Timmy and the family.

High school champs, WOW

The Kyle Christy driving school

The ice cream truck of RC bodies showed up!

Tables, chairs and exups

Big Chief sending you a pin drop to test... wow here we go

Friday testing! Two cars two paths Todds Fivestar and my undercover (still testing stuff)

the surface and the tire prep.

The 1320 video guys! That was awesome

Pre testing was fast but at the track it was all normal, really weird but its possible.

Went out with a plan and a good feeling we were right in the mix with a 2.1

The tebo experience, the guy is a machine and was the last one to leave... 3am night

Race Day! Chip draw, new weather and the count down to big chief.

The people and the friendliness, lets also clean up a few relationships

First round mistakes and learning

I split my pants!

Chief is HERE! Now what???? the shirt shrug was nearly too much for me.

Second round and more learning the old guy got his eyes drilled out. Lucky Chief had video lol

I am out so let The Big Chief experience begin.

Jackie, winner, winner chicken dinner.

Live RC, photos, autographs it was an amazing experience I hope everyone enjoyed as much as I did.

Starting line fun, finger that or peddle it you pick?

Kyles charger screen, hey my bars are green yours are red, when is my wife's birthday again?

Time to say good by to Chief and send him home with some stuff, ok send him home with everything.

Lets talk about the race a bit more, Congratulations to team AZ its not a shock but what was it they were doing right? Brian Manske, Mark Vyne (2.01-2.03, .284-.260 .002) this was how I was hopping it would end up the fastest guys in the end and that's exactly what happened.

Lets talk about what it took to go rounds here.

What can do to make it even better? We got an issue and I got answers.

I didnt win but I left with full arms of memories and cars!

New Fivestar team driver, With my boy Todd! New car, innovations, build manuals and more! Jared baker Bob Hamilton and dont forget the body!!!!!!

Whats the plan now Timmy, Topeka maybe?


The people: Greg Bridgewater and Jared mills, Big Chief and Jackie, Ben Boileau, Russ Bryant, Craig Fleek, David Logsdon, Jared Tebo, Todd Solteiro, Kyle and Riley Kristy, Colin Branch,


Live RC, Dessert hobbies, 1320 video crew, Jconcepts, Fivestar,


Featured Item of the week

6300 mah brick pack


Thank you to MaxAmps, Maclan Racing, MKS Servo, FiveStar chassis, Undercover drag wings All you awesome fans, We love you all!

May 20th, 2021    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “Tulsa Here We Come w/ Frank Ulbrik

TSR podcast Episode 138

Tulsa Here We Come, W/ Frank Ulbrik”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen

Guest: Frank Ulbrik


Show introduction and welcome.

Tim Notes:

Chip shortage is still an issue for all you Maclan fans. Some info on the chip shortage as its called. How did we get here? Rona scare for auto makers, Rona plaint shut downs, Silica for glass vaccine vials.

Tim got a new Truck! Let me tell you about it. Leather, moonroof, power steps, no crashing programs and on and on.

Did a little interview with the Five Star chassis guys and my buddy Todd Solterio and they/Todd had a surprise for me.

Tulsa is coming, what am I doing this time? The biggest RC drag race ever held and its going to be epic. 500 plus entries

Tulsa race prep,

What do you do when you travel for a race?

What cars are you taking because you are signed up for two cars?

Flying with Lipos, 100 watt hours is the key

RMA fun! You all do know we can figure out how you killed your esc right?

Dale Epp retires after 30 years of making the best RC bodies ever seen.

Jared Tebo is building a no prep car. This kind of started a while back when I came to Maclan glad to see he has time to try it out now.

News items

San Diego RC drag race at Irwindale drag strip. Details

June 26th, gates open at noon, start time is 2-4pm

Entry fee is 110, 30 goes to the track for a ticket (seat), 80 to the pot

Outlaw class, one car per driver, camping available for 50 bucks

First round is state vs state, 64 entry max.

RC madness, Enfield CT built a new drag strip and people want people to know.

RC Word Of the Week


The rod assembly used to connect the steering bell cranks to the steering knuckles. Also used for camber adjustments. Also known as a turnbuckle.

Main Topic:

Frank Ulbrik

The plan for Superchip, Who is going with you?

When you getting there?

What car do you plan to run?

Have you run on this surface before?

Car details, esc, motor, battery, tires, prep

Featured Item of the week

  • MaxAmps 5800 mah 2 cell drag pack. 123.99

  • 5800mah capacity

  • 2S 7.4 volts


  • True 175C rating

  • Lifetime warranty

  • 5C fast charge capable

  • 100% waterproof

  • Built today with factory fresh cells

  • Built with high-grade 10awg wire when plug size allows

  • We add the connector and JST-XH balancing tap for you

  • 68mm x 35mm x 76mm, 380g


Thank you to MaxAmps, MKS Servo, Maclan racing, Graupner USA, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all!




May 6th, 2021    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “Sub 2’s with Todd Soltero”

TSR podcast Episode 137#

Sub 2’s w/ Todd Soltero”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen


Show introduction and welcome.



