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Big Squid RC 10 Year Anniversary Bash

I’d like to thank everyone who came out to our 10th Anniversary Bash event this past weekend to show their support and have a fun day of bashing! We had a record turnout of entries and spectators! Every time I’d look up from announcing the play by play for one of the events, the amount of people standing and watching was staggering. We had almost 50 individual entries with over 130 vehicles! And here I was worried there would be leftovers from that giant cake! That thing was gone in minutes! We had people from 4 surrounding states that I know of, there may of been more! Thanks for making the long drive!

The obstacle course event ran a little longer than expected, but that was mostly due to us never having run that many entries before. We will be better prepared for next time, thanks for your patients. The great thing about our location was people waiting on the next event could run on one of the available tracks so there didn’t need to be any downtime. Sadly, our Sumo Table was left in the wrong place at the wrong time, and got broken beyond repair shortly before the event was supposed to start. Doh! The figure 8 and demo derby events were not only a blast to watch, but the amount of carnage was cringe worthy. Congrats to Xerxes who won BOTH demo derby events that started with over 20 vehicles! He is on everyone’s radar for the next one. The long jump event was a blast as always, with people going HUGE! The amount of landed back flips was an impressive number for sure.

One of the highlights of the bash was the money we raised for charity. All proceeds after the track rental fee’s are going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Between the entry fees, raffle tickets and auction we raised $1038! That’s One Thousand Thirty Eight Dollars! Thank you all!

I’d like to thank the Big Squid RC Crew for help making it all possible! Everyone had multiple jobs to make sure things went smooth, from setting up the events to entries and organization! Thank You to Kevin ‘Tomato Sauce’, Tim Mohr, Bill ‘Wrench’, Tiffany, 3DBill, and Adam the Intern!

We would like to thank our prize sponsors:
Hobbico and Futaba for the Futaba 4PX, T-Shirts, and other small items.
Pro-Line Racing for the awesome bodies, pit mats, t-shirts, glue and stickers.
Axial Racing for the incredible opportunity to give away the first Axial Yeti XL to a consumer! (Congrats Adam B!)
RPM for the Chrome Engines, camber gauges, parts trays, Banner and all sorts of other miscellaneous stuff.
Team KNK for the hardware kits and t-shirts.

I had so many people come up to me during and after the event to thank me for everything that we are doing for the RC community, and it really means a lot! It’s great to hear stories about how someone found our site, and our articles got them back into rc, or how our reviews influenced their last few vehicle purchases and they couldn’t be happier! We really love meeting and hanging out with all the fans, and hopefully we can do this more often in the coming years!

Special thanks to Leisure Hours Raceway and their crew for letting us host the event at their location. They were very helpful and accommodating with anything we needed. It was great to be able to take some of the events inside and get out of the cold Chicago weather.

Ok, enough chit-chat, this isn’t a Cub Report! :) Press the Read More button for a ton more photos from the day.
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bigfoot-open-house-trigger-king-monster-truck-race002014 has been a year of monster truck resurgence in the r/c industry. One has to look no further for evidence than right here at BSRC, as our review went live this week for basher of the year contender, the Pro-Line Pro-MT monster truck. What better way to end the week then, than with a recap of a major monster truck event that went down last weekend (both r/c AND 1:1); the Bigfoot 4×4 Open House and Monster Truck Spooktacular.

This free event has always taken place at the Bigfoot shop in Hazelwood, MO as a way to say thanks to the fans. With it growing in popularity each year, they decided to to move it to the bigger confines of Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL. The event was an all day affair as pit party festivities took place all morning/afternoon giving way to a big show in the evening. We rolled in at 8am and watched as the big trucks got setup on the premises. Once they were staged for their displays (7 Bigfoot trucks were on site) we got out the r/c stuff and setup our track. We laid out several scaled down versions of what you’d find at a full size show and went to town all afternoon.

We ran several sessions of racing with both old school retro trucks and modern race machines. When that was finished we topped it off with a big freestyle show (complete with mini Jet jump!). When the dust settled it was Josh Rhodes and his sweet Grave Digger Clodbuster taking home top honors for the race class, and Chris Blank doing the same in retro with his classic Sassy Chassis’d Clod. Danny Maass took home the freestyle win (judged by several Bigfoot team members and hardcore fans) with his “Heavy Hitter” Axial based monster truck.


Finally, as the sun went down the big boys came out to play. Despite being very muddy the whole fleet of trucks put on a heck of a show. It was especially cool seeing Bigfoot #1, the original monster truck, lead the fleet into battle. There was even an appearance by the 10 foot tall tired Bigfoot #5, the biggest pickup in the world, making a super rare car crushing performance!

Big thanks to the Bigfoot crew for letting BigSquidRC be a part of the action, especially to team members (and r/c racers) Bob Chandler Jr. (helped organize the r/c portion with me) and Danny Maass (shooting pics when I was running a truck or trying to keep everything moving). I also want to say thanks to the Trigger King R/C club for putting in the time and effort to make the event a success, and of course to the Big Squid readers that said hey and scored some stickers.  We are already making plans to do it bigger next year…hopefully the whole BSRC bash crew can make an appearance for total r/c anarchy!

