Mark Houlahan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
June 12, 2012

When it comes to car enthusiasts, just about anything related to their favorite vehicle becomes a bullet point on their wish list of toys, be it that big neon Ford sign for the garage, a detailed die-cast ride for the office desk, or even a radio controlled car for their kid or grandkid. But who says that only the kids can have the scale radio control action to themselves? Certainly not us!

We've been "adult" fans of hobby grade radio control cars and trucks for over a decade and the hobby has certainly come a long way from the slow electric cars you might remember from the 1980s. What's this "hobby grade" you're asking? Well, hobby grade is the true hobbyist level R/C car you buy at a hobby store that can be repaired or upgraded, and is capable of some ear-to-ear grinning speeds. We're not talking about the R/C "toys" you find at Wal-Mart or Target here. Of course, the price point is a bit higher, but you get what you pay for in this hobby.

Several years ago, the crew at HPI Racing, one of the top names in hobby grade R/C cars and trucks, worked out a licensing deal with Ford for the Mustang (and F-series, Bronco, and other vehicles), and HPI has been cranking out some awesome Mustang bodies ever since (eight different bodies at last count). We've screwed together a few R/C cars over the years with these Mustang bodies for friends and family and they never fail to draw a crowd when we take them on the road with us to events or even have one sitting on the corner of our desk here at Mustang Monthly HQ. However, when their '66 Mustang hardtop body was released last year, we painted one to match our own '66 hardtop and everyone we showed it to wanted an R/C Mustang that replicated their real ride.

That's when the light bulb went off! How many times have you been at a car show and seen a plastic or die-cast model sitting on an air cleaner, core support, or fold-down seat detailed out to match the owner's real Mustang? Exactly! So why not take that idea one step further and create a matching scale ride you can actually zip around the show field with or have a little fun in the hotel parking lot after the show day is done. Best of all, as your Mustang changes (add stripes, new wheels, etc.), you can change the look of your R/C Mustang to match.

Lastly, if you're the performance oriented type, these R/C chassis are highly tunable and upgrades like faster motors, sway bars, springs, and more are just a click or call away to make your ride haul and handle just like your real ride. Check out the HPI R/C cars we've built here with their licensed Mustang bodies to match some very real Mustangs and we'll look forward to seeing more scale replicas on the show field.

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