Tim Notes:


Broke the car more then I thought, Run down the list.

How do I set up my chassis (Scales and things)

Didn’t go to the list race, guess I needed a brake

Truck buying, why do I now love the dodge?

Proline bug body

The JConcepts firebird promod body, the wings out but not he body.. Chief we have a body for you now.

Who knocks on a work restroom door?

What happened to the Jeff guy that made everyone made all the time and fought with JQ then joined his team then got mad at him more?

Might be building a new car….. I cant help it I love them all so much

Bug guts promo


News items ((brought to you by LiveRC)

Flash back to the dead pool car chase, Jay Halsey was the man behind the wheel of what is still one of the most iconic chase scenes in movie history. 'The Dead Pool' was a 1988 crime film starring Clint Eastwood. A modified RC10 with lowered suspension was used with a 1963 Chevy Corvette body, and ultimately was blown up at the end of the scene. The filming was iconic and the scene is still super cool to watch to this day!

Still no Live RC love….. oh well

June 26th Irwindale drag strip

RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by Competition-X)

Top End:

A vehicle’s final acceleration rate. For nitro engines, top end refers to the high-end needles.


Main Topic:


Todd Soletrio

Chassis talk, lets go down the list

How do you set up your chassis before you get to the track?


Gearing and power equipment.

Superchips what do you think?

Featured Item of the week

Maclan Wireless corner scale system? G force Bluetooth X 129.99


Thank you to MaxAmps, MKS Servo, Maclan racing, Graupner USA, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all!

April 21st, 2021    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “One Way Or Another”

TSR podcast Episode

One way or Another”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen

Show introduction and welcome.

Tim Notes:

We are now on spotify

We are on a break neck pace this year. The more we slow down the more we do.

Corey Lively joins the MA 70 mph club

Johnny and the dead rat

Smells like chicken and socks…

Shock staft lengths in place of spacers

News items

Live Time drag racing system

Rocket car jumps

The new infinity curved scissors

Ran out of talent podcast, why cant we get any love?

The hobbplex show….

New R1 wurks caps, made for drag racing?

New X-ray servo arm…

RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by Competition X)


A (flathead) screw with a tapered head; a hole with an angle that accepts a flathead crew. (countersunk chassis).

Main Topic:

Concrete testing day

Tires and prep and brand testing (VooDoo/JC)

Lots of grip and bouncy

Head on into a curb is how I like it. The list of broken stuff

13.5 is big out here, I wonder if it is everywhere else?

Hit man into a 13.5 car?

Spring National: Whats wrong now? Car wont go straight….. fun turns to stress and a quick car switch was a fail…

Mark Vynes car, WOW, Finals mark and Ryan Hildebrand

Featured Item of the week


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SSI-065 Features:

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Maximum 840+°F (450°C) temperature for RC applications

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Built-in safety parameters to protect battery voltage and soldering iron tip lifespan

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Thank you to MaxAmps, MKS Servo, Maclan racing, Graupner USA, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all! Share the Show!

April 7th, 2021    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “RC and You will get us through”

TSR podcast Episode

RC and You will get us through”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen


Show introduction and welcome.

Space Junk Wang Chung


Tim Notes:


I want to buy a new truck, so many issues, from the chip shortage to paying 50-60K for


San Diego cash race. Won first round but at a cost taking out my buddy Kyle

Riley won all the money, not a shock.

Car stuff, it wanted to go left… I need to learn more about these cars apparently.


Trip to Az to race, the drive was nice other then being 3 hours late and rushing to even make a hit…


Lost first round to Peter a local driver, it was a close one and not sure what else I could have done other then turn it up more.


Got to run Ryan Mayfield and won lol well I am thinking only one of us knew we were racing… Spencer was there too, what the heck has happened in drag racing when I am at a Saturday evening race that world champs show up to.. We are really having fun now.

Todd made the finals but a bumped throttle gave him the loss.


Crying babies and even longer drives home….


News items



RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by Competition X)

Receiver Pack:

The battery pack that provides power to the onboard electronics in nitro powered vehicles.


Main Topic:


Colin, Maclan, and lots of listener questions.




Featured Item of the week


Hard Case race edition 6500 2s dual core pack. Choose your plug type and color of outer wrap. 139.99


Thank you to MaxAmps, MKS Servo, Maclan racing, Graupner USA, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all!

March 12th, 2021    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “KOTS with Todd Soltero”

TSR podcast Episode 134#

More KOTS w/ Todd Soltero”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen


Show introduction and welcome.

Tim Notes:

The tent post came back around!

OKC interview (best questions ever)

KOTS ET and MPH break down and lookie who made the top 25 of reaction times.

Its not supposed to be easy… I saw complaining and all I thought was these guys are track racers so they don’t get it. It’s supposed to be HARD.

The right guys seemed to have been in the finals.

VooDoo tire report coming soon. Stuffed them with crawler innovations foam

Street Outlaw TV show and the new rules/halfway point of the show

New parts for the undercover car (rear hubs, brass inserts)

TSR Tunes from Vegas have been submitted.

