Diamond Cup Preview

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Lake Sacajawea Park, Longview, Wash.

(Located at 18th Ave. & Nichols Boulevard on the south side of the lake)

 

The second race of the 2017 SeaTac Self Storage Championship Series is set for this Sunday (April 30) at Lake Sacajawea Park in Longview, Wash. Here is all you need to know to be prepared for the second event of the year:

 

Contest Director

Nelson Holmberg

 

Schedule

It is our intent to have the course set by 8:30 a.m., so that testing can commence once boats are registered for the event. With the possibility that there may be boats that need to be inspected, or rookie drivers who may need to take a driving test, please plan to arrive early on Sunday morning. Nelson will be on site by 7:30 or 7:45 a.m. The water will be open for testing until 9:20, with the drivers meeting set to begin at 9:30 and modern heat 1A to follow the drivers meeting.

 

New Drivers

ERCU always welcomes new members to the club, and visiting racers from other clubs. If a rookie driver needs to be qualified, we will close the course during the test session for the rookie driving test as often is as necessary. The full procedure for rookie qualifications, and for

visiting drivers, is in the rulebook, see below).

 

Potluck Lunch

Nelson will provide pizza for lunch, and morning coffee. Racers with their last names starting with A-J should bring donuts, muffins or fruit for breakfast. Those with last names starting with K-S should bring a side dish. Those from T-Z should bring chips or dessert. Drivers and crew shall be responsible for their own drinks (other than coffee).

 

2017 Rules

Please everyone, review the rulebook as is posted on the ERCU website, available under the Resources tab. The Contest Director/Chief Referee will make every effort to be sure that officiating is consistent with the rules as published on the website, and that every effort is made to assure consistency in officiating.

 

New Boats

As noted above, it is possible that there will be new boats in the pits that need to be inspected. We ask that you print out the 2017 Hull Inspection Form, found on the Resources tab, and complete the member information at the top of page one prior to arriving at the race site. Please also remember to bring a photo of the real boat (a photo on your phone or tablet is acceptable) that your boat models. JimmeJames Cusworth, ERCU technical inspector, and Robbie Roberts, scale inspector, will be inspecting new boats over the first few races, and having these resources will make it easier for all.

Diamond Cup Defending Champs

Modern: 2011 Valken, JimmeJames Cusworth

Vintage: 1961 Miss Lumberville, John Earnest

Race Format

  • Three preliminary heats of five laps each for modern & vintage classes

  • First and second connies for modern and vintage (depending on total boat count for each class)

  • First connie winner advances to the final as a trailer. Second connie winner advances to the first connie as a trailer

  • Second place boat in the first connie is an alternate to the final

  • Winner-take-all championship finals for modern and vintage

 

You now should have all of the information you need to be ready for the Diamond Cup. Any questions? Please email the Contest Director.

Instagram Updates for

Champion Spark Plug Regatta

April 8, 2017 (Click Pic for Details)

 
We are looking forward to the start of racing season! It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the end of another year. On Saturday, the drivers meeting starts at 9:30am with racing starting at 10am. Please get to the race site early so that we can test, set up the race course and enjoy the company of friends. If you have not already gotten your boat inspected, then please get there early. For registration, you can bring cash or your credit card. For lunch, it would be great to bring items for everyone to share. We had a lot of success with Potluck lunches last year. The club will provide some sandwiches. If your last name is A-M then bring a side dish. For N-Z please provide dessert or chips.
 
To get you excited about racing season - the following are some updates from fellow members Nelson Holmberg and Len Taylor:

"We're baaaaaack. Not quite ready for the 1/10-scale RC racing season to start, but getting closer all the time! 1999 Miss Madison and 1988 Competition Specialties." - Nelson Holmberg

 

"I finally got the Qatar done and tested. It runs great and corners very nicely. Here is the finished product. See you this weekend." - Len Taylor

Feel free to check out the schedule and also the remodeled Boat pages. Finally, we also need CD's for the following races - if we do not have CD's, we will have to cancel those races: April 30, 2017, September 23, 2017 and October 7, 2017. If you need anything - please contact us! - GK 

Chairman's Updates

Teresa Payne, Madame Chairman

I know you all have been waiting anxiously for the 2017 ERCU race schedule.

