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latency
2004.02.21, 11:31 PM
Incredible day of racing. I would like to take just a second to thank Mike and Tom Thumb Hobbies for a very well ran Miniz Cup race. We had a great time meeting new racers and forum members. Alex (Kyo rep) was really cool to hang out with, and he gave some really good pointers as well.

I have posted up a quick blog entry on my site for my days activities, but more importantly for you folks is the PICS!!! :)

Here they are, all 135 of them. Sasso and I togther (he shot with my cam while I raced) snapped over 450 pics total. These are the ones I have gone through so far. Have fun checking them out!

http://www.latencyproject.com/miniz/cuprace/webpost/index.htm


The album I built, you need to scroll the lower scroll bar to see all the pics.


http://www.latencyproject.com/miniz/cuprace/webpost/images/IMG_1117.jpg



http://www.latencyproject.com/miniz/cuprace/webpost/images/IMG_0974.jpg



http://www.latencyproject.com/miniz/cuprace/webpost/images/IMG_1079.jpg


Nice to meet all you guys in person! Unforutnately with all the class I was in, I found myself trying to keep up with keeping my racers ready to go...would have liked to talk to you guys more.

Hopefully you guys had a good time!

Talk to you guys later!! :)

latency

McLaren F1 T3
2004.02.22, 12:06 AM
i see a big fat mclaren mercedes west f1 jacket eh?
nice to see a mclaren fan represent at k-cup. mad awsome
outfit abe. Good job to all the winners.

cheers,


mike:)

West.F1
2004.02.22, 08:33 AM
excellent race day. Nice meeting other racers from out of town.

We had a good turn out of racers. I believe the head count was 25 or so but many with multiple class entries. There was nick and shannon from Wyoming who went to the Las Vegas finals last year and they dominated alot of races today. Impressive pair those guys are. Good skill. A group from cleveland were there as well.

The man, the myth, the Arch2B was there too. Good to meet ya Arch. And loved your collection of goodies too:D Techno made it from Cincinnati. Mini-Z himself even popped in to my suprise. Good seeing you again Dave! would have liked to see your superF1 on the track for some head to head but wasn't to be. Maybe next time.


Several of us showed before the doors opened at 8am. Controlled practice was from 9-10am after that the first round of qualifying which took the rest of the morning into lunch time. The cup race didn't officially end till about 7pm and after that the awards ceremony and clean up. It was an awesome experience for sure and very well organized. Stress level was high but all in good fun and friendly (though sometimes emotional) competiton


Latency and sasso took pics. i have some and they are pending. Kyle, appropriate you should make my team shirt your opening pic. Kinda lets people know that 'On this day, you'd better step up... or step out';) :D


(race results/report coming in due time.. stay tuned)

sasso
2004.02.22, 08:43 AM
I have gone to quite a few trophy races and this was the most fun by far. The racing was great, good time hanging with the guys, Mike and steve did a great job running the races.

It was awesom. Can't wait to race again next week.

arch2b
2004.02.22, 09:08 AM
despite the 14 hours in a car, it was well worth the trip! if not to race, than just to meet you guys;)

thanks for all the pics and i look froward to the official race article/review;) hopefully it will exclude my less than mediocre performance:p

traders168
2004.02.22, 12:32 PM
Hi Guys!

Im just wondering if can sombody join the race with a broken mirror & fog lights?

Congrats to all you guys, thanx 4 this thread.

traders168
2004.02.22, 12:37 PM
Hi Guys!

Im just wondering if can sombody join the race with a broken mirror & fog lights?

Congrats to all you guys, thanx 4 this thread.

latency
2004.02.22, 12:55 PM
Originally posted by traders168
Hi Guys!

Im just wondering if can sombody join the race with a broken mirror & fog lights?

Congrats to all you guys, thanx 4 this thread.

None of my cars have mirrors. They snap on day one of racing. :)

But seriously, there were numerous cars and overlands that had wings missing etc. They do not make a big deal of it. They just do not want body lightening. :)

techno
2004.02.22, 12:56 PM
Which one me or arch I lost my fogs and he lost a mirror! lol it was great fun! I might be going back up that way now that I heard he is going to keep the track looks like a great shop to race in nice people!

