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Reflecting on 2019

Looking back on 2019, it was a big year for R/C Drift as a community and also for all of us here at Super-G. It’s looking like R/C Drift is finally getting a real following here in the states and the discipline is starting to really take hold. The bigger manufactures are taking notice of the Drift segment of R/C and it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing these companies produce products for R/C Drift. We are now seeing more and more tracks and shops open across the U.S. and that is nothing but great news for all of us! Tracks, Shops, and the Community will all benefit.

Super-G Competitions
For Super-G, we have made great strides when it comes to our competitions. Although it was a lot of work, we have established a solid set of rules that have been tested and refined over the course of close to 100 individual comps. This includes going back after the competitions and reviewing footage of the runs to see where we could have done a better job. It was definitely time consuming to say the least, but for the year of 2019 we hosted many comps, including a 10 part point series, and did not find anything we needed to change as far as the judging or rules. We had a solid season and our Competition Finals were insane! The level of skill was amazing! We expect this coming year to be more of the same, but even bigger. With the help of our sponsors, we were able to give to the community over $4k in prizes! We hope to be able to continue to give back the best we can.

SuperShowdown Series Winners!!!

Congratulations to Kevin Motter (RawFew) for a commanding win for 2019 taking First Place in the SuperShowdown Series, along side of Mikko Yang (Team Yokomo USA) with a strong Second Place, and Jason Fordyce (RawFew) with an amazing come back from missing the first part of the series to landing Third Place! No easy feat from a field of 65 competitors!

First Super-G Chassis
Toward the end of 2019 we finalized our First Super-G Chassis, the Super-G Cyber SG1. It is a combination of various theories and designs and we were pleased to see our prototype performed as well as we had hoped. The Cyber SG1 was tested at Super-G R/C Drift Arena – Los Angeles, CA, Sheldon’s Hobbies – San Jose, CA, Vertex R/C – San Diego, CA, Slidelines R/C – Las Vegas, NV, and Skyhunter Hobbies – Lancaster, CA. Giving us confirmation the chassis is ready since it was tested on 2 polished concrete and 3 P-Tile tracks. As of today, the first batch is on it’s way to us.

Breast Cancer Research Donation
When we announced the Cyber SG1 would be serial numbered for the first 50 units, we had a huge amount of requests for #001. As nice as it would have been to keep it for ourselves, or try to cash in on the demand, we felt we wanted to do something that could benefit more than just us.

To make sure we did something for the community, we took the opportunity to raffle the very first Cyber, serial #001. Congratulations to John Brasko of 1:10 Drift. Through the raffle, we raised $2000.00 which we donated to Breast Cancer Research. Luckily it was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so our donation was doubled to make it a $4,000.00 donation! We felt this was a worthy cause since we all have those special women in our lives, so this was a way to give to everyone, including everyone’s families. This cause also hits close to home because one of the Super-G Family had recently lost his mother to breast cancer, so for us this was a no-brainer.

StanceNation Anaheim, CA
Carnvl – Pleasanton, CA
StanceNation Las Vegas, Nevada
StanceNation – San Mateo, CA
Sheldon’s Hobbies – San Jose, CA
Slidelines R/C – Las Vegas, Nevada
Sky Hunter Hobbies – Lancaster, CA
Vertex R/C – San Diego, CA

Events and Travels
We were fortunate enough to be able to visit Sheldon’s Hobbies to slide with the NorCal Super-G Family, Limitied Traction and Team Bushido. We also visited Slidelines R/C in Las Vegas, Vertex R/C in San Diego, Sky Hunter Hobbies in Lancaster.

We also setup R/C Drift Demos at StanceNation Las Vegas, StanceNation Anaheim, StanceNation San Mateo, and joined NoCal again at CarNvl in Pleasanton, and TunerEvolution in Anaheim. Next year promises to be even better!

SuperTwin VI Small, tight group. Not bad for the holiday season. Too much fun!

SuperTwin VI
We rounded out the year with a great event with our brother from Japan, Takayuki Sone (Sonecchi)! Since he’s a world class driver from IROHA Circuit and a member of IROHA WORKS, he’s an expert on Team Tandem Competition. We were lucky enough to be judged by such an awesome driver! The SuperTwin VI was definitely an event to remember and a great way to end 2019!

Congrats to The Sellout Boys – Victor and Ruben on their clean sweep! Sonecchi giving props!