 

The schedule below includes test sessions, ERCU races, and more. ERCU races are indicated in BLUE, including the race name, location, and contest director.  If no contest director has volunteered, it will be indicated in RED.

 

Please remember that boats need to be inspected in order to be eligible to race.  The Scale and Technical Inspectors will be available at the Roger Newton Memorial Boat Show on February 11th and at the next ERCU meeting on March 4th.  Please take advantage of these opportunities to get ready for the first race on April 8th.

 

Looking forward to a new season of fun, friends, and fast boats –

 

Teresa

Madam Chairman

ERCU 2017 Race Schedule (as of 2/5/2017)

February 11th     Roger Newton Memorial Boat Show at HRM 10am-4pm

February 22nd    Testing at Fife Pond hosted by Robbie Roberts 11am-2pm

February 26th     Testing at Fife Pond hosted by Classic Thunder 10am-2pm

 

March 4th           ERCU Board Meeting 10am

March 4th           ERCU Club Meeting 12pm

March 4th           Memorial service for Ron Jones Sr. in Tacoma 11am-4pm

March 15th         Testing at Fife Pond hosted by Robbie Roberts 11am-2pm

March 18th         Open water for all clubs at Twin Lakes ($10 boat fee)

March 19th         Testing at Fife Pond hosted by Classic Thunder 10am-2pm

March 25th         Kirk Pagel’s Celebration of Life at Hydroplane & Raceboat                                   Museum 1pm

April 8th             ERCU race #1, Champion Spark Plug Regatta, Fort Borst,                                     John Bischoff, no scaffolding

April 9th             Testing at Fife Pond hosted by Classic Thunder 10am-2pm

April 30th           ERCU race #2, Diamond Cup, Lake Sacajawea, NEED CD,                                 no scaffolding

 

May 7th             ERCU race #3, Fred Leland Memorial, Twin Lakes,                                              JimmeJames/Teresa Payne

May 14th             Mother’s Day

May 27th-29th     Memorial Day weekend

 

June 3rd                ERCU race #4, Bernie Little Memorial, Lake Waughop,                                        Jerry Dunlap

June 18th              Father’s Day

June 24th              ERCU race #5, President’s Cup, Lake Sacajawea, Kerry                                         Kjos/Gabriel Kjos, no scaffolding

 

July 1st-2nd            H1 Unlimited – Madison

July 4th                   Independence Day

July 9th                   ERCU race #6, Jack Regas Memorial, Lake Waughop, Ben                                   Keller, ESU combined race

July 16th                 ERCU race #7, Seafair Trophy, Woodland Creek Park,                                           Len Taylor, no scaffolding

July 29th-30th          H1 Unlimited – Tri-Cities

 

August 5th-6th         H1 Unlimited – Seattle

August 12th             ERCU race #8, Roger Newton Memorial, Twin Lakes,                                          David Newton 

August 20th             ERCU race #9, Governor’s Cup, Lake Alice Joy, Craig                                          Bradshaw, quiet generators

 

September 2nd-4th   Labor Day

September 10th        ERCU race #10, Gold Cup, Lake Silverado, ERCU Board

September 16th        H1 Unlimited – San Diego

September 23rd        ERCU race #11, Stan Sayres Memorial, Twin Lakes,                                            NEED CD, ESU combined race


October 7th              ERCU race #12, Silver Cup, Twin Lakes, NEED CD

ERCU News and Highlights

ERCU Board of Directors Meeting

and Club Meeting

January 7, 2017

Board meeting from 10 am -12 pm. 

Club meeting from 12 pm - 2 pm.

