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Entrepreneur makes remote control cars for Drake, New York Giants



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Most entrepreneurs can’t count the New York Giants among their first customers. Steve Pinto billed the team more than $14,000 on his first sale.

Pinto, 31, is the founder of RC Motorsports, a remote-control car company based in the workshop of his New Hyde Park home. There, he builds raceable vehicles varying from monster trucks to Porsches that can go up to 120 mph.

Growing up on Long Island, he raced scooters, bikes and cars with his friends.

“That’s where this really all started, tinkering with those motors,” he says.

A trained mechanic, Pinto left his dream job at Ferrari-Maserati of Long Island to start RC Motorsports. He quit the Plainview dealership in 2017, launching his business shortly after.

“Leaving your job is scary,” he says. “You take your life savings and try something that no one has ever done before.”

Pinto’s risk-taking has paid off. He says he has yet to see any serious business competition.

“People come here expecting it to be like a RadioShack,” he says, dusting off his own childhood remote control car from the chain store that he pulled from a closet. Compared to the Ferrari and Porsche replicas posed around his workshop, Pinto’s old car looks more like a “Toy Story” character.

Establishing an Instagram following early on helped set RC Motorsports apart in the car hobbyist community and gain popularity with celebrities.

“Social media is free advertising,” he says. “You have the masses at your fingertips.”

Pinto’s Instagram caught the eye of the Giants, who asked him to create cars for the team. He built a 1965 Ford Mustang for Odell Beckham, a Hummer H1 for Brandon Marshall and a 1968 Chevy Camaro for Sterling Shepard.

With almost 40,000 followers, Pinto has sponsorship deals with parts manufacturing companies Powerhobby and T-Bone Racing.

Pinto sells 15-20 cars a month on average, starting at $200 each. His customers include professional athletes and celebrities like Drake, who had Pinto replicate his $3.5 million yellow LaFerrari. Most of Pinto’s clients are typical families.

“Dads come here all the time,” he says. “They say they’re looking to buy a car for their kids, but it’s really for them!”

By working primarily out of his house, he saves money on rent. Although Long Island is expensive, Pinto’s business allows him to pay the bills and live comfortably.

“It’s where I grew up,” he says. “I wouldn’t want to take it anywhere else.”


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9-year-old genius to graduate university




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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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New award to honor arts and activism named after Lena Horne




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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem




Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.


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