Get to know…Hall of Fame Inductee Mr. Jim Schauer A.K.A. “RAINMAN”

Today we highlight one of two great Pioneers in RC Drag Racing… Hall of Fame inductee Mr. Jim Schauer of Southern California. A.K.A. RAINMAN has tons of class wins, records and championships from the west coast to the east and all in between. Over the years Jim Schauer has helped shape and reshape the RC drag racing world into what it is today.


Here is a Q & A with living legend Jim “The Rainman” Schauer

Q1. What is it about the sport of drag racing that made you love it and continue for as long as you have?

A1- RC Drag Racing was a natural attraction for a true racer at heart. I started watching drag races at the old Marrow Field Track in 1958 and continued through Fontana, Riverside, Lions, OCIR, Irwindale and of course Pomona and Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s my interest in RC had me racing 1/12th, 1/10th and 1/8th scale at the well-known Ranch Pit Shop in Pomona. I was heavily involved and raced the 1st National ROAR off-road championships in Vineland, N.J. and various National and World Championships held in CA.


Then on one fateful Saturday in ’89 or ’90, while visiting the local hobby shop, I spotted a flyer advertising the Drag City Track in Colton. I immediately drove to the track just in time to see Eric Scott make a 1.9-second pass in 65 mph…… pretty fast back then. I was hooked!

Later that day, I headed back to Arcade Hobbies and ordered a Houge Illusion Dragster Kit. After assembly, I became a full-fledged RC drag racer and nearly every Saturday you could find me at Drag City…life was good!

Q2. What would you tell newbies to keep the love of the sport and its longevity going?

A2- Appreciate your fellow racers. They share your love of the sport and most are willing to answer any questions you may have…..
Realize this is a family sport and continue to support the “Young Gunners”… they are a key to the longevity of our sport.
I am still in contact with racers I met at Drag City nearly 30 years ago… make friends and keep in touch with them.
Possibly most important….. have fun, no matter how fast or quick, you are going to win some and lose some.

Q3. What was the best experience in your career?

A3- At the very start of the “brushless revolution” the MHRA gang set up a temporary track at the RCX Hobby Show at the Pomona Fairgrounds. With what seemed like the whole RC World watching (and my heart pounding), I made a 104.09 mph pass… the first one over 100 mph! The crowd let out a WOW and so did I. It is hard to surpass that experience!

Q4. Can you describe what you are feeling about this right now?

A4. I feel greatly honored regarding my induction into the RCDRL Hall of Fame along with my good friend Sam.
I am thrilled with the RCDRL’s progress in Texas and Louisiana and excited with the potential expansion of the league elsewhere. On the other hand, I am saddened by the present state of affairs in CA. Hopefully, a new venue will be located soon.

Q5. Who influenced you most?

A5. I have raced all across the country from CA to Virginia and from Illinois to Georgia and with various organizations including MHRA, IEDA, IMDRA, (plus a few other alphabet soups) and now with the RCDRL. Overall these years, I have been influenced by many of my fellow racers.


However, amongst all, I have met one stands along….. Mike Smith has influenced me greatly from the very start. His enthusiasm is contagious and amazing, plus his continued selfless contribution to our sport is unequaled. Thanks for everything Mike.

Q6. If you could go back and replay how you began in the sport, what would the guy who is retiring tell the guy who is just starting out?

A6- When I started RC drag racing there were few manufacturers out there. As a result, we raced with a lot of homemade “stuff”…. some of it pretty rough I must admit. I would tell the newbie don’t be afraid to experiment, but also to take advantage of all the great products available today. Once again, you will win some and you will lose some. Don’t give up in defeat, don’t gloat when you win and be a good sport if you lose. Lastly, enjoy yourself… you are in for a great experience!

Thank you, Mr. Schauer, for your many years of learning, studying, racing, setting records, breaking records, building, rebuilding, mentoring and getting mentored to. For truly being an RC Drag Racing Pioneer we salute you!
The RAINMAN may be hanging up his radio. (But reserves the right un-retire at any time)

2016 Champion Lenny Zuppardo… Gone to Soon

With a heavy heart, we regret to inform you of the passing of one of our RCDRL family members and 2016 Four Wheel Drive Champion Lenny Zuppardo of Metairie Louisiana. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Lenny, your family, and friends. Lenny, you will be greatly missed, may you Rest in Peace.

Lenard “Lenny” Karl Zuppardo, age 38, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, in Metairie. Beloved son of Gasper Zuppardo and the late Merrilline Zuppardo. Lenny was a native and resident of Metairie, LA. He attended St. Christopher the Martyr Elementary School and graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School. He received his Associate’s degree in Graphic Arts from Louisiana Tech and was employed by Northrup Grumman and Huntington Industries as an Electrical Designer. He enjoyed building and racing remote control cars, building, flying drones, riding his motorcycle and four-wheeler. His pride and joy was his bright red Corvette.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass for Lenard and Merrilline at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Drive in Metairie, LA on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 11:00 am. Visitation will be held from 9:00 am until Mass time. Interment will follow the mass in Cypress Grove Cemetery in New Orleans, LA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jefferson SPCA at

2017 Tom Acosta Best In Show Award – RCDRL Texas

As the season ends in each division we have year end awards. For one award we ask the public to help in our voting. This is the Tom Acosta Best In Show Award. This award is presented each year as an incentive for racers to not only build fast race cars, but to make them look good too. Please help us select this years award winner.

