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StanceNation 2018 – Super-G / Limited Traction Collaboration


Sunday, December 2, 2018
Costa Mesa, California – Orange County Fairgrounds
This was a RC Drift filled weekend, with the Super-G SuperShowdown (Monthly Competition) on Saturday, and StanceNation 2018 on Sunday. Although it was hectic, it worked out well since our Drift Family from NorCal (Limited Traction, Team Bushido/Fatlace, and Speed Junkies) were able to join us for the SuperShowdown as well.

Ever since the completion of StanceNation 2017, Super-G/RawFew have been planning with our guys from Limited Traction to go even harder this year. Although 2017 was insane, we must admit we were hurting a little in the scale prop department. We were determined to surpass last years display by a long shot!

Dennis from Limited Traction brought a trailer full of props and track pieces to add to the Super-G props. I have to say, the amount of props these guys have is mind blowing! Schaaaaaale!


Since word got out StanceNation was happening again this year, a few groups expressed interest. Of course a West Coast event would really put this event on the map. To commemorate this event, we got right to work on a West Coast Collaboration Shirt with all the participating teams and groups to have a presence on it. Since we had been using images of Josh Geeg’s incredible Skyline build for our banners and such for this event, it only seemed fitting to put it on the shirt!

Setup:
The day of the event, we rolled in deep knowing we only had a few hours to transform a blank display area to a scale RC Drift Circuit. NorCal had what seemed to be 40+ people, but in reality was closer to 15. Limited Traction and Team Bushido / Fatlace provided the man-power to do all the heavy lifting. As soon as the layout was set, everyone went right to work creating a scale masterpiece! We had something like 40 feet x 80 feet to fill with scale madness, and we were up to the challenge. We worked right up til security check which took place at noon, with Max and Ian from SwiftSuns stepping in to save the day since Joe was struggling to get the wiring for some of the lighted props completed in time.

The Track:
What can we say about the track that the pictures don’t? This was by far one of the most impressive tracks we have been a part of. Scale buildings,  garages, track barriers, bridges, and even a real 1:10 scale car show inside of the car show! This was complete with official StanceNation Awards! With this size track, we were all grateful Limited Traction had brought their drivers stands. The extra height it provided allowed the drivers to get a good view of what was going on, even with all the props on the track. If the track looks a little empty, that’s because of the sheer size of the track. 40’x80′ is MASSSIVE and will make any setup look a little sparse.

1:10 Scale Car Show in the Car Show!
Some say this is the first “Real” 1:10 Scale R/C Drift Car Show in Cali. We aren’t sure if that’s true, but we are sure official StanceNation Awards were given! Best of Show, Best Team, and Best Daily Driver. (This award was sent to us later)

Check Out the 1:10 Car Show Coverage Here!!!

The Session / Demo:
We we first opened the track, the surface was really grippy. The cars were fast and needed a lot of throttle to keep sideways. Not the worst scenario, but different from what most of us are  accustomed to. It wasn’t the best for keeping smooth tandems, but there was a lot of speed. A few expressed disappointment since they want to show R/C Drift is about style, not a sideways drag race. I assured them the speed would start to slow as we put some laps on it.

As the day progressed and the tires put more and more plastic on the surface, it started to become more slick. About mid event I would say the surface was perfect! Just the right amount of bite, but also enough slip to keep the speeds in check and the slides consistent. Tandems were getting good and and the RC Drift Demo was at it’s peak! Quite a few teams were paired up and throwing down some serious tandem laps. Even I was impressed with what I was witnessing. By the looks of the crowd and how much time people were spending watching and asking questions, I have to say without a doubt the demo was a hit! It has been estimated we had 60+ active drivers throughout the day!

SuperTwin II – Team Tandem Competition:
Toward the end of the event, it was time for the SuperTwin II competition. This is a team tandem competition where teams of 2 compete against other teams to see who can put down the best lap. It’s all about being able to drive together and keep everything in sync with your teammate. We had 11 teams take part in this competition. That’s 22 drivers. Not a bad turnout, but we are hoping to see more as this segment of R/C Drift continues to grow.

