The Wicked WeekendChicopee Woods Agricultural Center – Gainesville, GAAugust 14 -16, 2015
It’s Wicked Weekend time!!! This will be our first time going to this event held in the Chicopee Woods Agricultural Center in Gainesville, GA. Word has it they have already reached 600+ entries. We grabbed the remaining few items to load into the minivan and hit the road by 3:28 AM.
After 671 miles it is now 1:14 PM and we just pulled into the track. We took a walk around to find the perfect pit spot in the corner of the horse stalls. We set up our tent, tables, banners and lights. It’s now starting to look like home. Now to check out the track. We see this huge drivers stand. As we walk up it gets higher and higher and I’m not sure if I can do it. I’m afraid of heights and on one side it is completely open with just a small wire to hold onto. I’m just glad David is beside me talking me through it. We then glanced out at the track. It looks awesome, but very technical at the same time. Bobby Moore, one of our Panther Teammates did an outstanding job designing the track. There’s this one jump that you have to land it just right to fit through what looks like only a foot wide gap, when it’s probably around 3 feet wide. If you don’t make it you have to take the long excruciating way around it. How am I going to make it through that teeny tiny hole.
We left the track to check into our hotel which is only 5 miles away. At first sight the place doesn’t look the safest. It’s pretty run down, but we know we won’t spend much time there. It’s just a place to shower and sleep. Did I say shower? Well the water felt good, but you had to be quick or you might drown. The water was filling up the tub and was way over your ankles deep. The good news was that the toilet flushed, but the wooden floor felt like you were sinking in spots. I sure won’t be going outside alone when it’s dark. We ended up going to bed early since it was a long day and we wanted to be up early for practice.
Practice started at 8:00 AM Friday morning. We were the first ones out on the track. I took the first jump and came around the corner to take the second jump. To my surprise I hit the jump perfect to fit through that teeny tiny hole I had mentioned. When we both finished we walked off the drivers stand with huge smiles on our faces. The track was super fun. After running a couple batteries we went to register and buy some Wicked Weekend T-shirts and hats before the line got really long. Between practicing and marshaling into the early evening by the time we got back to our hotel we were exhausted and could not wait to take our shoes and socks off our tired feet. Time to relax and recoup for qualifiers tomorrow.
With 500+ entries on Saturday qualifiers began at 8:00 AM. With three qualifiers making up 41 heats we all knew it was going to be a long day. I think we both exceeded our expectations. David and I both ran Pro E-Buggy. Some well-known names we were racing against were Joe Bornhorst, Griffin Hanna, Patrick Rossiter, Martin Harrison and Justin Fales. David qualified 10th in the C-Main and I was starting 2nd in the D-Main. We also both ran Open 4wd SCT. Out of a total of 51 racers I was proud of David making it to the triple A-Mains taking off in the 9th spot. There ended up being a D-Main so when I found out I made it to the B-Main I was happy knowing I out qualified half the field. We finished up qualifiers around 11:30 PM. It was around 12:20 AM the next morning by the time we packed our stuff up and got back to the hotel. Just enough time to take a quick shower and get settled for Mains to start at 7:00 AM sharp.
It’s Sunday and its RACE day! My first Main was race 11 Pro-Buggy D-Main. Starting off in the 2 spot I was able to take the first corner and make the first jump getting a little lead up on the group in back of me. I held onto 2nd for a couple laps when the nerves kicked in and I dropped back a couple positions. I had a good battle with third as we changed positions a couple times. Making too many tiny mistakes I finished 4th, but no matter what I was pleased with how well I did in this super tough class. David was up at race 19 for the C-Main in Pro-Buggy. With a full Main of 17 racers David was able to work his way up through the pack from his starting 10th spot to finish 6th.
David 1/8 E-Buggy slow motion jump –https://youtu.be/N21AQxqAKVE
Jessica 1/8 E-Buggy slow motion jump –https://youtu.be/C_vkhoIocBE
4wd SCT B-Main race 25 is up. The grid was packed tight with 17 trucks. The track condition was dusty and it had started getting ruts down the straight, after the 2nd jump and around the back corner making it a challenge for all. I started in the 13th position and had made it up to 8th at one time. I had some bad luck when a truck came up in back of me on the front straight and completely knocked me off the track towards pit lane. I ended up 13th in my Main and finished 28 out of 51.
