these enthusiasts drive miniature cars capable of overcoming all obstacles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTwHYVMCYdI

It’s a fast, radio-controlled special electric car…

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A crawler is an electric radio-controlled vehicle specialized for crossing obstacles: rocks, trunks, fences, scales, etc. The practice of modeling this nature is popular in the United States and Spain. It is expanding in France. “Our group was born while we were in prison. We created the association in 2021 and we regularly meet in Martres,” concluded the head of the association.


Laurent Lagache, president of Blablacrawl 33 youth association.

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The Blablacrawl 33 association brings together enthusiasts from all over the Gironde and even beyond.  They meet regularly at their site in Martres.


The Blablacrawl 33 association brings together enthusiasts from all over the Gironde and even beyond. They meet regularly at their site in Martres.

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Not a speed contest

This Saturday, January 7, twenty practitioners braved the rain and mud near the Gourmeron River. They come from Gironde, but also Gers, Dordogne, Charente-Maritime. From the age of 7 to the age of 77, “we are all big kids”, smiles Laurent Lagache, warning from the beginning: “These miniature cars are not designed for circuit races. Their first quality is passing. »

Ken swapped his Barbie for a chimpanzee.


Ken swapped his Barbie for a chimpanzee.

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Miniatures weigh between 3 and 7 kilos.  These are maximum detailed 4x4 reproductions.  They work with electric batteries.


Miniatures weigh between 3 and 7 kilos. These are maximum detailed 4×4 reproductions. They work with electric batteries.

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RC crawler practitioners are all big guys.  And model making enthusiasts.


RC crawler practitioners are all big guys. And model making enthusiasts.

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The competitive spirit was swept away by the celebration. “We are here to have fun. This experience is like a good game of fishing with friends. » Patience and observation, comparison is good. “This is not a speed competition. The goal is to move forward without crashing the cars. Thanks to its crawling wheels, soft suspension, battery and pilot’s agility, it can overcome almost any obstacle. “You need to read the area and show great accuracy,” experts swear.

Since the objective is to pass the obstacles, the cars move slowly.  There is no timer.


Since the objective is to pass the obstacles, the cars move slowly. There is no timer.

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The age of the enthusiasts is from 7 to 77 years.


The age of the enthusiasts is from 7 to 77 years.

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Eric made the short trip from Blasimon to get the car four-way wheeled. “This 4×4 is a little gem”, know members of Blablacrawl 33. When he was young, the 50-year-old founded a miniature car club in Merignac. “I never let go of my passion for modeling. Lately I’ve started using drones and then RC crawlers. » Enough to develop your DIY skills in 1/10 scalee.

Favorite obstacles are rocks, stones, roots or suspension bridges.


Favorite obstacles are rocks, stones, roots or suspension bridges.

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Lighten the car to improve torque, brass axles to lower the center of gravity, change the angle of the shock absorbers...


Lighten the car to improve torque, brass axles to lower the center of gravity, change the angle of the shock absorbers…

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Same preparation as for Dakar

“We really enjoy preparing our vehicles to overcome obstacles in the great outdoors,” shares the president. Lighten the car to improve torque, brass the axles to lower the center of gravity, change the angle of the shock absorbers to favor crossovers. These miniatures are made with as much care as the cars of the Dakar Rally.

The inventors of the course recycled seat belts for this obstacle!


The inventors of the course recycled seat belts for this obstacle!

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The cars are 1/10 scale and radio controlled.


The cars are 1/10 scale and radio controlled.

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For a low-end scanner, you need to invest at least 300 euros. “But you can save up to 1,500 euros on spare parts,” says Laurent Lagache, a fan of radio-controlled car rides. The doors of the Blablacrawl 33 association are wide open (connect on Facebook and Instagram). “We intend to further expand our Martres course by creating a river crossing. The imaginations of these big kids are endless.

A millimeter too far to the right or left and it goes down.


A millimeter too far to the right or left and it goes down.

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