Join us at : 

5917 S 196th St, Kent, WA 98032

In Loving Memory ... Kirk Pagel

As many of you know, it is with great sadness that we lost valued friend and fellow racer Kirk Pagel on Thursday, Dec. 8th, 2016. Not only was Kirk involved in ERCU, but also with 
Unlimiteds Unanimous and the Unlimited new Journal. "Kirk’s passion and positive involvement in hydroplane racing reached many people, in numerous ways throughout his life. He will truly be missed by everyone. " - Unlimited News Journal.

ERCU Board of Directors Meeting

and Club Meeting Dates:

December 10, 2016

January 7, 2017

February 4, 2017

March 4, 2017

Board meeting from 10 am -12 pm. 

Club meeting from 12 pm - 2 pm.

Join us at : 

5917 S 196th St, Kent, WA 98032

2016 SEASON AWARDS

 

Season Champions

Modern Boat: 2011 Valken

Modern Driver: JimmeJames Cusworth

Vintage Boat: 1960 Miss Thriftway

Vintage Driver: John Earnest

 

Rookie of the Year

Modern: Gabriel Kjos driving the 2011 Oh Boy! Oberto

Vintage: John Bischoff driving the 1968 Notre Dame

 

Most Improved Driver

Modern: Gabriel Kjos driving the 2011 Oh Boy! Oberto

Vintage: Kerry Kjos driving the 1960 Miss Thriftway

 

Sportsmanship Award: Teresa Payne

 

Contest Director of the Year:

Teresa Payne for the Fred Leland Memorial

 

Sponsor of the Year: SeaTac Self Storage

 

Special Contribution Award: Gabriel Kjos

 

Hall of Champions: John Earnest

 

 2016 SEASON HIGH POINTS Top 10's

MODERN BOAT

1.    2011   Valken

2.    1983 Miss Houston

3.    2011 Oh Boy! Oberto

4.    2014 Oberto

5.    2014 Graham Trucking

6.    1999 Miss Madison

7.    1982 Oh Boy! Oberto

8.    1999 Appian Jeronimo

9.    1978 Miss Circus Circus

10.  1976 Spirit of Dayton Walther

    

MODERN DRIVER

1.    JimmeJames Cusworth

2.    Chuck Murray

3.    Gabriel Kjos

4.    Ron Forister

5.    David Newton

6.    Brad Lewis

7.    John Bischoff

8.    Walter Roberts

9.    Mick Shutt

10.  Robbie Roberts

 

VINTAGE BOAT

1.    1960 Miss Thriftway

2.    1961 Dewey’s Lumberville

3.    1964 Savair’s Mist

4.    1955 Tempo VII

5.    1970 Parco’s O-Ring Miss

6.    1971 Miss Madison

7.    1961 Miss Supertest II

8.    1968 Miss Eagle Electric

9.    1957 Hawaii Kai III

10.  1968 Notre Dame

 

VINTAGE DRIVER            

1.    John Earnest

2.    Chuck Murray

3.    Gerry Bordon

4.    Kerry Kjos

5.    David Newton

6.    Ron Forister

7.    Walter Roberts

8.    Brad Lewis

9.    Robbie Roberts

10.  Mick Shutt

 

Len Taylor's Vintage US 5 wins in debut run; Valken wins Modern

ERCU’s first race of the season was exciting and extremely competitive as old and new racers alike dusted off their driving skills on the open waters of Fort Borst. While there were 23 boats at the beginning of the day, two drivers scrapped their boats in order to make way for the safest conditions during the day. 11 Vintage boats and 10 modern boats were entered and registered for the Champion Spark Plug Regatta. There were a lot of racers and fans who enjoyed this race, even though there were strong rain showers and wind followed by periods of sun. Overall, the race went extremely well and was not only well attended in person, but also by our online website followers on Facebook and on Instagram. The second race of the season is only a week away and we can’t wait for new racers and followers to join us on the 2017 SeaTac Self Storage Championship Series journey.