David’s triple A-Mains for SCT were races 29, 35 and 42. It was a very competitive packed field where everyone was trying to win the race on the first lap causing chaos on the first jump. Starting 9th in the middle he was pretty much the pin ball in a pin ball game. Every start he was always coming out last. Each race he worked hard and fought back. David finished 9th in A-1, 9th in A-2 and 11th in A-3. Overall he came in 11th out of 51 and I am very proud of him for what he accomplished.
David 4wd SCT A-1 Main start – https://youtu.be/Z2VW4n8Qm0A
Jessica 4wd SCT B-Main start – https://youtu.be/kBwxeZzRqj8
Monday morning we hit the road by 4:30 AM to make the long drive back home. This was our first time attending the Wicked Weekend race, but I think it has been our favorite event so far. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support and high quality products. It’s because of all your support that we are able to enjoy something we love. #Panther, #DERacing, #LFR2015, #BocaBearing and #TriCountyHobbies
IlerRacingDavid Iler #27Jessica Iler #19
We had an amazing wrap-up to our season and would like to thank Boca Bearings for being the title sponsor of the 2015 Keystone RC North Scale Summer Off-Road Series.
Without your amazing support we may not have had the turn out that we did.
The competition was close. With only a 5-point spread in the top 5 competitors scores! The builds that people brought were amazing and we saw a lot of new drivers this year as well as a few returning competitors who have improved drastically since last year.
There were 5 competitions throughout the summer wrapping up last weekend. We had the youngest competitor at 8 years old and our oldest was 60. Simply amazing to see how everyone helped one another and had such a good time event though they are from such different walks of life.
THANK YOU BOCA BEARINGS !!!
Wildflower RC: Bring the Heat IIIHill, TNJuly 11th, 2015
Wildflower RC had their annual Bring the Heat race on July 10-11, 2015.
With heavy rains and storms for six straight days, the event was in jeopardy of being rescheduled, but Mother Nature cooperated five days before the event, allowing us to change the track layout and make necessary upgrades at the track.
This year, entries were a little light at 127 compared to last year’s 190, but we attributed that to Louisville re-opening their track at Loganville, GA running a major nitro event the same weekend.
Even with a lighter than expected turnout, we had some fierce, competitive racing in all classes.
The Sportmans/Youth class was stacked with 12 drivers. Anthony R. and Josiah S. battled in the mains with Josiah pulling out the win.
In 4wd buggy, Spencer Glasgow took the TQ and 2nd in 2wd buggy with Blake Boggs winning the main. Dan Reino took the TQ and 2nd with Blake Boggs once again dialing in his Team Associated ride for the victory. The closest battles were in Nitro Buggy with Team Associated driver Blake Boggs taking TQ and the win over new Associated driver Chris Rakus by less than 2 seconds and E-buggy with TLR driver Martin Harrison taking the TQ and win over Chris Rakus by less than 3 seconds.
With racers from Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, and our locals, we were able to run 3 heats and mains all in one day finishing up around 11:30 pm. We would like to thank all the racers who attended and all sponsors, especially Boca Bearings, for their support of our event.
Boca Build 2.0 Geared Sliding PuzzleThe next project for Boca Bearings by our collaborator Chad B. is a sliding puzzle similar to the the ones seen in Cogs (see video in blog). It is based on the picture sliding puzzles where you have to slide several panels around to un-jumble an image.
Read more: http://bocabearingsworkshop.blogspot.com/2015/08/boca-build-20-geared-sliding-puzzle.html
The only Enduro World Series round in the U.S. this year was this past weekend in Crested Butte, CO. The trails were in great condition, the weather was perfect and we were looking forward to some great racing. Unfortunately, on the second day of racing, one of our fellow competitors crashed on the first stage of the day and died. Despite the medical crew arriving on scene almost immediately and beginning CPR, he couldn’t be revived. Needless to say, this stopped the racing for the weekend. On Sunday, the day after the tragedy, the promoter held a group ride in honor of the deceased. Most of the competitors attended the ride and it seemed a fitting way to acknowledge the loss.
Although the race was cancelled and no points or results were issued, Syd and Macky were pleased with their results from the first day. Despite a crash each, Syd finished the day in 29th overall and Macky finished in 31st and both were optimistic about improving on that result over the rest of the race. Unfortunately Sean had a more serious crash and cracked a helmet but still finished the day in the top-100.
Many thanks go out to the Big Mountain Enduro crew for handling the crisis professionally and getting the rest of the competitors off the mountain safely.