“Thanksgiving Leftovers”

December 10, 2017

Much like Thanksgiving dinner there is always leftovers that just couldn’t be eaten that day. Often they are even better the next day. Much in the same way I have ‘leftover’ trophies that didn’t make the cut for my Charity Daily Auction but they could be a delicious treat to those who ‘raid’ the fridge first. 

So if you would still like to get an autographed piece of memorabilia from my 2017 racing season take a look at these photos and see if there is anything you like. If so, message me on facebook here and let me know what you want and your offer of a charitable donation. So long as the logistics of shipping on my end and your donation make economic sense we can strike a deal and 100% of your donation will be added to my Charity Auction total! And just like Thanksgiving dinner, eventually the remaining items will end up in the trash. So I’d much rather they find a good home. 🙂

I will sign or personalize the trophies you want any way you request. 

Here is where I will comment which items have been spoken for.
No Longer Available: Wicked Weekend and PNB Plaques have been eaten.

Here is where I will comment which items have been spoken for.
No Longer Available: Southern Nationals (Red) plaques have been eaten.

******Leftovers shall be tossed on December 13th. So eat what you want by the 12th! 😀

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Thank you for checking out my Charity Auction Preview. Here you will find all the information on how to bid, the rules that will govern the auction and to which charity the proceeds will go.

INSTRUCTIONS: (Please read so there is no confusion)

All of the auctions will be held on my Ryan Lutz Racing Facebook page.

-Each day a new set of items will be available to bid on. I will post the items before Noon EST and each day that set of items will end at 9:00:59 PM EST.

-If you want to bid, make a higher bid in comments below the picture of the trophy you want. (Be sure your on the original post on Ryan Lutz Facebook page)

-Highest bidder at 9:00pm EST (New York time) on that day it’s posted wins. (Please note Facebook timestamps comments. I will choose the last one posted at 9:00. If you bid at 9:01 it doesn’t count.)

-I use the Facebook time stamp when I highlight over the persons time of comment. If it says 9:00 to me and it’s the highest bid then that’s the winner. If your in question bid high and out of reach!

-If you win I’ll message you and see if you just want a signature or a personalized message on the item.

-I will PayPal you for your winning bid.

-At the end of the Auctions I will write a check to the charity. 100% of winning bids will go to the charity. I will also take care of any PayPal fees and the shipping cost. . Even for international bids! I would like to support the same Charity that I did last year which is Samaritans Purse. I can divide the money among many worthy causes through this great organization.

 

**SHARE COMPETITION**

-Every day those who SHARE the auction post will be put into a drawing at the end of the auction. The names will all be put into a random generator on the internet and the winning name selected by the generator will win a free digital camber gauge of their choice (Either the 1/8th size or 1/10th size). No purchase necessary, you just have to share the post. And if you share every day that is 7 entries! (please be sure your privacy policy on facebook allows me to see that you shared it. If I can’t see that you shared I unfortunately can’t add you to the list).

                                  WIN one of these with your share!


Day 1 – Nationals Day. Tuesday December 5th.

-2017 ROAR Nats Nitro Buggy 2nd place, Nitro Truggy 3rd place. Number of electric bodies  from this and last years nats as well as car stands from 2012 and 2013 Reedy race.

“Nationals Day”


Day 2 – Sik Track Designs Day, Wednesday December 6th.

-Trophies from Gas Champs and Battle of the Sikest Thornhill along with an older model EB48 body.

“Sik track designs day”


Day 3 – Racetime Entertainment day. Thursday December 7th.

-Trophies from SIC, PNB, AMS, Wicked Weekend. Plus older scheme NT48.3 body.

“Racetime Entertainment day”


Day 4 – Big Regional Domination day. Friday December 8th.

-Southern Nats, January Jam, OS/Futaba Nitro Challenge + Older scheme NT48.3 body.

“Big Regional domination day”


Day 5 – Local Plaque day + DNC TQ! Saturday December 9th.

-New and past local tracks to me. LutzRC Hometown shootout, East Coast Race against Cancer, Fall Classic at Ohio RC Factory, Amain Manufactuers Cup, Jax Trax, and my DNC Truggy TQ! Along with 2017 well used NT48.3 body.

“Local Plaque day + DNC Truggy TQ!”


Day 6 – International Day, Sunday December 10th.

Plaques and trophies from Malaysia, England (Neobuggy), China (IFMAR Worlds). Along with an LFR NB48.4 body from 2017.

“International day”


Day 7 – Vegas Day, Monday December 11th.

-Silver State Truggy victory, EB410 debut race at IOCC 3rd place + the EB410 body from that race. Also my 2017 Goggles.

