Champion Spark Plug Regatta
Location: Twin Lakes Park, Marysville, WA
Contest Director: R/CU Board
At Marysville, we are only allowed two vehicles in and out of the park at a time. We will have a baton in the parking lot, at the gate entrace to the park. If you have the baton, you are allowed to enter the park and drive to the pits. Once in the pits, please offload your equipment quickly, and drive to the parking lot. You can pass your baton to the next car in line. If you do not have a baton, you CANNOT enter the park!
The same procedure works for packing up at the end of the day. Please organize your equipment in a way that you can easily pack up and offload your car, and minimize your time in the park, as there will be many people trying to get in.
R/CU highly recommends taking home all trailers and leaving minimal equipment at the race site overnight, due to recent thefts.
There is a parking fee now enforced at Twin Lakes, but if you follow the below you do not have to pay!!! Racers will need to either pay a parking fee or display your NAMBA card in your car window on the drivers side. It can be the actual card, or a copy with the address crossed out. This seems to be the most simple solution so we need to make it work.
R/CU regrets to inform that there will be no Saturday testing planned. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Course setup will occur on Sunday morning. Testing from 8:00 AM-10:00 AM. Driver's meeting at 10:00 AM, then racing through the day.
Previous Race Winners
Race held in Twin Lakes Park, Marysville, WA 1988-present
Race held in Olympia, WA 1986-1987
-2019: Fred Olson (1970 Pride of Pay'n Pak) [nitro] and Paxton Reunanen (1983 KISW Miss Rock) [FE]
-2018: Dave Brandt (1978 Squire Shop, U-65) [nitro] and Bill Brandt (1972 Notre Dame) [FE]
-2017: Adam Putich (2007 Miss Beacon Plumbing) [nitro] and Mike Malloy (2007 Formulaboats.com II) [FE]
-2016: Dave Brandt (1978 Squire Shop) [nitro] and Rob Brackett (2011 Valken Sports) [FE]
-2015: Dave Brandt (1995 Pico American Dream) [nitro] and Mike Gossler (1983 Executone) [FE]
-2014: Kirk Maupin (1977 Squire) [nitro] and Bob Brackett (2011 Graham Trucking) [FE}
-2013: John Hruby (1978 Miss Circus Circus) [nitro] and Rob Brackett (2011 Valken.com) [FE]
Prior to 2013, FE class not held
-2012: Dave Brandt (1999 Pico American Dream)
-2011: Dave Brandt (1999 Pico American Dream)
-2010: Dave Brandt (1999 Pico American Dream)
-2009: Dave Brandt (1999 Pico American Dream)
-2008: Bill Brandt (1972 Notre Dame)
-2007: Bill Brandt (1972 Notre Dame)
-2006: Bill Brandt (1972 Notre Dame)
-2005: Dave Brandt (1995 Pico American Dream)
-2004: Paul Jackson (1991 The Edge)
-2003: Dave Brandt (1995 Pico American Dream)
-2002: Dave Brandt (1995 Pico American Dream)
-2001: Kirk Maupin (1977 Squire)
-2000: Don Mock (1984 Atlas Van Lines)
-1999: Jesse Robertson (1989 Miss Circus Circus)
-1998: Jesse Robertson (1989 Miss Circus Circus)
-1997: Bob Adderly
-1996: John Hruby (1978 Miss Circus Circus)
-1995: Don Mock (1984 Atlas Van Lines)
-1994: Don Mock (1982 Atlas Van Lines)
-1993: Dave Blacksten (1986 Miss 7-Eleven)
-1992: Ron Davis (1984 Competition Specialties)
-1991: Ron Davis (1988 Miss Circus Circus)
-1990: Ron Davis (1988 Miss Circus Circus)
-1989: Terry Olding (1984 Tosti Asti)
-1988: David Jensen (1969 Pride of Pay 'N Pak)
-1987: Dave Blacksten (1971 Miss Budweiser)
-1986: Roger Newton (1984 Miss Budweiser)
Fred Olson and Paxton Reunanen claim victories at Marysville
For the penultimate race weekend of the 2019 season, the Meyers Autotech Championship Series Powered by Rattlesnake RC and Nova Rossi Marine USA returned to northwest Washington. Twin Lakes was the sight of the Champion Spark Plug Regatta, and unfortunately a horrible overnight storm contributed to a lower-than-normal turnout. However, competition remained high, and two classes of 1/8th scale hydroplanes were on hand to gain points and search for high championship finishes as the 2019 season came to a close.
Everyone who attended was assisting with judging heats, calling heats, and putting the race on, so there were minimal photos and no videos taken. Keep a look out for future races!
Facebook photo album: https://www.facebook.com/pg/rcunlimiteds/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2455357081186394
1/8th Scale Electric Consolation
1st: 1999 Miss Madison, Henry Oord
2nd (DNF): 1988 Miller High Life, Bobby Colean
The Colean racing team had a tough day, and the Miller failed to finish the shootout, allowing Henry Oord to move into the final.
1/8th Scale Electric Final
1st: 1983 KISW Miss Rock, Paxton Reunanen
2nd: 1984 Atlas Van Lines, Don Mock
3rd: 2015 Dalton Industries, Jeff Griffin
4th: 2003 Llumar Window Film, Ron Daum
5th: 1999 Miss Madison, Henry Oord
6th (DNF): 1985 Coor's Light, Marty Shallenberger
The Rock and the Atlas had paced the field all day, with the Coor's showing some speed as well. Unfortunately, the Coor's crashed in the heat, and that left two. It was Paxton who used the inside lane, while Don got bogged down behind in poor water. It was Paxton's second FE victory of the year.
1/8th Scale Nitro Consolation
1st: 2012 Matrix Auto Systems, Brian Anderson
2nd (DNF): 2016 Miss Homestreet Bank, Jeff Griffin
What looked like an interesting lineup on paper never quite materialized, as the Homestreet couldn't finish the five laps. That advanced Brian with the Matrix into the final.
1/8th Scale Nitro Final
1st: 1970 Pride of Pay'n Pak, Fred Olson
2nd: 2014 Spirit of Qatar, Jim Putich
3rd: 1995 Pico American Dream, Paxton Reunanen
4th: 1979 Miss Circus Circus, Geoffry Grembowski
5th: 2012 Matrix Auto Systems, Brian Anderson
6th (DNF): 1971 Country Boy, John Olson
John Olson and the Country Boy rode a perfect day into the final, but found a roostertail in the first turn and flipped. The Circus Circus had to slow to avoid the flipping boat, delaying Grembowski's progress. Upfront, it was Fred Olson, who had four heat victories to his name through the day thus far. He held off a charging Jim Putich to finally take his first victory of the season, and extending his season championship points lead.