Modern heats showcased some of the fastest boats in the class and introduced Len Taylor to ERCU with his Spirit of Qatar. While there were some boats which did not finish a heat or two, this entire class was close throughout the day. For example, in the three preliminary heats of Modern, there were six different heat winners all trying to compete with the 2016 National Champion Valken which entered the final heat with 1600 perfect points. A rare modern consolation was ran with Chuck Murray in the 1983 Miss Houston taking the win and moving up to the final over Ron Cole’s 1972 Pride of Pay ‘N Pak, Ron Daum’s 2009 Grandview on the Lake and the 2014 Sprit of Qatar and Len Taylor respectively. 

The Champion Spark Plug Regatta Modern Final looked like a barn burner with the short course and smooth water conditions. Jimmejames Cusworth 2011 Valken and the 1983 Miss Houston was in tight contention the entire time. The Miss Houston got a perfect start and the Valken and Houston traded places for five whole laps with the Valken picking up the first win of the season. The 2005 Miss Thriftway driven by Robbie Roberts finished third, closely followed by Jim Latimer and the Miss E-Lam Plus. Even though the Oh Boy! Oberto had some issues in the field and could not finish the heat, the boat did finish fourth for the day in points. 
 
Joining us in Vintage class was Chuck Murray who re-introduced the racing world to the 1971 Miss Timex, Len Taylor who purchased the Miss US 5, and Ron Cole in the Pride of Pay ‘n Pak outrigger. 
 
Vintage heats had an unusual amount of DNF and DNS which was probably the result of dust in engines acquired over the winter. As the points race settled down going into the Final lineup, Miss Timex was heading into the Finals with 1100 points, followed by Geoffry Grembowski’s $Bill, 1963 Mariner Too driven by Robbie Robert, Len Taylor’s Miss US 5, and Dead Guy Racings’ Miss Schweppes.  However, the $ Bill was removed from the final by its owner which left the trailer boat to be determined by the consolation. This left the next 5 boats to duel it out in the consolation.  Chuck Murray bested the competition by taking first place in the consolation, but allowed second place finisher Notre Dame to enter as the trailer driven by John Bischoff. Honorable mention to Gordon Serwold’s Miss Spokane who took third followed by Ron Daum’s Thriftway Too. 


The fastest boats lined up for the Vintage Final as a 4 boat front line and a trailer took to turn one.  The '63 Miss US 5 followed the '69 Miss Schweepes for the lead down the backstretch as the Miss Timex was disqualified during the heat. Robert Roberts drove the Mariner Too to third. 
 
ERCU would like to thank John Bischoff as CD for course setup and running a great race.  Hope to see everyone at the next race! - Gabriel Kjos

 

Instagram Updates for

Champion Spark Plug Regatta

April 8, 2017 (Click Pic for Details)

2nd Annual Fred Leland Memorial Race

Drivers' meeting starts at 9:30 AM.
Racing starts at 10:00 AM.


Please arrive early for testing, setting up the course, and enjoying the company of friends.

James and Teresa will provide sandwich fixings. Members are asked to please bring something to share, i.e. snacks, side dishes, drinks, or desserts.

Diamond Cup Recap

Len Taylor's Vintage Spirit of qatar wins modern; Geoffrey Grembowski wins first ever race with $Bill

(RECAP will follow)

 

LONGVIEW, Wash. – At the ERCU Diamond Cup, held April 30 on Lake Sacajawea, Len Taylor was able to do something that neither Kip Brown, Jean Theoret nor JW Myers have yet done with Erick Ellstroms U-96.

 

He won the final.

 

Driving his 2014 U-96 Spirit of Qatar, Taylor took advantage of a pre-start accident that took out the 1999 Miss Madison and the 2014 Oh Boy! Oberto and never looked back. He held off Gabriel Kjos in the 2011 Oh Boy! Oberto to post the win. Nelson Holmberg was DQ’d for hitting the 2014 Oberto as they entered turn two just before the start, taking both boats out of the mix. Ron Cole, with the 1972 Pride of Pay ‘n Pak, also did not finish the final.

