The company will also take their commitment to the track once more as a sponsor of Jenkins Brothers Racing including Traxxas CEO Mike Jenkins (Pro 4 and Pro 2) and his brother Mark (Pro 4).
The brothers finished a tight 5th and 6th place in Pro 4 last season, with Mike
also taking 5th in Pro 2.
Traxxas owner Mike Jenkins grew up in the industry of RC racing which has turned into a lifelong career.
In the mid 70's, Jenkins Sr. found himself unsatisfied with the slot track style racing equipment available at that time.
Motivated by this, Mike's father set a course to find a better way to recreate this type of racing experience.
As a result he
began to design RC racecars as we know them today.
truly was an innovator in that world.
At that time we had RC cars that used a button to turn left; that was the extent of their control," explained Mike
founder developed an RC car that had true control with proportional steering and the ability to fully regulate forward and reverse movement.
Those first cars were sold under the LaTrax brand, which Traxxas
has recently re-introduced to the marketplace.
The LaTrax brand would later be sold to Brinkman Corporation
Jim Jenkins, along with partner David Katz formed Traxxas in 1986, with Mike as it's first employee.
At the end of the day, we want moms and dads to say 'Man that's the best toy I ever bought for my kids'," explained Mike
are currently sold in more than 1700 hobby stores in the United States and globally in over 40 countries around the world.
The seeds for off road racing were planted many years ago watching the buggies and trucks in the Mickey Thompson series duking it out at Texas stadium.
Years later an invitation to the last race of the CORR season at Primm sealed the deal and Mike
was ready to move from road course racing to a 900 horsepower, flame-belching PRO 4X4
The tie in to radio control was a natural fit, and the first Traxxas Slash was engineered to imitate the hard leaning, high-flying, power-sliding antics of the full-size short course machines.
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