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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!!!

2017 RawFew Team Chassis

For 2017, the Super-G Team, the RawFew has chosen a new chassis!

What and Why
Until now the RawFew have had good luck running all different chassis as a team, but it was clear the members of the team running the same chassis were also very much in sync with each other when it came to holding close proximity, matching speed and angle, and having like transitions. So as a team, the RawFew decided to find a chassis which we all felt would take us to the next level, or at least provide the best platform to accomplish what we are after as a team.

It has been obvious to us for awhile now that the next generation chassis are here. The Yokomo YD2 and the MST RMX 2.0S are both prime examples of this. They both have gone to a rear mounted motor configuration, as well as a gearbox style drivetrain. This configuration with the motor rotation in the correct orientation seem to provide a new level of traction and acceleration while maintaining a very low overall weight.

Being as the YD2 has been out the longest, it was a serious contender, but my personal experience with it had drawn me away from this particular chassis. For some reason, the front end just does not agree with me. There are so many out there who say they love the way the stock YD2 drives, but it just does not work for what I’m looking for. Many say when it’s holding angle it looks as if it’s CS, and I have to agree with this. I gave both the base model YD2 as well as the YD2 EX an honest try, (made it my personal chassis for a good amount of time) and it just did not win me over.

Enter the Wrap-Up Next VX Concept for the YD2:

From the beginning I have always been a huge WrapUp Next (WUN) Fan. This also seemed to be the case with all the teammates in the RawFew. Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to welcome Takayuki Sone (Sone-chi) to the Super-G Family. He spent a good amount of time with us and after seeing our driving style and learning what we were after, Sone-chi had given the recommendation of the WrapUp Next VX Concept for the YD2. He had assured me the VX Dock front end would address my concerns with the YD2 front end. In reality, the WrapUp Next VX Concept for the YD2 only uses the rear end from the YD2. If you fully upgrade, it only uses the gearbox. SIGN ME UP!!!


The heart of the VX Concept Chassis is the Wrap-Up Next VX Dock.
This is a unique design which has always had my attention. Rather than having the steering servo mounted separately from the steering rack and tying it all together with various linkages, levers, ball joints, etc. all which add a small amount of play at each and every joint. WrapUp Next has made the VX Dock all one unit, directly actuating the rack with the servo horn itself. This provides a very tight, slop free steering setup. I was a bit skeptical at first since I had seen a few people who did not have them working properly, but as with everything, setup plays a major role. Now having owned one myself, I am completely sold on this setup.

I decided to go with a Yokomo BL-LHV Zero Servo to compliment the WrapUp Next VX Dock. 0.06 sec/60 and 529 oz of torque sounded too good to pass up. This servo is a beast and is more than up to the task. We also chose to use the WrapUp Next Dual Composite Shock Towers for the front and rear. These have an innovative design using an aluminum center mount and some really thick carbon outers (we’re talking 4mm thick!) to provide mounting for the actual shocks. There are 3 different height positions to choose from, as well as 9 different shock mounts giving 27 different mounting positions for the front, and 11 different shock mounting points on the rear, giving 33 on the rear.

To hold true to form, we also chose the WrapUp Next KONDO Custom Ver. 2 Upper Control Arms, and KONDO Custom Ver. 3 Lower Control Arms, as well as the WrapUp Next GX Ver. 3 Front Knuckles. This ensures everything works well with each other. WrapUp Next definitely delivers in this area. This front end configuration just simply works. I’m usually one to constantly adjust and tune, always looking for that “perfect” setup, not with this one. For some reason, the changes I have made feel different, but just as good as the one before. The WrapUp Next VX Dock is really a work of art.

The Chassis Kit from WrapUp Next is quite impressive. Top quality with a unique carbon weave. It has a lot of mounting options for those of you who like to experiment with different placement for your battery and electronics. It comes with all the necessary brackets and stand-offs, and it all goes together the way any high-end chassis kit does. For reasons unknown, we decided to run with the stock YD2 Rear Suspension setup. I plan to upgrade to the WrapUn Next VX Ver. 3 Lower Rear Suspension Arms in the immediate future, but for now the stock YD2 suspension is doing it’s job and doing it well. The VX Concept Chassis uses the gearbox from the YD2. I have chosen a Yokomo D1 Spec 10.5 Motor to power my personal build.

When it came to shocks, we considered all the various shocks we have used throughout the years. Tamiya TRFs were a strong contender, but once we tried the Yokomo Big Bores, the choice was easy. These have quickly become my favorite shocks. The simplicity of the design, with top notch quality, it’s a no brainer. These things are buttery smooth.

Of course we were obligated to run the WrapUp Next Rear Brace / Fan mount.

And the killer Yokomo Racing Performer Cooling Fan.

The WrapUp Next VX Concept for the YD2 is a definite winner! We feel Takayuki Sone (Sone-chi) hit it perfectly with his recommendation for this chassis. The VX Dock and front end setup addresses the area on the stock YD2 I didn’t care for, but still utilizes the great gearbox and rear end that the YD2 does right. This has to be the best handling chassis I have owned to date. Combine that with the awesome build quality WrapUp Next is known for, and you have yourself a work of art you just want to stare at, but don’t be fooled, you will be itching to drive it every chance you get.

Steve Fujita:
WrapUp Next VX Concept for YD2 Black
Servo –
Yokomo BL-LHV Zero
ESC / Motor –
Speedpassion Reventon Pro / Yokomo Racing Performer D1 Series 10.5T
Gyro –  D-Like Premium V.2

Joe Tam:
WrapUp Next VX Concept for YD2 Red
Servo –
Yokomo BL-LHV Zero
ESC / Motor –
Speedpassion Reventon Pro / G-Force Hyper Booster Capacitor / Yokomo Racing Performer D1 Series 10.5T
Gyro – D-Like Premium V.2

Jason Fordyce:
WrapUp Next VX Concept for YD2 Black
Servo 
– Futaba BLS571SV
ESC / Motor – Accuvance Xarvis /Accutron Photonic Stabilizer /  Electrinic Stabilizer / Chevalier Turbo Capacitor / Accuvance Luxon Agile 10.5T
Gyro – D-Like V.3

Nick Lepisto:
WrapUp Next VX Concept for YD2 Black
Servo – 
D-Like RWD Servo
ESC / Motor – Accuvance Tachyon Airia / Accuvance Luxon 10.5T
Gyro – D-Like Premium V.3

Mark Santa Cruz:
WrapUp Next VX Concept for YD2 Silver
Servo – Futaba BLS571SV
ESC / Motor -Speedpassion Reventon R / Speedpassion 3.0 10.5T
Gyro – D-Like Premium V.3

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. 

Rawfew Crawlers at Vasquez Rocks Jan. 8, 2017


Saturday night at Super-G, a few of us were talking and we decided to hit up Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce in the A.M.


Being such short notice on a Sunday morning, a lot of people weren’t able to make it out, but we wanted to head out anyway since it would be the first opportunity for a few to finally make it out there.


Our man Jason is a local, so he took us through a lot of lines we would have no doubt missed without his knowledge and expertise.


For those who have never been to Vasquez Rocks, it is a National Park with some famous and amazing rock formations. There are many challenging areas and a lot of trails as well. You can spend all day there and not even get close to seeing it all.


Jason spotting for some of us as we get  to the top of one of many climbs we did. The weather was perfect at mid to high 70s. There was a lot of talk of some killer storm coming to SoCal, but there was no hint of anything other than perfect weather.


We all agreed we need to do this again real soon! If you guys have a crawler(s), make sure to let us know so we can include you in our upcoming outings.