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iron-mountain-depot-recon-g6-20The Axial Iron Mountain Depot RECON G6 was held this past weekend in St. Louis, MO, and it was quite the event. It set the attendance record for the traveling tour (i.e. not Axialfest) with a staggering 143 day / 97 night entries, and 9 states were represented So how did the event actually go? What exactly is an “Iron Mountain Depot” anyways? Click the “Read More” below to see our full coverage.

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rc-mega-truck-raceEver since I held a scale mud bog last year, the wheels have been turning in my head to do a mud racing series with purpose built trucks. Once I started building a Mega Truck I knew it was going to be “when” versus “if”. When I found out that the Axial RECON G6 series was descending upon my hometown (St. Louis, MO) I figured it would be the perfect time to get something together. Last weekend the event finally took place and it was a blast! Well, until I had to clean up that is. Click the Read More below to see some sweet rigs get VERY dirty.

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A-Main Speedway Spring Fling 2014Save the weekend of March 22nd and 23rd for A-Main Speedway’s 2nd annual Spring Fling in Pueblo, CO with a special event sponsored by us here at the Big Squid RC. You can get your fill of off-road racing with classes for pretty much every type of off-road rc vehicle in existence. 1/8th scale buggy, truggy, monster truck, electric, nitro, 2 and 4wd short course, a sportsman class for the newbs, and more.

Qualifying takes place on Saturday, the racing commences on Sunday. After the racing is done, it’ll be time to bust out some hang time in the Big Squid RC Big Air event thingy.

A Main Speedway is my local hobby shop and I will be there shooting a lot of pics. If you’re nearby come on down, find me and say “The crow kaws at the dawn of the first full moon.” That’ll be our secret code for “Give me free stickers or something*.”

You can sign up for this event at the RC Signups website and you can get more info by looking at that flyer up there or by hitting up the A-Main Speedway Facebook page and clicking over to the Events Section.

There’ll be door prizes, t-shirts, and more for competitors, plus lots of fun.

*  Something may include, but is not limited to, a passionate embrace.

2014 BigSquidRC Quadcopter Championships
The 2014 BigSquidRC Quadcopter Championships are officially in the books. Hosted by HobbyTown USA Orland Park Illinois last Saturday, it marked one of the first organized quadcopter competitions ever held. The event was made possible by its major sponsors- Ares RC, Blade, and Heli-Max.

Several events were used to determine winners in three different size classes. A tricky obstacle course was set-up to test the precise control a pilot had over his quad, drag racing tested speed and how quickly a pilot could land, and 5 lap pylon races were held to really let the pilots open up the throttle on their quads.

The pylon racing seemed to be everyone’s favorite event as it was a good mix of speed, skill, and competition. Drag racing, which consisted of taking off from the ground and landing on a pedestal about 40 feet away, sounded easy enough, but under the pressure of racing proved to harder than anyone imagined. Many pilots would quickly get to the landing pedestal, only to miss the landing, giving up a bunch of time. The obstacle course was quite challenging with the more skilled pilots navigating the course in about 50 seconds, while it took up to 4 minutes for others.

In true BigSquidRC fashion, the word “Championship” may have been in the title, but the event was extremely laid back and focused more on fun than anything else. A friendly helping hand could always be found and there were smiles all around. The 2014 Quadcopter Championships will not only be remembered for being one of the first of its kind, but also for being an incredibly fun day of flying with some great people.

BigSquidRC would like to thank everyone that participated, as well as Kevin and 3D Bill for all their hard work making the event happen, and Steve from HobbyTown USA for providing the facility. We consider the event a success and are looking at doing another one this summer, as well as a 2015 Quadcopter Championships again next year.

Results-

Nano 2″ Class-

1. Brian Smolik – Estes Proto-X
2. Jared Bachman – Estes Proto-X
3. Bill Smith – Estes Proto-X

Micro 6″ Class-

1. Jared Bachman – Blade Nano QX
2. Brian Smolik – Heli-Max 1Si
3. Kevin Ragauskis – Blade Nano QX

Mini 8″ Class-

1. Bill Smith – Blade MQX
2. Kevin Ragauskis – Blade 180 QX
3. Tim Mohr – LaTrax Alias

Overall Champion – Jared Bachman

To read more about the 2014 Quadcopter Championships, check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

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We just finished setting up the obstacle course and I think it turned out pretty good. Did a few trial runs, and had a blast! even if you don’t want to participate in the event, you should stop by the Hobbytown in Orland Park, and spectate, it will be fun to watch!

