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Dad soups up RC cars, son races them

Published on Dec 28, 2012 10:49 AM
Engineer Daryl Yeo, 29 (centre) and his father, Yeo Hoon Kiat, 66 (left) who have built up a collection of 88 remote controlled cars. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LUI

It is a collection that took retiree Yeo H.K. 26 years to build - 88 RC, or remote control cars, that sit in showcases in a five-room flat in Tampines.

A shared love of these miniature vehicles is what created a bond between the 66-year-old and his engineer son Daryl Yeo, 29. For more than a decade, the elder Mr Yeo souped up the RC cars, which his son raced, winning a fair few trophies along the way.

One-tenth and and one-eighth in size, they are powered by gas and electricity. Well-known brands such as Tamiya, Serpent and Morgan are all represented. Some are vintage, dating back to the 1980s when the elder Mr Yeo first started collecting RC cars.

Others are more recent, such as a one-eighth on-road gas car by Mugen from 2002, which cost a total of $5,800 to fit out and prepare for racing. It is similar to the model once used by former world on road champion Kenji Osaka.

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