Since the picture of the new short shaft version of the JK Hawk Retro (HR) motor was posted many racers have been concerned about that motor's future in IRRA®. Please know that the IRRA® BoD was not fully informed of this development.
What occurred was not an attempt to cut corners, increase profits, or pursue any of the other supposed ulterior motives being discussed on social media. The new owner of JK Products, Tim Homola, desired to reduce the variability of the HR by using new uniform tooling across his motor line-up. The goal was more consistent performance within and between batches of HR motors by manufacturing them to higher tolerances. NO other spec besides shaft length was altered. Because IRRA® uses shaft length to identify the HR from the H7 he then had each motor laser engraved. Unfortunately, he didn’t foresee the other issues about which some are concerned.
JK has sufficient stock of bulk-packed original HR motors to last until a new order of the original spec HR motors can be received. These will be sealed in a poly bag with header card, not the bubble pack currently used. The short shaft HR will be used in other ways by JK Products and WILL NOT BE LEGAL at any event using IRRA® rules.
All racers should appreciate the fact that Tim Homola desires to give slot racers the best possible products and should also understand that considerable resources are being expended toward that end. He has committed to working more closely with the IRRA® BoD, the tracks, racers, and any other slot racing organizations to try to prevent these situations in the future.
Thanks to all the racers who didn’t jump to conclusions without facts and let the problem be addressed in the proper way.
Bottom line: The HR has not changed. They are still available. And they are still legal (the long shaft version) in racing under IRRA® rules.
(Posted for the IRRA® Board by Mike McMasters)