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!!!
October 18-19, 2019: This past weekend was the Super-G 5 Year Anniversary Event. We hold this annual event every year on the same weekend as Formula Drift has their Final Bout at Irwindale Speedway. (Just in case you want to plan for next year) We are overwhelmed by the tremendous support the community has shown us here at Super-G! So much so, I found myself speechless yesterday. I needed to take a day to gather my thoughts before doing my recap.
The format for the weekend: Friday was a huge open session, then in the evening we held our SuperTwin Team Tandem Battle. Teams of 2 paired up and ran their best lap against competing teams.
Saturday was another open session, then in the evening we held a huge Tsuiso Battle. This was not only our annual competition, but also the finals for our year long series, The SuperShowdowns.
The Event: This weekend was all about bringing the R/C Drift Community together to celebrate our 5th year. When we started doing R/C Drift in the parking lot in front of Project-G (Our Miata Business) it was just something we were doing on the weekends for fun. We had no idea it would become what it has over the past 5 years. It has been slowly growing, and the more the community grows, the more we are seeing the bigger manufacturers taking notice.
Huge Shout Out to the Event Sponsors: Overdose, Futaba, Pandora R/C, Acuvance, Tamiya, Topline, Tetsujin, ScaleReflex, APlastics, D-Like, Vertex R/C, Yokomo, and last but definitely not least, DS Racing for providing the Super-G Spec Tire – RWD FFFF Zero Mark II. We have found this tire to provide the perfect balance of forward and side bite, while keeping the speeds down.
Remember these names when you are choosing your gear. These are the companies who are taking notice of the R/C Drift Community and are giving you new and exciting products. They have all generously donated to our event knowing ultimately their prizes would end up in your hands. The future is your’s to decide. If you want R/C Drift to continue to grow, you need to make sure to support the companies who support the growth of the scene. It really is as simple as that.
We had a Mega Raffle that spanned the course of 2 days and consisted in over $4000.00 in prizes!!! These were all generously donated by the event sponsors to show support for the R/C Drift Community.
The West Coast Family: This year seems to be a milestone for Super-G, and the West Coast Drift Community. Here at Super-G we have been working toward bringing the community together for awhile now. This year many of the West Coast teams had an actual hand in putting on this event. The RawFew had been heavily involved in planning this event. They also had helped a lot with the behind the scenes prep and put in a lot of work to make this happen. Limited Traction single handedly handled the food for both days. Ryan Smoov from SwiftSuns jumped on the decks to provide some live DJ music on Saturday. Last but not least, Shaine Collins from Team D-Style has been one of 3 judges (along with myself and Colin Chambers – RawFew) to refine our judging rules and guidelines for the past 2 years now, not to mention judging the actual competition. Team Bushido and Team WallRide, part of our NorCal family also came down to support and were available for anything and everything we needed help with. Much love going out to you guys for pulling together to make our best event so far happen!
Food Food Food!!! When we all get together, somehow it seems like Drift and Food go hand in hand! This time was no exception. Dennis and Al from Limited Traction were manning the grill and stuffed us all with some wicked Tri Tip, Hot Links, and Dogs on Friday. I don’t know if the food or the drifting was better, but since it was a weekend for drifting, I’m going to have to say the food was almost as good as the drifting. Saturday was all about burgers, hot links, and dogs! Feeding that many people is a huge job. I have to say other than a couple minutes a few times during the event, I didn’t see Dennis or Al. I have to assume that was an all day task. Thank you guys for handling that!
That wasn’t all! Chito, Lexter, and Ethan (RawFew) had also picked up a TON of pizza and cookies for everyone as the event started! Everyone must have been hungry cause within minutes there were just a bunch of empty pizza boxes stacked in the corner! Thank you so much Chito, Lexter, and Ethan!!!
The SuperTwin Team Tandem Battles: We have been working closely with Limited Traction in getting some sort of Team Tandem Competition going. We started with a Triple Team, but we found it difficult for some to gather a team of 3. So we have gone with the Twin since teams of 2 have been easier to round up. However, it may be time to go with 3 man teams again. Stay tuned for more details.
Twenty Teams / Forty Drivers – SuperTwin Madness!!! The SuperTwin Battles were as they always are. A little lighter mood than a full on comp, definitely less serious, and really a whole lot of fun! In Japan, the Tsuiso Battles are serious business, so the Team Tandem comps are really all about fun. It depends what you are in the hobby for, which will appeal to you more. Most of us love both.