Cars are shown at random.

Voting is closed

The 2017 RECORD BREAKING RLC Super Nationals!



2017 RLC Super Nationals Recap!


Despite the threat of severe weather and a seven-hour rain-delayed event, Congratulations RLC Super National attendees, we broke the world RC drag racing attendance record with 226 entries!
Wow! What can we say…an incredible weekend of racing with some very awesome people. Let me start off first and foremost by saying thank you to my incredible staff, {in no particular order} Michael & Kelly Mercadel, Mike & Tessa Pfeil, Jerry Lumar, Stephen Burden, Donnie Johnson, Robert St Pierre, Steve Nigri, Dawn Williford, Scott Davis, Seth Herring, Eric & Heather Bowman, Kellie & Chris Bach, Jd Crow, Jeff Chambers, Carl C.m. Russell, Randy Mayhew, Mikey Alsobrooks, Stuart Montgomery, The Garca Motorsports Cafe, and David Mares!

This absolutely could not have done without you guys. We hope we didn’t miss anyone, if we have, please accept our apologies.

Thanks to Richard Cole of RLC Performance Engineering for coming on board as our title sponsor. It was great to see you walking around engaging with our racers, even helping a few of them out.
Big shout out to our class sponsors, Rockstar Welding, Rudis Motorsports, Traxxas, JConcepts, Urban Assault Racing, Merc Motorsports, Air Excellence AC and Heating, Max Amps, Rust-Oleum, Mike Smith Tires, Assassin Media, DragRace Concepts, Home Depot, Yourbatterybuddy and HobbyTown USA… you all made this event even bigger, better and definitely sweeter for our class winners!

Despite over a 7-hour rain delay and because of our incredible staff and communication we were able to complete this event basically on time. Of course, we could not have done this without the cooperation of each and every participant. So hats off to you as well and for all of out of town racers!
We extremely proud and humbled at the sheer number of racers that had come from all over the country to this RCDRL record breaking event!

The Super Nationals is special and unique in and on so many levels. It brings all 3 of our divisions together to race and battle for Team Championships and personal accolades. We want to take another moment to congratulate “Team Louisiana” for winning the team competition! Hats off to Dennis Forbes, Stuart Montgomery, Mikey and Regina Alsobrooks, Hunter Baham, Adrian Schexnayder, David Granier and Marc Davidson. You guys truly did a great job.
To our backbone crew (Setup and Tear Down) I can’t begin to put into words how thankful and proud I am for your unselfish help.

BIG SHOUTOUT to the many RECORD BREAKING RUNS from Jim Schauer, Marc Davidson, Stuart Montgomery, Scott Davis, and Kenneth Lupi!
Rebekah and Gabrielle Mercadel thank you for a wonderful rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner our National Anthem to start the elimination rounds at this year’s Super Nationals. Even the schedule adjustment that we had to make due to the rain delay pushing up our Sunday worship service an hour didn’t stop racers from joining in. We want to thank Rebekah Mercadel and Rev. Chad Howard for delivering a powerful and heartfelt message. It was truly an incredible weekend.

Yes, it was a lot of work and planning and putting it all together, but it was all worth it! Once again, hats off to Dawn Williford for working behind the scenes for your first Super Nationals.
To Heather and Kellie, you two did an incredible job raising much-needed funds for “Families for Effective Autism Treatment North Texas”, “FEAT-NT”… so very proud of you and all those that donated for some very cool prizes.
To the Texas Motor Speedway themselves, we thank you for providing us with the place and space for us to flex our muscles on the Lone Star RC Drag Way. The fellowship and camaraderie amongst the many racers and teams were second to none!

To the Holiday Inn Express North Lake, and Motel 6, thank you for providing our out of town guest with impeccable service and overnight accommodations at an affordable price.
I’m excited about the future of the Radio Controlled Drag Racing League. Here are some random shots throughout the weekend. We will have more to say on Episode #30 of the RCDRL Podcast Show!
What can I say other than… Let’s do it again next year! We’ll start our planning committee in about 30 days!

For a complete detailed race recap vist:

(Photo Credit: Dawn Williford and Michael Moore)


Traxxas Vehicles with TSM

Attention in the PITS! We have been having some ongoing questions about cars having TSM and another driver assist electronics during points competition.

Effective June 1st, 2017 all TSM receivers MUST be removed from all RC racing vehicles that are competing in ANY RCDRL event. (with the Extreme Outlaw class in Louisiana being the ONLY exception.)

This was worked out with Traxxas for ACTIVE RCDRL members ONLY. You must give your membership number when ordering your replacement part.

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