EVENT COVERAGE: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach April 16-19, 2009
35-Consecutive Years of Authentic Motorsports April 16-19, 2009
By: Rodney Wills
While the April 16-19, 2009 event may be over, it never really is "over" in the mass-perpetuating world of motorsports. While my journey has taken three years to circle back to where I "started," happened in a blink of a weekend! Here and now gone, only to accelerate forward and fast. While what most see as a wrap-up and finish of a spectacular weekend, we have already begun our discussion for 2010. Yes 2010! It�s only 12-months away...
But let�s take and celebrate a moment, a milestone as a landmark global motorsport event that itself just celebrated its 35th anniversary and not just any 35th. But the 35thconsecutive running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, what a major milestone! You cannot dispute authentic motorsports as the Toyota Grand Prix is dubbed by some as the Monaco of America, recognized and classified along the great races such as Indy 500, Pikes Peak and the Baja 1000. Nor can one deny the power, allure and reach of the "Strong Beach Grand Prix" as it regularly reaches or exceeds 200,000 pre-qualified motorsports enthusiast. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is a place where HPI Racing belongs!
For this milestone celebration we; HPI Racing, Tamiya America along with Kyosho America, the three largest hobby manufacturers in the world joined forces at the 2009 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in the first "Radio Control Motorsport Experience" [RCME]. This collaboration within the hobby community aimed to increase awareness for the hobby grade radio control market as a whole. AND WE DID! We combined marketing forces and took our respective companies to a broader audience than what is currently available within the radio controlled hobby industry and to the rightful audience of these pre-qualified motorsports enthusiast at the Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix. And we intend to do it again! We belong to motorsports and Motorsports belongs to us therefore we put ourselves in the middle of a massive community right here in our own backyard, a stage for a weekend that is platform to global motorsports watched, attended, reported, Blog-typed, photographed and Flickred, videoed and youtubed, transmitted, published and distributed globally in the millions of impressions in an ever-changing format of fast forward communication.
While it was very weird for me to not be wheeling a camera strapped over the shoulder, photo-vest and pocket camera in the other hand... It was a great honor for me personally to be apart of the 35th anniversary party for Long Beach, stand along side my peers in the R/C industry while at the same time going back to the motorsports industry and rekindle old friendships � all under one roof. It was real, authentic and the absolute perfect way to celebrate my passion, work and life. Mark you calendars for April 15-18, 2010.
About LBGP The Long Beach Grand Prix is the longest running major street race held on the North American continent, starting on March 26, 1977 and having completed its 35th consecutive event in 2009. The LBGP started as a Formula 5000 open-wheel race held on a temporary road course making use of the streets of Long Beach, California, and became a Formula One event the following year. From 1984 to 2008 the LBGP has been a CART/Champ Car event with other popular events during the Grand Prix weekend including a Champ Car Atlantic series race, a Historic Grand Prix featuring pre-1990 racecars, and the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. In 2008, Champ Cars series merged with the Indy Racing League to form the Indy Racing League marking its second season at the 2009-LBGP. The Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix is the single largest event in the city of Long Beach, CA with attendance for the weekend regularly reaches or exceeds 200,000 people. The 2009 LBGP will be the second race of the 2009 IndyCar Series brought to you by DIRECTV HD. Support races include American Le Mans Series, Firestone Indy Lights, SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Series, Formula Drift Series and the world famous Toyota Pro Celebrity Race featuring an eclectic roster of celebrity icons. www.gplb.com
HPI Racing in conjunction with Tamiya America, Inc. and Kyosho of America announce today their participation in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, on April 16-19, 2009.
The three largest hobby manufacturers in the world will be joining forces at the 2009 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach [LBGP], in the first "Radio Control Motorsport Experience." This collaboration within the hobby community is aimed to increase awareness for the hobby grade radio control market. The combined marketing forces at HPI Racing, Kyosho America and Tamiya America, Inc. are prepared to take their respective companies to a broader audience than what is currently available within the radio controlled hobby industry.