 

Forister was the day’s modern class points leader with 1,269 points, followed by Kjos with 1,225 and Taylor with 1,019.

 

As a first-time winner in ERCU, Geoffry Grembowski – driving the 1962 $ Bill – made a great move on lap four to hold off a hard-charging Forister in the 1971 Miss Madison in the vintage final. Grembowski ducked inside a dead boat in turn one, but only after Forister had commited to go outside of the dead boat. That gave him just enough space ahead of the second-place boat to hold on for the win. Forister took second-place checkers, followed by Jerry Dunlap in Ben Keller’s 1957 Hawaii Kai III. Those who didn’t finish the vintage final were John Bischoff with the 1968 Notre Dame and Ron Cole with the 1969 Pride of Pay ‘n Pak Outrigger, which had won the connie. Chuck Murray’s 1955 Tempo VII was DQ’d from the final for hitting Cole and taking him out of the race.

 

Twelve vintage and 7 modern boats registered for the race and the weather was a little chilly with off-and-on rain, but it didn’t discourage good racing. The race was an overall success and was not only well-received in person, but also by our online website followers on Facebook and on Instagram.

 

Modern class heat winners included Forister, Ron Cole, Gabriel Kjos and Nelson Holmberg. Vintage class heat winners were Forister, Cole, Dunlap, Grembowski, Murray, Bischoff and Gerry Bordon.

 

Many thanks are extended to all who helped put on a great day of racing. Contest Director Nelson Holmberg kept things moving and within the rulebook, while Gabriel Kjos provided excellent help with officiating, registration and race logistics. Susanne Holmberg picked up and delivered our pizza along with plates and napkins. John Bischoff provided the chase boat and buoys, which was also deeply appreciated.

 

2017 ERCU Diamond Cup Results

Sunday, April 30, 2017

at Lake Sacajawea Park, Longview, Wash.

 

Vintage Final

1.       1962 $ Bill, Geoffry Grembowski

2.       1971 Miss Madison, Ron Forister

3.       1957 Hawaii Kai III, Jerry Dunlap (Owner: Ben Keller)

DNF 1969 Pride of Pay ‘n Pak Outrigger, Ron Cole (169 points awarded)

DNS 1968 Notre Dame, John Bischoff

DQ 1955 Tempo VII, Chuck Murray

 

Vintage Heat 1A

1.       1970 Parco’s O-Ring Miss, Gerry Bordon

2.       1971 Miss Timex, Chuck Murray

3.       1957 Hawaii Kai III, Jerry Dunlap

4.       1957 Miss Thriftway, Bill Smiley

 

Vintage Heat 1B

1.       1971 Miss Madison, Ron Forister

2.       1955 Tempo VII, Chuck Murray

3.       1963 Miss US V, Len Taylor

DNF 1960 Miss Spokane, Gordon Serwold

 

Vintage Heat 1C

1.       1969 Pride of Pay ‘n Pak Outrigger, Ron Cole

2.       1962 $ Bill, Geoffry Grembowski

3.       1968 Notre Dame, John Bischoff

4.       1960 Miss Thriftway, Kerry Kjos

 

Vintage Heat 2A

1.       1962 $ Bill, Geoffry Grembowski

2.       1968 Notre Dame, John Bischoff

DNF 1960 Miss Spokane, Gordon Serwold

DNF 1957 Miss Thriftway, Bill Smiley

 

Vintage Heat 2B

1.       1957 Hawaii Kai III, Jerry Dunlap

DNF 1955 Tempo VII, Chuck Murray

DNF 1960 Miss Thriftway, Kerry Kjos

DQ 1963 Miss US V, Len Taylor

 

Vintage Heat 2C

1.       1971 Miss Timex, Chuck Murray

2.       1970 Parco’s O-Ring Miss, Gerry Bordon

3.       1971 Miss Madison, Ron Forister

4.       1969 Pride of Pay ‘n Pak Outrigger, Ron Cole

 

 

 

