It’s that time again! Another part of the Midwest RC Drag Racing Series! This time we will be at the Badgerland RC Drag Racing track in Wisconsin! The dates are July 12th and 13th! Click on the picture for the full event flyer!
Wow, what a great event! First off, I would like to thank all the awesome companies that helped provide prizes for the event!
HPI Racing, Duratrax, Parma, O’Donnell Racing, XXX Main, and ofcourse Leisure Hours Hobbies!
I would also like to thank John (from Leisure Hours Raceway) for doing an awesome job on the microphone, also Bill (Firesprink281), Chris (thenewguy812), Jodie, Josh (xirtic), and everyone else who helped make the event happen.
One of the coolest things about this event was all the different types of RC’ers that made the trip out to the event. We had the die hard bashers, a bunch of newbies and even pro-driver Tim Mohr! Most of these people have never even set foot at a race rc race track, and I think a lot of them will be back. We saw both nitro and electric trucks, with all sorts of makes and models, and towards the end of the event we had over 50 spectators enjoying the long jump action! This was cool for 2 reasons. 1) It’s a ton of fun as a driver to hear a big crowd of people ‘Ohh-ing’ and ‘Ahh-ing’, and B) A lot of these people got to see how fun RC can be, and will hopefully go out, buy some vehicles, and get into the hobby. I know I had several people ask me about specific trucks, and advice one what their first should be.
The first event was the monster truck obstacle course. (See the video after the read-more) The course consisted of some wooden whoop-di-doo’s, a big jump, some smaller ramps, a slalom, and the final table top challenge. I honestly didn’t think the table top was going to be as difficult as it turned out to be, but it sure did keep things exciting! The final part consisted of a split ramp and split table with two orange cones on the end. The first truck to run the obstacle course and touch one of the cones was the winner for that round. We ran a bracket style race with each section running for the best 2 out of 3.
After the obstacle course, it was time for RC Monster Truck Soccer! We had a nicely decorated ball (thanks Mini Squid!) and with a little work, we were able to work out the frequencies so that everyone who wanted to participate in the soccer event was able to do it at once! This proved a little insane! We every r/c monster trucks all on the field at once, all supposedly trying to get the ball into their goal. I say supposedly because most of the pile ups we no where near the ball! The red team won with a sudden death goal!
We then went inside to draw the raffle prizes and allow people to make repairs before the
death long jump competition. I can’t thank the event sponsors enough! We had some of the greatest prizes an event like this has ever seen! We had a HPI Savage XL, a Duratrax RT-X 27, and 3 (yes three!) HPI 4×4 Wheely Kings, t-shirts, banners, tools, temp gauges, bodies, dvd’s, and more!
Pro-Driver Tim Mohr and John did the ticket drawing for the event, and we made sure that everyone that attended walked away with a prize!
Last up was the LONG JUMP! The ramp was huge, and this truly was a ‘Go Big, or Go Home!’ event!
We are talking SERIOUS air here! Easily 40 feet high, and over 65 feet distances! Many trucks survived to make two passes, and the crowed showed their appreciation with cheering the brave drivers on!
The weather was perfect, everyone told me they had a great time, and are looking forward to the next one, and a lot of people got introduced to the world of RC. You really can’t ask for better than that!
If you didn’t make it out to this event, I hope to see you out at the next one! Thanks to everyone who came out and helped make the day special!
Keep an eye on the Big Squid RC news page for details! If you have any suggestions for events you would like to see, drop me an email!
Tons more pictures AND videos of the event after the jump: READ MORE
Here is another video I put together from the Big Squid RC Bash-A-Palooza event this weekend! This time up we have some awesome rc monster truck long jumps and soccer action!
Again, Thanks to everyone who came out to the event! We couldn’t do it without you all!
There is also a HI-DEF version of the video Located HERE! Right Click/Save As. You’ll need Quicktime or a mp4 codec to play. WARNING: It’s about 35 meg!
Here is a quick video I put together from the Big Squid RC Bash-A-Palooza event this weekend! I will post up a full recap tonight along with another video. The folks over at HobbyZip also have a ton of videos posted, so make sure to head over there and check them out!
Thanks to everyone who came out..I hope everyone had as much fun as I did!
There is also a HI-DEF version of the video Located HERE! Right Click/Save As. You’ll need Quicktime or a mp4 codec to play. WARNING: It’s about 55 meg!
