Clodapalooza in Cleveland OH at ihobby expo 2012

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Clodapalooza in Cleveland OH at ihobby expo 2012

Post by Budhatrain » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:13 am

THIS WAS A BLAST! Had a great time, sweet racing environment and the community of drivers were awesome. I had high expectations but this was a huge event and a cool experience and blew me away. For me and others it was more than racing trucks but the exposure for Solid Axle R/C Monster Trucks and the community that follows it. It was a big statement and the proverbial ball should be well in motion.

My favorite part was the people, so many guys that I have been meeting, reading and speaking with on the forums were present. Guys that you kinda idolize and had such an iconic impact on where we are at today were there. What was really cool was how personal and comfortable the whole setting was. I felt like I was back in college hanging out with a bunch of buddies goofing off and having fun. I laughed a lot and the weekend was a good "down" weekend for me and my line of work.

I was kinda amazed on who I sat around. My pit table was connected with Tad, who I know as the guy who knows so much about txt's and the infamous "Tab Brace" for the ground pounder. He just calls it "a brace." HAHA I can't lie I stole that joke from Orange Peanut, who sat behind me- waay cool helpful and a lot younger looking than I expected. Met Jerry Matoon who is super cool along with Rich and Josh from IL. Hippie, John Henry, Ralph, Jamie Grunde and his wife Wendy(who is hilarious). All these guys were there like the DeFalco Brothers from NY, Tim Powers,Dan from Wyatt Racing (his dad, Hank the wrench man), Mike E. from Defiance Racing, Mo' and this young gun CHAD who is just FAST. It was just cool to be in this company of guys, some brought their children who did great too. You just had to be there! The racing was challenging but not intimidating.

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That last picture is with Tim Powers (you can tell he was so excited to take a picture with me) and Bigfoot (I coincidently called the driver bigfoot, last I checked I was 5,11)! This picture represents that this event was something bigger than me and it was an honor to be a part of. What made the weekend solid and comfortable was the presence of teammates Joe C and Kevin (rcsoup) from http://www.cowrc.com and Team Moo-volution. Heath really encourages us to be active and get out there, represent well and have fun doing it. Having a couple team-mates on board, Heath's support and product in your corner... makes all the difference.

Really you saw how people kinda of created these little tribes of buddies that hung out and supported one another in driving and trucks support. There wasn't a hole lot of drama or inappropriate competition between the tribes but good fun and support if you needed it. I will say it again, I enjoyed the people just as much as the side-by-side racing!

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Personally I did much better than I expected. I was nervous and qualifying with my Monster Jam Trucks and Mad Force were hideous. I knew people were nervous then, nervous I was going to hurt someone :) Once I got to my Clods- I settled down and was more consistent. Mo' helped me with little adjustments to my equipment- the next day I came back and did fine (all that back yard bashing paid off).

I ended up making it to the final round in the traxxas MJ shootout. Potentially with both my entries. After I secured a spot with my Grave Digger, I raced again and had a chance to seal up first and second. Somehow I had a win if I just finished with Monster Mutt but I was numb and excited and I stabbed it and DQ'd my monster mutt. Jose who I was racing against then moved on into the finals and beat me in the final round. The final race was very close and it came down to our reaction times. I am humbled and excited that I made it to the podium and very satisfied with that series.

Right before this all happened I noticed my ofna servo saver had stripped out and my steering was junk on my Mad Force... this all was happening before and during my traxxas series. With the help of Orange Peanut, I was eventually able to focus just on racing the Traxxas MJ stuff. Right after that series we moved right into TXT vs TF and with full steering ready to go- bombed first round from too much power. Which was fine, I was still shaking and coming down from an adrenaline high from the MJ racing. It took me a while to get my head on straight. I hate equipment failure and need to learn to just roll with it.