Vintage Heat 3A

1.       1968 Notre Dame, John Bischoff

2.       1962 $ Bill, Geoffry Grembowski

DNF 1970 Parco’s O-Ring Miss, Gerry Bordon

DNF 1957 Miss Thriftway, Bill Smiley

 

Vintage Heat 3B

1.       1955 Tempo VII, Chuck Murray

2.       1971 Miss Madison, Ron Forister

3.       1960 Miss Spokane, Gordon Serwold

DNS 1963 Miss US V, Len Taylor

 

Vintage Heat 3C

1.       1957 Hawaii Kai III, Jerry Dunlap

2.       1969 Pride of Pay ‘n Pak Outrigger, Ron Cole

DNF 1971 Miss Timex, Chuck Murray

DNS 1960 Miss Thriftway, Kerry Kjos

 

Vintage First Connie

1.       1969 Pride of Pay ‘n Pak Outrigger, Ron Cole

2.       1960 Miss Spokane, Gordon Serwold

3.       1970 Parco’s O-Ring Miss, Gerry Bordon

DNS 1971 Miss Timex, Chuck Murray

 

 

Modern Final

1.       2014 Spirit of Qatar, Len Taylor

2.       2011 Oh Boy! Oberto, Gabriel Kjos

DNF 1972 Pride of Pay ‘n Pak, Ron Cole

DNS 2014 Oh Boy! Oberto, Ron Forister

DQ 1999 Miss Madison, Nelson Holmberg

 

Modern Heat 1A

1.       1972 Pride of Pay ‘n Pak, Ron Cole

2.       1988 Competition Specialties, Nelson Holmberg

DNS 1983 Miss Houston, Chuck Murray

 

Modern Heat 1B

5.       1999 Miss Madison, Nelson Holmberg

6.       2014 Oh Boy! Oberto, Ron Forister

7.       2011 Oh Boy! Oberto, Gabriel Kjos

8.       2014 Spirit of Qatar, Len Taylor

 

Modern Heat 2A

1.       2014 Oh Boy! Oberto, Ron Forister

2.       1999 Miss Madison, Nelson Holmberg

3.       2014 Spirit of Qatar, Len Taylor

DNF 1972 Pride of Pay ‘n Pak, Ron Cole

 

Modern Heat 2B

1.       2011 Oh Boy! Oberto, Gabriel Kjos

2.       1988 Competition Specialties, Nelson Holmberg

DNS 1983 Miss Houston, Chuck Murray

 

Modern Heat 3A

1.       2014 Oh Boy! Oberto, Ron Forister

2.       2011 Oh Boy! Oberto, Gabriel Kjos

3.       2014 Spirit of Qatar, Len Taylor

DNS 1983 Miss Houston, Chuck Murray

 

Modern Heat 3B

4.       1972 Pride of Pay ‘n Pak, Ron Cole

5.       1999 Miss Madison, Nelson Holmberg

6.       2014 Spirit of Qatar, Len Taylor

The ERCU Seafair Trophy Race will be held at the Woodland Creek Community Park in Lacey, WA. on July 16, 2017. Setup will begin around 7 am and the course will be setup around 8 am with testing and practice shortly after that. With the weather expected to be in the 90's please be aware that there is no shade. Bring plenty of water to drink during the day. We will be doing lunch as a buffet style.  I (Len) will be bringing the main meal for lunch. If anyone does not eat pork please let me know ahead of time so something else can be arranged. I ask that if your last name starts with A-I bring refreshments, J-P bring a salad of some sort, Q-Z bring a small dessert. The race format will be winner take all with 3 preliminary heats and a final. The drivers meeting will start at 9:30 and racing at approximately 10 am. Drive Safe. - Len Taylor. 

