Hobbyist Forums banner

1 - 10 of 10 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
411 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
got an email from joe myers.swt is offcially done.sold his timing equipment.just wanted to thank joe for puttin on the tour all these years.looked forward to racing at most events(not the rug,lol)and really miss the drome racin.a-main & camarillo were also my favorites.man,thinkin back,i bet i raced at around 150 races between norrca & swt.looks like the west coast is going to be missing a huge part of the oval racing scene.good luck to you and jr. joe.
dave werner
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
529 Posts
I like to thank Joe for putting up with us racers all these years. The SWT will be missed. I will especially miss running all the different tracks.

Thanks Again Joe for all the memories.


Steve
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,680 Posts
I applaud Joe and his efforts to get oval racing into the SoCal market, a tough egg to crack for that crowd. Mostly still off-road out that way, I assume? It's a shame that he couldn't keep the series going.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,343 Posts
Thanks guys -

In 2000 when I decided to take on keeping oval racing alive in CA, after NORRCA had been sold to a couple guys from Nor Cal who were not going to continue the NORRCA Series races that the So Cal racers had enjoyed for more than a decade at that time, I really hoped I could put something together that would last 4-5 years, and we kept it going for 12.

Our first season was 2001, and we were still a part of NORRCA that year, but went our own direction in 2002, although we did stay pretty true w/ NORRCA's Oval Rules for several years.

During the years of the NORRCA Paved Oval Series we raced at some of So Cals GREAT Oval Tracks including the old RANCH PIT STOP, RACER'S HAVEN R/C RACEWAY, EL CAJON R/C SPEEDWAY, ONE-STOP in Cerritos, Metro R/C Speedway, Bob & Jim's Carpet Track, and my two favorites - The ENCINO VELODROME and the DOMINGUEZ HILLS VELODROME.

Oval racing had taken a sharp downturn over the last few years of NORRCA, and when the SWT started we only had Metro (which became Showtime R/C, and is now A MAIN Raceway) and the Encino Velodrome left, so it took some creativity to put a travelling series together, and we held races on a road couse track in Camarillo, and at the Casino in Compton CA (Crystal Park) along with events at the Velodrome and the Showtime track.

Oval popularity came back a bit for a couple years when Rod (HotRod Hobbies) built a PAVED Oval Track, which for a couple years had a really good local following, and brought us some of our biggest series turnouts.

We held events at the FULL Size track (in the parking lot) at IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY (those were fun), as well as a couple events in School Parking Lots (Santa Barbara and Arroyo Grande) - we did Carpet races at temporary locations (Orange County, Lindsay, Taft) travelled to Las Vegas/Boulder City, and to Phoenix AZ.

In the last few years we lost our Velodrome, and Carpet Racing became the preferred racing for many of the racers with David's FINISHLINE RACEWAY opening and really elevating the West Coast Guys to a competitive level on the rug w/ the East guys.

Sadly though this seemed to really affect a lot of the guys who travelled to different types of racing, as they now had a nice (REALLY NICE) place they could race that was Indoors, Consistant, FAST, and a clone to the track that holds THE BIGGEST R/C OVAL RACE of the Year.

West Coast OVAL right now has two really awesome oval tracks (Sadly both are in Bakersfield) ... which is only really sad, because w/ MILLIONS of People in the SoCal/LA area, they can't get or draw enough OVAL RACERS to have a track of their own...even though there are a few Good tracks that could do really good oval programs w/ racers.

Myself, I'm 3 hrs from L.A., and 2 1/2 hrs from Bakersfield, so travel time and running a race all day on what was for most years a really shoestring budget, just became unrealistic and un-needed.

I've been involved w/ R/C Racing since 1985 and plan to stay involved (or get back involved in a while) - but this is a good time for a break.

I want to thank Tom Kendall (who has been My tech guy for ALL 12 years - and who was w/ NORRCA before that) and his son T.J. Kendall. I also want to thank my son Bryan who turns 21 this year, and has seen me race EVERY YEAR he's been alive and started racing in the SWT when he was 8.

I also want to thank the racers who supported the SWT -

shaky dave and I have butted heads several times over the years, but I've always enjoyed him racing w/ us - lots of good times banging doors too -

Steve Jacquez - Brad Muther - Keith Brown - Don Natale - John Miles - Joe Blackburn - Lou Maldonado - Scot Petitclerc - Larry Ruby - Dennis Brown - Erik Steenhoven - Bryan Blaser - Paul Cathey - Arnold Brittain and several others have raced and travelled a lot of miles over the years.

I really want to thank Bob Novak and Charlie Suangka from NOVAK, along w/ Joel Johnson and Cliff Black (Team Orion) - who became our biggest ever event sponsors and really took the financial burden off my shoulders to keep the series going a few more years, also to Jim Skinner & THUNDER POWER R/C for picking up when we left Orion.

We had a lot of great small sponsors over the years, but these 3 companies really changed things for us for 4 years, but the series would not have survived that long w/o guys like Jake Rosen (Jake's Performance Hobbies) - Jay Kimbrough (Kimbrough Racing Products) - Gary McAllister (McAllister Racing Bodies) - John Foister (BSR RACING) - T/M Tires - Don Natale & TEAM ASSOCIATED - Gary Hamilton (Gary's R/C Grafix) and Gareth Barrows (Boca Bearings) ... I know there were more there too, but it's so easy to draw a mental blank.

So, just let me say THANK YOU to everyone who's helped, supported and raced in our SWT SERIES from 2001 - 2012.

Joe Myers
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
411 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
butted heads is an understatement,lol.6 cell to 4 cell to lipos and brushless.i dont like change but after joe made those changes,i bitched and moaned and went along with it.and you know what.enjoyed myself alot after getting used to the changes.heres hopin you still can do the kimbrough this year.gonna miss my two japanese team mates if it doesent happen.thanks for everything joe
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
460 Posts
I had a great time over the years at the Southwest Tour races - made quite a few of them with some of them being 750 miles round trip. Really miss that Encino Velodrome.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
467 Posts
I personally was really bummed to hear the SW Tour was not going to continue on into 2013. I used to race oval from about 1993-2001, then went into full off-road mode. I still race off-road and work in the industry now. During a full trip out to the track with an old friend, I reignited my passion for oval. I did a bunch of window (if my PC screen counts) shopping, and looking into if/where I could race in 2013. I was really excited to attend all of the SW Tour races that use foam tires, as well as sprinkling in some trips to Finishline.

After picking up some equipment, I head the news about the SW Tour. I am bummed, I was really looking forward to it, but I really understand why it is no longer around. I'll just be burning rubber between OC and Finishline quite a bit, travelling out to Arizona to run at HobbyTown USA Gilbert, and hopefully the WC "test" run will work out well.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
175 Posts
The SWT will be missed. I can still remember winning my first oval race which took a few years. It was at the Crystal Park track, battleing it out with Old Man Buck, Freakin Joe, andy Acosta, and Marvin Avila. Like Joey, The Velodrome was a Blast everytime I ran there. Hope someday to see that Boulder Track again. Thanks Joe!
 
1 - 10 of 10 Posts
Top