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Spring Fling 2407Over the weekend of March 22nd and 23rd A-Main Speedway, with an assist from Steel City RC Club, hosted the RC racing portion of their 2nd annual Spring Fling event in Pueblo, CO. We’re not really a race orientated group here at the Squid, for the most part bashing is our fort√©. But then C.L. Morgan, proprietor of A-Main Speedway, uttered those words that make our ears perk up and hearts beat a little faster: “We’re having a Big Air contest.” We’re in. Not only were we in, we sponsored the deal with lots of swag with the various Big Squid logos plastered all over the place, because that’s how we roll. Logos and ads, two things you’ll never see lacking on Big Squid.

But before everybody broke their cars and trucks in the big air contest, there was a lot of racing to be done. It started Saturday with all of the qualifying. And there was a lot of it. With ten race classes on two tracks, there was non-stop RC action going on every minute of the day. Until the weather turned and it got so cold that no one could stand it any more. So the party moved into the hobby shop where the door prize portion of the evening commenced. With sponsorship from the likes of Tekin, JConcepts, Team Associated, Viper, Venom, and more, there was plenty of stuff to give away. As the day wrapped up and the crowd filtered out the door into the snowy evening, the anticipation and excitement for the big day of racing that was coming could be felt all through the shop.

What does one do when snow is on the ground the morning of your big race day? You break out the snow shovel and start racing, that’s what. And that’s what happened Sunday morning. After a short delay and a bit of work clearing the driver’s stand and pit table, the racing was begun. Starting on the small track,¬† the lower mains for Pro-2 and Pro-4 trucks were run through and the plaques were handed out, followed by the 1/10 2wd buggy A main. After the buggies came the Sportsman class, where all the new drivers get their start. This race was one of my favorite of the day.¬† Young and old alike stood up on the driver’s stand, all newbies, all just trying their hardest to run a good line around the track. While the racing itself was rather manic and many collisions between vehicles and pipes occurred, hearing the encouraging words and tips from the more experienced marshals on the track, the spectators on the sides, and the race commentator just drove home the point that this wasn’t some major national championship level event where teams of factory shoes tried their hardest to one-up the next guy. It was a grass roots effort to have fun and friendly competition with egos checked at the door. The Short Course Buggies and Pro-4 A mains rounded out the racing on the small track. All attention then moved to the large track for 1/8 scale e-buggy, nitro buggy, truggy, monster truck, and more 1/10 Pr0-4 racing took place. With massive jumps and long straights these races saw big air and high speeds.

And that brings us to our main event. The Big Squid RC Big Air competition. After taking a bit of time grooming the launch ramp to provide a proper amount of big air, we started the show off right with the “Unlimited Class” and a Ten-SCTE on 4S, driven by Dan Hawken, pulling huge air and back-flipping much to the crowd’s delight. The man himself, C.L. Morgan tried to surpass the high bar set by Dan by sending his 1/8 scale e-buggy high and far, somehow managing to pull a forward flip with a twist but he couldn’t quite stick the landing. Many other attempts were made and many cars and trucks ended up broken, in the end Dan walked away with one of them brand spankin’ new hoodies that we’re now selling, before they were available to the general public. The two wheel drive class saw less air but no less excitement as competitors hucked their trucks left and right off the big ramp to score as much hang time as possible. Bryan McKeever ended up taking the win and scored himself a hoodie as well to go with the awesome Big Squid shirt he got at the give away the evening before.

All-in-all the 2014 Spring Fling was an excellent event and any basher would fit right in with the family-friendly crowd that was gathered. Comparing A-Main Speedway’s Spring Fling to the last big RC event I went to, the 2010 ROAR 1/8 Fuel Nationals, I have to say, spending a weekend at a local/semi-regional independent event with a group of amateurs is much more fun and exciting than going to a major national competition with famous faces all over the place. I’d rather be around people who’s passion for RC is derived from the fun of it all and not driven by the need to Win All The Things. The crew at A-Main Speedway and the helpful members of Steel City RC Club put on a great and fun event. If you’re in the area next year, be sure to check it out. In the mean time, hit up A-Main Speedway and Steel City RC Club on the Facebook to find out what they’re all about.

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From our family to yours, have a Merry Christmas!
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Just a heads up, we will not be doing the live show this evening. Sorry about that!

Why not check out an older replay of Big Squid RC Live right here to keep you feeling good.

Duratrax Onyx 35C Lipo Batteries
Duratrax is expanding their line-up of Onyx 35C Lipo Batteries. The 35C Onyx Lipo’s are known for accurate capacities and offering a great bang-for-the-buck. Available in soft or hard pack, with Traxxas or Dean’s connectors, there is an Onyx for nearly any application.