PAULANGELO
2004.02.22, 01:45 PM
wow, Nice shots. Now you need to show some with the names of the members. Always nice to put a face with a name. Arch, How about a 3rd times the charm? In NY you could finish higher? Unfortunetly, they are enforcing the batterie (although modified) rule starting at that race. SO All of the racers going to the finals, you need to get the approved batteries.

latency
2004.02.22, 03:10 PM
Originally posted by PAULANGELO
wow, Nice shots. Now you need to show some with the names of the members. Always nice to put a face with a name. Arch, How about a 3rd times the charm? In NY you could finish higher? Unfortunetly, they are enforcing the batterie (although modified) rule starting at that race. SO All of the racers going to the finals, you need to get the approved batteries.

I think Rodney goes by RCKid on here:

http://www.latencyproject.com/miniz/cuprace/webpost/images/IMG_1215.jpg

Starting left to right, Shannon, don't recall his nic here, center latency, right Skrogger79

http://www.latencyproject.com/miniz/cuprace/webpost/images/IMG_1282.jpg

And here is Sasso and West. Think you should be able figure which is which. :) Those guys take their F1 enthusiasium very seriously! Very cool to watch those guys race. Like a mini F1 race without the ear plugs. :)

http://www.latencyproject.com/miniz/cuprace/webpost/images/IMG_1252.JPG

Rest of the folks just lurk here, or I don't know their forum nics.

:)

rckid1
2004.02.22, 03:52 PM
great day of racin:cool:

PAULANGELO
2004.02.22, 03:56 PM
Thank you. It is always nice to put a face with a name. It's always funny too that after you do have it, it dosn't always fit in with what you imangiened. Glad you all had a good time. I was actually in Cleveland that morning/afternoon (airport stopover) and was wishing I could make it there.

arch2b
2004.02.22, 04:34 PM
Originally posted by PAULANGELO
....It's always funny too that after you do have it, it dosn't always fit in with what you imangiened....

that is the same thing i was thinking;) despite my noteable online persona, i am just an average joe you would never recognize in a crowd;)

West.F1
2004.02.22, 04:41 PM
alright, in addition to latency's pics, here's some more from the event. Look under sedan series pages 8 and 9

http://mini-zracer.com/gallery/westf1


also F1 series page 1 but those were courtesy of latency, just with comments added.

(I'd a had more pics but was also trying to put together a vid for my wife and little ones since they couldn't make it)


Latency- great pics man. keep em coming

Arch- glad you made it home safe despite the ill weather.

PaulAngelo- take lots of pics from the NY event. Would love to see them.

arch2b
2004.02.22, 05:37 PM
i had sooo much fun on tom thumb's overland track setup that i made something a bit more extreme and it is the most fun i've had on my track so far! i had never thought of using mounds like tom thumb's setup. it makes the track much more challenging and fun. it also works perfectly for racers too!
see me (http://mini-zracer.com/gallery/view_album.php?page=1)

thanks for the idea mike;)

herman
2004.02.22, 07:32 PM
looks like you guys had a grand time... cool pics...

west, cool shirt!!! :D :D

results and winner pics??? another cool thing would be to post their corresponding set ups...

was anybody dq for not passing tech inspection?

thanks for any info...

West.F1
2004.02.22, 08:09 PM
yo herman! excellent day. One we won't ever forget that's for sure.


no one was dq'd and teching was definately very thorough in the final mains


report is pending receipt of the stats from mike our race organizer. Pics on the kyosho website on this will be up i'm sure in due time


Lots of comments on the shirt btw. Race went well for team mclaren and best of all, no lost axles!:D

BigVxxx
2004.02.22, 08:27 PM
I had a great time racing as well. I had horrible qualifications in F1 and O2.The F1 I never got setup right so i Think I was last overal. The Enzo I drove for the first time over, actually It's the First time I raced since last Aug. I was just happy to finally get it together in the Bmain and turn 41 laps. The icing on the cake was going home with a FREE MiniZ racer. Can't wait for next year!!!!!!!:cool:

latency
2004.02.22, 10:59 PM
Originally posted by herman

results and winner pics??? another cool thing would be to post their corresponding set ups...


Nothing on the official site yet, but I did snap pics of the awards.

