February 26, 2020.
A quick turnaround trip to Vegas is always a good time, and this weekend was no exception. Good people, good food, good slides, good vibes, and an exciting comp all came together to make for an awesome event!
This past weekend Slidelines R/C in Las Vegas, NV kicked off their Super Drift Championship Regional Series. In addition, they paired it up with their One Year Anniversary Event. Of course Super-G wanted to be there to celebrate with our brothers in the next state over. We weren’t sure how we could make it all happen since there is a lot going on here at home, but it looked like a turnaround trip could do it.
Joe and I booked a flight for Saturday morning and we were off to Vegas for some slides! We met up at Slidelines with our SoCal Fam: RawFew: Nick Lepisto and Jason Fordyce, Team Zenshin: Mike Underwood and Daniel Yribe, Team DStyle: Mikko Yang and Shaine Collins, Swift Suns: Max Wilkinson, Tech1Drift: Alfredo Chan III, And Ted. Quite honestly, it felt as if were were back at Super-G. SoCal had a strong showing for this one!
When we arrived there were a few pits set up out front under some EZ Ups, so we all decided to pit there. Within minutes, it starts pouring rain! I could only feel the pain Bret, Dillon, and Eddel were feeling as I’ve been through that exact same ordeal. Big event and rain! Luckily it passed quickly and nobody really skipped a beat.
The comp was some serious fun! I had a horrible qualifier and actually crashed on both my runs. I figured I was done for the day, but I later found out they were using qualifying for the purposes of bracketing, not so much for qualifying or not. I battled my way up from Last (Probably) and ended up in a battle for 3rd against my fellow Super-G Judge, Shaine Collins. I knew Shaine was going to put it down, but I also knew we would be able to have clean battles. We both frown upon tactical driving, so it was all about just putting down the very best we could. The first round ended in a OMT! That just made it that much better. I ended up coming out on top for the next round, but I’m sure it could have gone either way really easily.
I got to battle Mike Bolanos, Nick Lepisto (Team Futaba Teammate), Mark Tecson, Alfredo Chan III, and finally Shaine Collins. It was a great time!!!
Congratulations to the winners, Alfredo Chan III on taking the win! Mike Dedmon taking Second Place. It was an honor to share the podium with you guys!
The event was a huge success and everyone had a great time. A huge thanks to Bret, Dillion, Edel, and Mike for putting on such an awesome event! It was just too much fun! We can’t wait for the next one!!!
It’s been a long overdue visit for Kong RC! We finally made it! The infamous Yokomo Drift Shop (KONG RC) is ran by JJ Kong.
They have a wide variety of all the Yokomo goodies! Chassis, bodies, rims, and parts!
The surface here is very nice! It’s very slick and challenges drivers of all levels! Their spec tires are DRC, but you won’t be able to dart out of these corners!
JJ told us he’s been a long time Yokomo guru and he was the creator of the YD2. The RR setup was also his original idea. He’s been to Yokomo’s home facility in Japan (Yatabe Arena) countless times and has some trophies to show for it.
We had the Cyber SG1 on deck to take some demo laps! Although our visit was shorter than we liked, we still was able to run with some locals. They have some pretty good skills on that slippery surface! We also saw some familiar faces that have been to Super G!
February 18, 2020 was Another Level Racing’s 1st Annual Drift Comp in Merced, Ca. The owner Jay has recently opened doors at his new facility and we were impressed. He has an onsite hobby shop, plenty of pit space, and a huge P-Tile track. In my opinion, probably at the limit of how big you would want to go. Any bigger and you would need an elevated drivers stand to see what you are doing.
The mood at Super-G in the weeks leading up to the comp was a bit complicated since things are extremely hectic with The Super Drift Championship qualifying rounds getting ready to kick off, but we all wanted to go and support Jay. At the last minute rooms got booked and rides were arranged. We knew our NorCal Super-G Fam (Limited Traction and Team Bushido) were already going, so that was an even stronger draw. So we rounded up the guys RawFew – Jason, Mark, Manny, Joe, and myself, and Team Zenshin – Mike, Sam, Aydin, Alan, and Daniel, and headed out Friday night.
We all met up on the way up and proceeded to our hotels. In the morning Joe, Mark, Manny, and myself met up at Marie’s Mexican Kitchen in downtown Merced.. It wasn’t bad. In fact it was better than I expected. It looks like their claim to fame is their enchiladas, but none of us tried them.