“Vegas day”


So there you have it. Check in each day as I may add more things if they come about. Never know which day I might sneak something new or interesting in! Also i’m not sure yet how I will separate things on any given day. So stay tuned for that.

Thank you so very much for your support and interest in this charity auction. If there is anything I can do to explain better or make it better please do not hesitate to share that with me!

-Lutzinator

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2017 Season Recap

November 29, 2017

The 2017 season was perhaps my best one yet in my 12 year pro career. The year started with a little bit of fun as I had switched to Blok engines but we didn’t share that information yet. So I was running “Top secret” and “Super top secret” engines for the first few races of the year. I admit that it took me a few events to start the year to really get a good feel for the engines which resulted in a couple of truggy runs that weren’t up to my standards. But once we got to Nitro Challenge it was game on!

In one of my best qualifying efforts ever at a really big race I was able to eek out the TQ in the Pro Truggy class ahead of Maifield and Tessman at the Dirt Nitro Challenge. In the main for the first couple of laps I would begin to walk away from the field until things just started to not feel quite right and I fell back and eventually retired. Not sure what went wrong but that event really proved a catalyst for the rest of my season in Truggy.

I had the opportunity after Nitro Challenge to head over to Malaysia for a fun weekend of racing at the MNL #2 and I was able to meet a lot of new people and present my LutzRC Pro Build #026 to a local and also during a rain delay build a LutzRC Pro Build for Tommy (who ended up being the guy who helped me make China happen later in the year).

Just a little muddy!

Then as we entered March we headed to Vegas for the Silver State Nitro Challenge where I would put in one of my best if not the best races/results of my career taking the win in the Pro Truggy class. I would be 14 seconds back in 4th at one point but reeled in the leaders and won by over 10 seconds over Tessman and Maifield! The year was taking a great turn and the Blok 21aP engine was giving me the truggy abilities I always knew I had!

Soon thereafter it was PNB and the craziness of running 5 classes on the biggest track, with the biggest jumps! This year the Tekno cars were a cut above the rest, being able to take that huge 50-60ft triple and land it relatively easily. I had a huge result in taking the win in Pro Nitro buggy, Truggy, and 4wd SC. Also 2nd in both E scale classes. It was a huge showing for Tekno TQing and Winning all 5 of said classes!

Iron Man Award!

Next, just one day after PNB I went across the pond to what was most likely my last Neobuggy event ever, being my 8th year attending. Overall the results were some of my best at this hotly contested event coming away with the dash for cash victory, and a 4th in Ebuggy, and 5th in nitro buggy.

Overall Good results with Dash for Cash win and 5th overall!

As the summer months heated up I took some great wins at events like the Gas Champs, A-main Manufacturers Cup, and A.M.S. 8.0. Then we headed to the Nitro Nationals where I would put in my best combined ROAR Nats finishes of my career and possibly my best Nitro buggy performance of my career. I would take 2nd in Nitro buggy and 3rd in Nitro truggy after the grueling weekend with a truly tricky track and condition!

Nitro buggy 2nd place Nationals!

As we entered the dog days of summer and some more large regional races I took home a number of trifectas and more victories at OS/Futaba Nitro Challenge, Wicked Weekend, Southern Nationals, East Coast Race against cancer, and Battle of the Sikest at Thornhill. As we reached the fall Tekno introduced the new EB410 1/10th buggy and we decided to debut at the I.O.C.C in vegas. It was a challenge on a new surface and with an all new car but in the end I was able to come away with a hugely surprising 3rd place!

3rd place podium!

This set me up for a last minute decision to go to China for the IFMAR Worlds for the 4wd portion. In the end the result wasn’t what I had hoped for but the experience was awesome and for sure it at least brought some eyes around the globe to the new Tekno platform.

Ready to race!

Overall it was an amazing year. Especially in truggy. With my Tekno NT48.3 I either TQ’d and/or got podium at every race I attended with it!

For 2017 at this time I don’t plan on making any changes to my program. Here is how long I have been with each of my 2017 sponsors.

Tekno RC3+ years

Blok Engines1 year

Byron Fuels 7 years

AKA Tires10 years (since day 1)

Futaba6 years

Tekin8 years

ProTek RC6 years

PT RC Oils6 years

Dutch Oven Designs2 years

Diggity Paints2 years

LutzRC6 years

At this time I don’t believe anything will be changing for 2018!

 I want to thank all of my sponsors from 2017 who helped make it my most successful season ever!

