SoCal D3, BPR King track
Rick Salvino drove this Dennis Samson chassis on the left. Brendan "Zero" Aguirre drove this John Kallas chassis on the right.
Dale Yamashita's car on the left. Keith Tanaka drove this Mike Steube "DVD" chassis on the right.
Chris Yamashita's (built by his father Dale) car on the left. Oscar Morales drove this John Cukras chassis on the right.
John Wakamatsu drove this John Cukras chassis on the left. Jay Henry drove this John Gorski chassis on the right.
Philippe de Lespinay drove this Mike Steube chassis on the left. Yoshi Akiyama drove this Mike Steube chassis on the right.
Pete Zimmermans' car on the left. Paul Sterrett's car on the right.
Rick Salvino's car on the left. Brendan "Zero" Aguirre's car on the right.
Dale Yamashita's car on the left. Keith Tanaka's car on the right.
Chris Yamashita's 3rd place concours car on the left. Oscar Morales car on the right.
John Wakamatsu's car on the left. Jay Henry's car on the right.
Philippe de Lespinay's car on the left. Yoshi Akiyama's car on the right.
Pete Zimmerman's car on the left. Paul Sterrett's car on the right.
Mike Steube's car on the left. Mike "Who" Aguirre drove this Dennis Samson chassis on the right.
Bryan Warmack drove this new Warmack kit car chassis on the left. It's very close to the kit car design that will be available soon (1st qtr 2008). Lee Hines drove this Mike Steube car on the right.
Steve Walker drove this Dennis Samson chassis on the left. Mark Wampler's car on the right.
John Tore Anderson drove this slightly modified (lightened side pans) Warmack kit car on the left to 3rd place in qualifying and 5th in the main. That's awfully fast for a kit car! Roger Uusitalo drove this Mike Steube chassis on the right.
Kyle Matthes' Gorski chassis on left. Doug Matthes first scratchbuilt car on the right. A slightly modified version of the Gorski chassis on the left.
John Cukras' car on the left. Bob Scott drove this Dennis Samson chassis on the right to 2nd place in the Main.
Mike Steube's car on the left. Mike "Who" Aguirre's car on the right.
Bryan Warmack's kit car entry on the left. Lee Hines' Steube car on the right
Steve Walker's Porsche 908 on the left was 2nd in concours. Mark Wampler's speckled car on the right is another Toy Tech Porsche 908 body.
Tore Anderson's car on the left. Roger Uusitalo's car on the right.
Kyle Matthes concours winning car on the left. Kyle's dad Doug raced the car on the right to victory lane in the "A" main.
John Cukras' well worn Chevron on the left. Bob Scott's car on the right
Tim Hould raced this Paul Sterrett car.
Tim's Sterrett car was also one of the nicest appearing cars in the race. Nice paint job Paul!
Concours winners, L-R, Steve Walker 2nd, Kyle Matthes 1st, Chris Yamashita (body painted by Dale Yamashita) 3rd. Brendan "Zero" Aguirre did the concours judging.
D3 Coupe race qualifying results. Tore Anderson (3rd) and Bryan Warmack drove the new Warmack kit cars. These new kit cars (available 1st qtr 2008) are fast!
The field for the D3 Coupe "C" Main are lined up and ready to race.
D3 Coupe "C" Main racers, L-R, Mark Wampler, Steve Walker, Brendan "Zero" Aguirre, Chris Yamashita, Mike "Who" Aguirre, Oscar Morales, Roger Uusitalo
The "real" Brendan, Chris and Mike pose for this photo. Or were the "real" racers in the previous photo?
D3 Coupe "C" Main race results. Less than 3 tenths separate the top 7 racers (best times for race). Roger's old motor was not up to the pack's faster pace.
D3 Coupe "C" Main podium, L-R, Chris Yamashita 2nd, Chris' Dad Dale 1st, Mark Wampler 3rd. Congrats to the Yamashita's for a well deserved one/two finish. Hey Dale, Chris gave you quite a battle in this race!
Bob Scott was the "C" Main race director and presented some prizes to our racers. Thanks for the prizes Bob!
"B" Main cars are ready to jet!
D3 Coupe "B" Main racers waiting for the flag to drop. L-R, Dale Yamashita, Paul Sterrett, John Wakamatsu, Rick Salvino, Jay Henry (making final adjustments to his controller), Tim Hould, Bryan Warmack and Lee Hines.
