This was the second year Traxxas attended the exciting and ever-growing Motorama event in Harrisburg, PA. The Motorama event is so much more than a radio-controlled car race. It's any gearhead's dream show. Thousands of enthusiastic spectators storm the doors to get a peek at all of the action. There's so much to check out at Motorama; arenacross, go-karts, robot wars, multiple car shows, motocross expo, and of course R/C racing. Previously a nitro-only race, electric racing made its debut at Motorama this. Well over 400 nitro entries packed the large equine arena at Motorama in addition to nearly 200 electric entries participating in the arena next door. This makes Motorama one of the largest R/C events in the world. Traxxas representatives were on hand at the Traxxas booth showing off all the latest vehicles and product. Mike Battaile and I (Steve Slayden) were also in attendance to compete, and of course, to help all of the Traxxas racers entered in the monster truck and Slash® racing classes.
R/C Racing Action
Nitro Monster Truck
The brisk weather this time of year in Harrisburg had everyone dressing warm, but it didn't hinder the excitement. The action was intense and the races carried on from the early morning to late in the evening on both days. The nitro track was huge and it was equipped with everything a top caliber track needs. The track was loose and rough, which made it a perfect surface for exciting off-road racing action. The monster truck class was well attended with over 30 entries. Traxxas Revos dominated the field and many Traxxas racers came by the Traxxas pit table to talk setup and hang out.
Mike Battaile proved once again this was his race by winning for the second year in a row. With very little practice time, he managed to get his Revo® dialed in and put down a solid run in the main for the win. My truck was fast and I was looking forward to the race, but I experienced early difficulties that put me out of the race for good. Eon Tiwari drove smoothly to a second place finish while Adam Esterlund and Michael Spiece both put their Revos in the top five positions. "Great job" goes to all of the Revo racers who put their Traxxas trucks into the main event.
Monster Truck A-Main results
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The Slash class was hot! The well groomed electric track was located in the arena next door and was designed with a great flow and challenging jump sections. The 40ft by 90ft track was a great size to keep the racing action close and interesting. Over 35 Slash owners entered the race, which made four heats of qualifying. There were four five-minute rounds with a resort after the first two to rearrange the heats with everyone in their respective qualifying order. This makes for cleaner and closer racing action in the last two rounds.
Qualifying was close, with quite a few racers running 11 laps in the 5-minute heats. In the final round, I managed to pull out the only 12-lap run of the weekend with my Slash. This gave me the overall TQ. I was stoked! The main event wasn't quite as smooth. I approached the first turn a little too cautiously, and rubbed the inside pipe, which caught my truck and caused a pile up. After the mess was cleared, I found myself in back of the pack with a lot of ground to cover and not much time to do it in. After settling down a bit, I started to make up some positions. I soon found myself in third place. I started to jump the double-double on the front straight as a triple-single, which was making up some ground quickly. I finally regained the lead only to crash trying triple single one more time. Oops. At that point second place took over the lead with less than a minute left to go. I held onto the second spot and crossed the finish line capping a major comeback. "Great job" goes out to all of the Slash racers in the main. The racing action was intense and there was some very smooth driving by all. I was impressed with how excited everyone was to race their Slash short-course trucks. The Slash is a perfect class to let loose and have some fun. It's also a great class to get started in R/C racing. It's very inexpensive and the Slash truck is just so much fun to bump and rub on the track with your racing buddies.
This year's Motorama event was the biggest yet, and I suspect it will only get bigger. A big thank you goes out to all involved with making this huge event happen. It takes a lot of work to put on an R/C event with over 600 entries. That's just incredible. Thanks to R/C Driver magazine for coming out to cover the event and most importantly to all of the Traxxas racers who came out and competed with their Traxxas trucks. We had a great time meeting with all of the people who took the time to swing by our pit area and all of the people who checked out the Traxxas booth. I can only imagine what next year's Motorama has in store us. Hope to see you next time!
For information about the Motorama event in Harrisburg, PA, check out the website at MotoramaEvents.com