Need more info? The Big Squid RC 2014 Quadcopter Championships link and flyer is RIGHT HERE. The event is this Saturday (March 1st, 2014) which is today! Hope to see you all there!

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Last weekend I made the trip from St. Louis to Sturgeon, MO to take part in some pulling action. Sturgeon may be a sleepy little town (nestled just north of Columbia, home of Mizzou) but it’s one of the hottest locations in the world of r/c pulling. The Mid Missouri R/C Truck & Tractor Pulling Assocation (MMRCTPA) calls the area home and each winter puts on an awesome semi-weekly program.

I was really excited to get down there because it marked my first pull of 2014. I had two brand new vehicles, my Ford 9600 “Mad Mule” pro stock tractor and my blue 1979 Ford “Missouri Mule #2″ (currently no graphics on the side) super modified 2wd pulling truck, that were itching for some action. My tractor had only made a few test hooks and the truck was literally finished at the pull site so yeah…didn’t do too hot against all these strong runnin’ rigs. I was way off on weight placement and had some hitch issues but as a wise man once said, “The worst day of tractor pulling is better than the best day of work”.  I still had a great time and will get my team of Mules re-weighted and try ‘er again later this year.

The sheer variety of scale machinery on display was awesome. Everything from relatively stock Axial SCX10′s to handbuilt tractors; Fords, Chevys, Dodges, John Deeres, Allis Chalmers, Case IH; if the real thing pulls you’ll probably see a scale representation here. Big thanks to Travis Sutton (of Sutton Motorsports Pulling Products) and the MMRCTPA for all the help and hospitality. Until then, for more information on MMRCTPA please click here for their website. To see where else the Big Squid Bash Crew have been lately click here.

Hit the Read More button below for more galleries from the pull.

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Mark your calendars and warm up those thumbs! Saturday, March 1st 2014 is official date of the Big Squid RC 2014 Quadcopter Champsionship!Every RC’er on the planet now owns at least one, so it was time to get something organized and have some fun. Don’t let the word Champsionship scare you. We are planning on a day of fun and friendly competition for everyone. The classes and events should make it easy for everyone to be able enjoy themselves.

Classes: There are 3 classes. Nano 2″, Micro 6″ and Mini 8″. This is an indoor event so we are keeping them small this time around, while keeping it more accessible for a lot of the newer quad fans out there. There are a LOT of quads in or around these sizes, and they aren’t all exact, so don’t worry if your quad is slightly over or under one of the above classes, you are still good to go.

Examples in for each class:
Nano 2″ Class – Estes Proto X Nano Quadcopter.
Micro 6″ Class – Heli-Max 1SQ, Traxxas QR-1, Blade Nano QX, Ares Ethos QX 75
Mini 8″ Class – Ares Ethos QX130, Blade 180 QX, Align M242, LaTrax Alias

Events: There will be 3 main events, Obstacle Course, Pylon Racing, and Drag Race, along with a couple other surprises. Trophy’s will be awarded to the top 3 in each class. The 1st place finisher in each class will also take home new quadcopter.

Entry fee: $5 per class. 1 Entry per class allowed. You are allowed to enter more than one class.

Location: 15551 South 94th Ave, Orland Park, IL. 60462 (Google Maps Link )

Sponsors: Big Squid RC, Ares RC, more TBA.

Flyer: hobbytown_quad_2014

Grab the PDF of the Flyer here.

Cubby had a great summary in his Cub Report:
For all you pilots out there, if you want to come and show the world you are the best, that’s great, but if you want to just come and have some fun flying your quad that is even better. If you are an industry type, of course you are also invited. The event is about 2 hours north of the epicenter of the rc world, Champaign Illinois, and you are cordually invited to compete and to just hang out with a bunch of gnar-core quad consumers. Also, if you want to have your brand and products associated with the event, or want to be a sponsor, be sure and shoot Brian an email (hit the contact us link at the top of this page) to get in on what is certain to be the biggest, most kick ass quad event ever held.

We have been contacted by a few industry people, and it sounds like they will be making the trip.

If you have ANY questions, drop us an email, or leave a comment below. Will will update this post with more details about events and answers to questions people may have.

