Return of the Boss – Team Associated’s Cliff Lett Returns for “An Evening With…”

After last year’s amazing “An Evening With Cliff Lett”, the boss will be returning for Part II at the 2017 Vintage Offroad Nationals. In 2016 Cliff joined us to share stories about the development of the RC10, the A Team’s early and continued success on the track and some other amazing behind the scenes of Area 51.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday Sept 16th after our first day of racing and will prove to be even more exciting than last year. We’re honored to have Cliff back to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Vintage Offroad Nationals. Whether you’re racing or not, you won’t want to miss this very special evening on Saturday night!

 

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Title Sponsor Announced For 2017 – Team Associated

We’re proud to announce that Team Associated will be joining us once again as the Title Sponsor for the 2017 Vintage Offroad Nationals! The A Team has supported the race for many years and has stepped up to partner with the Vonats for our 10th anniversary. In the past, AE has sent drivers like Brian Kinwald, Jason Ruona and even the boss himself… Cliff Lett to race, sign autographs and meet everyone and we’re honored to have them back for 2017!

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Announcing – 2016 Vonats Q&A With Special Guest Cliff Lett

067_zpsba41b3e7One of the most exciting new features to be added to the 2016 Team Associated Vintage Offroad Nationals schedule is the addition of our new Friday night Q&A and what better way to kick off this new feature than with The Buggymaster himself, Cliff Lett! Join us Friday Sept 16th at 5PM for this catered event which will feature a Q&A session, an open forum for guests to ask Cliff anything they want and a meet and greet for autographs and photos afterward.

14cliffThe 5-time ROAR National Champion and 1991 4WD IFMAR World Champion, Cliff has served as first a Product Development Manager and currently as President of Team Associated and has lead the design team on many of the A-Team’s most iconic vehicles and products. He led the fight for Team Associated in developing the Stealth Car which brought the them IFMAR World Championships in both 1989 and 1991 in Australia and Detroit respectively.

Cliff is also a Guinness Book Of World Records holder as the first driver to exceed 100 miles per hour with a RC car. As lead designer for Associated in 2001, he developed speed run versions of both the Team Associated TC3 sedan and L3O pan cars and was able to achieve a new record of 111mph with the pan car and 96.4mph with the production sedan.

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We’re honored to have Cliff and invite you to join us Friday evening at 5PM for our new Q&A with one of the most iconic pro racers of the 80s and 90s. Cliff is an amazing RC personality and we thank him for this rare opportunity to get hear from one of our hobby’s greats!

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Vonats joins forces with LiveRC.com’s Gary Guest for 2016!

Gary GuestLiveRC’s Gary Guest will be joining the 2016 Team Associated Vintage Offroad Nationals as the official announcer. Gary is not only a top notch race director and announcer but a old school racer and collector as well. He’s called races around the world, run his own track and recently served as a commentator for LiveRC and ESPN3’s partnership coverage of the first ever Drone Nationals. We’re honored to have Gary join us this year!

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2016 Vintage Offroad Nationals – New Features, New Schedule

inside_the_vintage_natsNow in our 9th year, the Vintage Offroad Nationals will be rolling out a new and exciting line up of events, features and a totally new schedule that allows racers to be even more involved than ever before!

Celebrity Q&A and Meet and Greet
To kick off the news, this year the Vonats will feature a special guest Q&A evening on Friday Sept 16. The event will feature some surprise guests to talk about their racing careers and some old stories from back in the day! Come ready because as a member of the audience, you’ll also get to fire off some questions of your own and join us for a meet and greet, autographs and pictures afterward. What a great way to kick off an awesome weekend!

New Class
Also new for this year, we’re excited to launch a Vintage Nats exclusive; the Wheelie class. Similar to Heavy Metal, Wheelie is a monster truck class reserved for Tamiya’s smaller scale “wheelie” type monster trucks including the Tamiya Lunchbox, Midnight Pumpkin and others. All trucks must race box stock with the exception of radio gear and batteries and this level playing field class promises to be an awesome new feature for some great racing and exciting fun.

