December 1, 2017
The Auction has completed and with your help bidding and sharing the posts we were able to raise $3,569 for Samaritans Purse Charity. Your support is very much appreciated! 😀 ******************
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.
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.
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.
Day 3 – Racetime Entertainment day. Thursday December 7th.
-Trophies from SIC, PNB, AMS, Wicked Weekend. Plus older scheme NT48.3 body.
Day 4 – Big Regional Domination day. Friday December 8th.
-Southern Nats, January Jam, OS/Futaba Nitro Challenge + Older scheme NT48.3 body.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 RC – 3+ years
Blok Engines – 1 year
Byron Fuels – 7 years
AKA Tires – 10 years (since day 1)
Futaba – 6 years
Tekin – 8 years
ProTek RC – 6 years
PT RC Oils – 6 years
Dutch Oven Designs – 2 years
Diggity Paints – 2 years
LutzRC – 6 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!
November 21, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
November 21, 2017