Looking Forward to 2020
Starting in February 2020, Super-G will be kicking off our Nationwide Competition Series, Super Drift Championship! Presently we have 6 regions on board with a few others pending:
Southern Califonia – Super-G R/C Drift Arena
Northern California – Limited Traction / Team Bushido
Las Vegas, Nevada – Slidelines R/C
Seattle, Washington – Michael Shumaker
Hawaii – Team Saiko
Phoenix, Arizona – Ron
Florida – Pending
Texas – Pending
Michigan – Pending


Super-G will provide lodging for the Champion from each region for the Finals here in Los Angeles on October 16-17, 2020 to compete for the title of United States Super Drift Champion (U.S. Drift King)

If you don’t see a region you would like to see represented, please contact Steve (Steve.superg@gmail.com)

R/C Expo / RCX 2020 Pomona CA April 25-26
Super-G is already planning to set up a huge R/C Drift Demo at RCX in Pomona, CA on April 25-26, 2020! We will be hosting a SuperTwin Competition as well as other fun and exciting contests. We will also be giving away 2 chassis per day at the event! This is one you don’t want to miss!

The Super-G Family
We are excited for the upcoming 2020 Year! Moving forward with our Super-G R/C Drift Family – RawFew, Limited Traction, Team Bushido, Team D-Style and Team Zenshin, we are not just a collective of R/C Drift Teams, but a Single Team of Event Promoters dedicated to bring the community what we feel will push R/C Drift to the next level.

Thank you all for the ongoing support and encouragement. Since we are from the community for the community, it’s extra rewarding when we can help build the scene and try to make it better for all of us! We couldn’t do it without you!

Looking forward to what 2020 has in store for all of us!

Super-G – Part 3 (The Super-G Solution)

A Problem That Needed A Solution
In the R/C world, there is one thing that used to bum me out as a kid, and that is the fact that there are so many products out there that appear to be good, but in reality they fall short. (E.g. Servos and ESCs look the same, both good and bad. Chassis all seemed as if they would be good, I mean it says so right on the box and the magazines used to confirm it) It used to be disappointing to save up to buy something, only to realize what I purchased was a poor performer or sometimes even unusable. Often times I would feel a little resentment. Deep down I knew the shop that sold it to me knew I would be back making another purchase due to the poor quality of the product they just sold me. I also learned not all offerings from reputable brands are good. Just like any other industry, there is not a single company that sells the best everything.

Some Of The Brands Super-G Is An Authorized Dealer For

R/C Drift Has Specific Requirements:
Since R/C Drift is relatively new and is just now working it’s way into the mainstream, there are many products aimed at our discipline. At the same time, there are products that may be good in theory, but when put to use show their shortcomings. There are also products that claim to be for R/C Drift, but the company has not put the time or research in, but has just slapped “Drift” into the title to attract this newly discovered segment. In my research, this has been most apparent in the Servo department.

The Super-G Solution (TEST TEST TEST)
What many are unaware of, here at Super-G we do extensive testing on the majority of the products we sell. Since we are Drifters doing this for Drifters, we strive to provide the very best service we can for the community. The community we serve is also the community we are a part of.
We purchase most of these products on our own dollar to test, not knowing if we will be able to offer them for sale. We end up eating the cost of the products we choose not to offer, but in the end it allows us to keep our inventory well stocked with products we feel work well and feel comfortable offering, but at the same time trimming out the “filler” products other retailers might offer just for the sake of making a sale. You would be surprised at the number of products we reject, and the companies behind them.

Just A Few Servos In The Test Queue

We don’t feel we are the authority on R/C Drift, but we know what we are looking for in a product. Since we get a decent amount of traffic though our doors, we are also in the unique position to observe products our customers bring in and the issues they face. We witness many product failures and we can see trends that most don’t have the opportunity to witness first hand. At the same time, we also understand there are different levels of what is acceptable and each hobbiest has their own set of needs. Entry-level to High-end products, they all have their place. We are always happy to share our knowledge with our customers.

Try Before You Buy
Chassis – Different Brands, Different Configurations, Different Setups!
Since we offer so many different brands, and we all know there is not one perfect brand, we have been continually investing in our collection of chassis to allow the Super-G customers to actually drive before they buy.
Yokomo – E, S, SXII, and EXII
MST – KMW, RMX 2.0s, RTR
Overdose – Galm
RhinoMax
Etc.

Don’t Take Our Word For It
(Or anyone else’s for that matter)
Come And See For Yourself
(You know you can’t believe everything you read online, right?)

There are a few areas this approach shines. One of the best examples I can think of is probably the questions we are asked daily about motors.
Which is better, Torque or RPM type?
Do I go with a 10.5 or 13.5?
A short test drive is worth a million words I’m sure we can all agree.

Testing The Acuvance Xarvis and Futaba MC970CR (Acuvance/Futaba Collab)
(Are they really the same?)

Take The Mystery Out Of Your Purchase
We decided the best plan of attack for these types of questions was to have various chassis setup with different electronics. Gyros, Servos, ESCs, etc. all installed and ready to go. Test them back to back and see what fits your style better.
They are all different prices and flavors. Depending on your budget and what you are looking for, we will have a good fit for you. We can also let you know the pros and cons of the different makes and models and even make suggestions if that’s what you are looking for.