The official event page is Right HERE! Or click the new link over on the left! This event is going to be awesome!
Here is a Prize List Update:
- New HPI Savage
- New Duratrax RT-X 27
- A Bunch of Bodies from Parma Racing
- DVD’s and Skins from XXXMain
- Tools from Duratrax and O’Donnell Racing
- T-Shirts, Stickers, and More!
That’s TWO NEW RC Monster Trucks! Most Pro Events don’t give away this much stuff!
If you are in the area, you do not want to miss this event!
Event Page for all the details you need!
First of all I’d like to thank Jerry (Lynnwood Dragway) for hosting the Midwest series race 2. Also a big thanks to John(NitroRage) setting up the ladder and keeping an open mind when suggestions were made. The Onstat Crew did a great job of prepping the track as well. A huge thank you to Blair K.and Richard P. from TN, Dane and Dustin from Richmond IN , Gary from WI, Robb (Shredder X) from NJ, Hollywood Tim Mohr from St. Louis and Brian( Big Squid) that travaled from out of state to race with us. Of course it goes without saying thank you to all the local racers as well.
For those of you that were not able to attend this past event…….the weather was in the mid to high 60s on Sat. with strong winds..Sunday was freakin COLD but at least it wasn’t as windy.The racers did their best to get down the track and most were very successful. I won’t get into who ran what or who won what because I don’t have that information and I know that John(NitroRage) will post that soon. What I do want to tell you guys is that the racing was HOT!! The Pro-Mod class was the biggest and it had some great action and some spectacular crashes….yours truly being one of them. The Street Car class(bracket)made a nice showing as did the Unlimited Dragster. Funny Car was not a big class this time around. Pro-Stock Bike made its first Lynnwood showing and was in my opinion some of the closest and exciting racing , I was fortunate to be one of the guys running a bike and enjoyed it tremendously. There was a lot of laughs on Sat. as Big Will ran the lights and offered commentary as the racers qualified.
The event attracted quite a few spectators….a few hung around my pit and asked questions and really enjoyed watching the action, so much that a couple of them were going to order electric Pro-Mods this week and another wanted to get in on the electric dragster action. A couple of the guys were not new to rc racing have a background in off-road competition but expressed something I already knew……they said they couldn’t get over how friendly everyone they spoke to was. I too am a off-road convert and had felt the same welcome late last year when I started drag racing with this great group of guys. The racing has been great and even greater are the new friendships that have developed as a direct result of this little hobby of ours.
As with any big event there are sometimes some snags…. some people complained about the tardiness and or lack of keep things on schedule. I cannot answer for the Lynnwood management but want to express that this track is very new and I’m sure they take what they learned from this event to make the next one even better. Sundays delay was caused by a dead generator……once they got a replacement things I thought went pretty smooth. Some racers were even caught off guard when they were called to the line and were not ready, again this is a little new to some of the guy’s and will take some getting used to. Thats all I have for you folks at this time, I will try to make the next report a little more informative.
While doing our server and software updates, it looks like we broke are event manager! While we work on getting it fixed and up and running, I wanted to remind everyone about some upcoming events!
If RC Drag Racing is your thing, then the Lynwood RC Drag Way is where you want to be this weekend! It’s the second event of the Midwest RC Drag Racing Series May 17th and 18th! For all the details and information, check out the official Midwest RC Drag Racing forums Right Here!
If RC Monster trucks are your thing, then check out the NO LIMIT R/C 2008 Monster Truck World Finals coming up May 23-25! This event is really becoming “THE” event to attend! Over in our forum is a big thread with all the details. You can read it Right Here!
The official event page is Right HERE! Or click the new link over on the left! This event is going to be awesome! We are giving away a HPI Racing Savage Monster Truck!!! Plus a TON of other great prizes! Check out the Event Page for all the details you need!
The official event page is Right HERE! Or click the new link over on the left! This event is going to be awesome! We are giving away a HPI Racing Savage Monster Truck!!! Plus a TON of other great prizes! Check out the Event Page for all the details you need! Are you planning on attending? Have some suggestions? Questions? Ideas? Post it up in the Forum!