We were all coming into the comp a bit tired since we had just received a nice package from the Super-G Team Sponsor, Futaba USA! I didn’t get to sleep til after 5am since I had to get my new 7PXR ready for battle! I have to say I didn’t think it could get better than the 7PX, but the R proved me wrong. It has a slightly better feel all around. Lighter weight, newly designed drop down, offset trigger, and for some reason a smoother overall feel. I was blown away!
Another Level Racing
We finally got to Another Level Racing and everything was already in full swing. It was a full house! We walked in and it was like we were at home. All familiar faces, live DJ, and everyone just having a good time doing what we all do.
We immediately signed up for the comp and grabbed a pit space. It was a different feel for Joe and I, since we are usually the ones stressing over the event. We got to sit back and enjoy the hobby that we both love. Honestly we missed being in the mix. It’s been a good while.
Food and More Food
Jay had arranged for some food. There was some burgers and empanadas. It was really good food! About an hour later they announced lunch. I thought we had just had lunch, but it turns out it was a snack! Ha ha! Talk about taking care of his customers! I should have grabbed some pics of the food, but I got caught up in the moment and was just enjoying the event.
Unfortunately Joe and myself needed to cut out as soon as the comp was over, since he was flying out at 5am the following morning. We needed to get back to LA and get things ready for the week before he took off. We didn’t get to stick around for the raffle or the announcement for Best of Show, but I’ll add that later.
Congratulations to the winners, First Place – Dennis Caroza (Team Futaba USA / Team Super-G), Second Place – Aydin Angulo (Team Super-G), and Third Place – (I didn’t catch his name)
We had a great time at Another Level Racing! It was all about chillin with the homies from ALR and our NorCal Fam – Limited Traction and Team Bushido!!! Huge thanks to Jay for a great event! Thank you for the hospitality and all the hard work you put into this!
We had heard Another Level Racing was open for late sessions. We got here at 1:00am, but looks like we missed everyone. We figured everyone would be resting up for the next day’s event, but we gave it shot since it was a couple minutes from the hotel. GOOD TIMES!
September 21, 2019
What a great weekend! Joe, myself, along with RawFew member Nick Lepisto and a few of the Super-G Fam – Victor, Jose, and Ruben made our way out to Slidelines R/C in Las Vegas!
I had found myself headed to Vegas this weekend for a convention for with the wife. Since we have been wanting to visit Slidelines since they opened, it was the perfect opportunity. I would be busy till Saturday night, and that seemed to be the perfect night to get some slides on. Joe flew up Saturday, Nick drove, and Victor, Jose, and Ruben drove up the day before. We all met up at Slidelines Saturday night.
When we arrived, the session was already in full swing! The place was packed with some serious drifting going on. A lot of familiar faces and a ton of new as well. They even had a Taco Man serving up some serious tacos! Going into this, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I have to say I didn’t expect anything of this level! Talk about hospitality! Dillon and Bret really went all out.
Since this was our first visit to Slidelines R/C, I was very curious as to how their setup would be. The first thing I noticed was the great use of space. The feel is very open, not tight at all. Something we all struggle with and something I know we need to work on here at Super-G. In talking with Dillon and Mike C, I learned it was very deliberate and they had gone though many layouts before finding one that worked for the size and shape of their shop. I was comfortable everywhere around the track, never feeling cramped. In my opinion, Slidelines R/C has found the perfect balance of Track space and Driver space. Great job guys!!!
The track itself is awesome! Lane width and track flow are on point! Nothing forced or awkward, just good flow. The surface is P-Tile and is very smooth. I learned they did the install themselves, but is really as flat and as perfect as any professional install would or could be. They also have a good selection of Yokomo parts on hand.
Since we have been testing the new Super-G Cyber SG1 chassis, it was only fitting to bring it out for our Vegas fam to put it through it’s paces. Initially I had intended to put down a few laps and do some tuning since it is on a different surface, but since the session was going and the energy was high, I threw the Cyber SG1 to Mike C to give it a try. It seemed to be right at home with what was going on, so we just ran with it. Quite a few of the Vegas locals got to lay down some laps and the feedback was very favorable. I wish I had time to tune for their surface, but I’m sure it was more than understandable given the circumstances and the time constraints.
We all had an amazing time at Slidelines R/C! The vibe was definitely good, just as it was the last time we visited Vegas for the session at the park and StanceNation Event. It was great talking to so many of the Vegas guys, many that are Super-G regulars and long time friends. Dillon and Bret have done a fantastic job giving the Vegas drift scene a permanent facility. Something the community really needs.
