Thank you for the generosity of those who bid on my trophies and memorabilia this year. We raised $3,278.76! All the winners told me to decide where to put the funds to use. So I chose a charity called Samaritan’s Purse. I was able to pick specific areas to donate which were as follows:
2 x wool bearing animals
3 x Goat or dairy animal
20 x Freshwater wells to be dug or fixed
2 x household filters for contaminated water
7 x baby chicks
18 x blankets
$1,000 towards Louisiana Flood Relief
$1,000 towards U.S. Disaster Relief
Thank you to all who participated by liking, sharing, bidding, or winning the auctions! Together we all can make a difference!
Here’s an article I just wrote for Tekno as part of their “Tales from the Team” articles.
“It’s that time of year when everyone in the R/C community goes out shopping for that shiny new deal that is going to radically fix their program and make them #1 in the world. With sponsorship of some level more prevalent than ever, it seems that nearly anyone can get some type of representation sponsorship. But what really garners the attention of the R/C community is when a top level pro driver is rumored to, or makes a big switch.
People often boldly state in comments that what a pro driver uses for equipment has no bearing on them. But when a top name like Tessman or Maifield is rumored to be making a chassis change, there are hundreds of shares and thousands of comments on Facebook about the topic. We can’t help it. It’s juicy and captivating in our tight nit community to see what those who make a living at this hobby are going to do next.
But do you ever think about what it truly means, and why these deals are happening? Is the driver not happy with where they are, or is the company not satisfied with said driver? Is there another company wooing said driver away with a better deal and promises of grandeur? Is it always about the money or could it possibly be about the opportunity to race with or work with people they like better? Is the driver seen as #2 on the team but wants to be somewhere where they are #1? Is the company in financial hardship and cleaning house or is there a pattern to certain companies based on Worlds years?
Do you also consider that for these few drivers who make a living at R/C racing, that many of them are primarily classified as independent contractors? They are participating in this hobby at the highest level and doing so on generally year by year, or maybe a 2-year basis. Contracts tend to be short, and there can be a lot of unknowns heading into a contract year for the driver. Especially those who have a family to support, they are always at risk of it all not being able to work out in the near future.
This hobby is fun, and it’s why we all get started in it. But as with anything, when it becomes your job or career there can be things about it that aren’t as rosy as when it was just a hobby. Also because this hobby favors late teens to early 30’s it can be a risky life choice to make. Many forgo higher education to be able to participate and compete at the top in this hobby. There also should be sights set on the exit strategy when those younger kids with faster reflexes begin tearing up the scene.
So when you look at these top names making moves as we enter each silly season, maybe try to figure out the reasons behind it. There’s more than one possibility and just as every one of us is unique, so is our life situation, and our career path through this awesome hobby! Here’s to everyone settling in where they can be the most successful and to an amazing 2017 racing season!”
Happy silly season to all!
The 2016 season was another great one for me. This was my second full year with Tekno RC, and the second year keeping the same primary race package together.
Here is how long I have been with each of my 2016 sponsors.
Tekno RC – 2+ years
Alpha Plus – 7 years
Byron Fuels – 6 years
AKA Tires – 9 years (since day 1)
Futaba – 5 years
Tekin – 7 years
ProTek RC – 5 years
PT RC Oils – 5 years
Dutch Oven Designs – 1 year
Diggity Paints – 1 year
LutzRC – 5 years
I was actually surprised how many years I have been with a couple of my sponsors. It feels great to be able to support some brands I really believe in for a long time.
Some of my biggest highlights of this season include:
-Buggyland in Spain, 2nd in Nitro buggy and TQ in E-buggy
-Fall Brawl victory in Nitro Buggy
-My best finish at the IFMAR Worlds in 1/8th Nitro in 9th at Tekno’s first Worlds.
-Helping to put on my first event, the LutzRC Hometown Challenge
-Triple Victory with Two TQ’s at the Sikcross event (A top 25 qualifying event)
-Gas Champs triple TQ and Wins in the Nitro classes.
-ROAR Nationals – 2nd in 4wd SC and Nitro Truggy, 3rd in E-buggy, 5th in Nitro buggy.
-I had my community magazine write an article on me and also my Church newsletter!
-Ran 5 classes again at the Psycho Nitro Blast!
-At Neo got TQ in e-buggy and was super fast in Nitro all weekend.
I want to thank all of my sponsors from 2016 who helped make it my most successful season ever!
–Tekno RC – (NB48.3, NT48.3, EB48.3, ET48.3, SCT410.3)
–Alpha Plus – (Alpha Plus Ryan Lutz Worlds Edition Engine, Alpha Dragon 3 Engine)
–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 (4PX Radio, S9373SV Servos, R304SB Rx)
–Tekin (RX-8 Gen 2, Redline T8 Gen 2 1900 motor (2000 truggy)
–ProTek RC (2600 Lipo Rx packs, 100C full size 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 and been there for me all season in the pits or a phone call away!