My charger died….. what to do?

Superchip race, over 300 entries (2 cars per dude) another 20K race. Big chief has been invited.

News items

Some racing seems to be starting back up! Check your local tracks for the fun to start back up.

RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by Competition-X)


A condition when the front edge of both tires are closer together than the rear edge of both tires. Toe-in will make a car more stable under acceleration but decrease turn-in steering.


A condition when the front edge of both tires are farther apart than the rear edge of both tires. Toe-out increases turn-in steering yet reduces stability under acceleration and through bumpy sections.

Main Topic:

Todd Soletro

What king of prep did you do heading into KOTS

What was your plan for the single test hit?

First, second, third rounds?


What is your plan for the next big race and where will you be going?

Featured Item of the week

CowRC MooSlick lube. 6.99 a can

MOO-Slick NO.077 is a fast-drying silicone-based application that is unaffected by water or oils, heat stable to 400+ degrees, will not; freeze, melt, throw or, collect dust.

Fabric, plastic, metal, and paint safe. Replace all your current R/C lubricants that are not dependent on oil weight (IE: Differentials) and get the job done better. Repels corrosion, rust, and pitting of metals. Stops sticking, premature aging, and drying of plastics. Eliminates squeaking, squealing, and other friction related noises.

Will not leave any greasy or oily films.

Experience a truly smooth rolling drive train like never before. Completely changing the idea of cleaning your R/C; Truly a unique Lubricant, protectant,

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Our 20oz can is marked as 12oz… We only count the actual usable product as contents and not the propellants or fillers.

Thank you to MaxAmps, MKS Servo, Maclan racing, Graupner USA, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all!

March 2nd, 2021    

TSR Speed Shop RC podcast “KING of the STREETS 2021″

TSR podcast Episode

KING of the Streets 2021”

Hosts: Tim Smith and Matt Howsen

Guest: Jake Lieder


  • Show introduction and welcome.



Tim Notes:

The Vegas race.

The trip into town

Thursday night hang out relax and had a lovely steak and shake no room service no steak

Friday MaxAmps day! Stickers on the Lambo, Drifter madness and go karts from hell.


Test hits with the team (wind and fun) I get to meet flat Tim for the first time.

Team dinner, not the same with Covid (John, David, Todd, Ablie, Colin, Craig, Jerry, Ian

in bed early but its not home so I was up early. Or so I thought it was actually an hour off...

Saturday race day: Where do I start? No parking, walked about 5 miles to get in because I dont wait.

What are we running, no test space or time. Look at that Shut down!

Test hit, drove down the slope....

First round hit Spinning was winning when you have the bye run

DQ's all around! Voltage and burn outs

Second round we got some decisions to make, What car. Some times you just get out run, Chris Bradford “grits” Bad tune job did me in, Who was asking me for my password? So weird... !up cam angle.

So racing is over and I was a little down but the fans, oh the fans. Kayden Phillips thank you for letting me be in a picture with you!

Some interviews, lots and lots of talking to people, taking photos and signing autograpghs. What a wonderful time to be in RC when I wasn't hiding out in the trailer.

Daniel judd and Ricky Bellotti (Drag tires VooDoo

More about this damn Christy family, where do I start with them.. my gosh they have adopted me and I never want to go home! They take very good care of Tim

The weather got worst as the final got nearer

Clay Keates and Jacob Lieder All Malcan finals! WIN WIN

Clay took the win and like winning a super bowl the cameras and micphones swallowed poor clay up, he looked like a dear in the headlights.

Jacob: DR10 stock chassis, Maclan DRK 4.5 motor and battery.

Clay: Maclan DRK, 3.5 motor and bullet chassis

Wrap up:

The coverage was Great, it got a little long in the end but those guys has to endure the cold and wind plus keep talking nonstop about a side of the sport there were not really familiar with so great job.

There was about 205 drivers total

Several young kids slaying fast cars left and right(Chevelle and Kayden)

The surface was better then it looked and the shut down was really not an issue

The weather was as bad as I would ever want to see, it was nearly not tolerable.

They got everything done in time, I have to credit both the team of people running the race and the drivers who all go up there and didnt mess around.

It was on all accounts a success and we were told next year would be a three day event so that more people can go and race without the time limits.

The thing I tried to make clear to all our team guys was that an event like this though we all want to win it we must all take a few minutes to truly enjoy what we are able to be a part of, the memories and fun.

Finally I want to thank the people and companies that allow me to have an experience like this. MaxAmps, for years of support that has been measurable.



Undercover RC

Vanishing Point

Now the people, My wife

The entire Christy family


Todd, Ben, David, John, Craig, Ian, Able, Nathan, Jacob




  • News items

  • RC Word Of the Week (brought to you by RC Driver)

Vertical Load:

The amount of force applied to an individual tire in the direction perpendicular to the road surface; the forward driving force of the tire.

Main Topic:



Featured Item of the week


Maclan racing DRK Drag Race King speed control with 5 stage software



Thank you to MaxAmps, Maclan Racing, MKS Servo, CowRC, All you awesome fans, We love you all!

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