A Few Of The Super-G Test Chassis.
Come for a test drive and find the best fit for you.

There Are Some Products We Carry That We Have Not Tested
Of course there are some products we have not yet tested, but we do offer. New products are often offered here at Super-G at their debut. If it hasn’t been released previously, it’s safe to say we have not yet tested it.
Many times there are products that customers themselves request or recommend due to their past experience and satisfaction. Depending on the product and the customer themselves, we may choose to offer it as well. This will normally be accompanied by a disclaimer of “some people like it, but we haven’t tried it ourselves” when asked. You can be assured it will be in the queue to be tested.

Can We Provide A List Of Rejected Products
Super-G always tries to focus on the positive, and we definitely do not believe in bashing or doing anything to negatively impact any business. We simply choose to not offer their product(s). We have been approached by many companies to “push” their products, or to at least offer them, but if we are not comfortable in doing so, we quietly and respectfully decline to offer the product. Not only is it not our place to pass judgement, but it’s only our opinion and there are many different opinions out there. We just want to feel comfortable in our recommendations.

We Have Something For Everyone
We feel Super-G is in the prime position to offer this solution since we are dealers for just about every product we could want. Since we offer so many brands, we are able to compare and give the pros and cons of each one.
Let’s face it, there is no “one perfect brand” and there is not just one type of customer.
Brand “A” might be perfect for Customer “1”, and Brand “B” might be a better match for Customer “2”.
Without testing, there is no way we would be able to even form an opinion of any given product. 
We believe saying a good product is bad, is just as bad as saying a bad product is good.

One Day It’s Driving Like A Dream. The Next, A Nightmare.
Oh The Fun Of Testing Different Products.

No Incentive For Biased Opinions
We also pride ourselves in being able to come in unbiased. We have chosen to not cater to just one brand, so the opinions are as honest as they can possibly be.
For example, the main chassis we offer at this time are:
Yokomo (YD2 – E and S complete lines)
MST (RMX 2.0s – KMW, Kit, and RTR)
Overdose (Galm)
(We support other chassis, but we do not offer them for sale)
Each one has it’s strong points and drawbacks. If you purchase from us, there is no benefit for us to sell you one over the other, but it greatly benefits us and the community, if you are happy with your purchase.

We Are Committed To Making A Difference
In conclusion, we are trying to add a little more value to what Super-G has to offer. Even if that means we spend more time and money choosing the products we stock, we believe in the end it will allow us to build a better community.

Remember, when you buy from Super-G, you are supporting a business that is continually trying to give back to the community. From developing judging guidelines, hosting Fun Comps, hosting Official Comps, hosting Gymkhana Events, traveling to set up R/C Drift demos, developing the Super-G Instant Replay System, producing videos, live streaming, and even trying to find what we consider the best products we can find, we do it for the love of the hobby and to help grow the community we love. In the end, regardless of where you buy from, as long as you get good working products, you will help the scene grow. This is really what it’s all about.

Super-G – Part 1 (The Beginning)
Super-G – Part 2 (Roles)

Super-G – Part 2 (Roles)

For those of you who know us on a personal level, this will make a lot of sense. For those who know us from online, this will probably shed some light on Super-G and clarify why you may see Joe and I posting different types of content.

2018 Anniversary Event

Different passions join forces
Since this started out as a hobby, our objectives were a little different than places that open because they see monetary potential. Joe and I both have the desire to create something we have always wished existed. We are Drifters first, so we know what we would want to make the hobby better for ourselves. We try our best to apply this to the way Super-G runs. Rather than to assign roles, we decided the best way to achieve the results we are after is to focus on our strengths. Luckily we both love different aspects of the hobby.

A Wall Of Parts

The Product Enthusiast
Joe by nature is a product enthusiast. He loves the hunt as many of you can relate to. A big part of the hobby for him is to look for the newest, latest product and to get the next thing in his hands. He looks forward to finding the next cool product to bring to the community. What could be a better fit for someone who is in charge of the ordering and purchasing? This is why Super-G is always getting the newest products and why we often times know what is coming before it’s even announced. In addition to actually drifting, this is what he loves about R/C Drift, so it’s a great fit for him. While other people in purchasing are dreading the search, or simply just waiting for the next product official release, Joe is on the hunt for any hint of what is to come. He would be doing it with or without Super-G, he’s just that guy. I feel his passion for the newest and latest benefits us all. What most don’t know is, he spends countless hours digging and researching.

