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AMA Pro Flat Track Finals – Oct. 11, 2014

AMA Pro Flat Track Finals

I’ve always been a fan of motorcycle racing and I particularly like the slip-n-slide type like flat track and speedway. My heros during my adolescent years included Bart Markel, Gary Nixon, Mert Lawill, Gene Romero, Dick Mann, and Mark Brelsford who were all AMA Grand National Champions while I was following the series. But I lost interest around 1973 largely …

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CicLAvia – Oct. 5, 2014

CicLAvia Heart of LA

It’s CicLAvia time again! For those of you who aren’t familiar with CicLAvia, it’s an opportunity to tour parts of Los Angeles via non-motorized transportation like bicycles and skates without having to compete with motorized vehicles. In many respects it’s a giant street party that moves. The Sunday October 5th CicLAvia is a repeat of past “Heart of Downtown” events …

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MCAS Miramar Air Show – Oct. 3-5, 2014

MCAS Miramar Air Show

It’s back! After being sidelined by the budget sequestration of 2013 the MCAS Miramar Air show is back in 2014 with a lineup of performers that rivals any past year: US Navy Blue Angels Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Demo U.S. Navy Leap Frogs U.S. Army Golden Knights F-35B Lightning AV-8B Harrier Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey The Patriots Jet team Sean …

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Cruisin’ For A Cure – Sept. 27, 2014

Cruisin' For A Cure Car Show

My favorite Southern California car show is the Cruisin’ For A Cure event at the Orange County Fairgrounds. I have to admit that it used to be a close second behind the John Force Holiday Car Show, but it looks like we’ve seen the last of the JFR shows which puts Cruisin’ right at the top of my list. And …

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Understanding C-Ratings

Battery packs are not all created equal. Even within a specific battery family, like the lithium-polymer (LiPo) family for example, there are internal design differences which allow some brands and grades of packs to be charged and discharged at higher rates than others. The maximum rate is almost always expressed as a C-rating and almost all modern hobby-grade battery packs …

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Website Information – June 29, 2014

Life has been happening at a furious pace lately and I haven’t had time to add new content. That doesn’t mean I’ve given up on this website, though. I expect things will settle down soon and I’ll have time to share more of my favorite things to do here in Southern California. PLEASE NOTE: I changed hosting plans on June …

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Katie Martin Tribute Fun Fly – June 7, 2014


Bob Martin Models produced a line of slope planes back in the 70s and 80s which included the Bobcat, Coyote, Gryphon. Katie & Katie II, Mystery Ship, Pussycat, SR7 and Talon. Bob also purchased the tooling and continued to manufacture the Hobie Hawk for several years after Hobie Alter stopped making them. All these planes are considered “old school” now, but the …

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Memorial Day Weekend 2014 – RC Events

Trabuco Flyers Pig Roast

I’m aware of three RC events during the Memorial Day weekend, so I thought I’d combine them in a single post: Fake Fest: The Inland Slope Rebels used to host a PSS Festival at Cajon Summit every Memorial Day weekend and it attracted PSS enthusiasts from around the world. The Intermountain Silent Flyers also hosted a popular slope soaring event called Soar Utah every year, …

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RCX – May 17-18, 2014


As far as I know there are only two major remote control hobby shows here on the West Coast and they’re both held right here in Southern California. One is the AMA EXPO which is held in January and then there’s the RCX which will be held this year on May 17-18 at the Orange County Fairgrounds. That, by the …

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Bombers Visit Lyon Air Museum, May 7-11 2014

Collings Foundation at Lyon Air Museum

The Collings Foundation “Wings of Freedom Tour” will be making it’s annual stop at the Lyon Air Museum at John Wayne Airport on May 7-11, 2014 with their Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Nine-0-Nine”, their Consolidated B-24J Liberator “Witchcraft”, and their North American P-51C Mustang “Betty Jane”. The Lyon Air Museum is a truly remarkable destination in it’s own right, but …

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