Huge thanks going out to Dillon and Bret for such a warm welcome and the great hospitality. Also to Mike C, Grant, and Scott for always taking care of us. We will visiting again real soon. We felt right at home with so many of the Vegas Fam being long time Super-G regulars. Till next time guys!
Slidelines R/C Las Vegas, Nevada.
3111 S. Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
April 20, 2019 was the date for the CarNvl event at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Ca. The NorCal division of Super-G, Limited Traction was putting this together and in conjunction with the rest of the NorCal Drift Fam, there was no doubt this was going to be a serious event! Of course the RawFew wanted to be a part of this as well, so we rounded up the troops and planned a NorCal trip.
We didn’t realize til deep into the planning that this event was to be held on Easter weekend. This changed things up a bit since we had planned to hang out most of Sunday as well. It ended up having to be a quick turn-around for us, but we definitely did not want to miss this.
The earliest we could get out of LA was 9am. After a quick flight and grabbing the rental car, it put us right at about 11:30am. We were all starving so we stopped for a quick bite at the Smoking Pig for some Barbecued eats, then it was off to CarNvl!
We were proud to be traveling with the latest addition to the RawFew, Manny Campalans! None of us are quite sure how, but the stewardess caught wind of him being the new guy, and she announced over the PA system and welcomed him to the team. Very cool!
We all felt a little guilty when we arrived since it was already underway and you could see the amount of work and effort that went into this sick setup. Limited Traction, along with Team Bushido, Outlast Drifting, Wall Ride, T-Bomb, Tengu Drift Club, Team D.T.F., Kyokuro Project, and Misu Fitto Drifters had put together a huge layout with some impressive props! The center piece for myself was the sick Tire Bridge that Dennis had been working on for weeks leading up to this event. It is truly an impressive addition to his already mind blowing lineup.
The session was sick with so many good drivers putting down some good laps. The track was huge, so there was no issue finding an open spot, or finding a few people to tandem with if that was what you were after. There were also a few people practicing for the SuperTwin IV that would be taking place later in the event.
It was great to see Jonah Espino there doing what he does best, gathering footage for some of the finest videos around. If you aren’t familiar with his work, you should be. Make sure to check his channel out here: ninjonaah
The event itself was awesome! There was a section of carnival rides for the younger crowd, a huge car show, and a section for stunt bike demos and full scale drifting! A few of us got caught up watching the drifting since they were allowing them to tandem and even going 4-5 cars at a time! It was really some fun to watch. If you didn’t make it out to CarNvl this year, make sure to shoot for the next one. It really is a great event.
Back at the R/C Drift track, it was time for the SuperTwin IV Team Tandem Battles. I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the judges, along side of Julian and Marcos. We knew the competition was going to be tough since it was basically a building full of top skills. In the end, it came down to Team Wall Ride/Outlast Drifting (Allen and Scott) and The RawFew (Nick and Manny). Allen and Scott had taken the win in SuperTwin III, so everyone was aware of what was to come!
The order was decided on a coin toss since Julian brought up the fact that there is different pressure depending on the order. Scott called it since they were undefeated in this competition and RawFew were up first. Nick and Manny put down a pretty good run with good proximity and angle. It was easy to see these guys were in sync with each others driving. Now the stage was set and Allen and Scott knew what they needed to do. I don’t know how else to say this, but that was one of the best Team Tandem runs we have witnessed thus far in the SuperTwin battles. Proximity was literally about 1″ gap between them for the majority of the run, both cars being parallel with no noticeable variance in distance. Transitions were in sync and tight. Scott had closed the door on Allen at one point, but Allen backed off and maintained the same angle as Scott. This in my opinion took a negative and turned it into a positive. Overall, a well deserved victory for Team Wallride/ Outlast Drifting, as well as setting the bar for the next SuperTwin!
This was a long event, 11am – 10pm. After flying up and hustling to get to the event, the team was ready to tap out around 7-8pm. I personally could not stay awake, so we made the decision to call it a day. As much as we wanted to stay, it was just impossible. It was really a great event! As expected, The R/C Drift Track was drawing the largest crowds all day long!
Joe and I, along with the rest of The RawFew who made the trip to CarNvl, Mark Santa Cruz, Nick Lepisto, and Manny Campalans would like to give a huge thank you to our NorCal Family – Team Bushido, Team Wallride, Outlast Drifting, Tengu Drift Club, T-Bomb, Kyokuro Project, Team D.T.F. and Misu Fitto Drifters for all the support and hospitality! We are so grateful we are able to slide together more than we ever have in the past! We would also like to give special thanks to our NorCal division, Limited Traction for setting this up and taking care of a lot of the behind the scenes work it took to get the team up there for this event! Dennis, without your help and dedication, this event would not have been what it was, and it would have taken a lot more work for us to make it up there! I know I speak for the entire RawFew Team when I say we can’t wait for the next one!!!
