Sunday, March 20, 2016

Great American Outdoor Race RC EXPO

Hello Everyone!

     I recently attended the Great American Outdoor Race at the RC EXPO in Costa Mesa Ca.
The Good folks from MotorHead RC Raceway put on this race and basically set a track up in the middle of the expo overnight.

El Nino brought us some rain the night before, so the track was very soggy to say the least. Here is a shot at the end of the straight away.

Here is another shot showing the soggy mess we would race on.

Lots of people tried their best to help with the track conditions, but only so much could be done. This is another shot of the infield.

The day ended up going really well for me and I TQ'd short course truck and I qualified second in stadium truck.

Here is a shot of the postings for the main event.

Here is a youtube video of my race. This video is the short course A main

I ended up placing second on the podium after crashing on the first lap. I really messed up, but I recovered for a podium finish.

Here is a shot of the podium.

After the picture was taken, I was up for stadium truck and here is a youtube video of that race!

I ended up making some dumb mistakes and squandered my podium finish, but it was a fun race!

Overall I had a great time attending this race and I cannot wait until next year to do it all over again. Thank you Team Trinity for the great motors and batteries! Also thank you Pro-Line for keeping me hooked up to the track.

Good luck at the races! Remember, you can always ask me for help, just look for the Pro-Line tires, Trinity/RevTech power and the KLA logo at the track.

-Matthew Garcia

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Team Trinity

Hello Everyone! I wanted to let people know I will be running Team Trinity products this season.

I used to use Trinity products as a child and always loved how dominant their motors were. It has always been a dream of mine to be on Team Trinity and finally I have been blessed with the opportunity to. 

Here is a shot of the Trinity 24k 7.5 turn motor and the RevTech "The Brick" battery.

 The motor is simply stunning and really gives my chassis a flashy appeal.

Good looks are nice and all, but performance is key. I noticed that the 24K was considerably lighter than my old and faithful Reedy Sonic.

During testing, I noticed my car rotated better in the corners. I think the performance bump was due to the weight shifting forward a little to the battery.

I will give some more motor and battery updates soon!

Good luck at the races! Remember, you can always ask me for help, just look for the Pro-Line gear and the KLA logo at the track.

-Matthew Garcia

Racing update

Hello Everyone! I have been doing a lot of testing lately trying to get my trucks dialed with the right tires, motor, battery and set up. I raced a couple weeks back to test my set up in race conditions. I did decent and earned myself some race bucks at OCRC.

This is a shot of the track I was racing on. The track was in the Reedy race layout.

    I learned the importance of tire set up at this race and I want to share what I learned. A fellow racer saw that I was not using a tire sauce and suggested I use it. I know that tire sauce can be expensive and it accelerates the deterioration of the tire it is used on. For the average racer, going through lots of tires can be prohibitive to the all important racing budget. When raising the cost concern to my fellow racer, I was simply told, "Do you want to win or conserve tires?".  I tried some tire sauce and noticed that my traction level increased greatly and that lead to faster lap times due to faster vehicle responsiveness and greater corner speed.

     I have been using Pro-Line Electrons with different tire sauces and getting excellent results. I will be continuing to test until I find the performance I like. Also I am struggling to break my 20 second lap barrier at OCRC and I am trying everything I can to get there.

Good luck at the races! Remember, you can always ask me for help, just look for the Pro-Line traction, Trinity/Revtech power and the KLA logo at the track.

-Matthew Garcia

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Painting a Pro-Line Pre-Cut Flo-Tek Fusion body

Hello everyone! I recently picked up a Pro-Line Flo-Tek body, Product ID : 3458-17, for my Short Course truck and wanted to share my experience painting it.

So I started out with taping the body up in prep for paint. I use blue painters tape to make stripes. It is sometimes hard to make the line perfectly straight when they go over uneven surfaces. I usually just add extra tape in those areas.
Here is  a overhead shot of the tape. You can see that its not very straight or consistent. I always try just try my best and then lay down some paint. No one can ever tell you that you painted incorrectly because it is your self expression! Painting bodies if my favorite part!

Just another shot from the side. I like to block out the grill and headlight in order to make a face. I like my truck to have personality.

 After laying down about 10 thin coats of FasPearl Silver, I backed it with three coats of Faskolor white. It turns out I didnt add enough coats because I got some bleeding when I started painting the green. I should have painted the green first, since it was darker, in order to avoid the bleeding but that takes a lot more masking and time. Next time I will do 10 coats of white backing!!

Here is another shot showing the light coat of green I laid down. I ended up doing about 6 coats of green. After the green was painted, I again backed the entire with 3 coats of white so that the colors really popped.

Here is another close up of the light coats of green.

Here is a shot after I completed all the coats of green and the white backing. you can see the bleeding that occurred. Its all good though, I will run it!

This is another shot of the stripes going all the way back.

After I was done with the green, I decided to make an orange face on the front! I always like painting orange because it really catches the eye. After the paint is done drying, I like to pack everything with white Rustoleum Protective Enamel.

This is a shot of the body after the first coat of protective enamel.

Here is another shot from the front after all the paint was finished drying. You will notice how different angles in the sun makes the paint change color. after two light coats of orange, I did a light coat of peal white. I then followed with several more coats of orange.

Overall I am super happy with with the new body. The pre cut was super helpful in cutting down on the amount of time it takes to prep and paint a body. All the vent holes are already cut out as well which is super nice. So far the body has performed exceptionally well, taking some major beatings and not parachuting anywhere!

Good luck at the races! Remember, you can always ask me for help, just look for the Pro-Line gear and the KLA logo at the track.

-Matthew Garcia