› Tailpipe

RC Car Action - - CONTENTS -

Land­wave, maker of mod­u­lar plas­tic ramps as seen in RC Car Ac­tion, put on the first-an­nual Land­wave Chal­lenge in Pioneer, Ohio, which is also home to the com­pany head­quar­ters. As you might ex­pect, the fo­cus was on jump­ing, with a “mo­tocross course” and a long-jump com­pe­ti­tion, all us­ing the brand’s unique stack­ing, multi-con­fig­u­ra­tion ramps.

“I wanted to show how easy it is to set up a fun but chal­leng­ing con­test for RC car en­thu­si­asts with a lit­tle space and some Land­wave ramps,” says Neil Marko, Land­wave’s owner. “When I got into this hobby, I no­ticed there was a lot of in­for­ma­tion about ways to add to your car, but there didn’t seem to be a lot of ways to do ca­sual races and just have fun.”

The mo­tocross event chal­lenged driv­ers to com­plete four laps while log­ging plenty of air­time over four Land­wave ramps, and the re­sults de­ter­mined who went on to the dis­tance-jump com­pe­ti­tion. The top two mo­tocross fin­ish­ers went head to head in a long-dis­tance jump­ing con­test. The Land­wave Tower, an im­pos­ing ramp more than 6 feet tall, launched the cars quite a dis­tance. Af­ter each jump, the judges mea­sured where each car first touched wheels to the ground. Each driver was al­lowed three jumps. “This part of the chal­lenge re­quired a lot of skill from driv­ers,” says Neil. “They had to build up enough speed to get dis­tance in their jump but also had to suc­cess­fully speed up a nar­row ramp with­out go­ing off the side.”

Af­ter a full day of rac­ing and com­pet­ing in the beau­ti­ful summer sunshine, the win­ner of both the mo­tocross and longdis­tance jump was Bran­don Scott. “This was so much fun! RC car peo­ple spend a lot of money and time build­ing up their cars, but not enough time just hav­ing fun,” says Bran­don, and all the rac­ers were fans of the Land­wave ramps. Says Neil, “I de­signed the ramps for skate­board­ers to have an easyto-use drive­way ramp sys­tem, but when my son and I got into RC cars, we pulled a few of these ramps out of the garage and found a great way to have fun right in the drive­way.”

The Land­wave Chal­lenge will re­turn to Ohio next year, and Land­wave is look­ing to set up other events across the coun­try. Visit land­wave­prod­ucts.com for more in­for­ma­tion. Land­wave ramps are avail­able on­line through Ama­zon, Tar­get, Dis­count Ramps, and other re­tail­ers. land­wave­prod­ucts.com

66 The “mo­tocross” course in­cluded four Land­wave jumps that kept driv­ers in the air as much as they were on the ground.

Above: Fly­ing high off the Land­wave Tower for the dis­tance com­pe­ti­tion. The ramps’ mod­u­lar de­sign makes it easy to build huge jumps with­out tools.

Be­low: The grass land­ing zone cush­ioned the land­ing for dis­tance jumpers.

Bran­don Scott won the MX and long-jump events to take home the Land­wave Chal­lenge tro­phy, which is solid gold and def­i­nitely not plas­tic.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.