DTXC1930 11.1V 1300mAh 3S Soft Case Deans, $22.99
DTXC1931 11.1V 1300mAh 3S Soft Case Traxxas, $25.99
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DTXC1982 7.4V 8000mAh 2S Soft Case Deans, $89.99
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DTXC1995 11.1V 8000mAh 3S Soft Case Deans, $129.99
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To get more information on Onyx Lipo batteries, hit THIS LINK.

The work week is nearly over, the fun of the weekend is about to begin. Get a jump-start on your weekend by hitting a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link.

[Update: Live show is now over. Check out the replay above or on our YouTube channel.]

Welcome to Big Squid RC Live tv video show for make happy time on your internet box dot com. Tonight’s show is probably going to be about March-Bashness 2013. Maybe some other stuff thrown in for good measure. Brian probably won’t be in again, he’s in Vegas trying to save this sinking ship, he took the last $97 in the Big Squid bank account and he’s putting it all on Black 29. So that means hosting duties are left to me, Jeff. Once again you’ll be witness to a slow motion train wreck. It’ll be awesome I promise! We do have our chatbox back tonight so feel free to chat along and we’ll answer your questions and even INTERACT with YOU live!

Tonight’s show is sponsored by Duratrax and their wonderful Onyx chargers. Check them out at the Duratrax website.

Hitec Lipo Universal Balancing Board
Tired of having to use adapters to balance your Lipo battery pack? Hitec has just announced their new Universal Balancing Board to solve this problem. The new Hitec universal balancing board works on all the “X” and “H” series Hitec battery chargers and includes XH, EH, TP, and HP ports. Part number is #44178, it has a street price of $15, and it comes with a plastic bottom case for strength and extra protection. Hit up the official Hitec Website for more information on this and the rest of their fine products.

Another work week is nearly over, TGIF, time to get those trucks out and have some fun.

¬† So the time came around for the 2012 Downtown Joliet Easter Parade and I needed to come up with something one of a kind to promote my old grade school. Then I was walking though my local Hobby Lobby and I found a huge plastic egg. That was it! An¬†RC Easter Egg! So¬†I went home with the egg and started dremeling away,¬†I mounted it on top of an HPI Wheely King, but when it was done it just didnt look as cool as¬†I wanted. To add to the wow factor¬†I cut a hole in the top of the egg and mounted a stuffed Easter Bunny in it. Now I had an Easter Bunny Driving a 4×4 Easter Egg. The Egg turned heads like no other and everyone who got the chance to ask about it wanted to know where they could get one and how much I paid. Riding wheelies through the parade really got the crowd going and helped promote the school. Happy Easter! from Adam the Intern!

                       No real bunnies were harmed in the making f this post.

 

 

Hobby Pro USA are set to keep the nitro guys happy with their new 500CC¬†fuel bottles. They’re just the right softness to be practical in all situations, and at a penny under $6 you can’t complain about value for money!

 

Head over to the Hobby Pro website to get your hands on one.

IHobby is about all kinds of hobbies, from R/C cars, planes and boats, to trains, to metal detectors and rock tumblers. Figured I’d show you some of the other goings on here.

Trains are everywhere and in every scale. N, HO, O, On2, and more. Even Lego Trains.

At our next demo we’ll be giving away not one, but TWO of the not available in stores yet ECX Torment short course truck. We’ve been bashing these at all of our demos and having a blast, now it’s possibly your turn. You have to be here to win, so get to the IHobby show for our 3:00 demo. Plus you never know, something like yesterday might happen where a company here just comes up and tells us to give away one of their vehicles!

Many thanks to ECX RC for putting up these great prizes.

Grass Jelly Drink – The official drink of Big Squid RC and Bashers Everywhere. If you want chunks of jelly in your drink, drink Grass Jelly Drink.

Lucky Patrick watched our demo and then walked away with a brand new Evader DT. And that’s all you have to do to possibly win. We have one more give away to do today at our 3:00 demo. It’s going to be a big one, we have TWO ECX Torments to give away. These trucks aren’t going to be available in stores for another couple weeks and we’re giving TWO away today! So make sure you get over here and at the Big Squid RC track.

Many thanks to Duratrax for giving us the new Evader DT to give away!

Take a look at this awesome tractor on display at the NR/CTPA pulling track. It’s the only Super Stock class tractor in the world right now and it’s packing a humongous 93cc Go Kart Engine. Hopefully it’ll run some heats tomorrow, they typically run a few at the top the every hour.