Then came the clod class... very competitive and lots of fun. 3 of my five entries moved on from the first round. I made it pretty far with two of them- maybe top 10-15. Two of the three trucks had equipment failure on the track- so that was a little disappointing- but is a part of racing. IT WAS A BLAST! and I want to do it so much more.

So this year I have resolved to focus more on setup, racing and building friendships. I might do 2 more builds. The retro class looks like a lot of fun and I think I can put something together from my parts bin. But the big thing is just get more wheel time. Which for me was a big deal, otherwise there is a lot of money sitting in these trucks doing nothing. So here is to a great next season! I want to go to at least half of the Michigan Monsters series and Spring Nationals for the nr/ctpa. I can't wait to look back on this year and see how I do. Thanks for your friendship!

Having said ALL THAT: Bari is a class act! He made all of this possible and I appreciate so much the time and energy him and his team of friends did to make this event what it was. THANK YOU I look forward to next year and if they need any help please sign me up.

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Post by andymac0035 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:22 am

Looks like you had a great time out there. That's a pretty impressive event.
I see spidey got "best of show" in one of your pics too. =D>

Would definetly like to see something like that around here.

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Post by SFC K » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:32 am

OH MY GOD THAT IS SOME TURN OUT! Really that is impressive to see in the pictures. I could only imagine what it would be like to actually be there!

Nice job on making the podium too! 8) The Big foot gathering with Exaliber and one other is pretty cool and the Cow bodies are awesome!
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Post by Budhatrain » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:34 am

here are some other pics I took:

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Post by SFC K » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:43 am

Man, there are so many trucks to look at! I think my favorite is the Hercules II and those Bigfoots! Man i would have been like let me see the trucks and passed on the racing... :lol:
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Post by Budhatrain » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:47 am

the retro rides were ridiculous! I am not really a follower of "old school" stuff but it blew my mind. sorry there wasn't more pics I am only showing a small portion of the detail.
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Post by andymac0035 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:59 am

I actually thought you did an outstanding job with the pics.
There sure are a lot of them, very good representation.

I loved seeing all the bigfoots, but I got to say, that Goliath truck was pretty sweet. 8)

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Post by Budhatrain » Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:02 am

^ there were way more retro trucks then what I have pictured, what I meant

Here is pic of my house a day after ihobby

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and 5 minutes after this pic... they were fighting! haha
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Post by SFC K » Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:06 am

:lol: Kids crack me up...Did you just get that?

My son loves it when I pull out the track too. He always want's the car I am driving...And we have six to choose from. :roll:
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Post by Budhatrain » Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:08 am

I've had the track for a couple months now... just was inspired to pull it out for the kids. If I had a big basement this would be up all the time and I totally am one of those guys that would try to do the dioramas
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Post by SFC K » Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:59 am

Those race tracks can be fun and some of the cars out there now are super detailed...

Hey Mike, I just noticed this in the pictures of the trucks, but what do all the color circle stickers mean on the windshields?
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Post by charliechristmas58 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:32 am

I think it tells what clan they belong to or group.
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Post by TamiyaTony » Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:26 am

Who owns the Hercules II truck? I need to ask some questions about it. Nice photos of the kids. I don't remember Scalextric being popular in the States; wasn't that a British past time? When I was a kid I had Tyco Clifhangers. Good times.
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Post by HawnMT » Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:01 am

TamiyaTony wrote:Who owns the Hercules II truck?
Terry Plum (TheMonsterFactory) and Jamie Grund (4x4jamie) built it. It might be Jamie's but I know he built a couple of trucks for the International Monster truck Museum so it might be for them.
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Post by Diamond Dave » Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:21 am

Very cool, thanks for sharing all of it Michael.

You must have loved all those trucks, just being there would have been great.

The Scalelectrix is more of a UK thing, well it was years ago. We are more familiar with the AFX type cars and tracks.

Having used both the slot car type and AFX style tracks and cars, I find them both great. Each with different qualities.

Highlight of the show for you Mike? CowRC looked to be well rep'd for the event. Nice times!

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