Gods Speed ROY CASTER

This last weekend while I was attending the Reedy Race I got a message from a long time friend that said you need to check FaceBook.  There was an obscure post that basically said RIP Roy Caster with no info….Immediately we started making calls looking for info.  Personally I was in shock and disbelief as Roy had just texted me within the last week.   Unfortunately the worst had truly happened Roy was gone…  As I sit here writing this I still cannot believe I will never see him again.IMG_9172

Roy and I lived only 2 streets away from each other and never knew it until our love of RC racing brought us together in 1986 racing in a tiny backyard track in 1000 Palms.  Roy and I quickly struck up a friendship revolving around RC.  Between the late 80’s and early 90’s Roy and I logged more miles together racing virtually every night at a different track around SoCal.  It really didn’t matter what type of racing either.  1/10th 1/8th, Nitro, Electric Onroad, Offroad we did it. We had another thing in common and that was gift of Painting.

Both Roy and I painted our own RC car Bodies but many of other RC racers too.  Each of us started are own RC Painting Biz…  Mine Rugspin Graphix….His Bully Bodywerks.

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Roy had a love for the sport and was always willing to help anyone in need at the track.  Over the last few years he raced less but traveled more with his wife Beth.  He was finally in a place to enjoy some of what Life had to offer doing Travel, Jeeping and anything fun he wanted to do.  Like I said he texted me just this last week to see if I could paint for someone as he was doing some travel, little did I know this would be the last time we talked.

Roy left us doing what he loved….something fun. While snorkeling he suffered  a catastrophic brain aneurysm.  I think to myself it’s not fair, why do the good ones always have to die?  We have no idea when our time is up and well Roy lived each day enjoying every min of life and doing as much as he could to have a good time.

Roy I’ll miss you buddy…..

 

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A Trip to Tamiya

So the wife and I made trip out to Tamiya America yesterday for the 2017 Reedy Touring Car Race of Champions….. The facility never looked better with the new surface that they recently put in…AH0I4599

The reedy format is interesting as every round of heads up racing counts.  This is a pure test of man and machine.  The racing is tight as the Tamiya track is probably one of the smallest tracks that most of these guys race on.  Many of the top guys are hear some with new rides for 2017.

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We stayed a short time just to watch one of the Invitational rounds.  Afterward traffic looked pretty bad on the 5 Freeway or Parking-Lot…..So we decided to take our time and do a little site seeing.   Its been a while since I’ve driven up the PCH around Laguna and I couldn’t believe how clear it was all the way to Catalina Island.  You could even see another Island past it.

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Well we decided to stop in Laguna and take a walk down to the tide pools out by Bird Rock.  We saw tons of little crabs and small fish in them.  The funniest part was one of the bigger crabs was chasing around the little guys then Farted…Reminded me of what Captain Phil from Deadliest Catch use to say about finding Crab when he smelled Crab Farts…

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Anyways stay tuned to www.rugspingraphix.com or www.facebook.com/rugspingraphix for all the race action this weekend from the Reedy Race of Champions

Ricochet Raceway Video Shoot

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Well Today I tagged along with Gerardo and Robert from Proline to check out Ricochet Raceway (Click Link for Facebook Page)  while they were doing a Video shoot for carpet tire for 1/10th scale.. I had heard about this track down at the bottom of California just miles from the Mexican Border but hadn’t had the chance to check it out yet.

It’s a really cool place in more ways than one.  First off it had Air Conditioning….Let me say coming from Palm Springs this is everything during the summer time, I mean what more could you want while racing during the hot summer?

2nd it has a full-blown trampoline park inside with food concessions, meeting rooms, banquet rooms, everything you could want under one roof.  14057212-mmmain

The track is nestled in a corner of the building with its own entrance.  Inside was a very nice track, pit tables and a well stocked hobby shop.  The track is carpet which seems to be a trend these days and the layout was really fun too.  Ricochet makes the most of the space they have with the layout which consisted of a crossover and a wall ride…Wall ride was way cool….  IMG_1548IMG_1549

Anyways I kinda played grip for the day helping Robert with some of his shots.  After we were done with the shoot I got to wheel Gerardo’s Associated 2wd around the track.  Being a OnRoad carpet racer I felt right at home with the buggy other than the jumps that I kept messing up on……   Remember OnRoad is flat.

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I loved the fact that this facility has so much crossover interaction.  During our short time at the track we had a wall of kids from the Trampoline Park section of the facility looking through the windows checking out what we were doing with lots of Ooohs and aahhs.  Ricochet say’s on any given race day that the whole side of the track is filled with onlookers.  What a great way to get more people into the sport.  They said they also provided rental vehicles to anyone that is interested.  I wish more tracks had this kind of exposure and opportunity to bring new people into our sport.

I want to thank Proline Racing for the opportunity to tag along today and to Ricochet for the hospitality.