Controversy over mini Minis at Olympic athletics


Fans at the Olympics have been chuckling at the sight of the miniature radio-controlled Minis which are being used to help out officials at the athletics.

The cars have been used to return javelins, discuses and hammers to competitors in the field events at London 2012, saving time and effort for all involved and adding a light-hearted element to the serious business at hand.

But the remote-controlled cars whizzing around the athletics stadium have triggered branding questions. The Olympic venues at the London Games are supposed to be strictly ad-free, but the use of the distinctive cars appears to be blatant advertising.

The International Olympic Committee ensures adverts or logos of products are not visible in the fields of play in line with its Olympic Charter despite sponsors paying hundreds of millions of dollars to be associated with the Games.

The Minis, made by German car manufacturer BMW who is also a Games sponsor, may not carry visible logos but are instantly recognisable for what they are.

However, they are not the iconic British-owned Minis produced from 1959-2000 but the new type produced by BMW.

“There is no commercial reason (behind choosing Minis),” said Timo Lumme, the IOC’s director of TV and marketing services, when asked if branding rules were being broken.

He said the choice as transporters for the athletes’ equipment was not dictated by a commercial decision.

Since the start of the athletics competitions last week, the Minis have instantly become a point of discussion with their use inside the stadium raising the questions of whether the IOC was indirectly relaxing its own strict ad rules.

He said the International Association of Athletics Federations, responsible for the track and field competitions at the Olympics, had cleared the use of the small vehicles.

“IAAF validates several different transporters. Yes, it happens to be the official partner of the London Games but there is no commercial delivery,” he told a news conference.

“There is no link between the sponsorship and the coverage of the physical fact that these are mini Minis on the field of play,” Lumme said.

The IOC’s rule on advertising states that no form of advertising or other publicity shall be allowed in and above the stadia, venues and other competition areas which are considered as part of the Olympic sites.

Commercial installations and advertising signs are not be allowed in the stadia, venues or other sports grounds.

There are three of these vehicles in total. Each puts in four-hour shifts across nine days of athletics competition, covering six kilometres per day.

The Mini also featured in the Games opening ceremony but again it was the new version and not the one symbolising iconic British post-war design.

“The bottom line is that the producer showed an individual quirkiness, a fantastically entertaining take on British history,” said Lumme of the car’s presence in the opening ceremony.

“The Mini is an incredibly known globally, British icon. Again Rule 50 compliant. No logos,” he said.

The London Games have received some £700m from sponsors wishing to be associated with the 2012 Olympics.

radio control cars in ireland


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ORCA was founded in 1997 but some of our members have been involved in model car racing since the late 80’s when originally the club was racing in what was then the main car park in University College Dublin. Racing is now at St. Annes Park, Raheny.just a small few words the club is currently looking for members and is open to all ages weather its a rtr car or kit car any scale come along to the track and have a look there is alot of rc cars out there but not many people coming out to the track through not knowing or afraid to come out.the club is very welcoming and have many members with alot of knowledge so if you find yourself in a position that you your son daughter has a radio controlled car and want to run it on a track and compete for fun drop out to the track in raheney in dublin and say hello even if it is to get advise or to try the track everyone is welcome…

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Rebuilding my serpent 720 radio controlled car


Ok so decided to dig out my r/c car a few years ago i raced these at club level and at national level and the highest i finished was 9th nationally and 4th in club level.. It was very tough due to work and cost to run them for a season to be competetive. Putting this aside i said id give it a bash this season which should start in april or so. The club and track i was at is the only onroad track in dublin. Www.orcaireland.ie .above is a picture of the car stripped down its a serpent 720 1/10th scale
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This is a picture of the front and rear differential the one open gives you an idea of the internals of a diff it uses 30,000 wt oil. I found a leak on this so i had to fix it. The seal is a rubber o ring and was pinced so fluid was leaking out. Takes about 20mins to clean and refill then seal up.

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Next this picture is a picture of the shocks on the car they need to be maintained alot. I use 40,000 wt in the rear and 30,000 wt in the front they are fairly simple to break down and fix. I have a tool that when the shick is open and old oil removed and new oil installed you put the four shocks in a vacuum chamber remove all air and in doing this the air is drawn out of the oil due to the negative pressure to give you the best performance when re-assembled.

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This is the rear diff and belt re-installed in the car.

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Side angle of car
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Rear view of car with all arms and upper posts installed plus the diff roof is now on to hold inplace.

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Another view of rear with parts installed

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Rear shocks installed
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Picture of front assembly you can also see fuel tank and exhaust. The exhaust is a novarossi 2630 efra legal tune pipe. The fuel tank is 75cl

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Next the car is put on a setup board to adust and set droop,camber,toe,ride height, and a few other things
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The setup system i use is a hudy professional setup jig you can find it here under setup http://www.hudy.com

Finally shell is cut measured and installed on car and is checked for legal heights.

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I paint a few shells to have spares and incase i damage one on the track there usually is between 10-15 meetings including club and nationals.hope you enjoy reading a bit about one of my hobbies and i will keep you posted on any other results on the track or problems i encounter