The teams were as follows:
Genki Style – Mikko Yang / Shaine Collins
Team 90’s – Chad Guyette / Nico Lozada
Team LT Red Balls – Brian Lemi / Ryno Degala
Team LT Blue Balls – BJ  Caroza / Dennis Caroza
Team Destruction – Michael / Ryan Aguiling
Recking Kru – Mark Santa Cruz/ Joe Tam
Team Halo – Hao Huang / Karlo
Vanilla Cream – Max Wilkinson / Ian Sudduth
Team Yomoko – Kevin Motter / Steve Fujita
The Leftovers – Grant Agngarayngay / Ethan David
Fatlace Crew – Dan Aguada/ Erick Gonzales

Just as the comp was starting, the weather became cold, the sun decided to be right at eye-level, and the track became really slick. Not that it mattered since everyone was up against the same struggles, but it did throw a wrench in the works, and added a little more stress than everyone was dealing with the entire day.

The competition was double eliminations giving everyone a chance to lose and still come back for the win. In the end, it was Team Yomoko vs Genki Style. This was quite fitting since Team Yomoko was comprised of Steve Fujita – Super-G Official Judge and Kevin Motter – Most winningest team driver for Super-G, and Team Genki was comprised of Shaine Collins – Super-G Official Judge and Mikko Yang – Most winningest team driver for GGT. We are all friends who drive and compete on a weekly basis, so this was all about fun, but let’s be honest, of course we all want to win.

The final battle was started and the driving was so close, an OMT (One More Time) was called by our panel of judges. This meant they could not determine a winning team. With the added pressure of the OMT, both teams set out to put down their very best! Team Yomoko (Kevin Motter and Steve Fujita) came out victorious, taking the win and brining it home for RawFew and Super-G R/C Drift Arena!

Team Tandem Competitions:
Super-G / RawFew / Limited Traction have been actively pursuing Team Tandem Competitions for a little over a year now. As much as we all love the Tsuiso style competition, we feel the Team Tandem style is a little different adds a different level of preparation and competition. It’s a different type of battle and a different type of fun. It allows you and your teammates to work on style, flow, and synchronizing your moves and transitions. Rather than to try to beat your competitor head to head, your team tries to do the very best performance they can pull off. Team effort vs. Individual performance. This past event was a good indication the Team Tandem is taking off. The winners this time were decided based on performance rather than who didn’t crash. We hope to see this style of competition catch on even more, as it will be a good addition to the standard Tsuiso  battles.

Team Tandem Past Results:
SuperTwin II – 12.02.18
Team Yomoko – Kevin Motter / Steve Fujita
Team: RawFew

SuperTwin – 10.12.18
LT Bright Balls
– BJ Caroza / Dennis Caroza
Team: Limited Traction

Super SmackDown – 8.18.18
LT Blue Balls – Dennis Caroza / Rynne Degala / Brian Lemi
Team: Limited Traction

Triple Threat Team Tandem – 7.01.18
LT Blue Balls – Brian Lemi / Rynne Degala / Albert Matote
Team: Limited Traction

Triple Team Tandem 3.17.18
RawThree – Mark Santa Cruz / Nick Lepisto / Joe Tam
Team: RawFew

At the conclusion of the event, it was time to break everything down and pack it all up. I’m not sure who stayed and who left, but I will say I believe everyone who participated stuck around and helped with the tear-down and clean up.

We want to extend a very special thank you to our brothers from NorCal – Limited Traction, Speed Junkies, and Team Bushido/Fatlace for making the 300+ mile journey to do this collaboration with Super-G! You guys seriously put in the work. Speaking of work, I also want to point out during setup and teardown, it did not go unnoticed how much of the heavy lifting you guys handled. That along with Ian and Max of SwiftSuns, staying back and getting the wiring handled during setup was huge! Thank you! I cannot stress how much this has shown. Seeing everyone come together and work together to pull off such an epic R/C Drift demo, that’s the real story here. Also a huge thanks to Gio and Elvis of StanceNation for making this all possible!

See you all on March 3, 2019!!!