Split Schedule
In the past, racing has been broken up into Qualifying one day and Mains on the other but for this year the Vonats is going to give racers the opportunity to get more bang for their buck by breaking up the racing a little differently:
Saturday – Practice, Quals and Mains for the following:
• Classic
• Heavy Metal
• Wheelie
Sunday – Practice, Quals and Mains for the following:
• 2WD
• 4WD
• Stadium Truck
Our hope in doing this is that it will allow racers to try both serious and fun styles of racing and give everyone more time to focus on their cars while promoting a relaxed environment. Let’s all have as much fun as legally possible!

New Partnership – Retro World Expo 2016
The Vintage Offroad Nationals has partnered with Retro World Expo for 2016 to bring some awesome new ideas to RC racing! For possibly the first time in RC racing history, the Vonats combines the world of radio control cars with the world of vintage/retro gaming and joins forces with the CT’s premier vintage video game event to bring a new level of fun to the race weekend. Retro World Expo 2016 will be on hand to give racers some time at the controller with titles such as Nintendo’s RC Pro Am and others. The Expo will be held at the Toyota Oakdale Theater on Oct 15-16th and features classic and retro video, tabletop, and homebrew gaming as well as anime, action figures, comic books and tons more. For more info check them out on Facebook and on their website at RetroWorldExpo.com. Who doesn’t love old school video games!

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Vintage Offroad Nationals Teams Up With Team Associated For 2016

12804713_1095842977125014_2788143061773313965_nWe’re proud announce that Team Associated will be retuning once again as the title sponsor for this year’s Vintage Offroad Nationals! The A-Team always kills it and we have some awesome additions to this years event! The 2016 Team Associated Vintage Offroad Nationals will be held at Wolcott Hobby and Raceway in Waterbury, CT on Sept 18-20. For more information contact Wolcott Hobby and Raceway and be sure to follow the Vonats on FB for more updates coming very soon!

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Team Associated Named As Title Sponsor for 2015!

aesponsor15For the past seven years, Team Associated has supported the Vintage Offroad Nationals and for 2015 they’ve stepped it up to become the title sponsor for this year’s race! The 2015 Team Associated Vintage Offroad Nationals will be held at Wolcott Hobby and Raceway in Waterbury, CT on Sept 18-20. For more information contact Wolcott Hobby and Raceway and be sure to follow the Vonats on FB for more updates and news as we get closer to the race.

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2015 Vintage Offroad Nationals Dates Announced!

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The Vintage Offroad Nationals returns for its 8th year as the original and premier vintage RC race. Armed with a new logo, website and 1000+ Facebook fans, the world’s largest vintage RC race is coming back to the indoor track at Wolcott Hobby and Raceway in Waterbury, CT after a spectacular race in 2014. Last year saw RC legend Brian Kinwald join the competition and we look forward to seeing the pros get more involved with the race this year. The Vintage Offroad Nationals is made up of 2wd, 4wd, Stadium Truck, Classic, Novice and Heavy Metal and each class is open to vintage cars as well as rerelease vehicles; there’s also a full concours, swap meet and even a charity class! Be sure to follow us on Facebook for more info. 

