The RCDRL proudly welcomes back drivers Alex, Manuel, Kelli, and Chef Tommie Garca of the Garca Cafe as event title sponsors in 2018!
The Garca Motorsports Nationals September 8, 2018, is a little earlier this year. Race 11 of 14 kicks the Countdown to the Championship into high gear and there will be plenty at stake on the Lone Star RC Dragway! Every run is important because a slip at this point could spell Championship disaster.
The location is the same as all the rest, but the weather may be different, making for high drama at an event where titles are on the line!
Come join the Fast Furious Family Fun! 50 / 50 raffles, Good Food, Good Music and Great People… Let’s Do This!
On March 3, 2018 we will celebrate the life of a great pioneer in the RC Drag Racing community. The 2017 RCDRL Hall of Fame inductee Mr. Jim Schauer a.k.a. RAINMAN went to be with the Lord on the morning of January 2, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Jim Schauer helped shape and reshape the RC Drag Racing sport into what it is today.
Presented by Tony Rudis of Rudis Motorsports, the first event of the 2018 RCDRL season will be the “JIM RAINMAN SCHAUER MEMORIAL WINTERNATIONALS” here at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. We invite all to come and compete. Let’s kick off the season and honor this late great pioneer!
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)
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 www.jeffersonspca.org.
The Boys are Back and they’ve added a couple of tough hombre’s from the Lone Star RC Dragway to Episode 38. Joining Hosts JD Crow and the Mighty Merc are Joel and Dewayne Shipman. It is their first time on the show and they bring plenty of laughs and shenanigans!
We need 2 hours because this show is going to be packed and full. So tune in as JD and Mike update RCDRL News, and a recap of the Louisiana Vs Texas Choot-Out.
We’ve got This Podcast Deep Staged for big MPH. Kick up your heals, tighten your belts, turn up the volume, and enjoy Episode 38…Drivers Watch the Lights!
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WOW, what an incredible night we all had at the 5th Annual No Limits RCDRL Texas Championship Awards Ceremony! The atmosphere was awesome, the food was great and plentiful. I want to thank each of you for helping make the night special. Thank you to all that attended. What a night!
Thank you to all that attended the 2017 RCDRL Texas No Limits Championship Ceremony. What a night!
To our Specialty Category nominees and winners…Congratulations to you…
Most Improved Driver: Winner- Dallas Howard
Hole-Shot Award: Winner- Gregory P. Chapa
Tom Acosta Best In Show Award: Winner- Robert St Pierre
Hard Luck Driver of the Year: Winner- Donnie Johnson
Young Gunner Standout of the Year: Colt Mares
Crew Chief of the Year: Eric Bowman
Rookie of the Year: Heather Bowman
Driver of the Year: Darvione Huddleston
Congratulations to all of our 2017 Points Champions: Young Gunners: Colt Mares, Top Fuel: David Mares, Pro Mod: Darvione Huddleston, Pro Stock: Jerry Shields, Traxxas Pro Funny Car: Joshua Mercadel, Traxxas Sportsman Funny Car: Jd Crow, All Run Bracket & Quick-16: Chris Markowski, 2.50 Index: Eric Bowman, Street Eliminator: Paxton Pfeil
The RCDRL Podcast Show Episode #37 is back with a full line up of great show content. From the Garca Motorsports Fall Nationals to the NHRA AAA Fall Nationals at Ennis. From there, we travel to the RCDRL Your Battery Buddy Texas Finals and how it all came down to the final event of the season in 90% of the classes. It’s ALL here, We’ve got This Podcast Staged for big numbers. So tighten your belts, crank up the volume, and enjoy Episode 37!
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