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The Tamiya Asian Challenge this year is from June 20 to 23 at The Brickyard.

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“We’re excited to reintroduce this to the Philippines and we want the younger generation to embrace the hobby,” said Ferdie Kahn, venue owner.

There are some 300 competitors from different countries, including Japan, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Korea, etc.

Asked why the products like mini-4WDs are captivating, Kahn cited several reasons.

“It challenges you. You have the opportunity to modify your cars, it lets you perform, you get instant feedback on how it performs,” he said. “It is a social activity because you work with other people in that newcomers ask pointers from longtime hobbyists who gladly share tips and secrets.”

The Filipinos have been into Tamiya for about 50 years now.

“We have a very active radio-controlled community and very active modules group,” Kahn said. “Our Brickyard racers average to 500 racers daily and that’s only in Metro Manila.”

The Brickyard, which opened in June 2018, is at Glorietta 2.

The products are made in Cebu while Yoshio Tamiya was founded in Japan in 1946.

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