SNOWBIRDS ARE ALMOST HERE
This week, we will post on-line the
confirmation normally mailed to racers. It will contain
some more general information on the race. You will be
able to view it, or download it and print. If you have any
e-mail. Also this week actual openings for classes
will be posted. The schedule looks great this year.
Many racers choose to race one class this year, so we have as
many racers as before, just a few less entries, making for a
much smoother event for sure! Still trying to setup
Paypal for extra motors and shirts. If we can do this it
will go on-line this week also, so watch for that. We
start check-in Monday night this year so racers can get their
race stuff early to get ready for Tuesday practice!
Practice schedules will be at race in lobby and track.
SNOWBIRD TECH IS TOP NOTCH
Each year at the 'birds, we take
great pride in our tech. Our crew, with Jim Smith, John
Moukie, and Paul Schaub have been racing since the '80s and have
seen it all. We know the grey areas, and we know what to
look for. We have teched batteries when there was issues
there, with looking for correct markings, weights, etc and
having TQ cars and winners unsolder their packs right in tech.
We have a timing gauge and have checked arms for correct timing
years ago when we still were racing Chameleons in 19 turn.
All TQ cars for each round, each class are held in tech and tore
down in qualifying. We work to keep the race fair and
equal for all and this year will be no different. Anyone
coming to not play fair, can be ready to be teched and
eliminated from the race! We have some basic rules
on our class info page that have been posted for awhile.
Anyone with concerns or questions can always e-mail. We
also will have a race letter available soon that will have some
more basic info for you. The Snowbirds has always been the
big race with club race feel. We want you to have a fun
week. You can count us to help make it great!
WIN THE BIRD, WIN THIS
The winner of 6cell Factory Modified oval this year will also win a
custom chopper with a ton of hop-ups worth over $2K, donated by
Dennis Merideth. We invite all oval companies to prepare a
car for any on-road superstar that might want to run this year,
to make a true IROC class at the 'birds. Already some big
names, like Chris Tosolini, are gearing up to run the fast 6cell
mod class. Many on-road racers would love to run oval but
do not have the time to get a car dialed in. If each car
company could prepare a ride and basically have the on-road
racer show up to practice and run laps it could work great.
Kind of like real racing with a crew chief and all.
Getting the best oval and road racing together will be fun and
awesome to watch! Winner gets to choose from two custom
'bird painted canopies. Here are the specs of the brand
new Meridith Group chopper: Custom MX 450 Heli, Futaba PCM
radio & receiver, Futaba 401 gyro & 9650 servo, 3 Hitec HS 65
servos, custom graphite frame, Castle Creations speed control &
Medysa outrunner motor, Extreme power 1100 mah battery & CR
JB-1100 Microcomputor charger, Microheli componets, and an
aluminum case. Awesome! Thanks Dennis!! Pics
KSG Factory Modified class is going to be one to watch.
ENTRIES ARE STILL OPEN
have past the 400 entry mark! There will be a new entry
update today. All classes are open, so there is still time
to get in the race! I get e-mails thinking we are full and
racers miss out in their race plans. Hotel is filling up
fast, however, so make those reservations. Call
407-996-7400 and tell them Snowbirds to get the low special
racer rate. Our goal is to not past 800 entries this year,
possibly just over 700 to keep the race schedule simple and
enjoyable. We don't expect a sellout in the next week at
least, so you have time. Get them in to be safe. We
only have about 5 percent of Manufacture's Row entries in right
'BIRDS BROADCAST TO 50,000+
We are excited to announce we have
coming to the 'birds to broadcast it live to an expected
audience of over 50,000 race fans around the world. This
is great for RC car racing and everyone involved with the
'birds, including our sponsors, as we constantly try to bring as
must exposure and coverage to the race each year.
Race'n Radio will be live providing racer interviews, race news
and gossip, the main events, recaps, product reviews, and more!
accessible all across the globe, they truly expect a record
breaking crowd of listeners tuning in to the live coverage of
the Snowbird Nationals.
This should help boost the exposure
of RC car racing and this hobby we all love to a worldwide
audience of race fans. We can't thank Doc Love and
everyone involved to make this happen for the upcoming race!
Here are a few great samples
from their last live broadcast:
Their press release.
ENTERED / LIVE MAP
Registered racers for the 2007 Snowbirds are now being posted.
See them on the new live interactive Google map! Entries
have been coming in from all over the world. Over 100 came
in the first day. Have fun with the live racer map.
Racers will be on the linked page above. Once we hit 300
entries for road and 300 entries for oval we will start listing
available openings in classes. This way we can fill
classes to allow the best schedule for the week. The
newest Xtreme magazine is due out any day, and it will have an
entry form in it, for anyone that is not on-line.
ENTRY FORM LIVE
The entry form was posted Mon Dec 11th. Over 100 entries were
received in 24 hours! Racers are able to
sign up on-line and pay with Paypal, or simply fill out a form to print
andmail in. We anticipate another
fantastic crowd for 2007! Entries are limited again this
year, and we aim to keep total entries at 800. Once we hit
300 road and 300 oval ,we will start to fill classes to reach
our max. Entries are limited to allow the race schedule to
stay on-time. Make sure to make your hotel reservations as
the hotel is filling up fast for our race week!
