9th Annual Proline Gas Champs May 20th-21st


This Last weekend I attended the 9th Annual Proline Gas Champs.  Levi Jackson of Sik Track Designs hit me up a couple of months in advance to help cover the race.  It had been a very busy month for me and in fact was out of town just the day before in Austin Tx doing working on my other line of work which is sound.  I was in town for the AVP Volleyball tour. AH0I2887 Anyways I made arrangements to be flown back in time for Levi’s event.

When I got to Proline’s Test Track I was in awe of the layout. Never before had Levi had so much elevation changes at Proline.  Well from what I could tell it was it a hit with the racers too.

This Years Gas Champs drew some pretty big names from across the RC industry Drivers from Tekno, Mugen, Associated all were in attendance.  3 Rounds of qualifying with one throwout would set the stage for some epic battles for Sundays Main Events.

Levi and I decided we would tag team the social media scene with content.  LiveRC had the scoring side and he would do live Facebook while I would Post updates on who was TQ for the round in the classes which seemed to work very well.


Within a few hours pictures like the one above would be up in the 10’s of thousands of views.  This showed both of us how important this coverage was to the event.

At the end of the day Saturday I went home and worked on all the action pic’s from the day and uploaded them the next morning then it was back to the track for Sunday’s Main Events.   Levi and I kept the same flow going with him doing Live FB video’s and me shooting all the action and winners.

I have to say I was one of the most fun weekends that I have had doing this  I shot almost 1800 pictures over the course of the 2 days.  I want to put out a special shout out to Melody Austin who stepped in as our Trophy Girl during the daytime on Sunday  She brightened up every podium pic for sure.AH0I4209

Over the years I have freely offered my pic’s to anyone that wanted to use them and would sell them on the side here and there at full resolution.  Well the time has come to recoup some of the $$ that I have spent on equipment/travel/time.  You may have noticed a big R logo watermarked on the pics now.  Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 6.41.56 AMWell this is to keep people from just using them at will.  It’s been a struggle for me on how to go about all of this and to not piss people off but simple fact is my camera gear cost some serious money and I’m destroying it every time I come to the track.  So I hope all forgive me for the change but you will also now be able to reap the benefits of all of this.  My website www.rugspingraphix.com now has a buy button that allows you purchase full resolution pictures directly from my site plus prints too.  When you purchase the R watermark will be removed and you can do what you want with the photo and share it all you want.

Once again I want to thank Levi Jackson for having me out and supporting what I do for the little slice of the RC industry and to all the Proline Crew for the hospitality and great event that was put on for all the racers.AH0I4538


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