Here is the best I can do without seeing final tally sheets. Went off my pics of the awards presentations:


Overland:

1. John Vallo
2. Nick (did not catch last name, from Wyoming)
3. Nick Taylor

http://www.latencyproject.com/miniz/cuprace/webpost/images/IMG_1276.jpg


Box Stock:

1. Shannon Watts
2. Dustin Richards
3. Nick Taylor

http://www.latencyproject.com/miniz/cuprace/webpost/images/IMG_1279.jpg


Mod MR-01

1. Shannon Watts
2. Kyle Keller (latency)
3. Mickey Combs

http://www.latencyproject.com/miniz/cuprace/webpost/images/IMG_1280.jpg


Mod MR-02

1. Kyle Keller (latency)
2. Shannon Watts
3. Mark Saunders (skrogger79)

http://www.latencyproject.com/miniz/cuprace/webpost/images/IMG_1282.jpg


F1:

1. Nick (did not catch last name, from Wyoming)
2. Mark Saunders (Skrogger79)
3. Abe Delacruz (West.F1)

http://www.latencyproject.com/miniz/cuprace/webpost/images/IMG_1286.jpg

West.F1
2004.02.23, 07:28 AM
latency- great pics. And thanks for catching me off guard:D

Nick's last name btw is also Watts. Him and Shannon are brothers. You'll also see their pics in the 2003 cup results in the kyosho site... we raced against some serious contenders.


not sure on the alias either, i thought he told me it starts with wyo.. but the search didn't help much.


BigVxxx- a new kit for free. You made off big man! So sell me your other one for cheap;) jk congrats.

arch2b
2004.02.23, 07:56 AM
i continue to be amazed at the skills of these guys;) even though i had made a good level of improvement from the previous races, i was still about 7-9 laps behind the leader in the overland open. unfortunately it wasn't enough to bump up from the b main:( those that made it to the a main truely deserved it.

here is how it went for me...

practice- i was flying around the track and only rolled once or twice. this was a huge confindence booster. my setup worked as tested on my track at home, beautifully.

first qualifier- man, as tiny as the transponders are they really do effect the handling. to those in ny, practice with a transponder! i was rolling all over:rolleyes: it was very disappointing for me. that and the marshals were rather busy so the timing (getting back up) was a bit slower. one roll and you get passed by several trucks. this was further complicated by my continued problems reversing. no matter what i did, how i changed the settings it would not go into reverse sometimes unless it was tapped or nudged;) by another truck or marshal. of course rollovers were 90% driver error, the rest getting tapped;) by another truck.

second qualifier- for the most part i was doing well. the last 3-4 laps however were disappointing. i thought the cells died but it turned out the transponder wire had fallen down against one of the rear wheels causing it to drag. it was frustrating as all of a sudden i was putting around the track gettting passed/lapped by everyone (which happened all day;) ) i have no doubt i continue to get better but it's still not enough to run with the big boys so to speak. any advantage i had with rcp track experience this year will be negated next year so i'm going to have to step it up a notch if i intend to offer anything other another track obstacle next year.

b main- i was simply outclassed by the rest by this time. i think i finished 4th or 5th. it was disappointing for me but your never happy about loosing...

i don't want to even get into what happened with my brothers land cruiser really, just to say it was one problem after another... he dnf'ed both qualifier's so it was a disappointing run for him. i felt really bad as i was trying my best to manage my truck, his truck and both his and my cousins stock 01's all day. they all kept me busy;) if it wasn't the batteries (we didn't bring enough) then the gear mesh was off or something else. overall, my brother and cousin did much better than the previous races despite the car troubles. oddly enough they all ran smooth on my track sunday, go figure:rolleyes:

i was surprised at the lack of crashes and broken parts as i predicted or thought there would be alot more due to the new experience of the rcp track and having to stay off the rails. these guys were good! that's not to say there were not a few races that were more derby style but that can happen on any track.

oh, i forgot to bring a power strip/surge protector to plug in a few chargers even though i wrote myself a reminder to do so... the outlets were extremely loose too so it was hard to get the plug to stay in anway. i had to place a box against mine.

teching this time was very thorough. kudo's to alex who was kept bust all day. the a main cars were opened up and everything.
kyosho parts still proved to be a problem for the mr-02's. kyosho really messed up with the cells issue and stocking required parts in the u.s. prior to the cup races.
tom thumb was out of amb connectors by the time i got there about 9am sat. i had to spend $7 something for a futaba switch which i had to cut off the correct dongle and toss the rest in lue of the $3 amb connector. again, supply of these was an issue, not the shops fault. for the ny and other guys/gals, have your's before the races to save yourself the possible headache.