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Diamond Cup

Jackson collects long-overdue second career victory, while Mock and Whyte take their second of 2023 in Tacoma

Small Facebook photo album available HERE

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The 2023 Meyers Autotech Championship Series Powered by Rattlesnake RC returned to Waughop Lake in Lakewood, WA, just south of Tacoma, for the 9th of 11 race weekends in the year. Fort Steillacoom, the park that houses the lake, dawned with a perfect Sunday in late-August, with temps in the 70s-80s and just enough breeze to keep things comfortable. While it was a slightly low boat count, the action on the water was hot, with 4-5 boat heats and lots of interesting racing.

Big thanks to Beau Rarig and Bob Van der Akker who helped out with officiating many heats throughout the day. The race day would not have run as smoothly without their help.

1/10th Scale Electric Final

1st: 1974 Miss U.S., Brooklyn Kinney

2nd: 2017 Spirit of Detroit, Geoffry Grembowski

Two boats made up the 1/10th scale class, and it was the junior racer Brooklyn outdueling Geoffry with her Miss U.S. to take the victory. It actually clinched Brooklyn the 1/10th scale championship in her first year of racing!

Gas Scale Final

1st: 1978 Miss Mark and Pak, Jim Whyte

2nd: 1983 Miss Houston, Henry Oord

3rd (DNF): 1977 Charlie's Girl, Mike Henriksen

4th (DNF): 1986 Boat, Paxton Reunanen

5th (DNF): 1964 Miss U.S. V, Derek Pierce

6th (DNS): 1974 Lincoln Thrift, Dave Englehart

The Lincoln Thrift died in the mill, which moved the trailer boat (the Miss U.S. V) into the front line. Unfortunately this U.S. would not survive the heat, spinning in the front stretch and discarding the cowling a few lanes outside. Up front, Jim Whyte took the early lead with the Mark and Pak, but Paxton was charging in the inside with the Boat. He held Paxton tight through the debris field in the front stretch, then the Boat got caught up in the roostertail and died. Meanwhile, the Charlie's Girl hit the cowling in the front stretch, kicking up the rudder, and depositing the boat on the beach however luckily with no damage. But, it was Jim Whyte who held on to take his second victory of the year.

1/8th Scale Electric (FE) Consolation

1st: 1983 KISW Miss Rock, Rich Matkin

2nd: 1989 Miss Circus Circus, Steve Roman

The 2-boat duel between Rich, in his grandson's boat, and Steve, making his season debut in FE, never quite materialized as the Miss Rock took the early lead and never looked back, earning a trip to the final.

1/8th Scale Electric (FE) Final

1st: 1984 Atlas Van Lines, Don Mock

2nd: 1994 Miss Budweiser (T-3), Paxton Reunanen

3rd: 1983 KISW Miss Rock, Rich Matkin

4th: 1973 Miss Budweiser, Bobby Colean

5th: 1973 Pay'n Pak, Wayne Beeson

6th (DNF): 1983 Miss Houston, Henry Oord

7th (DNF): 1994 Smokin' Joe's, Conner Henriksen

Paxton, driving the transitioned-to-FE Miss Budweiser, took the early lead in lane 1 and established about a one roostertail advantage for a couple laps. However, the boat spun once in the left turn, which enabled the Atlas to pull close or just ahead. The Budweiser then spun again while navigating around a dead boat, which gave Don a larger advantage, and the "Ten Fingers of Doom" would not let off. It was Don's second victory of the year, first with the Atlas. Tragedy struck when the Smokin' Joe's drifted to a watery grave on the bottom a Waughop Lake, always a major disappointment to lose a boat under a lake with all the time and money spent crafting these race machines.

1/8th Scale Nitro Consolation

1st: 1974 Red Man, Paul Jackson

2nd: 1971 Pride of Pay'n Pak, Brent Edinger

Paul Jackson won the 2-boat shootout to advance to the final, and he wasn't done yet...

1/8th Scale Nitro Final

1st: 1974 Red Man, Paul Jackson

2nd: 2012 Matrix Auto Systems, Brian Anderson

3rd: 2011 Lakeridge Paving, Gary Grembowski

4th: 1977 Squire, Kirk Maupin

5th (DNF): 1979 Miss Circus Circus, Geoffry Grembowski

6th (DNF): 1974 Miss U.S., Steven Kinney

7th (DNF): 1974 Lincoln Thrift, Paxton Reunanen

Brian Anderson took the early lead in lane 3 with a perfect start, with Geoffry Grembowski trying to run him down in lane 1. After the first lap, Kirk Maupin took the lead with the Squire, and it seemed like he was on his way to another victory. However, on lap 3 the Squire's cowling inexplicably fell off, and R/CU rules dictate that the winner cannot leave parts on the racecourse. So, he was unable to take the victory. The Red Man was charging from the trailer spot, and perhaps unbeknownst to him at the time, took over the lead when the Circus took a hop and spun. He was able to hold on for the victory, and finally Paul had his second victory in R/CU. While he has won before, the man who routinely has one of the fastest boats has been hard-pressed to find victory #2 in nearly 15 years, and finally clinched it at the Diamond Cup.