Tekno RC (NB48.4, NT48.3, EB48.4,  ET48.3, SCT410.3, EB410)

-Blok Engines – (Blok 21aM, Block 21aP)

AKA Racing (Amazing tires, wheels, foams, that keep me fast on any surface!)

Byron Fuels (30/8 Worlds Blend fuel, The most consistent fuel in the industry!)

Futaba (7PX Radio, S9373SV Servos, R304SB Rx)

Tekin (RX-8 Gen 2, Redline T8 Gen 2 1900 motor (2000 truggy), RSX, Redline Gen 3 motors)

ProTek RC (2600 Lipo Rx packs, 100C full size LiHV packs)

Dutch Oven Designs (Graphics, stickers)

PT RC Racing Oils (Shock and Diff oils)

Diggity Paints (Paintjobs!)

LutzRC.com (my small business that keeps me busy on my ‘off days’ haha)

R/C Hobby of Medina (My fathers Hobby Shop)

-Matt Wolter and Daniel Lewis among others at Tekno who have helped me raise my game again this year and have been there for me all season in the pits or a phone call away!

For 2018 I want to continue on my progress from 2017. I have a full year under my belt with my new engines. I am more confident than ever in my total racing package and I don’t see why I can’t continue the results. I am (miraculously to me) ‘ranked’ 4th in the world in the Top25RC rankings and If things go right at DNC to start the year, well, anything is possible! I may be getting older (will be 33 as the season starts!) but with that comes a maturity in my racing that blends very well with the raw speed I used to be known for. I look to continue to do what I do and will work to do it better!

-Lutzinator

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So I just got home from Xiamen, China from the 1/10th 4wd portion of the IFMAR Worlds 2017. It was literally just 3 weeks prior to the event that I made the decision to see if I could go. Everything fell into place to make it happen and so within 10 hours of arriving home from the Battle of the Sikest Thornhill I was back on a plane headed to China! I arrived late (but as early as I could) and got in around 2:00 am on Thursday morning (morning of 4wd practice.). So by 6 am we were in a taxi and on our way to the track. I had a lot on my plate getting tires glued up and learning the lay of the land and trying to get on the track for my first practice around 8:30 that morning.

Looks like fun!

Fortunately I had some help from Carson and Jonathan Yeung as well as my hero of the weekend Tommy Fung who all pitched in to help me glue up my 15 sets of tires. I found it a little confusing on how or when we needed to have the tires glued by as they were a controlled tire and were kept in an impound situation. So between all my first practice runs I kept going back upstairs to finish gluing up more sets. I would be able to finish gluing all my sets by the end of the day but it ended up being a bad decision to do so. I found out shortly after gluing my last set that some guys were gluing their foams to the rims. With the bumps and high speed sweepers and relatively higher grip surface, gluing the foams was helping keep cars more consistent and easier to drive. So there was a strike against me and was something I wasn’t able to rectify.

Cool mural out front

Practice seemed to start out ok and in fact on my first time on the track I had one of the fastest single laps of anyone on my 4th lap no less! And I made a post that I should just go home now on facebook as it started out way to good! That would have been a wise thing in retrospect. haha. As practice continued on that first day I began to struggle more with traffic (being in an earlier heat as having not attended the last worlds.) I also just had a hard time with the track itself. The mixture of high grip sections coupled with a couple slick spots due to the track glossing up or dust make a challenging surface for me to be consistent on.

Focusing!

Qualifying would start the next day and I was working with the guys back home though facebook just trying to get a set-up I could be comfortable with. I would have some good starts to a couple qualifiers but then just blow out at the end for one reason or another. In one of the qualifiers I lost my wheel on the last lap while on a decent run. My best qualifier was the 3rd one when I was able to put in a clean run overall and seed 11th for the round. I was hoping things were on the up and up and I would be able to follow that up with two more good runs. But my Q4 was riddled with mistakes and Q5 didn’t happen on Saturday morning due to rain right as we were getting underway with that 5th qualifier. So they ended up just taking 2 of 4 runs for qualifying results and that gave me an 11th and 25th which seated me 23rd overall and thus 3rd in the C-main.

Ready to race!

I know I didn’t have the preparation going into the event and I know I arrived late and all but I still am so used to just being able to still do well regardless. So this wasn’t a result I was very pleased with and it was a hard pill to swallow. I’m sure some things like gluing the foams would have helped a little. Other things I didn’t try but after talking with others after the event would have helped include making the car super flexible like I did on carpet. I thought about it during the event but was a bit afraid due to the inconsistent jumps. But sounds like it would have greatly helped make the car a lot easier to drive. I should have taken off the rear chassis brace and removed some unnecessary screws and loosened others. I’m sure this would have helped. I also should have brought my lighter battery packs (my 3600’s vs. my 4900’s.) I think they would have assisted in landing better on all the flat landings since there were no downsides to jumps.