SuperShowdown December 2018

Saturday, December 1, 2018:

This was the first of our monthly comp series, The SuperShowdown!
This has been started in response to the need to give the Drift Community regular competitions in addition to our weekly Fun Comps.

This just so happened to be a very special and unique event. To start, it happened to fall on the same weekend as StanceNation Costa Mesa. Super-G / RawFew had already been planning to host an R/C Drift Demo at StanceNation in collaboration with our drift family from NorCal – Limited Traction and Team Bushido / Fatlace. This meant we were going to have a pretty large turnout and all but guaranteed the top drifters from California would be present. In addition, the RawFew’s very own Kevin Motter was going for his 10th consecutive win here at Super-G. A tremendous feat since he rarely practices drifting other than the warm-up sessions before the comps. Nine back to back wins tells us it’s not just luck, but hitting double digits would just seal the deal.

The judges for the event would be Shaine Collins and Steve Fujita. The rules would come straight from the Super-G Judging Guideline. The spec tire for the event was Yokomo DRC.

Qualifying:
As is to be expected, everyone brought their A Game this weekend. To kick off the qualifying, the first 5 or so competitors put down some seriously great runs. Each competitor was given 2 chances and their best score was kept. 10 points for each category, Line, Angle, and Style for a total of 30 possible points. Kevin Motter put down a blistering 29/30 to lock down the Top Qualifying Position!

The results for qualifying are as follows:
TQ: Kevin Motter
2. Hao Huang
3. (3-way tie)
Alan Benites
Dan Aguada
Mikko Yang
4. (4-way tie)
Brian Lemi
Ryan Aguiling
Shaine Collins
Tim Mulhmeyer
5. (2-way tie)
Manny Campalans
Mark Santa Cruz
6. Aydin Angulo
7. (3-way tie)
Josh Espinoza
Michael Vasquez
Sam Angulo
8. (3-way tie)
Grant Agngarayngay
Mark Solnshkin
Ryno Degala
9.  (2-way tie)
Erick Gonzalez
Tony Hickok
10. (2-way tie)
Jeff Yang
Mike Baroja
11. (2-way tie)
Al Sayong
Mike Cronhamn

The Top 24 Tsuiso Battles:
Moving to the Tsuiso Battles, everyone was bracketed according to their qualifying position. The format was Single Eliminations. The competition was some of the best we have witnessed thus far! It seemed every battle was very well matched. The ScaleReflex Cone (A cone placed at the apex of the final nose clip. Knocking it over would be an automatic Zero for the run) proved to be an exciting feature, almost claiming some of the top competitors as it’s victim.

Watch all the action here on our webcam

The Finals:
It all came down to Dan Aguada vs Hao Huang for 3rd and 4th, and Kevin Motter vs Mikko Yang for 1st and 2nd. The battle between Dan and Hao (The winner of YDM last month) was intense! Both drivers pulled out the big guns and were determined to claim that spot on the podium! Both drivers narrowly missed knocking down the ScaleReflex Cone they were going so deep in the clips! In the end, it was Dan’s day to shine as he was able to hold the better line for the win, and 3 Place!

Next up was Kevin vs Mikko. Kevin has been on fire the last 3 months and has gone undefeated for the past 9 comps and events here at Super-G! This was not the first time for these two to square off against each other. Obviously Kevin wanted to get the back to back double digits, and Mikko having the skill to prevent this, most definitely wanted to cut Kevin’s winning streak off right here! Suddenly the mood became serious as Kevin and Mikko lined up at the gate. Kevin on the lead, Mikko on the chase! Kevin put down an extremely clean lead, going deep in the clips, holding more than the minimum expected angle, all with no corrections or change in direction. Mikko’s chase had great proximity, but he had made a slight miscalculation in the sweeper causing him to slightly stall and correct. Not a huge error, but an error none the less. Next was Mikko on the lead and Kevin on the chase! Talk about pressure! Mikko is known to have some really good speed, so we were all wondering what would happen. Surprisingly, Kevin was able to maintain even tighter proximity than the previous run, with no hiccups. Mikko’s lead was a run anyone would be proud to call theirs, but in the end, it would not be enough to match or beat Kevin’s amazing lead which he was deeper in the clips while holding more angle. Kevin takes TQ and First Place, as well as accomplished 10 BACK TO BACK WINS here at Super-G R/C Drift Arena, making his team, The RawFew and Super-G extremely proud!