Seafair Trophy Race News

The Seafair Trophy 🏆 was in high on Sunday as 9 vintage boats and 7 Modern boats competed for the top prize. The Vintage final was a crazy race which saw a field of five boats. Bill Smiley took the Vintage top prize with his 1957 Miss Thriftway followed by the Hallmark Holmes and Robbie Roberts. In Modern, Chuck Murray and Gabriel Kjos raced hard to the finish line. For the top two Modern boats of the day, Chuck Murray's Miss Houston won the final followed by Gabriel Kjos and Rick Evans in the Dalton. Thanks for the delicious lunch and Race provided by Len Taylor. Additionally, congrats to Steven Taylor who won his first ERCU heat today! See you all at the next race.

President's Cup: Robbie Roberts' Hallmark Holmes storms to victory in Vintage; John Bischoff and the Appian Jeronimo wins Modern.

Lake Sacajawea (Longview, Washington) – The President’s Cup was the official fourth race of the ERCU season. After a long break between the Fred Leland Memorial and the President’s Cup due to issues at Lake Waughop – racers returned to the course as if no time had skipped at all. Lake Sacajawea provided a sanctuary of shade as temperatures were expected to exceed 90 degrees throughout race day. Temperatures did not stop seven Modern boats and eight Vintage boats from racing as visitors were seen throughout the day on the banks of the lake. Additionally, ERCU was honored to welcome the mayor of Longview who stopped by to say Hello. The course was set up early, thanks to John Bischoff who also provided the retrieve boat and buoys for the event.  Potluck items were set near the judging table early and racers spent the next hour testing their new props, batteries or secret weapons. Rick Evans drove the furthest, from Canada, to attend the race with his wife Roberta and their two boats (1969 Notre Dame and the 2015 Dalton Industries). Also on hand was ERCU racer Robbie Roberts, who was celebrating another 30th birthday on race day as well.

It was evident from Heat 1 in both Vintage and Modern classes, that a solid start and avoiding the wind in the backstretch was going to be the determining factor in winning the President’s Cup. Vintage started with Kerry Kjos nailing the start as the 1960 Miss Thriftway and Len Taylor’s Miss US 5 jockeyed for the top position throughout five laps on the race course. Kjos and Taylor finished the heat 1-2 followed by Mick Shutt’s Miss Eagle Electric and Rick Evans’ Notre Dame. Heat 1B in Vintage featured a key match-up between Ben Keller’s Hawaii Ka’i III driven by Jerry Dunlap and Robbie Roberts’ Hallmark Holmes. Problems left the Hallmark Holmes to a DNF – which led the 1965 Blue Chip driven by Craig Bradshaw to a second place finish behind Dunlap. The 1968 Notre Dame driven by John Bischoff finished third. In Modern, both the Competition Specialties and Miss Peters and May found their strides early in the day. Both boats driven by Nelson Holmberg and Robbie Roberts respectively took first place in both Heat 1A and Heat 1B. In Heat 1A, the Miss Circus Circus finished second with Rick Evans’ Dalton Industries close behind. In the next heat 1B, the Appian Jeromino driven by John Bischoff took second. Nelson Holmberg’s 1999 Miss Madison and Len Taylor’s 2014 Spirit of Qatar did not finish.

Vintage Heat2A and 2B saw most of the racers draw close in points for the day. The Hallmark Holmes eagerly returned to the race course to prove that a DNF from the previous heat would not stop the momentum of its owner. The Hallmark Holmes ran a perfect five laps to beat the 1960 Miss Thriftway. The Hawaii Ka’i III was penalized during the heat, but still finished third ahead of the Miss Eagle Electric. Boat issues prevented heat 2B from finishing with all four boats which started the heat. Len Taylor and the Miss US 5 won the heat ahead of Bischoff’s Notre Dame. The Blue Chip and Evan’s Notre Dame did not finish the heat. The two Modern heats saw the return of Holmberg’s Competition Specialties and Roberts’ Miss Peters and May back to the winner’s circle. The Miss Circus Circus tried to catch up to the Competition Specialties, but placed second in a heat which also saw another DNF for the Dalton Industries. Heat 2B also saw its fair share of boat issues and problems. The Spirit of Qatar took second while the Appian Jeronimo and Miss Madison did not finish the heat.  