We had teams from California, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas! Everyone really put on a good performance. What was very impressive was the fact that many had never run on polished concrete, so this was a all new experience for them. Yet, when it came to competition time, EVERYONE was running as if they were a Super-G Local. This just demonstrates the type of skill we are talking about here.
Congratulations to the winning team, Kevin Motter and Ryno Degala – Limited Few! This was a collab team of Kevin from RawFew and Ryno from Limited Traction. Both top notch drivers and they formed a winning team. They really deserved the victory with some truly amazing runs! I personally teamed up with Dennis Caroza from Limited Traction to form the team Super Balls. (Don’t ask, cause I don’t know) Ha ha! Although we had a pretty good run, we started celebrating a little early. When I say early, I mean about 5 feet before the finish line!!! Needless to say, we got eliminated. We still had a blast!
The Tsuiso Battles: With 50+ competitors coming together to compete, this was an exciting weekend for the Super-G locals, as well as anyone who enjoys Competition. The best of the best had all come together to throw down and see who really has what it takes take home the goods. This was also the final round for our 2019 Series – SuperShowdowns! Not only were First, Second, and Third for the comp taking home trophies, but First, Second, and Third for the Rookie Class, and we were also Crowning the SoCal Drift King (First), Second, and Third place for our SuperShowdown Series! It almost felt like trophies for everyone!
Congratulations to Kevin Motter from RawFew Series Leader for the entire SuperShowdown Series Winner of The SuperShowdown Title of SoCal Drift King First Place AND Top Qualifier in the SuperShowdown Final Throwdown! Truly an amazing feat considering the drivers he was competing with every month. It needs to be known, there is no shortage of great drivers here on the West Coast! The title was up for grabs all the way to Round 10.
Also Congratulations to the winners:
Tsuiso Battles – Rookie Class: 1st Place – Nico Lozada (Swift Suns) 2nd Place – Michael Vasquez (Limited Traction) 3rd Place – Mike Chronhamn (Team Slidelines)
Tsuiso Battles – Expert Class: 1st Place – Kevin Motter and Top Qualifier (RawFew) 2nd Place – Tim Mulhmeyer (Privateer) 3rd Place – Mikko Yang (Team Yokomo USA)
SuperShowdowns 2019 Point Series: 1st Place / SoCal Drift King – Kevin Motter (RawFew) – 175 Points 2nd Place – Mikko Yang (Team Yokomo USA) – 116 Points 3rd Place – Jason Fordyce (RawFew) – 112 Points
Everything aside, this weekend was really all about coming together for good company, good eats, good times, and good slides. We had drivers from Orange County, San Diego, Palmdale, Fresno, San Jose, Santa Clara, Salinas, Las Vegas, Arizona, and Texas. Everyone converged here in Los Angeles at Super-G R/C Drift Arena to share this hobby we all love, R/C Drift!
Joe and I, along with the RawFew and Limited Traction would like to say thank you for a great five years! Super-G is committed to pushing the R/C Drift Scene here in the U.S. to the next level for 2020.
Thus far, Super-G has established a solid judging guide and rule set we have been refining over the course of 80-100 comps.
We have developed our Super-G Replay System which has revolutionized our judging accuracy, and ensuring there is no bias and minimal margin for error. This system has allowed us to correctly make calls that would otherwise have gone the other way, and undoubtedly would have been bad calls.
Presently we are in the middle of launching the Super-G Chassis, the Super-G Cyber SG1, which has some unique features we wanted to bring to the scene.
In addition to the chassis, we already have more new and innovative products in the works.
Last, but definitely not least, Super-G will be hosting a R/C Drift Series which will NOT limited to Super-G in SoCal in 2020. Stay tuned for more information to be released shortly!
Shout Outs to: RawFew, Limited Traction, Team Bushido, Team Wallride, Team D-Style, Tech1Drift, Team Tekno, Swift Suns, Coyote Racing, Proximity Pals, Dirty Dancers, and Team Slidelines for your ongoing support!
This past weekend Super-G was celebrating our 4th Year. We decided to do a 2 day event so we could launch a SuperTwin Team Battle Competition and still have a Tsuiso Battle and Session at the main event.
Yokomo / Vertex RC stepped up the main sponsor for the event, donating $400 – 1st Place, $200 – 2nd Place, and $100 – 3rd Place Yokomo Vouchers! This ensured everyone who’s anyone on the West Coast was here to take part in the Tsuiso Battles and claim their prize!
The custom fabricated Super-G hardware to go home with the winners!