Ok, so with that out of the way, click the “Read More” below to see a few more galleries and check out what else is kicking in the world of scale r/c.
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Just a quick reminder, our 10th Anniversary Bash is THIS SUNDAY! Click that link for details!
In case you haven’t heard, we are giving away an AXIAL YETI XL! That’s right, you could win one and be driving it weeks before just about anyone else on the planet! How awesome right? We will also have a Futaba 4PX in the raffle, and a TON of other awesome prizes from Pro-Line, RPM and more!

For all the details CLICK HERE! Hope to see you there!

It is on! Our Big Squid RC 10th Anniversary Bash is coming up quick, and we wanted to give you a few more details. If you live within driving distance of the Chicago Area, and by that we mean NORTH AMERICA, you are going to want to figure out how to attend this one. Every bash we pull out some cool surprises and giveaways, and this one is going to be special!

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How special are the raffle prizes this time?

Well, it’s finally been announced! We are giving away a new Axial YETI XL! That’s right! Axial has hooked us up for our 10th Anniversary Bash by getting us a Yeti XL to give away before anyone can even buy one!! How awesome is that! Besides us, the winner will be one of a few people on the PLANET that will have one in their hands!

Want another awesome prize example? How about a new Futaba 4PX!

Pro-Line Racing has some stuff coming our way! (We will update when we get it in hand)

RPM Racing has hooked us up with a few cool prizes as well!

Of course we will have tons of swag to give away from a bunch of sponsors.

We will update this list with more details soon, so keep checking back.

We would like to thank our prize sponsors: Hobbico, Futaba, Pro-Line, Axial, RPM, and more!

The bash is being held on October 19th, 2014 at Leisure Hours Raceway in Joliet. Registration starts at 10am, events at 11am!

Events include Obstacle Course, Demolition Derby, Long Jump, Multi-Vehicle Sumo, and a few more surprises!

Events are open to 1/8th and 1/10th scale Monster Trucks, SC’s and just about anything else that size. It’s all for fun and to celebrate our 10th Anniversary, so run what ya brung. Maybe we will have cake!

Entry Fee is $10 per person. You can run different vehicles in different events, but you can only run once in each. (For Example, you can’t run 2 SC’s, a monster truck, and a truggy in obstacle course. Pick one, and run it)

ALL PROFITS will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital a great place to support, you can visit their site HERE.

Most of the Big Squid RC bash crew will be in attendance, so at least come out and say hi! If you don’t want to participate, you are more than welcome to watch as there are some great spectator events happening.

Click the flyer for more details if needed. You can also drop Brian an email if you have any questions. Don’t miss this one!

SAC Heli Fun Fly 2014

Last Saturday (Sept. 13), 3DBill and I got to hang out and fly with the local RC helicopter pilots at Tinley Creek flying field in Matteson, IL at the annual SAC Heli Fun Fly. We got to see a variety of helicopters, pilots, and even a plane or two during the all day event. Check out the below gallery and see the other 11 after the jump…

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So I spoke very highly of my trip to Indiana for the IRCHA Jamboree last month, probably enough to make you curious as to what do you see when professional RC helicopter pilots take to the sky!

For all you midwest/Chicago metropolitan area RC enthusiasts, the Surburban Aeroclub of Chicago is hosting their annual Helicopter Fun Fly this Saturday. This year they have a list of pro pilots making appearances to meet everyone and show off their skills, including Mitch Marozas and the others listed on the above flyer! I met most of these pilots at IRCHA, and can’t wait to see them again. This is a free to spectate event, and AMA helicopter pilots can join in the fun for $10.

I will be there representing Raging Rotors as well as being a team pilot for HobbyTown Orland Park (aka I’ll be working and flying). I will be flying my 350QX, 200QX, and more! Stop by the HobbyTown table and say hi!

Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

trigger-king-rc-grave-diggerA few weeks ago you may of seen my piece on building a Tamiya Lunchbox for use in a retro monster truck racing series. Last weekend we held the first event and, despite mother nature throwing a curve ball, it was a blast!

There are 3 classes; Scale Monster Truck (Axial based hybrids, modded Tamiya TXT-1′s and Clodbusters), Retro Monster Truck (old style monster kits like Clods & Lunchboxes), and Mega Mud Truck (Axial hybrids and modded SCX10′s). The format is similar what you’d see in a “real” monster competition. There are racing, wheelie and freestyle events. Points are awarded for each event with the winners being who score the highest combined total.

The monsters race on their own course separate from the slop that the mud trucks call home. Originally all the trucks were going to be running on dirt but thanks to torrential rains we had to audible and build the monster course on asphalt. The whole crew did a fantastic job throwing things together at the last minute and the track was awesome for both racing and freestyle.

Racing was tight across all classes. Watching the old trucks rumble around the track was great fun, and then seeing the “modern” monsters literally fly over the same course was very eye opening. I’m well aware of how far the hobby has come since the old days, but actually racing different generations of vehicle back to back make it VERY noticeable. My race truck handles like an F1 car compared to the stiff and bouncy retro machines. That being said, both types of truck are equally fun to race!

