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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!!!

4 Year Weekend – SuperTwin Team Tandem Battles Oct. 12, 2018

October 12, 2018

This past weekend Super-G was celebrating our 4th Year. Since we were pretty sure the entire West Coast was going to be involved, we wanted to make it a special event. Of course we wanted to have a Tsuiso Competition, but we also know just sessioning together is a huge part of it as well. For the past year of so, we have been discussing have a Twin Tandem Competition with our NorCal Fam, so we wanted to include this as well. We decided to try something we have never done before and we made this a two day event.

Day One:
Friday we opened doors at 7pm and to our surprise a good number of people were waiting. The track was open for the teams to practice for the SuperTwin Competition later that evening. It was quickly apparent this competition was no joke! The winning team was taking home $100 Cash and a Super-G “Glass G” trophy.


NorCal in the house!

The weather app on my phone said perfect weather, but as we were opening, people were talking about lightning and pouring rain. The skys were clear here in Baldwin Park, so what do those people know? My phone said no rain. Just as we are getting ready to start the SuperTwin Comp, it starts pouring rain! I check my phone (I don’t know why) and it says it’s going to be clear. Suddenly it refreshes and wouldn’t you know it, RAIN! Thanks iPhone! Immediately Colin Chambers comes over and starts handling it. EZ Ups out and over the pits. Our guys from GGT were smart and had their EZ Ups already out, so everyone pulled together and made it all work! The most notable thing to me, NOT ONE COMPLAINT. Thank you guys! The rain added some serious stress for us, but the way you guys handled it put us at ease. What a great community.

The SuperTwin Competition:
There was a lot of talent in the Arena. We didn’t expect the turnout to be that great since it is the first time we are trying the Twin, but we were hopeful. It ended up being a huge turnout, with everyone hyped about competing. We ended up with 17 teams (34 drivers) ready for battle!


Team Blitz – Sam and Aydin
LT Dark Sliders – Ryno and Bert
LT Bright Sliders – Dennis and Brian
Fatlace Crew – Dan and Erick
Black Balls – Rick and Al
SwiftSunz – Ryan and Ian
Hao2Drift – Josh and Hao
Plus Auto Club – Kevin and Colin
Team Daigo Santos (TDS) – Mikko and Jon
Mark X – Po and Jake
Evo Twinz – Jeff and Max
DRFTNDM – Tim and Kris
RawTwo – Ethan and Steve
Recking Kru – Mark and Joe
Dirty Deeds – Manny and Stiles
Alan & Jose – Alan and Jose
ButterCups – Shea and Shaine

We went with a Double Elimination format having each team battle each other. This insured each team had more than one shot at the win.

The Judges for the SuperTwin were Shaine Colins, Colin Chambers, and myself, Steve Fujita. We were looking for Proximity, Style, and Overall Appearance, as well as watching for contact, staying on course, and any other errors which may occur in a standard competition.

The competition was a mix of teams who always practice together and people who just met and decided to form a team. You would think the new teams would not do as well as the teams who practice together, but that wasn’t the case at all. So that goes to show you never know what’s going to happen!

In the end it came down to LT Bright Balls (Dennis and Brian Caroza from Limited Traction) and Super-G’s very own Recking Kru (Mark Santa Cruz and Joe Tam from The RawFew)! I’ll just go ahead and just say it, LT Bright Balls PUT IT DOWN!!! The entire night Dennis and Brian were untouchable in the Style category.  Mad angle, crazy lines, hard and synchronized transitions, just really what the judges and the spectators wanted to see. They earned a very decisive victory, $100 Cash, and the Super-G Glass G Trophy!


SuperTwin Winners! LT Bright Balls – Brian and Dennis Caroza
(Father and Son team. You can tell by how they close their eyes for the pic!)


Final Results

After the competition, in the rain, Dan and Tony were manning the grill and BBQ and had some seriously good eats for everyone!  I thought I was going to be cooking, but they really saved the day! With all the prep leading up to the event, Joe and myself were running on fumes. So having the food handled was HUGE! So Dan and Tony, thank you thank you!!!

Special thanks to Shaine Collins and Colin Chambers for taking the time to judge. I know it’s disruptive to the event, especially when you are competing, but you guys have become thee guys.


Fatlace / Team Bushido Dan!

Also thank you to everyone who came to watch or participate! We had Norcal – Limited Traction, Fatlace Crew, Team Bushido, SpeedJunkies, SoCal – GGT Crew, Team DStyle, SwiftSuns, Drftndm, RawFew. In addition, we had visitors from Vegas and Canada joining us.

It was a huge event, but that was only day one!