D3 Coupe "B" Main race results. Bryan Warmack driving his new kit car had quite a battle for 2nd place with Tim Hould while Paul Sterrett maintained a comfortable lead towards the end of the race. Only 2 tenths separating all 8 racers in this main. Wow, what a fast "B" Main race!
D3 Coupe "B" Main podium, L-R, Bryan Warmack 2nd, Paul Sterrett 1st, Tim Hould 3rd Great racing guys!
Here's a preview of Bryan Warmack's soon to be released D3 kit car. The final version will be very similar to what Bryan raced today. It's a very fast chassis.
The construction/build time will be minimum and the simple design will allow scratchbuilding "newbies" to learn quickly how to put together a quick car.
The goal is not have racers building/racing kit cars, but to provide an easier path for new scratchbuilders to quickly learn how to build their own cars.
Hopefully, the end result will be to have racers scratchbuild their own designs some day. That's what D3 racing is all about.
When you learn how to build (with the help of this type kit) these type of cars, you learn the "key" to D3 racing.
Building a D3 car is rewarding.
The satisfaction of building your own car is quite rewarding.
The ultimate satisfaction comes when you design/build your own cars. There's no greater feeling than when one of your own creations turns out to be a good handling car!
Back to the racing. The "A" Main cars are lined up (with 3 sitouts waiting in the wings) and ready to go!
The D3 Coupe "A" Main racers take a pose. L-R, Bob Scott, John Cukras, Paul Sterrett, Kyle Matthes, Keith Tanaka, Pete Zimmerman, John Tore Anderson, Yoshi Akiyama, Mike Steube, Doug Matthes and Dokk (Philippe de Lespinay).
"A" Main racing in progress. The level of the competition has tightened recently due to the consistent performance of the new D3 TSR motors. Even on the King track, the D3 TSR motor provides just the right amount of acceleration, top end and brakes with good reliability.
D3 Coupe race results. Doug Matthes finished only 4 feet ahead of Bob Scott for 1st place. Mike Steube wasn't far behind in 3rd place with Paul Sterrett very close behind Mike for 4th. Tore Anderson finished 5th with the Warmack kit car. Quite a debut for the new kit car showing its awfully fast for a "kit" car! Another tight race with less than 3 tenths separating the entire field!
D3 Coupe "A" main podium, L-R, Bob Scott 2nd, Doug Matthes 1st, Mike Steube 3rd
D3 Coupe "A" Main podium cars, L-R, Bob Scott, Doug Matthes, Mike Steube
Bottom view of podium cars showing the diversity of chassis design with one thing in common, they all jet!
Bob Scott's car is a Dennis Samson classic chassis. This is a well proven design and shows its still extremely competitive!
Doug Matthes' car is the first scratchbuilt chassis by Doug. With a Gorski design, Doug did the amazing thing by making his first scratchbuilt car a winner from the beginning. Great job Doug!
Mike Steube drove this one year old Steube car to 3rd place. Not bad for an older chassis design! This particular chassis has won many times in the past on the King track, but the recent competition may force a newer design from Mike to regain the crown.
Here's some closer views of Doug's winning car
With a Gorski design as the basis for his first scratchbuilt car, Doug did a fine job in building his first chassis.
Front view shows a very rigid/sturdy front end.
Rear view also shows a rigid design around the motor/rear axle area.
Doug added his own touch by using washers to provide a slight downward tilt of the motor to lower the motor CG slightly.
Bob Scott's 2nd place car.
Bob's car is a Dennis Samson classic chassis.
This particular Samson design is very well proven over quite a period of time.
Dennis' design has been used successfully by many racers here in SoCal as well as the Denver area.
Bob drove an excellent race with this good handling chassis to finish a very close 2nd to Doug.
Mike Steube's 3rd place car has quite a race record.
This multiple race winner shows this Steube design to be the top podium finisher on the BPR King track for most of 2007.
Mike's car may undergo some updating to improve its performance, but this old design has been quite a winning car.
That's an RC motor cooling heatsink used by Mike for this King track race. This motor finished its 3rd race today, the heatsink was used to reduce the heat buildup and provide another fast race for this motor.
Three races for this D3 TSR motor seems to be the norm. Many racers have experienced the same performance over 3 races. What a bargain for $10.