The 2009 LBGP is set to celebrate the 35th anniversary. This will be the second race of the 2009 IndyCar Series brought to you by DIRECTV HD. Support races include American Le Mans Series, Firestone Indy Lights, SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Series, Formula Drift Series and the world famous Toyota Pro Celebrity Race featuring an eclectic roster of celebrity icons.
A major component of the event is the Lifestyle Expo, which is held at the Long Beach Convention Center. The Long Beach Convention Center is centrally located within the temporary street circuit that is assembled every year to run the racing event. Over one hundred and eighty-five thousand spectators are expected to pass through the event during its four days of operation exposing the hobby industry to mainstream and motorsport enthusiast crowds.
The Lifestyle Expo contains many attractions for Grand Prix attendees, including a Kids Zone. HPI Racing, Kyosho of America and Tamiya America, Inc. will showcase numerous products as well as demonstrate R/C Drifting, R/C Rock Crawling, R/C Tanks and Mini R/C tabletop race cars.
We invite motorsport fans, hobby enthusiasts and anyone else looking to see what's new and exciting in R/C. Radio Control products will be on display and demonstrated at the 2009 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. "Gentlemen, start your engines!"
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RCME Welcomes Team Orion as official power supplier.
RCME is proud to announce that Team Orion has been chosen as the Official Power Supplier for the Radio Control Motorsport Experience display and demonstration at this years Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. "Team Orion has always envisioned the top quality brands working together to bring our hobby to the masses. We are excited to be a part of anything that RCME has in store." - Cliff Black Team Orion�s Creative Director
As the power supplier, Team Orion Lipo�s will be powering all of the demonstration vehicles seen at the RCME event. Orion has a long-standing reputation as a power leader in the world of R/C and stands behind their motto, "Engineered Performance, Race Proven". Team Orion products such as batteries, motors, nitro engines and chargers have powered countless World Champions to victory. You can be assured that the Team Orion name guarantees quality and performance whether nitro or electric.
Scotty Ernst Joins the Radio Control Motorsport Experience at Long Beach
Well-known radio control car announcer and owner of Trackside Hobbies, Scotty Ernst, will join HPI Racing, Tamiya America INC, and Kyosho America at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Ernst hopes to broaden the radio control hobby by participating as the Master of Ceremonies at the various demonstration tracks, within the RCME booth. Ernst, while discussing the reasons for joining RCME said," The main challenge for everyone in our industry is to get our exciting hobby out to the masses. The team behind the RCME is focused on promoting the hobby and getting everyone energized about it."
Ernst first became involved in the radio control industry in 1989. However, it was in 2002 at the Reedy Race of Champions, that Scotty Ernst began his profession as a race announcer. Since then, he has been involved in world-class touring car events such as the DHI Cup in Europe and the International Indoor Championships. He said, "The part of my job that I enjoy is watching the spectators get involved in the race I am announcing. Our racing is just as exciting as full scale racing and if I can get people into the race with my style of announcing, then I have succeeded in what I am trying to do." On April 16th through 19th, Ernst is set to bring the radio control world to tens of thousands of spectators.
