Alright RC racers of the Pacific NW summer is here and it is time to turn up the heat. We are excited to announce the Oregon State C/A Championship Series! (OSCAS). C/A stands for carpet/astro. This summer we want to find out who has what it takes to claim their spot as Oregon State Champ on this new and exciting race surface.
The series will consist of 4 races with 1 drop. Three great racing facilities are hosting the races: Northwest Hobbies in Albany, RC Plus in Salem and 503 RC Raceway (formerly known as Premier RC) in Portland. For those that want to receive door prizes and be eligible for the raffle you will have to attend all 4 races. The location for the first 3 stops of the series are set but the final championship round is up for grabs as the track with the most entries will have the privilege of hosting the finale.
All rounds will run 2 rounds of IFMAR qualifying and double A mains. All qualifiers and lower mains will be 5 minutes long. The top 6 in qualifying will lock their spot in the A with 2 bumps coming from the lower mains. A mains will be 6 minutes in length.
First Stop: June 18th at Northwest Hobbies. 2220 Three Lakes Rd SE, Albany, OR. Phone #: 541-990-8364.
Second Stop: July 2nd at 503 RC Raceway. 5210 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR. Phone #: 503-282-0291.
Third Stop: July 16th at RC Plus. 1685 25th St SE, Salem, OR. Phone #: 503-364-9188.
Fourth Stop: August 6th location to be determined. Track with the most entries will host the finale.
Racing at all locations will begin promptly at 10:30 am with doors opening at 7:30 am for registration and practice. Awards will be given for positions 1st – 5th in the following classes: 2wd Modified, 4wd Open, 2wd Pro-Stock Buggy (17.5 blinky), 2wd Stock Buggy (17.5 blinky), BSS (Box Stock Slash), and Novice.
Rules: We will be running tech on all classes so make sure you read this section prior to arriving to showing up on race day.
Novice: Any 1/10 scale electric vehicle, 2 cell battery, must be clean and clear of dirt and mud.
2wd Stock Buggy (17.5 blinky): 1499 gram minimum weight, 2 cell battery, max charge 4.20/cell, Schumacher pin tires and no discharging allowed. Those caught discharging will be disqualified for the round. Drivers who have sponsorship or receive discount from their home track will be required to run in the Pro-Stock class.
2wd Pro-Stock Buggy (17.5 blinky): 1499 gram minimum weight, 2 cell battery, max charge 4.20/cell, Schumacher pin tires.
2wd Modified Buggy: 1499 gram minimum weight, 2 cell battery, max charge 4.20/cell.
4wd Open: 1650 gram minimum weight, 2 cell battery, max charge 4.20/cell.
BSS (Box Stock Slash): You buy a brushed slash, no tuning /making adjustments, no movement of any tie rod cannot reverse the direction of the tires, nothing! You have to run it the way it came out of the box with the exception of the battery. You can run a 2s stick pack. One of the coolest aspects of this class is if you buy or have bought the brushed slash from one of the 3 hobby shops we will wave your BSS race entry fees for the entire series!
In order to provide an even playing field the host track will change their layout no earlier than the Thursday prior to their assigned date. We are incredibly excited about this series and have a growing list of great sponsors assisting to make this one of the great events Oregon RC enthusiasts get to experience. Sponsors at this time include: Schumacher Racing Cars, Lunsford, McKune Racing, Ken Tooze Excavation, 541 RC with plenty more to come.
Last Wednesday night at 503 raceway, the battle of good vs evil returned. Better known as Focht vs Kellogg, it was just like a great star wars movie, minus the great sound track.
Round 1 goes to the evil Kellogg. Focht lined up right behind Kellogg at the start, and was in the lead after the 1st lap. That's when you heard the evil laugh of Kellogg from the stand. Little did everyone know that Kellogg had caused a great disturbance in the force before the race, by calling Colin Branch a maple syrup drinking canadien. It was true, but Colin put his head down and said "i'm gonna tell T-Roy". From that point on, Focht had no chance. Focht struggled controlling his car as you could hear him muttering from the stand "there is a disturbance in the force, and I feel like a maple bar".
Round 2 went to the good Focht. Focht battling Kelloggs death grip, ending up beating Kellogg for 4th place. At the end of the race, as Kellogg past Focht on the stand, almost taking Focht's eye out with the corner of his cape, was heard muttering "the RC force is strong in this one".
The mighty B main was nothing to write home about. Kellogg used his evil powers to break everyone in the race, including himself. At the end Focht and Kellogg limped to the end, with Focht just missing the bump because of the goodness of his heart.
Kellogg made the bump to the A main, but because of his use of the force for evil his X-ray was broken beyond compare. In a show of sportsmanship, Focht offered up his Schumacher KF2 to the evil Kellogg to use in the main. That would be like Luke offering up his X wing fighter to Darth Vader. Kellogg was so confused, the only thing he could say was " Focht, I am your father, together we can rule the universe" Focht's response was " Cameron, I'm older than you and i'm just offering up my car, so you won't burst out in tears on your way home".
In the main Kelloggs evil was too much for the kind gesture, and he blew out the front shock tower on the first lap.
There will be more to come, in the ongoing saga of good vs evil, so stay tuned.
With the new 503 raceway going full force, Cameron finally decided to make his comeback and bring evil back to the racing scene in PDX. For those of you that don't know, Cameron last tried to harness the weather in their last meeting, and he still was defeated, The evil Kellogg will try his hand at taking down the kind Focht with his new X-ray, while Focht will continue with a stiff upper lip just like the english that build his Schumacher.
All will be continued soon at 503 raceway, stay tuned.
Team Associated released these images today of the new laydown tranny that is coming. Looks like this should really help out on carpet and astro!
There is a strange feeling in the PDX racing scene. You can sense the evil in the air. The forces of good an evil will collide again it seems. It's like waiting for the death star to be built. Only time will tell.
Casey Vitale from NW Hobbies has now taken over ownership of the former Premier Hobbies and has changed the name to 503 RC Raceway and Hobbies.
Casey has run a great program at NW Hobbies for a few years now, having built a solid base of racers and clean driving. This is a welcome change to the PDX area. Casey has a clear vision of where RC in the PDX area is going, and I for one am on board.
Casey is running a schedule of Wednesday offroad starting at 7:30 pm, so racers have enough time to get there after work. He runs a fast program too, so you won't be there all night.
Friday is fast guy practice, so the racers actually have a chance to practice and tune.
Saturdays will have Offroad racing starting at 10am and onroad racing every other Saturday at 5pm.
Sundays will be open practice for everyone.
Having Casey at the helm, has brought out a bunch of the old guard of PDX RC, and the crowds have been growing. Last race had 35 racers, not just entries! Knowing the program Casey runs, has even brought The Big RC out of retirement, and my son Aiden is back wanting to race again.
Looks like good times ahead for the Portland rc racing scene. Dust off your rigs and head on out to the new 503 RC Raceway!!!
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The Big RC is back and will be more fun than ever. We are going local with our flavor and will be covering some of the local flavor of RC in the NW. Times are good right now in the NW when it comes to RC and we plan on helping keep it this way.
Let the fun times with friends keep on rolling!!!