Congratulations to the winners of the Super-G SuperShowdown December 2018!
1st Place and TQ: Kevin Motter (RawFew)
2nd Place: Mikko Yang (Team D-Style)
3rd Place: Dan Aguada (Team Bushido)

Kevin Motter:
10 Consecutive Wins
Super-G / RawFew Factory Team Driver
Your Winners:
1st Place: Kevin Motter
2nd Place: Mikko Yang
3rd Place: Dan Aguada


Memorial Weekend BBQ 2017

This Memorial Day Weekend turned out to be one to remember! Here at Super-G R/C Drift Arena, The RawFew combined forces with Limited Traction and Randy Beard from Rare Arts USA, to bring you a BBQ / Mini Comp / 3 Car Team Tandem Battle.

Whenever we have visitors from out of town, it seems to bring the best out of the SoCal community. This weekend was no exception, even though it was. Usually the community comes out in force to show our visitors some SoCal hospitality, but on top of that, the driving had to have been some of the best I have witnessed in a long while. Even the beginners were finding their groove and really putting down some great laps!

The Tandem action throughout the day was top-notch! Our Fam – Limited Traction always just jump on the track (even with a new layout) and start puttin’ it down like it was their own track. Even though they are over 300 miles north of us, their style matches ours as if we all practiced together every weekend.  Just imagine if we did.

Instead of just having a session, Limited Traction suggested we have a 3 Car Team Tandem Battle. This is something we will be collaborating with them on and will develop some guidelines. We already have a strong start, so keep an eye out for that. Randy suggested a Mini Comp, and somehow he ended up running the whole show.  It was awesome to have him out again! He ran the first few comps I had ever witnessed and I have to say, he does a lot that I feel really adds to the experience. Rare Arts USA and Super-G donated some prizes for the winners.

The mini comp was judged by the spectators and although the competition was all in good fun, it didn’t stop everyone from really putting in some serious tandems. Your winners – 1st Place – Shilun Gu, 2nd Place – Jon Mundo, and 3rd Place – Mikko Yang.

We also had a Best Body Contest judged by the spectators. Your winners – 1st Place – John Brasko, 2nd Place – Ben Dizzle, and 3rd Place – Rynne Degala. These guys put in the extra work to put their bodies over the top. Note to self – Step it up.

The winners for the 3 Car Team Tandem was none other than Limited Traction from NorCal! Chosen by the spectators, Rynne Degala, Albert Mantote, and Brian Lemi!!! (I’m sorry I didn’t get a pic guys. I was too worried about finding the placards, and completely forgot)

Shown above, Joe and I have had this idea for over a year now and we just never got around to doing it. So since this event was coming up, we decided to make it a reality. At the very least, we wanted a working model. This is our first draft of our new Starting Gate. We have always hated counting down to start each run. Not only are we not very consistent, but it always feels so “ready set go-ish”. It is set up with a wireless remote trigger to start the countdown and an audible tone to start each run. It also has a practice mode so when people are practicing the line, it will count down every 8 seconds with a short audible tone to start each practice run. We are very pleased with the first draft, but there is more to come. (not sure why the lights look crooked, they are straight. Ha!)

Of course there was food! We did some Pollo Asado and Carne Asada tacos along with some Hot Dogs. We wished we would have got more, but going off of the RSVP list, it looked like it was going to be a small turnout. We might have to do something like food vouchers for the next round.

There were a few people missing from this pic, not sure where they were hiding. This was an awesome group! I can’t wait for the next one. Special thanks to Team Nanashi, Limited Traction, Team WallRide, SpeedJunkies, Swift Suns, Team Yokomo, and the Burrito Senseis for making an appearance.

Overall this was an event to remember! Super-G and The RawFew would like to thank everyone who came out to support this event. A very special thanks goes to out our NorCal Fam and Randy Beard from Rare Arts USA for making this event that much better.

Make sure to be on the look out for the next event! If we have it our way, it’s going to be sooner than later.