We opened at 4pm to give the competitors adequate time to break in the spec tires for the comp. Yokomo DRC tires are the choice for Super-G R/C Drift Arena, so it only made sense to provide a rear set for each entry to ensure a level playing field. Well, as level as possible I suppose. A weight limit of 1100g measured at the rear wheels was also imposed, as well as the standard regulations regarding the chassis.
Before we even got started, Chito and Ethan had surprised everyone with Pizza! This helped take the edge off before the comp and allowed many to keep practicing instead of heading out to grab a snack before the comp. Thank you Chito and Ethan!
Again, Shaine Collins, Colin Chambers, and myself Steve Fujita were judges for the event. We feel very comfortable with these judges since we all share the same goal, to make sure we make the best and most accurate call possible. We have been judging together for the past 4-5 months (Maybe longer) and I can say without hesitation, I have not see one hint of any bias. Match this with the Super-G Replay System, and you have yourself a pretty strong double check on the calls. Anytime a replay is called for by the judges, the entire crowd, competitors included, can watch exactly what the judges are reviewing.
Drivers Meeting Before Qualifying PC: Dan A
After getting everyone signed in, it was time for the Single Run Qualifying. Each competitor would have 2 chances to run the course solo, while being judged on 3 main points: Line, Angle, and Style. Standard Competition Rules applied. Any contact with barriers, spin outs, or 2 wheels off track counted as Zeros for the run. To make it easy, as long as the competitor was able to get points on the board, they were automatically qualified for the Tsuiso Battle Competition. Basically, make it through the course without crashing or spinning, and you are in!
There were 33 competitors registered. Of the 33, 30 qualified for the Main Event. The Top Qualifier of the night, Kevin Motter with a score of 29 of a possible 30 points! On a side note, Kevin has gone undefeated for the past 4 Comps IN A ROW! He now has taken TQ. The top 3 qualifying spots for the event were all Super-G Locals, Kevin Motter- 1st, Hao Huang – 2nd, and a 4-way tie for 3rd – Aydin Angulo, Ethan David, Manny Campalans, and Mikko Yang. This set the mood for the competition and gave a good indication of who to keep your eye on.
Congratulations to Kevin Motter for TQ 29/30!
Qualifying Positions: 1. Kevin Motter *Top Qualifier 2. Hao Huang 3. (4-Way Tie) Aydin Angulo / Ethan David / Manny Campalans / Mikko Yang 7. (4-Way Tie) Dennis Caroza / Jon Mundo / Josh Espinoza / Ryno Degala 11. (4-Way Tie) Anthony Lim / Dan Aguada / Erick Gonzales / Jeff Yang 15. (3-Way Tie) Al Sayong / Andy Orozco / Ian Sudduth 18. (2-Way Tie) Brian Caroza / Ryan Aguiling 20. Tim Mulhmeyer 20 21. (2-Way Tie)
Albert Motate / Mark Santa Cruz 23. Nico Lozada 24. Shaine Collins 25. (2-Way Tie) Jaydan Aquada / Rick Mahaney 27. (2-Way Tie)
Jose Sanchez /Sam Angulo 29. Po Buckner 30. Jacob Castro DNF: Caleb Fowler
An interesting fact:
Of the 30 competitors who qualified, 28 were piloting Yokomo YD-2 Chassis. 2 were driving MST RMX 2.0s’. That’s a pretty high number of Yokomo YD-2s, and a good indicator of which way the scene is going, at least here on the West Coast. Coincidentally, Yokomo was the main sponsor for the event, so it only seemed fitting to see so many Yokomo chassis filling the competition.
The Tsuiso Battle Competition:
Due to the number of competitors, we went with Single Eliminations. Each competitor would be paired up for 2 runs before being judged. Each taking turns leading and chasing. Each of the leads and chases would be compared to decide a winner. The winner of each battle would advance, while the loser would be eliminated from the competition.
The Line Up After Qualifying
PC: Jeff Y
The battles were fierce and it was obvious from the very first round that everyone showed up to show their skills and take a piece of the Yokomo Purse!
One by one the competitors were eliminated as the competition progressed. It came down to the top 4, Ethan David vs Mikko Yang for 3rd and 4th Spot. A slight miscalculation by Ethan on his lead run allowed the seasoned professional, Mikko Yang to take advantage and easily secure his 3rd Place spot on the podium, and the $100 Yokomo Voucher! Then it was time for the battle for the top spot. Not only for the bragging rights, but also for the grand prize of $400 Yokomo Voucher. Second place would be going home with a $200 Yokomo Voucher. Both these drivers worked hard all night to get to this point.
