April 23-25 Short Course Showdown, Milwaulkee, WI
The first annual Short Course Showdown held at Scotty Ernst’s S&N's Trackside Hobbies & R/C Raceway in Brookfield, Wisconsin took place over the April 23rd – 25th weekend with SPECTACULAR SUCCESS!
With some 248+ entries of pure Short Course Trucks [nothing more - nothing less] obviously makes for a spectacular event! Some of the Nations best and local hot-shot drivers were in attendance along with major magazine representation to put everything into the “history books.” Web content providers uploading on the spot, such as RCLive.com, kept everyone in-tune with up to the minute results!
For HPI, it was a great way to debut the Blitz ESE in person to the large crowd of short course enthusiasts. We would like to thank our very own John Schultz as he placed himself in the Stock Short Course Truck A-Main’s and placed 7th out of 75-entries driving the new Blitz ESE.
We would also like to send a special thanks to all the Blitz owners in attendance, as it was a pleasure to assist and support you with all your needs. Many of you who were following Erik Shauver on RCShortCourse.com got to meet him in person and talk shop with him, and meet the face behind the hands!
We will update this report with some more images and video’s soon, so please check back.
Magazines in attendance:
RC CAR - Aaron Waldron His blog might have something in the mix soon: http://www.rc-car.com/index.php/site/aaron_blog/
RC CAR ACTION - Jason Sams was there at the event and doing updates and expect to see a wrap-up reort:
Gary Katzer of Horizon Hobby playing his media roll with a ton of photos from the event:
It's all about the kids...
Words / images: Rodney Wills
KIDS!!! WOW! The kids at the Short Course Showdown are FAST!!! And, I saw more kids on the driver's stand at this one event than I think I have seen over the past 12-months worth of events! I think this is due to the area's family participation at Trackside as Scotty Ernst introduced us to several racers - people he's known since they were grom's.
Case in point, Matt Sunderlage: he was one of those young kids that started racing at Trackside Hobbies & Raceway at an early age. "I've been racing at Trackside since I was 11, which was around 1990... and my 31st birthday was last week! Actually the first time I raced on a race-night, Scotty drove me to and from the track. The was when I was in the 7th grade."
Several fathers were seen racing right alongside their kids as well; the full family racing affair! Our introduction to the some of these kids was in our pit area where they told us about their Blitz trucks, while grabbing some Blitz stickers. Later we would see them on PSP's or laptops in their pit areas and later they would be back over in our area where the carpet was for the carpet track and they would be wrestling, playing hide-n-seek or playing with small-scale R/C's. Even later [the days went from 7:00am to 2:00am] we would encounter them on the driver's stand, racing their short course trucks, where we would pay even more attention to them as these kids were fast - very fast!!! Think, next "Ty Tessman," at age 8+ going toe-to-toe with the older guys on the track - wheelin' the socks off of their trucks! I was very impressed with the amount of young drivers and their talent!