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Brandt continues season-to-remember, while Mock collects valuable points in smoky Monroe

Photo album available HERE

For R/CU's second trip to Lake Tye in Monroe, we were greeted to a fully-closed off lake perfect for r/c model boating. Special thanks to the Monroe Parks Department for the extra signage to help keep everyone safe! The 2022 Meyers Autotech Championship Series Powered by Rattlesnake RC visited the western Washington lake at unfortunately the same weekend that a major wildfire broke out in the nearby mountains. So, while it was a bit smoky and hazy throughout the day, a full field came to battle it out for the penultimate race of the season.

Thanks again to all who helped arrive early to setup the pit area on the day of the race. While this is not the norm (and hopefully will be avoided in the future), special circumstances dictated the one-day race and we appreciate everyone's help in setting up the race site.

On to the race results!

Gas Scale Consolation

1st: 1971 Country Boy, John Olson

2nd: 1977 Charlie's Girl, Mike Henriksen

The consolation turned into a two-boat duel, with John Olson besting the rookie Mike to advance to the final.

Gas Scale Final

1st: 1983 KISW Miss Rock, Dave Brandt

2nd: 1983 American Speedy Printing (Blue), Bill Brandt

3rd: 1957 Miss U.S. IV, Donn Lange

4th: 1971 Country Boy, John Olson

5th: 1977 Atlas Van Lines, Jim Whyte

6th (DNS): 1990 Infinity Car Audio, Scott Meyers

The Atlas hit the line on the outside with some boat speed, but was called for jumping the gun by about a boat length. While the Atlas had the speed to challenge the champion-elect Dave Brandt with the Miss Rock, the penalty proved to be too much to overcome. It was Dave Brandt, who already clinched the drivers' and boat championship, who took his sixth victory of the year in the gas class. Father Bill Brandt took second, with Donn Lange rounding off the podium in the Lauterbach-Miss U.S. IV.

FE Consolation

1st: 1969 Notre Dame, Marc Connelly

2nd: 2014 Graham Trucking, Wayne Beeson

3rd (DNS): 1980 Candyman, Donn Lange

4th (DNS): 1960 Miss Burien, John Gatjens

Only two boats answered the call for the consolation heat, with Marc Connelly taking the victory over rookie Wayne Beeson with the "white knife." He advanced to the final as a trailer boat.

FE Final

1st: 1986 Miller American, Don Mock

2nd: 1986 Mr. Pringle's, Jason Walters

3rd: 1969 Notre Dame, Marc Connelly

4th: 1973 Miss Budweiser, Bobby Colean

5th: 1983 American Speedy Printing (Blue), Jim Brittain

6th: 1975 Weisfield's, Dylan Hirano

7th (DNF): 1983 Miss Rock KISW, Rich Matkin

The Miss Rock KISW was a victim of the traditional first turn chaos, unfortunately ending Rich's day as the hired driver. Jason Walters entered the final as the points leader of the day, however he fell behind and had to try and come from behind. Don Mock held him off out front, and collected his second victory of the season. Mock also collected many valuable points as he tries to run down points leader Rob Brackett in the FE drivers' standings.

Nitro Consolation

1st: 1978 Squire Shop (U-64), Jason Walters

2nd: 1979 Miss Circus Circus, Geoffry Grembowski

3rd: 1982 Oh Boy! Oberto, Jim Brittain

4th: 2012 Matrix Auto Systems, Brian Anderson

5th (DNF): 1988 Miss Stroh's Light, Scott Meyers

6th (DNF): 1972 Notre Dame, Bill Brandt

The Stroh's took spectacular flight, flipping down the front stretch while chasing down the early leader of Jason Walters in the U-64 Squire Shio. He had managed to take a steady lead and hold it, advancing to the final as the hired driver for Dave Brandt's rocket-fast boat. Geoffry Grembowski gave chase in the Circus but was unable to run him down.

Nitro Final

1st: 1978 Squire Shop (U-65), Dave Brandt

2nd: 2007 Miss Beacon Plumbing, Adam Putich

3rd: 1971 Pride of Pay'n Pak, Brent Edinger

4th: 1977 Squire, Kirk Maupin

5th: 2016 Oh Boy! Oberto, Jim Putich

6th (DNF): 1978 Squire Shop (U-64), Jason Walters

7th (DNS): 1970 Pride of Pay'n Pak, Fred Olson

Everyone looked forward to seeing the battle between Fred Olson's Pay'n Pak and Dave Brandt's Squire Shop, however the Pak mysteriously lost rudder servo in the mill and had to shut off early. That left Adam Putich to try and take the fight to Dave, and while he tried valiantly the Squire Shop had too much speed. Jason Walters came up from the trailer position and was running second for both Squire Shops before the boat suffered a mechanical failure. Dave Brandt became the champion-elect in both nitro and gas for 2022, a noble feat for one of R/CU's greatest.


September 10-11

Location: Lake Tye Park, Monroe, WA


Contest Director: R/CU Board

Previous Race Winners:

Race held in Lake Tye Park, Monroe, WA 2021-Present

Race held in Yakima, WA 1976, 1978, 1992-1994

Race held in Portland, OR 1979-1984

Race held in Kent, WA 1977

Current-2020: winner shown as nitro // FE // gas

-2022: Dave Brandt (1978 U-65 Squire Shop) // Don Mock (1986 Miller American) // Dave Brandt (1983 KISW Miss Rock) 

-2021: Dave Brandt (1978 U-65 Squire Shop) // Paxton Reunanen (1983 KISW Miss Rock) // John Olson (1971 Country Boy) 

Prior to 2013, only nitro class run

-1994: Dave Blacksten, 1985 Miss 7-Eleven

-1993: Roger Newton, 1993 Miss Budweiser

-1992: Terry Olding, 1984 Miss Tosti Asti

-1984: Dick Ness, Miss Budweiser

-1983: Race not held

-1982: Jack Haugen, Thriftway Too

-1981: Steve Benson, Miss Vernors

-1980: Dallas Cook, Pay'N Save

-1979: Les Ruggles, Miss Supertest III

-1978: Les Ruggles, Miss Supertest III

-1977: Ron Erickson, Spirit of Dayton Walther

-1976: Les Ruggles, Maverick



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