Model Builder: Nelson Holmberg and Craig Bradshaw
Construction: Carbon Fiber Composite
Year Built: 2011
Motor: L36/56 7.2‐18V –6 pole brushless
Electronic Speed Controller: HobbyWing 130
Propeller: CNC aluminum
Paint Colors: White, Blue, Yellow, Red
Graphics: Cut vinyl by Nelson Holmberg
Notes about the Model: This is the third year for this hull in ERCU. It was originally purchased by Nelson to be built as the 1987 Sutphen Spirit, but that project was abandoned and Nelson eventually finished it as the Competition Specialties, which was also his first-ever 1/8-scale nitro boat.
Notes about the Real Boat: The 1988 Competition Specialties ran just one race under that name. The U-10 team did not race in Miami that year, and participated at Evansville and Madison as Wright Motors sponsorship. In Detroit, the team was unable to secure local sponsorship, so it ran as Competition Specialties, the Seattle-based company owned by team owner Steve Woomer. By Tri-Cities, the team had secured sponsorship from the RJ Reynolds Company and the boat competed the rest of the 1988 season as The Vantage Ultra. It eventually became the Winston Eagle and later the Smokin' Joes, representing the Winston and Camel brands of RJ Reynolds.
Notes about 2019: In 2018, the Competition Specialties did not run in ERCU events, due to the brand new 1988 Atlas Van Lines coming out of the same year, and the 1999 Miss Madison being Nelson's points boat for the year. The Madison has since been sold, and Susanne is more comfortable driving boats so expect to see it join the Cougar Racing Team pits again in 2019.