October 12, 2018 – 7pm-1am – (TWIN TEAM TANDEM @ 9pm)
Twin Team WINNERS: $100 to winning team.
October 13, 2018 – 4pm-1am – (TSUISO COMP @ 6pm)
Tsuiso Comp Winners:
First Place will receive 400.00 Yokomo Voucher to be used at Super G
Second Place will receive 200.00 Yokomo Voucher to be used at Super G
Third Place will receive 100.00 Yokomo Voucher to be used at Super G
We will be raffling prizes! We will be grilling food! We will be showcasing some of the best rc drifters around! We will be using our SUPER-G REPLAY SYSTEM to help the judges!
Schedule as follow:
On Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13, 2018, Super-G R/C Drift Arena is hosting it’s 4 Year Competition and Celebration. Since we know being able to session with your fellow R/C Drifters is a big part of any event, we decided to split the competition into 2 separate days rather than to have 1 day of competitions only. Saturday being the main event day with food, main raffle, and a live DJ!
Friday, October 12, 2018: 7:00pm – Open / Open Track
9:00pm – SuperTwin Team Competition
10:00pm (approx.) – Open Track
1:00am – Close
SuperTwin Team Competition:
- Teams of 2 will compete against other teams in Single Eliminations. (Possible Double Eliminations based on entries)
– Line will be defined the day of the event
– Spec Tire is Yokomo DRC
– Each run will consist of 2 consecutive laps with no break in between. The first lap will be the warm-up lap, the second will be the judged lap
– Each team will be judged on Line, Proximity, and Overall Style and Appearance
Entry Fee for the SuperTwin Competition is $30/Team and includes track fee for the day.
Saturday, October 13, 2018: 4:00pm – Open / Competitors Practice (Competitors Only)
6:00pm – Drivers Meeting
6:30pm – Single Run Qualifying
7:30pm – Tsuiso Battles
9:00pm – Awards
9:30pm – Food / Open Session
– Spec Tire – Yokomo DRC ALL AROUND (Hand Out Rear)
– Chassis Weight Limit – 1100g Max. Rear
– Entry Fee $35. Includes 1 pair of Yokomo DRC Tires for rear, track fee for the day, and 1 raffle ticket.
Judges for the event:
Bring your skills! Get your slide on!
PLEASE SEE OFFICIAL RULES HERE:
7/1/2018 – Limited Traction Triple Threat Tandem Comp
Super-G and the RawFew (Joe, Mark, Nick, and Steve) along with a few of the Super-G regulars (Drftndm – Kris and Tim) headed up to San Jose to join our NorCal Drift Fam for some Triple Team Tandem action. The last round, Super-G’s very own Raw Three came out victorious. We knew NorCal was going to bring it this time, so we were looking forward to some serious competition.
A few of us headed up early Friday to get a jump on the weekend traffic, and hopefully just chill once we arrived. There was a hiccup with the original venue (WekFest at the San Jose Convention Center), so it really put the NorCal crew in a spot. Rather than to cancel, they somehow locked down Sheldon’s Hobbies for the weekend. I’m sure we don’t know the entire story, but when we arrived, everyone was hard at work. It was obvious something big was going down. It was also clear that there was going to be a lot of work going on well into the early morning hours.
Joe, Mark, and I were hungry from our drive up, and right away the guys wanted to feed us. Rather than to disrupt their flow on the track build, we decided to step out and grab something on our own. We busted out Yelp and came across a spot called “A Slice of New York”.
The shop only has a couple of tables outside, but the the wait for pizza went into the streets! There was a constant flow of people in and out. Some ordering to go, some hovering patrons about to finish.
Once we got our pie, we understood why. All three of us know what we like in a pizza and some of us are pretty selective. Mark has had “real NY Pizza” and he said this smashed them all. Joe and I were blown away by A Slice of New York. It is up there with my favorite pizza spots for sure. Their shredded sausage was a new touch for us, and it was amazing! It gave the sausage an extra level of crispiness. NY style of thin and crispy made for an exceptional pie. We got out own pizza to make sure we would have the freshest experience possible.
After a few slices, we went back to Sheldon’s to see how things were coming along and lend a helping hand, but when we returned, we realized they had put down a sick layout down and they were already running laps! These guys sure work fast!