THE 2007 MISS SNOWBIRDS
We have had some great girls come and be a part of the action on
Sundays. Hollie Winnard and Jessica Barton are the #1
racers favorite and are returning to the 07 'birds. Have
your picture taken with these
superstars. Do a web
search to see more about them and their pictures! Both
have been in many magazines, including Playboy.
Hollie has starred in several
Jessica is a host on ESPN2.
Both were here in 2006 and are very excited to be a part of the
Snowbird activites. They say people still recognize them
from the 'birds! Racers and their families/friends will be
able to have their pictures taken with them in our victory lane,
and of course the awards presentation will include the girls.
We will be working on souvenir pictures with a cool background
for you to take home! Jessica and Hollie will also be judges in the Parma Concourse
competition Sunday morning! Check back to see what the
girl's will be wearing. Here they are from
NEW HANDOUT MOTORS FOR 2007
A change in handout motors is coming for 2007! The very popular
Komodo Dragon will now be used in the 19 turn road course
racing. For oval, the Ultrabirds will still be used in 19
turn classes. We will be handling out the blue CO27 for
all stock classes, in road and oval. Now racers will be
able to use more of their handouts in other racing events, as
most all tracks allow these three in their racing rules.
All stock and 19 turn classes include a motor in their entry
fee, and extras will be available at the event. We may
allow racers to prepay for extra motors online. Stay
Each year, we try and bring all racers together for the 'birds!
Classes are now posted on the site with some basic rules.
We hope there is something for everyone! Entry form
will be out very soon. This year, for road, we are
bringing back touring rubber. Road racers in the South
have been missing the last couple years as there are no carpet
tracks to run on. We hope bringing back a rubber class
will welcome more racers, as cars with basic asphalt will work
great on carpet. Plus the CS27s are used at most tracks so
this will keep things consistent. For oval we are adding
the 4300 class, being made popular by the BRL, and are also
adding a truck class! With the Custom Works Sprints
returning, all oval types of oval racing are represented well.
There should be great racing for everyone! Start
practicing and planning now. Get those bodies painted and
We have an all new race schedule for this year and are very excited
about the change. There are four qualifiers now with an
extra resort in the program (two total). Club races are
dropped to allow this extra heat. Also new in 2007 is
'BUMP N RUN' Saturday. Right after the last heat of road,
and the last heat of oval, the mains will be setup and we will
run the B-mains. B-main winners will bump into the
A-mains, which will be raced on Sunday. What this means is
the top nine cars are now locked into the A-mains. This
will be adding a ton of excitement to the race program for sure!
The new schedule will also allow us to be done earlier on
Saturday and Sunday. Saturday we should be done around
10pm, as we only have one heat of oval and road with the
B-mains. Sunday we should be done around 6pm since we
already will have run the B-mains on Saturday. Also new
for 2007 is keeping the road and oval on the same schedule.
In years past we mixed up the week with oval in the morning and
road night, then switching it mid-week. This year road
stays morning and afternoon, and oval afternoon and evening.
This might keep everyone a little more relaxed.
The only negative we can see about the new schedule is starting
a day earlier. This is why we are adding an hour of '1st
Timer' practice on Thursday. We have a regular two hour
speed round planned for road and oval on Thursday, but this year
we are going to give the 1st hour of this to racers that were
not here for Tuesday and Wednesday's practice. We will be
strictly enforcing this. One hour for these racers should
be enough time to get a lot of laps in to be ready for racing!
We have four heats and two resorts remember. We want
everyone to be able to participate the 'birds and be part of the
PROTOFORM FREE BODY GIVEAWAY
All racers that race the 'birds will have their choice of
a FREE race body from Protoform once again! Over 400
bodies were given away last year and we can not thank Pro-Line
enough for their interest in this promotion again. They
will be offering the popular Mazda 6, Speed 12B, and Dodge
Charger. Bodies will be given away at racer check-in.
We will be working on adding even more great items to this
year's entry for you. Last year we also gave away Free
participation awards and souvenir Snowbird glasses.
Companies interested in supplying racers with promotional items
and/or products can e-mail Mike and we can work on something.
HOTEL FREE INTERNET / HOTEL TV BROADCAST
- New 2pm check-out Sunday
- New FREE wireless Internet access throughout hotel
- New Hotel TV Channel that will show races
I am pleased to announce that racers will now will have access to
wireless Internet from their hotel rooms, the food/bar, and the
racetrack. And the most exciting news is this will be at
no charge! The hotel and I worked a deal to bring this to
you for 2007. I am also excited to announce that we now
have a dedicated TV channel that will be bringing you race
video, audio, results, more, right into your hotel room!
It also will be on the TVs in the lobby and food/bar! The
hotel is committed to us and the Snowbirds, and have shown this
by adding the Internet service and having their IT technician
wire us into the hotel TV network, all before our event in Feb.
Make those hotel reservations now! The hotel will sell out
our race week. Call them at 407-996-7400. It will be
exciting this year for racers at the hotel as you can now get
Internet all throughout the property, and keep up with the
racing 24/7 right from your TV in your room, all making for a
greater race experience. I met with the hotel staff Friday
10-27 and had a wonderful meeting on-site. Bill Terrill,
the head of sales for Legacy, is anxious and ready about the
'birds. He believes that everyone will see a huge
difference in service from the hotel, and also see many new
improvements. We are trying hard to bring a wonderful race
and event to you and everyone involved. These are huge
steps in doing that! We hope you can be a part of the 13th
annual Snowbird Nationals! Thanks for your support!!
Check back next
Monday for more news!