Going into the first run, Kevin was on the Lead, Hao was on the Chase. As they entered the sweeper, Kevin was about as deep in as anyone could get, Hao was right on his door applying that pressure one would expect in the final round! As Kevin initiates for the hairpin, Hao was just a little too aggressive, putting him into Kevin’s door and basically locking in the Zero for his chase run. Kevin went on to complete his lead with amazing style and skill, dragging his rear bumper mere fractions of an inch off the Super-G K-Rails. Everyone was holding their breath, but he pulled it off with a smile. The second run, Hao was on the Lead, Kevin on the Chase! Hao answered back at Kevin’s Lead with a strong lead. Kevin rubbed the ScaleReflex Cone at the Hairpin, but it wasn’t enough to knock it down. The rest was history as they say. Hao’s Lead Run was strong, but not enough to take down Kevin’s Lead and Chase! Hao comfortably locked down 2nd Place, securing the $200 Yokomo Voucher!
Your Winners of the 4 Year Tsuiso Battles!
First Place – Kevin Motter, Second Place – Hao Huang, Third Place – Mikko Yang
Congratulations to Kevin Motter for taking 1st Place, and the Yokomo Grand Prize of $400 Yokomo Voucher! In addition, he was the Top Qualifier of the night, AND this was his 5th (FIFTH) 1st Place IN A ROW! Some say he’s unstoppable. (Maybe he’s just lucky? Naaaah)
PC: Jeff Y
After the Competition we went right into the Raffle. We want to give a huge thanks to our sponsors, Yokomo / Vertex RC, as well as Scale Reflex, Demiworks, MyTrickRc, Tetsujin, Tamiya, Gensace, Falcon Hobby, and Topline for all the great raffle prizes. The Grand Prize was a Yokomo YD-2s w/ Gyro donated by Super-G R/C Drift Arena! It seemed only fitting since Yokomo was bringing it with the impressive purse. After all was said and done, we gave away over $2500.00 in raffle prizes!
Some of the Raffle Prizes!
During this time, we had open session and the tandem trains were insane! So much talent under one roof, it was inevitable.
After the raffle, Peepsho (Mark Santa Cruz’s Bro), Ashknuckles, and Mike C jumped on the decks for a scratch session! Since we went over time, it ended up being a lot shorter than expected, but it was a important part of the celebration! Mad thanks to Peep, Ashknuckles, and Mike C!
NorCal’s Tony, Jaydan, Dan, and Erick
PC: Jeff Y
Dan , Tony, and Al from NorCal’s Limited Traction / Team Bushido were slaving away on our Taco Cart and BBQ all evening, so as soon as the comp and raffle were finished, there was a TON of great food waiting for everyone! Carne Asada Tacos, Dogs, and Watermelon! I was planning on jumping on the grill as soon as we finished the comp, but these guys saved me for the second time this weekend! Thank you guys, it makes a bigger difference than you can possibly know.
Dat and Josh Chillin in the GGT Pits
PC: Ryan A
I was really happy to see Dat and Josh from Vertex RC / Yokomo USA in San Diego, as well as Jeremy Meyer from Driftwell in CenCal Randy Beard from RareArtsUSA, and Anthony Requena from DriftNutZ making the trip to Super-G to celebrate with us! Thanks for the support guys! It means a lot when the owners of local (or not so local) shops take the time to share in these important moments and mingle in the RC Drift Community. We would also like to extend a huge thanks to NorCal – Limited Traction, Team Bushido, SpeedJunkies, Fatlace Crew, San Diego – Vertex RC, SoCal – SwiftSuns, Team DStyle, GGT Crew, DRFTNDM, DriftNutz, RareArtsUSA, and RawFew.
This weekend marked an important time for Super-G R/C Drift Arena. We have come from a small PVC Drift Track in front of our shop, Project-G, to converting our workshop to a full on R/C Drift Arena. We have implemented weekly Fun Competitions. Set up a standardized set of rules for Fun Competitions. Set up a standardized set of rules for Real Competitions. Finally, we are developing and streamlining our Super-G Replay System. All this because of the love and support the R/C Drift Community has shown us, and because Joe and I have always loved R/C. Joe has been into the R/C Drift Scene from it’s grassroots days, myself, about a year before Super-G was established, but R/C in general since I was knee-high. Thank you all for the great 4 years! We look forward to pushing even further in the upcoming months and years!
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