While waiting for lunch from local favorite Bruno’s Pizza, the racers and CD’s decided to continue on and run Heat 3 for both classes which allowed racers time between lunch to get ready for the consolation and final heats. Heat 3A was intense because it showcased three fast Vintage boats. The race was quick and clean as Robbie Roberts won his second heat in a row, followed by the Miss US 5 and the Hawaii Ka’i III. The 1969 Notre Dame did not finish the heat and was scratched for the day shortly afterwards. Heat 3B had the Miss Thriftway finish first ahead of the Miss Eagle Electric and Bischoff’s Notre Dame. The Blue Chip had electrical issues which prevented the boat from finishing the day. Modern heats showcased the best of ERCU’s spirit of competition. The Competition Specialties and the Spirit of Qatar were heading into the first turn at start of Modern 3A when a collision took place between both boats. The Qatar was unable to continue and Holmberg called a penalty on himself for encroachment. Both drivers were satisfied by this action which left Miss Circus Circus in the lead with the Competition Specialties flying through the race course. The Circus eventually won the heat and the Competition took second. Modern 3B was another hotly contested race as the Appian Jeronimo finished first ahead of Miss Peters and May. Both the Dalton Industries and the Miss Madison did not start the heat and were scratched for the day.

After a great pizza lunch and goodies were had by racers who brought potluck items – the finals were held. Six boats took to the starting line in the Vintage final and three (Miss US 5, 1968 Notre Dame, and Miss Eagle Electric) did not finish the heat. The race was determined by the boat that made a perfect start as Robbie Roberts’ Hallmark Holmes nailed the start and went on to win the President’s Cup. The race was second place between the Miss Thriftway and Hawaii Ka’i III was a sight to be seen. The Hawaii Ka’i eventually overtook the Thriftway for second place. For the Modern Final, five boats competed for the day’s biggest prize. At the start, both the Competition Specialties and the Spirit of Qatar were over the start/finish line which put the Appian Jeronimo in first place followed by Mick’s Circus Circus. The Competition Specialties finished in third and the Spirit of Qatar did not finish the race. ERCU wants to thank each member who attended for adding to a really fun day where potluck items were great and competition was awesome!

Race Set Up: 7:30am

Testing: 8:00am

Drivers Meeting: 8:50am

Heat 1A: 9:00am

Lake Silverado (Adna, Washington) - The Gold Cup.  The name invokes a time honored tradition of long brutal heats with everyone bringing their A-Game to win this coveted trophy. Please join us for the 15th Annual ERCU Gold Cup. This race features four fast heats followed by consolations and finals in both Modern and Vintage classes. There will be a potluck and snack food provided throughout the day. As per our standard practice and to make sure that other drivers don't get hangry - we need racers with last names of A-I to bring A Main Dish (Cold Chicken, Cold Cut Sandwiches); J - P Sides (Potato Salad, Chips, Cookies) ;  Q-Z Desserts (Oreos, Jello, Cake).

If you won last year - bring your trophy.

 

It would be awesome for everyone to be in attendance for the biggest race of the season!

ERCU 2018 Board Nominations are due by Saturday, September 30, 2017. Submit nominations to gabekjos@gmail.com. There are three open positions - we currently have four nominations.

Race Set Up: 7:30am

Testing: 8:00am

Drivers Meeting: 8:50am

Heat 1A: 9:00am

Twin Lakes - North Lake (Marysville, Washington) - The Stan Sayers Memorial will be ERCU's last race of the year! Come join us for a quick day of racing! This race is combined with our friends at Electric Scale Unlimiteds. There are no plans for a potluck, just good ole fashioned racing. We want to be done around 1pm so efficient racing will be held. See you there.

Gold Cup Photos - David Coffman

1/10 Scale hull with primer, stand and hardware that is already installed on it (No skid fin) for $640. It was built by Craig Bradshaw. Please contact Charles Xaudaro at 425-417-7742 or email at  v_xaudaro@hotmail.com