Team USA

So there is a number of things I learned, some in retrospect. I wish I could try it all again as of course i’m sure many would. I’m so grateful to Tekno, Tekin, and ProTek RC for helping to make it all happen for me. I know it wasn’t the result we had all hoped would be possible but a beautiful thing about R/C is there is always another race just around the corner. I will regroup and try again at the next one and work towards a better result.

Receiving my top 30 award.

Again a huge thank you to Tommy Fung for all of his help to make this trip a reality for me as well. Also to Jonathan and Carson Yeung for their assistance with gluing tires and just being ready for those first runs! I am so very fortunate to be able to do what I do and I am so grateful for everyone who has supported me!

Banquet Hall

-Lutzinator

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A little over a week back now I travel to South Texas to the now World Famous Thornhill Racing Circuit. Levi Jackson was on hand to build the track and assist with his event called the Battle of the Sikest. Over 240 entries were on hand to battle it out on the covered 1/8th track and Joe and I were set yet again for another great teammate battle all weekend long.

On Thursday Joe and I put on a driver clinic for about 20 attendees. I think it went pretty well as we shared some of our knowledge and answered any questions presented as best we could. Then we took to the track to try out some of their cars and provide pointers on driving lines or set-up changes they could work on.

Friday would start regular practice and I spent most of the time running my Tekno NB48.4. I had come with a LutzRC Pro Build car that I turned into my race car. It had the kit universals and for this track I wanted a bit more support and a little more steering. A quick change for those characteristics is to go to the Tekno CVD’s . After doing that I pretty much just focused on driving and trying out a few different AKA tires. I kept my focus on Impacts which are my go to anymore and I tried both Super Soft and Super Soft Long Wear. The long wear ended up being my go to as we entered qualifying as the track had some good speed and I wanted the slightly greater support of the LW compound over the regular SS.

Qualifying would be great for me as I would take 7 of the 9 rounds overall and take the overall TQ in all 3 classes. Joe would get me in Q3 of Ebuggy and Truggy and overall we were super close all day throughout the quals. The mains were set up to be super competitive.

Triple TQ at Battle of Sikest

Ebuggy A1 was up first and it would be a double A-main format. On the first lap I would make mistakes through the tricky double double double section allowing over half the field to get by. I quickly moved back into 3rd and soon was in a couple lap battle with Dellinger. He held tight lines for a couple of laps holding me at bay but I made an inside pass on the left side of the track to get into 3rd and a few seconds behind Joe. I started to make a move to inch closer to Joe. With about 2 minutes left I was on his bumper and he stuffed a pipe right in front of me pulling me in with him. He got out better and had a 2 second lead again and he would beat me to the finish line. I told him the best thing he did that whole race was to crash! haha. So the battle was set for A2.

The next main up was truggy and I thought it would be a close one. At the start I just didn’t want to make a mistake like I did in Ebuggy. I made good on that and had a clean start and just worked some truggy magic. My Blok powered Tekno NT48.3 was dialed in and my Soft Long Wear impacts were the right choice for the now grooved up track surface.  I quickly got out to a 5 second lead a few minutes in and just never let off. I continued to extend as the 30 minute final went on and in the end came away with about a 3/4 of a lap win over Joe.

Next up was the Nitro buggy 45 minute main. My NB48.4 was on point and running really really well this weekend. My Blok 21aM engine was singing and my soft long wear zips were installed for this long main event. At the tone I took off much like I did in truggy. My buggy felt great and I just started to pull away putting in a clean run. Mid race I put a lap on the field and set out on another. With about 5 minutes to go I had 2 laps on the field and in the end would finish nearly 2.5 laps up on the competition. I ran a clean 45 minute race with no real crash to speak of. I have very few runs like that in my career so it felt good to stay focused and running well the entire 45 minutes!

The final race of the day was the Ebuggy A2. This time I made sure to get through the tricky section unscathed but I still made a mistake later on. Joe got by and I thought that was the end of it. But he started making some uncharacteristic mistakes and I got by and then into a huge lead as he says he forgot how to drive for a couple minutes. This gave me all the cushion I needed to take a 10 second or so victory and thus secure the overall for the Trifecta!

Trifecta at Battle of Sikest!

I had a great time at the event and I always enjoy Levi’s track building. I always seem to do really well at his events and on his layout. (I hear he may build the Nationals layout in 2018, so looking forward to that! 🙂

-Lutzinator

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