Random Series of New Parts Joe Brings In
My Test Platform At The Moment

The Technical Perfectionist
For myself, I live for the technical side of things. Whether it’s tuning, building, testing, and fabricating for Super-G, that’s what I want to do. So here at Super-G, my role is everything from tuning chassis, laying out the next line, building props, pit tables, creating judging rules, etc. That’s my department. In addition to this, I’m always trying/testing/scrutinizing new products (ALWAYS) and trying to refine tunes to help our customers. I tend to be very detail oriented and these things just come natural for me. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I’m some tuning wizard, but I do know how to get around a chassis with decent results. With my background, I also have extensive experience with the finer points of product design, fabrication, and quality control. Again, this is something I would be doing with or without Super-G.

The Foundation For The Super-G Bridge

R/C Drifters At Heart
In addition to running Super-G, Joe and I always try to make time for what we really got into this for, to drift. On the days Super-G is closed, we try to make time to head out to some of the other drift tracks. We wish we had more time to do this, but recently it’s become more and more difficult, but we still manage to make time to get out there.

The Triple Team Tandem Comp Winners – Nick Lepisto, Mark Santa Cruz, and Joe Tam
Yokomo Drift Meeting 2018 (GGT) 1st Place Has Huang, 2nd Mikko Yang, 3rd Steve Fujita

A good combination
We felt this was a good balance for what we are after, an R/C Drift Entity that can provide the community with the newest latest products, as well as providing quality help and advice. A place for beginners and experts alike to come together and enjoy this segment of R/C that is Drift.

What came next for Super-G was just a natural progression.

Super-G – Part 1 (The Beginning)
Super-G – Part 3 (The Super-G Solution)

Super-G – Part 1 (The Beginning)

As many of you know, Super-G R/C Drift Arena is a facility located in Southern California. Baldwin Park to be exact, 20 minutes east of Downtown Los Angeles and a quick 30 minute drive from Disneyland. We are a dedicated R/C Drift Facility with an onsite store as well as an online store. This may all be common knowledge, but there is a lot more to what Super-G is. Up until now, we have just been doing us, and scrambling to keep ahead of the curve. Our goal has been to push forward the best that we can, without really thinking past that.

Super-G – The official beginning of the permanent R/C Drift Facility

How it started
R/C itself goes way back for Joe and myself. For myself, we are talking over 30 years (don’t be trying to calculate ages now) and for Joe quite a bit as well. Joe has been involved with R/C Drift since 2001, going to parking lot drift meets at Best Buy in West LA (Corner of Pico and Sawtelle), and I became involved in 2004. We were making our own tires back then. For a few years we both took a break from R/C since we were busy working on some different business ventures, but we always missed R/C. In June/July of 2014 we started doing a small Drift track in the Project-G parking lot on the weekends with our good friends, James Dyer and Jason Fordyce. Soon after, Randy Beard needed a spot to host his weekend sessions, so we opened up the parking lot session to him. He was hosting sessions here for a few months, but watching him labor to set up and tear down every weekend seemed to be a lot of work. We felt it was time to have a permanent spot to session, and to alleviate the hard work of setting up and tearing down every time there was to be a session. We soon cleared out our back lot and set up a small track and that quickly exceeded capacity, so I sacrificed my workshop and we went indoors to the current Super-G R/C Drift Arena. Our man Katsumi (From Arai fame) quickly joined us and helped to layout some serious drift courses, as well as helping with technical advice and also running comps.

The Early Days

Making it official (AUTHORIZED YOKOMO DEALER)
We thought we were going to be the only R/C Drift facility in SoCal at the time, but we learned in our search for Yokomo products that Vertex/Yokomo USA was just about to officially open their track in San Diego. We immediately contacted Dat and Josh and became Official Yokomo Dealers. Back then there was only Vertex, and Super-G in SoCal, and Fatlace R/C and Sheldons in NorCal. It was surprising that everyone was doing their Grand Openings within a couple months of each other. From that point forward, Joe and I have not stopped pursuing the newest and latest products for R/C Drift. Since we come from the community and this started as a hobby we were active in, we feel our approach has always been a little different. We are trying to give the community what we had always hoped for. A reputable company that stocks the products we want, stateside.

Yokomo/Vertex visits Super-G

We want to give props and recognition to SpeedJunkies (Randy) and DriftNutz (Anthony) for pushing the scene when the support from the manufacturers went away for a few years. These guys were the only game in town for SoCal when Arai closed their doors.

Super-G / SpeedJunkies / Tetsujin Meet on our first layout

Super-G R/C Drift Arena has since been evolving from what was a hobby for Joe and myself. We felt the community needed a permanent facility if it were to grow, and we wanted a cool place for ourselves to drift as well. From the day we started til now, we are still evolving and still striving to bring you the finest the industry has to offer. We are still active in the community outside of Super-G itself. We regularly do off-site events, participate in competitions, and visit other tracks on our free time on a regular basis. This is more than a business for us, it’s a hobby and a lifestyle.

Super-G – Part 2 (Roles)
Super-G – Part 3 (The Super-G Solution)