What a weekend! This was the Season Opener of the Midwest RC Drag Racing Season! With some luck on my side, I won the Extreme Dragster class! It wasn’t really the way I wanted to win, but I’ll take what I can get. The amazing news is that ticket on the right side there. Stangrey had a 106mph run! It was like a bullet! Sadly, that same run, I was his competition and crossed the finish line in the air while ripping some of the wires out of my speed control!
There were a few new people at the event including people from Wisconsin and Missouri! Hopefully they make some of the upcoming events as well. The more new people to the sport the better! (Driver from MO, if you are reading this, drop me an email.. I didn’t catch your name.)
G and his group did a AWESOME job on the floor of the track! Both the drag track and the on-road track were spotless and tight! Great work guys!
Here are a few pictures I snapped at the event. Hopefully will get some video cut in the future.
Hit here to see more pics from the R/C Drag Racing Event!
So this last weekend I had a chance to attend the U.S. Vintage Trans-Am Nationals! I was getting tired of sending Cubby around the world doing event coverage and piling up the ‘grown up entertainment’ expense report!
While there, I got to meet up with Doug, the guy who runs the events. There is a picture of him here wrapping his foot in electrical tape. I think he broke it while marshaling a vehicle! Eww it looked nasty. I also got to hang out with Collin from HPI Racing. Both great guys, and definitely people I want helping promote RC racing! I took some pictures, and some video. I have a lot to sort through, but I will add them as I get the chance.
Let me start off by saying this, until you actually attend an event like this in person, I’m not sure you will understand just how cool it was. When I first heard about them running 4-cell vehicles, I was worried that the action was going to be a little too slow for my liking. I could not of been more wrong.
First off, the event was extremely well run! Kudo’s to everyone there that kept it running smoothly! The whole event had this vibe, it was as if everyone was happy. Everyone was there, really enjoying RC for what it is, FUN! I didn’t see anyone getting all upset over stupid things, or people steaming mad at other racers, it was just a big group of people having a good time.
There were a good amount of Big Squid RC fan’s there, (HI Guys!) and it seemed like every time I turned around, someone was yelling out ‘Big Squid RC! Wooo!’ So that was very cool. It’s always nice to meet the readers, get their opinions on the site, and thank them personally for their support.
One of the coolest parts of the event were the bodies and paint jobs. Most races have bodies that look nothing like real cars, with florescent pink and green paint jobs, but these vehicles looked like real cars, with real paint jobs! You could tell people put as much time into their paint jobs as they did tuning their ride! Even if the paint was simple, it usually looked good.
Because of the 4-cell limit, and the top speeds of the vehicles, it was more ‘newbie’ and kid friendly. You didn’t have to be a pro that can handle 60+ mph back straight speeds, but just the ability to keep calm, drive your lines, and pay attention. Slow and steady CAN win this race. If you get a chance to catch or participate in one of these events, I highly recommend it! I plan on having a car next year for sure!
Hit the jump for more pictures!
April 12th, 2008 is the U.S. Vintage Trans-Am Nationals! This is a really cool idea. On-road RC racing with Vintage bodies!
These events are getting more and more popular, and starting to pick up some great sponsors as well like HPI Racing, Parma PSE and EDS Racing Products! I will be doing my best to get out there and cover some of the event! If you see me out there, make sure to say hi! I’ll have plenty of stickers to hand out. check out the U.S. Vintage Trans-Am website for more details.
A BIG Congratulations to our own Josh R. who took first place at todays Suburban Chicago Rock Crawling points series event! You all know Josh from the great mini reviews he has been doing here, covering all the latest and greatest stuff in RC Rock Crawling! Congrats man! Also, Congrats to Matt G., who took 3rd place today at the event. (Josh is on the left, Matt is on the right). The 2nd place winner was apparently too cool to have his picture taken. Oh well.
Great job guys! Both had really super runs. Hopefully we will be getting a big write up on all the amazing parts Josh now has in hit truck. I think we are going to have to title it “Building the Ultimate RC Rock Crawler – No Budget Allowed!”
The Midwest RC Drag Racing Points Series is going to be started right around the corner. Consider this your first warning to dust off those vehicles from the winter storage and start charging those batteries! The first event of the season will be held at the Underground RC Indoor track! For more details, or if you have any questions, check out the official
Midwest RC Drag Racing Forum. Get those RC dragsters ready, It’s going to be a great year!