The End of An Era: Novak Closing After 38 Years
Sad news from one of RC’s most significant and best-known brands. Novak has been integral to the radio control hobby for longer than most of us have actually been participants, and the brand is responsible for many electronics milestones in the RC car scene. Novak was at the forefront when speed control tech transitioned from linkages and resistors to the solid-state electronics we take for granted today, and countless thousands have relied on Novak components for peak RC performance. The brand known for its distinctive orange gear pioneered programmable speed controls, hand-held programmers, telemetry, bushless motors, and many other innovations large and small.
Novak, you will be missed–as a brand, and as good people. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Bob Novak or any of the Novak family, you know what kind and generous folks they are. Everyone at RC Car Action and Air Age Media wishes the Novak family and everyone at Team Novak the very best–and thanks for a lot of great memories.
Here’s the announcement from Team Novak:
Since 1978, Novak has been proud to be a part of the remote-controlled hobby industry, designing and manufacturing important and innovative products to the market such as the modern-day ESC for R/C cars in 1983 (NESC-1), and the first R/C car sensored brushless motor and ESC in 2002 (Super Sport Brushless System). Our customers, our business partners, and all of the friendships we have formed in this industry have made owning and operating Novak not feel like “work” but rather fulfilling a passion.
We are announcing that we have decided to close down our operations effective today. This decision was difficult to make, as this has been a family business spanning two generations.
We are proud that we were able to continue to manufacture products in California during our 38 years in business, and we hope we have been a good steward to the industry. 20 IFMAR World Championships and countless ROAR and Club races were won with Novak products over the years and we want to especially thank our customers and race organizations for their belief in our product and their enthusiasm for the hobby.
Rather than saying good-bye, we wish to say thank you. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this incredible hobby and industry!
Bob Novak Laura Novak Linda Novak