Kyosho America, HPI Racing and Tamiya America INC. expressed their enthusiasm toward Ernst’s involvement in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. "When it comes to event announcing in our respective industry, there is no other name that comes before Scotty Ernst. As a track owner and events promoter, he is uniquely qualified to help our three respective brands reach new audiences in an exciting and profound manner. Ernst will certainly aid us in our mission to properly present this exciting hobby to full scale motorsports fans at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach." We invite motorsport fans and hobby enthusiasts to join Scotty Ernst and RCME in the Lifestyle Expo, at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
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The Long Beach Grand Prix [LBGP] is the longest running major street race held on the North American continent, starting on March 26, 1977 and having completed its 34th consecutive event in 2008. The LBGP started as a Formula 5000 open-wheel race held on a temporary road course making use of the streets of Long Beach, California, and became a Formula One event the following year. From 1984 to 2008 the LBGP has been a CART/Champ Car event with other popular events during the Grand Prix weekend including a Champ Car Atlantic series race, a Historic Grand Prix featuring pre-1990 race cars, and the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. In 2008, Champ Cars series merged with the Indy Racing League to form the Indy Racing League marking its second season at the 2009-LBGP. The Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix is the single largest event in the city of Long Beach, CA with attendance for the weekend regularly reaches or exceeds 200,000 people. www.gplb.com
About HPI RACING:
Established in 1986 in Southern California, HPI Racing (Hobby Products International) of Foothill Ranch, California, USA is a global leader in the radio controlled racing car section of the hobby industry. The HPI Group includes: HPI Racing, Foothill Ranch, CA; HPI Japan, Hammamatsu, Japan; and HPI Europe in the United Kingdom. HPI Group also produces collector diecast models, Hot Bodies (R/C competition specialties), R/C airplanes (456MB) and R/C robots. HPI USA currently operates out a 45,000 square foot facility in Foothill Ranch, California and oversees manufacturing operations there as well as in Japan and Taiwan. HPI has licensing agreements in place with GM®, Ford®, Lamborghini®, DaimlerChrysler®, Lotus®, Honda®, Porsche®, Toyota® and all major American, European and Japanese automakers; as well as equipment manufacturers such as Yokohama Tires® and Eibach Springs®. HPI Racing's global footprint includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Lebanon, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Thailand and the United States. www.hpiracing.com
Tamiya ventured into the modeling business in 1948, with a scale wooden ship model kit. Since then, Tamiya has been striving to offer merchandise that can truly be called "First in Quality Around the World." Now Tamiya is offering more than 1,500 different products in the fields of precision static models, educational kits, finishing supplies and high performance radio control vehicles. These products are not only sold in Japan, but also exported in vast quantities to the United States, Europe, South East Asia, and to many other parts of the world. Tamiya America, Inc. was established in 1989 to expand its global reach and to further develop hobby products for the American market. Tamiya America, Inc. was also established to conduct various promotional events which include a national radio control car championship series known as TCS and various modeling contests. The standard of excellence achieved by Tamiya is regarded as among the very finest in the world of model hobbies. Tamiya's replicas achieve the highest level of accuracy due to its close relationships with its licensing partners who include: Ferrari®, Ford®, Lamborghini®, Volkswagen®, Jeep®, Scania®, Subaru®, Toyota®, Nissan®, Citroen®, BMW®, Mercedes®, Suzuki®, Porsche®, Lockheed Martin®, Boeing®, Northrop Grumman®, Yamaha®, Ducati®, Kawasaki® and Honda®www.tamiyausa.com
Kyosho's philosophy has always been to show the world the value of enjoying life through the model hobby. Since its foundation in 1963, Kyosho has lived by this and there is no end to the pursuit of this goal. The R/C car and truck line-up includes both nitro and electric powered vehicle in multiple scales including but not limited to the multi time World Champion Inferno and Evolva 1/8 cars as well as the Ultima RB5 and Lazer ZX-5 buggies. Kyosho also has world-class R/C planes and helicopters from the SQS Series of planes that feature solid construction, a high level of detail and superior flight characteristics, to the Caliber line of Helicopters, which many credit as the start of the R/C heli market. Kyosho also takes to the water with a full fleet of R/C boats including sailboats and powerboats. All this in addition to the hundreds of licensed dNaNo and Mini-Z Micro R/C cars and premiere level die-casts featuring all the worlds major automotive manufacturers including premiere brands such as: Toyota®, Ferrari®, Honda®, Lamborghini®, GM®, Porsche®, Mazda®, Mercedes®, BMW®. All of this combined with headquarters in all the major markets has lead us to our title World's Finest Radio Control Models. www.kyoshoamerica.com