August 27

Location: Waughop Lake, Lakewood, WA


Contest Director: R/CU Board


Previous Race Winners

Race held in Waughop Lake, Lakewood, WA 2023-Present

Race held in Twin Lakes Park, Marysville, WA 2021-2022

Race held in Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park, Ellensburg, WA 2012-2019

Race held in Hisey Park, Granger, WA 2009-2011

Race held in Rock Island, WA 2004-2008

Race held in Spokane River, Spokane, WA 1976-2003

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

-2023: Paul Jackson (1974 Red Man) // Don Mock (1984 Atlas Van Lines) // Jim Whyte (1978 Miss Mark and Pak)

-2022: Fred Olson (1970 Pride of Pay'n Pak) // Rob Brackett (2008 II U-7) // Jeff Snell (2014 Graham Trucking) 

-2021: Kirk Maupin (1976 Miss Vernors) // Paxton Reunanen (1983 KISW Miss Rock) // John Olson (1971 Country Boy) 

-2020: Race cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic


2019-2013: winners shown as nitro // FE

-2019: Kirk Maupin (1977 Miss Esquire Products) // Don Mock (1984 Atlas Van Lines)

-2018: Kirk Maupin (1977 Miss Esquire Products) // Bill Brandt (1972 Notre Dame) 

-2017: Kirk Maupin (1977 Miss Esquire Products) // Bill Brandt (1972 Notre Dame) 

-2016: Dave Brandt (1978 Squire Shop) // Rob Brackett (2011 Valken Sports) 

-2015: Kirk Maupin (1977 Squire) // David Newton (2012 Spirit of Qatar) 

-2014: Adam Putich (2007 Miss Beacon Plumbing) // none

-2013: Dave Brandt (1999 Pico American Dream) // none


Prior to 2013, no FE class held

-2012: Dave Brandt (1999 Pico American Dream)

-2011: Kirk Maupin (1977 Miss Esquire Products)

-2010: Kirk Maupin (1975 Atlas Van Lines)

-2009: Dave Brandt (1999 Pico American Dream)

-2008: Dave Brandt (1995 Pico American Dream)

-2007: Dave Brandt (1995 Pico American Dream)

-2006: Dave Brandt (1995 Pico American Dream)

-2005: Dave Brandt (1995 Pico American Dream)
-2004: Dave Brandt (1995 Pico American Dream)

-2003: Bill Brandt (1997 Close Call)

-2002: Lee Robertson (1978 Squire Shop)

-2001: Don Mock (1984 Atlas Van Lines)

-2000: Harry Gatjens (1994 Miss Budweiser)

-1999: Jesse Robertson (1989 Miss Circus Circus)

-1998: Lee Robertson (1995 Pico American Dream)

-1997: Don Mock (1984 Atlas Van Lines)

-1996: Lee Robertson (1989 Miss Circus Circus)

-1995: Dave Blacksten (1988 Mr. Pringle's)

-1994: Steve DeSteese (1984 Miss Renault)

-1993: Tory McIntire (1989 Winston Eagle)

-1992: Ron Davis (1984 Competition Specialties)

-1991: David Jensen (1969 Pride of Pay 'N Pak)

-1990: Paul Dunlap (1982 Executone)

-1989: David Jensen (1969 Pride of Pay 'N Pak)

-1988: David Jensen (1969 Pride of Pay 'N Pak)

-1987: Howard Price
-1986: Bill Smiley (1980 Pay 'N Pak)

-1985: Gale Whitestine 

-1984: David Jensen (1982 Gilmore Special)

-1983: Jack Haugen (1957 Thriftway Too)

-1982: David Jensen (1977 Natural Light)

-1981: Jack Haugen (1957 Thriftway Too)

-1980: Les Ruggles (1969 Notre Dame)

-1979: Les Ruggles (Miss Supertest III)

-1978: Les Ruggles (Miss Supertest III)
-1977: Bill Smiley (Pay 'N Pak)
-1976: Les Ruggles (Maverick)


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