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This is my original 1985 Optima, which I raced at Chingford Car Club.
In race spec it had: Ripmax Sprint 600 motor, Futaba MCC112b ESC and Futaba 2LGX radio. It started out life of Option House gold shocks but I later switched to RC10 shocks which were far better.
I also upgraded the car with many of the Option House hop-ups like gold chassis and motor guard. Originally I cut a revised radio plate from GRP, but this was later replaced with the Optima Turbo version.
The biggest upgrade was switching from chain to belt, which made a massive difference.
After my original body shell became battered and tatty I change it for a Turbo Optima body and undertray. This made such a huge difference in keeping the buggy and all the gear clean. I may look to do this again if I can find a good pattern shell.
This poor old girl lay in the loft for many many years, but around 5 years ago I dug her out and restored her to her current set-up. I still have my Ripmax Sprint 600 and I'm on the look out for a decent MCC112b to finish it off.
Been doing a little work on my Optima. Switched radio plate with my other chassis, repositioned the radio and installed a Futaba MC112b, which then turn out not to be working!
Anyhow, I believe I may have found a replacement.
Also pulled out a full set of Turbo Optima original 3 piece rims, and new tires, which I've had for a while.
New pictures below.