Having completed an awesome event in round 1 from Boston’s RC Excitement event, the Scotty Ernst Offroad Showdown tour made its way to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for round 2 on May 8th – 9th. 3 years ago, Track owner Brent Densford undertook the ultimate task of creating one of the best RC facilities in the United States and is slowly, but surely progressing his way towards the dream. At the heart of Beach RC is the fantastic, fully stocked hobby shop that carries parts from almost every major manufacturer as well as all the killer upgrades from Schelle, MIP, Avid, etc… needless to say the hobby shop did not disappoint. Not one bit. Separated from the hobby shop, the dialled track area was ironically clean and has all the amenities one could ask for. Beach RC is definitely one of the best new facilities to surface in the last few years.
One of the most unique feature about Beach RC is the track shape as it is a square track rather than your typical rectangular layout. This added to the flexibility in designing more technical infields that consisted of bank turns, off camber mounds, chicanes with dips, table tops, pie turns, hip jump, and a gnarly 5 pack rhythm section that together made the track flow well, but very technical. To run a clean 5 minutes challenged every driver in attendance and require full focus as well as total smoothness.
It is always wonderful to see novice racers attend the bigger races and join in on the fun. Christian Hoefle would set TQ in every round, but unfortunately suffer spur gear issues halfway through the main. This would leave Angie Smith and Reid Schaeffer battling for the win and in the end, young Reid Schaeffer would take the win with Angie in 2nd and Christian in 3rd.
In the Hobbywing presented 17.5 Stadium Truck class, TQ John Prickett would lead the field from the tone in full control. As time was running out, Prickett unfortunately roll his truck late in the race giving the race lead to Trevor Schaeffer. The two would trade places 3 times in the last lap with Pricket taking the win over Schaeffer in the final turn. Jimmy Arneson would finish 3rd to round out the podium. The JConcepts 17.5 Stock Buggy class was all Mugen/Hobbywing’s Patrick Rossiter. In dominate fashion, Rossiter built a commanding lead and never looked back leaving the rest to sort out 2nd and 3rd. It would be track owner, Brent Densford making a hard charge to finish 2nd and Tyler Noon 3rd just 3.5 seconds back.
Pro-Line/Maclan’s Paul Medina was on fire in the Maclan presented Modified SC class taking all 4 rounds of qualifying. Unfortunately, an electrical gremlin would end Medina’s run half-way through the 7 minute A-main. Up until that moment, Team Associated/JConcepts’ Dave Duncan’s intense battle with Medina would end prematurely as the two were putting on a spectacular show. With Median out, this would give Duncan the win with Kevin Thomas in 2nd and Christ Felts rounding out the podium in 3rd.
The AKA 4wd SC race was an exciting race that was up for grabs till the very end. 3rd place driver, Maclan’s Kevin Thomas would never gave up after making costly early mistakes. With 2 laps left in the race, Thomas would pass Chris Earhart to take over a the lead. While on the last lap and last jump, Earhart darted his truck to the inside of Thomas taking over the lead. As they were exciting the mound turn, Earhart would clip the pipe and get stuck giving the lead back to Thomas and only 5 feet away from victory. The finishing order would be Thomas, Earhart and Ellis in 3rd.
Class TQ Max Flurer had a rough start in the Tekin Modified Truck division. Almost a quarter lap down early on, Flurer would charge hard to catch Kyosho’s fast and talented Rex Mathis. At the midway point, Mathis would make a slight bobble at the step up giving Flurer nowhere to go. The two would touch, but Flurer would come out in front. Now with full control the race would finish with Flurer crossing the line in 1st while Mathis would close out 2nd and Jerry West in 3rd.
The Pro-Line 4wd Modified’s 7 minute A-main was intense. Local hero Team Associated’s Braydon Obremski displayed his remarkable driving talents by TQ’ing 3 of 4 rounds and also led the main from tone to tone bringing home a dominant win. On the limit, TLR/JConcepts’ Max Flurer made a few mistakes and was unable to make up the time. Flurer would go on to finish 2nd while Xray’s Leon Mcintosh would round out the top 3.
The Team Associated 2wd Modified class was another class Braydon Obremski shined in over the weekend. Taking TQ by tie-breaker over Max Flurer, Obremski would start on point and lead the field around for the first minute. Unlike in 4wd, Flurer was able to apply full pressure on Obremski early on and shadow his every move. The pressure was too much as Obremski would make a mistake on the 5 pack giving Flurer the lead. Seizing the opportunity, Flurer would check out until the very last jump. With a mistake, Flurer would land on his lid giving the entire audience a heart attack. Luckily for Flurer, he had enough of a gap to be marshalled and finish just .4 seconds ahead of Obremski. Stock winner, Patrick Rossiter would finish 3rd to make the podium.