Congrats to the  winners: Chris Blank won the retro class with his old school Sassy Chassis Clodbuster, Josh Rhodes took scale monster in his wicked ZRP Diablo based Grave Digger, and Jeff Bourgoine took the Mega Truck title with his Axial / CPE Barbarian. I had a great time and can’t wait to come out to the next one in the fall!

To see more of where the BigSquidRC crew has been lately you can click here. For more scale r/c news click here!

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If you didn’t see it already, I took a lot of pictures over last weekend when I was at the IRCHA Jamboree 2014. I even walked out of there a winner! In a lot of cases, pictures do the Jamboree justice, but there still is a lot one can talk about that the pictures can’t start to describe. I thought I’d make a few points of what I saw whether it was pilots, products, experiences, or just things I wanted to point out in general. See what I have to say about it all after the jump!

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This past weekend I had the privilege to join my fellow helicopter and multirotor pilots in Muncie, IN near the headquarters of the AMA for the IRCHA (International Radio Control Helicopter Association) Jamboree 2014. This almost week long festival is a combination of RC helicopter competitions, product showcase, and shopping for all things RC Helicopter. There were speed competitions, product demonstrations, partying, fireworks, and all kinds of fun. Don’t just read about it: check out the gallery below and a ton more after the jump!

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jerseyville-rc-truck-pull-13Last weekend I loaded up the SUV and huffed it over the Mississippi River to the small town of Jerseyville, IL for a big r/c truck pull. The Central Illinois R/C Pullers (check em out on Facebook) were nice enough to invite me out, and it just so happened I had two trucks prepped and rarin’ to go (my RPM Mock Intake installation article last week featured one of them).

For those that don’t know how pulling works, it’s a cousin to drag racing. Whereas the object of dragging is to see how fast you can go, in pulling it’s how far you can go. Drivers pull a sled that transfers weight from a rolling to dragging load via a weight box that bears down on a skid pan the further a vehicle travels. Every class pulls the same amount of weight with distance measured from where the chain attaches to the sled pan.

The Central Illinois guys run the standard 30 foot track and give drivers two pulls; distance is combined to get a final total. 60” is max. If multiple drivers make 60” (i.e. full pulls) then there is a final pulloff where more weight is added to the box. Drivers then get one final yank for a tiebreaker.

CIRCP runs 3 main classes. Pro stock trucks are basically tweaked scalers with added front weight boxes (Axial SCX10′s are a popular platform and make quite capable pullers), and then the purpose built mod 2wd and 4×4 trucks pack big power and mega wheel speed. I had a great time pulling in 2wd and 4×4 (Modified and Smokin’ Mule trucks, respectively) and I’m already looking forward to my next trip up to Jerseyville. Big thanks to the CIRCP folk for running a great program and showing me lots of hospitality!

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That’s right, folks! We are teaming up again with our friends at HobbyTown Orland Park for a good ‘ol bash! There will be Obstacle Courses, Shopping Cart Slam, Demolition Derby, and Two-Car Sumo Wrestling!

Join us on Saturday, August 30th as we celebrate the last days of summer in one action packed event! Sign ups will start at 9:30am with events starting at 10:30am.

It’s only a few weeks away, so prep your 1/10th and 1/8th RC vehicles now!

See you then!

For previous coverage and general information regarding our infamous bashes, Click Here and Here.

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Coming up on August tenth is the NWI T.T.C. event number 5 of 2014, and will be taking place at the Indian Caves Park in Bradley, Illinois. The NWI T.T.C. group consist of a bunch of people who all share a love for scale crawling, bashing, and having a good time. There are a wide range of classes to ensure that your crawler runs against other crawlers with similar capabilities. There will be raffles and prizes awarded for first, second, and third place in all classes so be sure to get your crawlers ready and head out for a day of scalin!

If you have any questions you can visit the official NWI T.T.C. website at Scale Event Gallery

RC Fest Tolono 2014
For several years RC Fest has been held to raise awareness for blood donation and blood transfusions. The organizers of the event, the Munds family, work year around to make the event bigger and better than the year before. Last weekend was the 2014 edition of RC Fest, so Brian, Hawaiian Chris, Craig “The Uber Ramp Guy”, and myself, loaded up and went to the quaint town of Tolono Illinois for a day of bashing for a good cause.

The events were a bit different this year, the high speed run and high jump were gone, but new events were added to take their place. This year the events included California style side-by-side racing, figure 8 racing, tug-of-war, and freestyle. RC Fest also included demonstrations for drifting, rock crawling, and airplane/heli/quads.

Our BigSquidRC Bash Crew had a great time at the event, especially the figure 8 racing. The figure 8 was held on a loamy baseball diamond with a jump across the center lane. It might not sound too crazy when written out, but once you put 10 drivers on the course it was pure bedlam, which of course we love. Drivers were jumping, drivers were crashing, drivers were smashing into each other head on, to boil it down, it was pure bashing fun.

Want to learn more about blood donation? Check out This Link to visit the official BloodCenter.org website.

Click Here to check out our coverage of RC Fest last year.

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