Forum guys, please share this post to anyone who may be interested in attending. Please link back to this post when sharing on the web so we an make sure people have the latest information.

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The RC Freaks Bash Arnold Missouri
Over the weekend I got a chance to check out an rc bash put on by the RC Freaks of the greater St Louis Missouri area. The RC Freaks put on a bash roughly once a month at a city park in Arnold Missouri. There are no organized events, their bashes are held for hobbyists to get together, do some driving, and have a good time. At one of their bashes you’ll find nearly every scale and type of rc car/truck being driven, and if you are new to the hobby there are plenty of friendly people around to give advice. Also, if you are an rc boat enthusiast, you’ll probably be stoked to hear they run boats as well.

If you are logged into Facebook you can get more information on the RC Freaks of the Greater St Louis area right HERE. If you don’t have a Facebook account you can check in with them HERE.

Click Here for more event converage on BigSquidRC.

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On Sunday I made the trip about 30 minutes south of the St Louis metro area to Fults Illinois to watch the first scaler competition put on by Make it or Break it RC. The Make it or Break it RC crew had set up a cool rock crawling area, plus they had a hill climb, a mud pit for side-by-side racing, and an area for a truck pull. Whatever type of scaler action you were into they had a great area to drive on. Three different classes were offered, 1.9, 2.2, and the crazy “Open Class” for the bigger machines and 6 wheelers.

The organizers put a lot of effort into the various courses and the competitors were having a great time. From the technical rock course, to a 15 foot rope bridge, to the tricky rock infested mud pit, there were smiles all around. By a rough count I would say there were around 30 drivers at the event, not bad for their first time, and that will surely grow as word spreads about them. I had a great time and can’t wait to check out future comps held by the Make it or Break it RC crew.

To get more information on the “Make it or Break it RC” crew simply click This Link.

What other events has BigSquidRC covered this summer? Find out Right Here. Want the Bash Crew to cover your upcoming event? Click HERE.

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RC Fest Tolono Illinois 2013 Bash Blood Donation
The BigSquidRC Bash crew had the pleasure of attending the 2013 RC Fest in Tolono Illinois over the weekend. RC Fest is a big charity bash held to raise money and awareness for blood donation. A young man named Adam Munds and his family work for months prepping for RC Fest and this year all their hard work really paid off with 70 entries from 44 competitors. RC Fest raised over $1300 with many people giving blood at the event. Our BSRC Bash Crew had a fantastic time and can’t wait for RC Fest to roll around again next year.

Results RC Fest 2013

Speed Run
Tie – 60 mph
1. Brandon Reich (Associated TC6)
1. Tim Mohr (Castle/HB VE8)

High Jump
1. Brandon Reich (Tekno Buggy) – 36 feet
2. Tim Mohr (Castle/MIP/STRC/Losi SCTE) – 36 feet
3. Dyllan Warren – 35 feet

2wd California Style Racing
1. Ty Brown (Traxxas Rustler)
2. Brandon Reich (TLR 22 SCT)

4wd California Style Racing
1. Tim Mohr (Castle/MIP/STRC Losi SCTE)
2. DaVon Hood (Traxxas E-Maxx)

Freestyle
1. Andrew Warren
2. Ben Buckles

Best Donut
1. Ty Brown

Tug-of-War 2wd
1. Jeremy Kiian (Traxxas Monster Jam Stampede VXL)
2. Tim Mohr (Castle/Pro-Line Pro-2 Slash)

Tug-of-War 4wd
1. Stephen Bleichner
2. Ken Cline (Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3)

Truck Pull
1. Stephen Bleichner
2. Brandon Lynch

Top Sportsman – THE Cub Reporter

Grand Champion – Brandon Reich

Winner of Duratrax Evader – Gryfen Good

The major rc sponsors of this years event were MaxAmps, Hobbico, Horizon, HotSlots Hobby Shop, JConcepts, AKA, Cow RC, Slot and Wing Hobbies, HRP Distributing, Silent D RC, and The RC Shack. RC Fest 2014 is already in the planning stages, to get in touch with them all you have to do is Click Here.

Want to take a look at some other rc events we’ve covered this year? Hit up THIS LINK.