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2014 VINTAGE OFFROAD NATIONALS RESULTS

IMG_86752014 VINTAGE OFFROAD NATIONALS – Wolcott Hobby and Raceway, Waterbury, CT

Team Associated World’s Car 2WD Buggy
A Main
Pos          Car          Laps           Time               Name
1                6             28               8:21.73          Brian Kinwald
2                1             27               8:01.98          Alex Kosciuszek
3                2             27               8:11.54           Tim Covell
4                7             26               8:01.26          Chris Cristo
5                3             26               8:01.37          Robb Fumire
6                4             26               8:09.91          Tom Epting
7                5             25               8:03.54          Brandon Giles
8                9             25              8:13.98           Autumn Covell
9                10           25              8:17.17           Reinaldo Vega
10               8            2                0:49.27          Tom Schenck

B Main
Pos          Car          Laps           Time              Name
1                2             24               8:15,70         John Marcotte
2                5             23               8:00.98        Matt Maziarz
3                9             23               8:07.96        Matthew Stevens
4                7             22               8:00.21         Erich Reichert
5                10           22               8:06.77         Dan Schenck
6                1             22               8:16.74         Joe Berlenbach
7                6            21                8:13.70         Alex Selsley
8                3            21                8:19.20         John Lieb
9                8            20               8:02.73         Kyle Bateman
10              4            7                  6:05.81         Tyler Falcone

C Main
Pos          Car          Laps           Time               Name
1                1              22               8:05.24          Nicholas Moyer
2               2              22               8:10.17           Pete Willhelm
3               3              19               7:32.09           Nate Kane

Hitec 4WD Buggy
A Main
Pos          Car          Laps           Time               Name
1                 2            28               8:08.46          Mark Westerfield
2                1             27               8:09.61           Brandon Giles
3                5             26               8:01.01           Robb Fumire
4                7             25               8:11.17            Reinaldo Vega
5                4             25               8:12.56           Matthew Steven
6                6             25               1:15.11            Erich Reichert
7                3             25               8:23.06          Jay Kennedy
8                8             23               8:15.26          John Lieb

Tamiya Stadium Truck
A Main
Pos          Car          Laps           Time               Name
1               3               26               8:02.10          Chris Cristo
2              5                26               8:09.73          Joe Ellis
3              2                26               8:11.50          Tim Covell
4              8               25                8:07.36         Robb Fumire
5              1                24                8:18.82         Reinaldo Vega
6              4               22               8:12.46          Joe Berlenbach
7              9               22               8:15.69          Dan Schenck
8              10             21               8:13.69          Kyle Bateman
9              9               11                4: 16.77         Erich Reichert
10            10              2                0:52.58          Matt Maziarz

B Main
Pos          Car          Laps           Time               Name
1               7               23               8:09.52          Frank Pindar
2              10             22               8:15.57           Will Blanck
3              3               21                8:20.71          Pat McGowan
4              4              20               8:04.91          Rob Leighton
5              1               20               8:15.19           Nicholas Moyer
6              5              20               8:24.00          Ronald Sacrider
7              8              19                8:14.68          Ben Shea
8              9              11                4:34.48          Nate Kane

Kyosho Classic
A Main
Pos          Car          Laps           Time               Name
1                8             22               8:05.10          Ron Sacrider
2                9             22               8:15.75          Brandon Giles
3                5             22               8:17.69          Kyle Bateman
4                7             22               8:21.38          Alex Selsley
5                4             21               8:08.99          Matthew Stevens
6                11            20              8:07.86          Tom Epting
7                1              16               8:00.49          Frank Pindar
8                10            11               8:19.06         Erich Reichert Jr.
9                6             4                 1:52.30          William Sacrider
10              2             1                 0:06.14          John Lieb
11              3              DNS           8:10.40         Michael Monter

Heavy Metal
A Main
Pos          Car          Laps           Time               Name
1                1              18               8:07.98          Ron Sacrider (HM2 Winner)
2               5              16               8:15.20          Pete Wilhelm (HM1 Winner)
3               4              11               8:16.79           William Sacrider (HM2)
4               3              9                4:38.20           Tyler Falcone (HM2)
5               2              4                1:38.06           Joe Berlenbach (HM2)

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Tamiya Goes Novice Class!

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Tamiya has officially picked up the sponsorship for the Novice Class for 2014! Novice features the same cars as the Classic class but is limited to kids 14 years and younger so bring your kids for a father and kid weekend of racing!

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