Chris, AJ, Lemi, Dan, Al, Dennis and Rynne (Sorry if I missed anyone) stayed until 3am to get the track ready for everybody to enjoy over the weekend! These guys really went above and beyond on such short notice to make it happen. Also Sheldon’s very own AJ made the venue available for everybody. Big thanks for Sheldon’s for hosting as well as all the people that helped with the behind the scene preparations.
Us socal guys were pretty tired from the journey up and called it a night by midnight.
We woke up bright and early and travelled into the city (San Francisco) to grab some eats from a famous place known for their wings.
We knew there would be a line before they opened and we were right! It was just past 10:30am and there was already a line forming outside their door.
While we were waiting in line for San Tung to open, we noticed a spot next door selling pies, Peasant Pies. We took a peek and ended up coming out with some pretty good pies to hold us over while we were waiting in line. The beef and potato and chicken were both pretty good!
While finishing our last few bites of savory pies, San Tung was ushering people in!The line for this place is just crazy! Our mouths were salivating as we walked through the doors of this chicken wing palace.
Turns out this is a Chinese restaurant with phenomenal wings.
We stayed focused and kept our eye on the prize and ONLY ordered wings. Not one or two orders. We ended up with 3 orders of the Original Dry Fried Chicken. It took a little while for the wings to start coming out, but when they finally arrived, we knew it was worth the hassle, the journey and the hype!
The wings were just the right amount of sweet and savory. A nice amount of heat and the crunch was on point. Anyone visiting NorCal should do themselves the favor, and try this place out. We saw a constant flow of people walking in and out getting the wings togo.
We went back to our hotel to load up and go back to Sheldon’s.
RawFew Recking Kru was ready for some official practice! Also, more guys from SoCal were on their way up the 5 freeway.
While practicing, the smell of some brisket of charcoal filled the warm air. We knew brother Dan and his son Andrew were keeping everybody fed.
They had a huge operation in the back of Sheldon’s. There was canopies and grills all in motion.
It was pretty hot but we continued to practice until sunset. Everybody had a great time learning new layout. The different tandem teams started taking formation and began practices throughout the day.
We woke up extra early and went back to Bills Cafe (we came here a couple of years ago when we visiting LT at Sheldon’s the first time).
We were able to chill with Dennis of Limited Traction over breakfast. We knew if we didn’t go early, the line would also be crazy for this place on a Sunday morning.
After breakfast we all headed to Sheldon’s to get our Triple slide on!
The Triple Threat Team Tandem Comp:
This was the second of the Triple Team Tandem Competitions Super-G and Limited Traction have been working at to get going here on the West Coast. From the level of fun and the awesome skills displayed, it looks like it will definitely become a thing here.
We will have coverage of the actual comp in a separate post, but I want to give props to the winning teams, LT Blue Balls (Rynne, Albert, and Lemi) put down some amazing 3-man trains to take the win! It was awesome watching them. Our very own S-Chassis (Nick, Kris, and Tim) threw down some solid runs and locked down Second Place. Outlast/Wallride (Allen, Hao, and Scott) grabbed Third spot!
The event went very smoothly and we even got to celebrate a special birthday for one one of our own, the RawFew’s youngest driver, Ethan! He came up to the comp to celebrate his big 12!
We want to give a huge thanks to our NorCal Fam for hosting an amazing event! We know it’s not an easy task, and keeping a bunch of guys from LA entertained all weekend is just added stress. We all had a great time and can’t wait for the next one! Let’s do this again sooner than later guys!
Super-G takes a much needed field trip to San Diego to visit our friends at Vertex RC (Yokomo USA). We haven’t been down there since their original grand opening. Luckily Dat just came back from his Miami trip so we were able to hang out with both Josh and Dat!
The new track surface and layout is pretty amazing! The black surface gives the track a super clean look! We were lucky to run with the locals a bit before we left. Seems like around 7pm is when everybody arrives. We had to hit the road by 8:30 and was only able to run a little bit when it was prime time. We will definitely stay till closing next time!
It was awesome to check out the YOKOMO madness! They had all the Yokomo goodies in stock. We even grabbed a few things for ourselves while down there.
We can’t wait to return again and run with everybody. All the drivers were really nice and showed us what lines they were running. Until next time! Wednesdays and Thursdays are the nights to come(we heard). Planning the next trip back already!
(Hard parked at the Vertex Garage)
Vertex RC / Yokomo USA
5595 Magnatron Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92111
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