In 2 weeks is the inaugural Ultimate Trans Am Championship or UTAC for simplicity's sake. VTA and Formula 1 take over Mike's Hobbyshop for a day. Hoping for a good crowd, we are very fortunate to have Brad Palmer of F1 Paintlabs flying in for this. So Robert and I, along with Zach and the rest of the F1 Posse get to hang out with BP for a few days, try to get some free stuff (Im kidding BP!!) take him for some real BBQ and just all around RC shenanigans. It should be and will be cool, and add the UTAC in there will just be icing on the cake.
Lets talk racing shall we? I have been on a bi-weekly race schedule of late, and we have had a bunch of new F1 guys defect from over at the off road side of the building. These guys are already fast, and with the group of guys that have been coming in over the last two years, not only do we have a healthy F1 class, we have some very fast guys giving Robert a run for his money every week. That is good news. But at the same time the bastards are all faster than me, so I am falling farther back in the pack all the time. My car is good, my skills are improving all the time along with my lap times, but the competition is getting pretty stiff. I guess that is still good news. F104V2's, Kyoshos, F103s and even old standard F104s are knocking down fast lap after fast lap. Did I forget to mention Exotek? No, of course the Exoteks are usually still winning under the control of Robert. We still get an occasional FGX and the newer F113 quite frequently. Zach bought a Speed Passion SP1 from F1Paintlabs and should have that out on the track soon along with a standard F104 he acquired just this past weekend. I cant keep track of all the different chassis' that make regular stops.
There also has been some changes in the track. We now have bright yellow plow discs all over the place, making the sharper corners and hairpins a lot more crash friendly. So we are breaking a lot less parts when we get a bit too aggressive. Instead of a front end and wheel flying up in the air and a broken car heading to the pits prematurely, we get a little slap on the wrist, some klag on our tires and off we go. Great addition in my book. Plus thanks to Ray in the shop, we have kits, parts and even bodies on the shelves so we can get stuff now instead of having to order and wait. F1 life is good at Mikes now. Better every week it seems. Kick ass times indeed.
My new livery.