Hello, my name is Ryan, and I am an Addict.
I have been in and out of the RC hobby for about 22 years now. I was into RC cars as an adolescent and then, around the time I got a real car and girls started being more my focus, I dropped out of the RC scene. I sold off everything. I had mostly just forgot about RC for a long time. I had little dabbling here and there with stuff but nothing major or long lasting. In the spring of 2010, I was working as a project manager on a big project and living out of a hotel 4.5 hours away from my family. I was bored out of my mind and couldn’t really find much to do in the evenings. This got me thinking about RC again. I googled a hobby shop in Harrisburg, PA called Hidden Hangar, and drove over to check things out. I didn’t even know there were such things as RC rock crawlers and scale trucks. (When I got out of it I had been racing buggies and Nitro was the new thing.) In the spur of the moment, I bought an RTR Losi Mini Crawler 5 minutes before the shop closed. I played with it in the parking lot right then and there. After getting back to the hotel room, I got online and quickly learned all I could about them.
A few days later, I went back to the shop and bought a used SCX10 scaler with a Dodge truck body on it. This also came with LiPos that introduced me to a whole new world of power. I would take the truck and go walk the trails of local parks near my hotel and crawl on the rocks. I did my first full on water proofing in a hotel room and destroyed a hotel towel cleaning up greasy parts. Six weeks later, I owned 6 RC’s. I also helped to start up a local crawling club not to far from there that I still keep in touch with. The rest, as they say, became history.
I used my knowledge of web design and server management to help get a couple of clubs up and running. My kids were interested in my new found addiction and I started including them in what I did. I saw a few RC videos on YouTube and that sparked another interest in me, combining my love of RC and my life long dream to be a director.
Life of an RC Addict was born out of the videos I was doing for the local club I founded, Keystone RC, and some how to videos and such. It had a little bit of a rocky start as I learned how to edit and also learned how to not bore people to death. I quickly adapted into showing off my life and some of the things that I love to do, and I tried to not do the same things others were already doing. As I listened to fan input the show became a reality and turned into what it is today. My life, often messy, and my family with me having fun.
I am a self employed computer nerd, and I have 4 kids and a wonderful wife. I live in a small, modest 3 bedroom house in a rural town that doesn’t cost much to live in. All these things are by choice so I can have more money for my addiction. I currently have 19 RC’s and manage one club, and help with another as well as manage web sites for 4 different clubs and host of Facebook groups and of course my own stuff. My children and I compete literally year round in scaler competitions with both clubs. We also host RC Garage night at my house every Wednesday where we wrench, bash, and play.
I have met a ton of really great people thru this hobby and look forward to meeting many more!