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BigSquidRC HobbyTown Bash and Swap Meet 2013
On Saturday, HobbyTown USA in Orland Park Illinois was the host for our 2013 BigSquidRC Bash and Swap Meet. In the big open parking lot on one side of the HobbyTown we put on bashing events and held an open bash session, while on the other side of the building people set up tables to sell old gear in an rc swap meet. Blessed by good weather and a very organized HobbyTown USA staff, the event went off without a hitch.

Four events were held at our bash this year- Obstacle Course, RC Sumo, Shopping Cart Slam, and Demo Derby. The events turned out to be quite challenging for the drivers, and tough on the vehicles, but everyone was having a great time. The drivers got even happier when it was door prize time. Pro-Line sent in a ton of their uber gear to give away to all the bashers, Futaba supplied some cool shirts, and the big prizes were a new HPI Blitz short course truck and Helion Invictus monster truck. We had a great time meeting and bashing with everyone, we can’t wait to do it again next year.

Results-

Demo Derby- Dylan Stevens (HPI Blitz)
Shopping Cart Slam- Xerxes (ARRMA Raider)
Obstacle Course- Tim Mohr (Castle/MIP/STRC Losi SCTE)
RC Sumo- Bill Stevens (Thunder Tiger ST4 G3)

To see other event coverage, click THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Hit the “Read More” button to see four more galleries of pictures from the big event.

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So the Big Squid RC Bash and Swap Meet is TOMORROW!! We have been getting emails from people asking all sorts of questions, and we figure many more people probably have the same questions, so why not answer them all right here!

Q: What sort of prizes are there going to be?
A: All sorts! We have a new HPI Blitz, some stuff from Pro-Line, swag from a few different companies and a few surprises! Don’t forget the Helion Invictus and Animus Contest!!

Q: Do I need to bring a table?
A: Yes, if you want to use a table. This is an outdoor event in a parking lot. Some people just pit out of their cars, but if you want to sit down at a table to work on your rc stuff, you’ll need to bring a table and chair.

Q: Where exactly is the bash at?
A: The bash will be held in the parking lot of the Orland Park Hobby Town.

Q: Is there power?
A: Yes, sort of. We will have a few extension cords running out of the Hobby Town. So we are not guaranteeing power, there are some outlets available. If you bring one or two batteries you should be good for the day till the free-for-all starts.

Q: Are there bathrooms there?
A: Yes, inside the hobby shop. Just go inside and ask a friendly employee for them to unlock it for you.

Q: Will there be food and drink?
A: There is a pop machine inside. There are a few close fast food restaurants in the area.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: It’s FREE! We just want people to come out and have a good time!

Q: Does it cost for a swap space?
A: Nope! That’s free also! Come clean out your garage. We ask that you try and limit your stuff to 1 table. We don’t need other hobby shops showing up to sell their stuff. :)

Q: How do I sell my stuff?
A: You are 100% responsible for your stuff. So keep a eye on it! We recommend putting a price on everything you bring to sell with masking tape or a sticker or something. That way if you are walking around or bashing, and someone is looking at your table they can get an idea if they want to buy it or not.

Q: What if I buy something from the swap meet that does not work?
A: Buyer BEWARE! If you are worried, ask to see it run before you pull out the cash. People are bringing dusty stuff from their garages and basements, we would guess there will be some GREAT deals on things that may not be 100% in working order. And you are right outside a hobby shop! Go inside and order the rest of the parts you need to get it working.

Q: What’s the Schedule for the day?
A: Depends on the turnout. We will have a minimum of four events planned to run. Guaranteed events are: Obstacle Course, SUMO, Shopping Cart Slam, Demolition Derby. All rules will be explained before each event. Registration for those events starts at 10am. Events start at 11am! We will take a short break after the first 2 events for people to do some swap/shopping, or food, etc. The day is usually done by 6pm, but ya never know.

Q: Can I run a different vehicle in each event?
A: Sure! If you want to run your monster truck in the SUMO event and short course in obstacle, or whatever, that’s fine. The more vehicles the merrier!

Any other last minute questions? Drop us an email, and well try and answer it as fast as we can. See you this Saturday!

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Looking to get sideways this weekend? The Round 3 of the Chi-Town Drift Challenge is happening this weekend at Strictly RC in Illinois. You can get the details at the Midwest Slidewayz RC Drift Club website or contact the folks from Strictly RC for info and directions.

Looking for more drift news, or our coverage of previous drift events? Check out our Drifting Link Here.