This past weekend I made my way to the new location for the annual Fall Brawl, this year being in Lake Waccamaw, NC. We didn’t have to worry about the rain as we were in a covered arena but we did have to have a completely different setup. Instead of a fast high grip smooth track, we had a very loamy old school rough race track to contend with come the weekend. It most reminded me of the R/C Pro finals in Alvarado, Texas over a decade ago. For me I loved it and I was able to put my setup video I just made to the test right away!
There was over 440 entries to battle it out at this years event and I ran my primary 3 classes Nitro Buggy and Truggy and Ebuggy. Tire wise I was using SSLW Diamanté in truggy and switching between SSLW Diamanté and Components as well as even clay Diamanté at times.
Setup wise I followed most of the tips outlined in my videos. I went to 5k center diff in Ebuggy, and in nitro buggy with the 12/18s went to 10k. So my diffs were 7-5-3 and 7-10-3 respectively in the buggies and 10-10-5 in truggy. Shock wise in the buggies I went to my 5 hole setup and then went even bigger on the holes by the end of the weekend. I actially ended up with a 6 hole front piston with 3x1.4 and 3x1.5 with 700 oil and in the rear 1x1.5, 2x1.6, 2x1.7 with 650 oil. I also went softer on the rear spring to brown and lighter on the swaybars to 2.2 / 2.4.
In truck while I could have chased the shocks a bit more perhaps the truck was just still so good with my standard lately setup of 1.2x8 T front and 1.3x8 straight rears. Only big changes on truck were raising the ride height to 39/42 to give me that better ground clearance for the roughness.
In qualifying I would have. Rough Q1 in truggy with heavy traffic but bounced back after the resort to TQ Q2 and Q3 for the overall TQ. In Ebuggy I TQd the first two to get the TQ out of the way and in nitro buggy a TQ in Q1 and a pair of 2s would set me 2nd.
All the mains were pretty close together and. Bit earlier in the day than usual. First was nitro truggy and my Kyosho MP10T powered by Alpha Dragon V was on point and I pulled away from the start. It really felt pretty easy to drive and I was very pleased with the performance. I would come away with a near 3 lap victory at the end of the 30min race.
Next was nitro buggy and again my MP10 TKI3 was feeling pretty solid. The track was getting very challenging so finding comfortable lines was crucial to try to stay on your wheels. Ogden and I battled it out for the first 15 minutes or so swapping the lead a couple times as the other crashed. We were putting on a good show but unfortunately he had some issue and bowed out and I was able to take another solid victory. What was craziest to me was that my truck would have lapped my buggy nearly 4 times! That’s how gnarly the track was getting!
Finally we had Ebuggy and the kids were after me. They were nipping at my heels and I relinquished the lead for a lap or so as well. I was able to gain composure however and keep
It relatively clean the second half of the race while they made some extra mistakes and I was able to finish with a comfortable victory to take the trifecta for the weekend!
I also had a friend from my hometown growing up show up to do some photography and video and hopefully we will see some of that footage soon. He has been making a name for himself in the moto world but still has a soft spot for R/C!
To top off the weekend another $568 was raised to support the awareness and fight against Human Trafficking brining the end of year total to $2,748! One more event to go at the US Open and then hopefully my charity auction to close out the year! Thank you for the support!
SETUP- Notes - In truggy I probably could have worked more on the shocks. Perhaps 5x1.4 and 5x1.5 would have performed even better. But truly this truck was just so good and easy to drive, it just worked!