history.... 1st one down, many more to come...
Contributed by- Bryan Foster
Conroe Fast Electrics Invitational 2003 February 22nd-23rd,
Held at Sendera Lake Estates in Magnolia, Texas
This one WAS a
moment in FE History...
With our first
invitational race behind us, I wanted to take the time to write this so
that others could benefit from our success and hard work. Starting a
club was only just the beginning for us, and now we are looking into the
future of FE racing with an eye on records and the camaraderie that
comes with the groups that run in the FE circles.
Conroe Fast Electrics started a little over a year ago and has been
growing ever since we have a great club and team. Although there have
been moments that would make grown men cry from blowing up a brand new
BL controller, to sinking a brand new LSH carbon Shovelnose hydro. I can
honestly say that without the valuable resource that RumRunnerRacing has
been, most of our club members may very well have never met. Our club is
the first NAMBA recognized FE organization in Texas, which we all
consider it an honor to have. We are growing quickly, an hope to be as
large as the clubs on the left coast by the end of next year.
We started out
running box-art boats and realized that there are faster and better
boats out there. The vendors who were found on RumRunner were the first
to get our business, and I am sure that they will get much more.
We have grown and
each new member has helped to raise the bar for us, whether it be,
introducing faster boats, better setup techniques, or better driving,
and showmanship, every member of the club contributes in some manner.
This is what has made our club a success, the club members.
This race added two new members for us Mr. Guy Rosinbaum of Kemah,
Texas, and Mr. Frank Hearn of Arkansas. Our club will benefit greatly
from both of them since Frank is a custom Shovelnose Hydro builder, and
Guy is the owner of the fastest growing FE hobby shop in Texas.
The team is more
than a group of guys driving boats, they are an extended family, we each
must learn to work with the others and become a part of the other racers
persona, which is crucial to organizing and running a race, let alone to
keep from running one another over on the course.
With that said, I wanna tell ya'll bout' the racing... Again, if I leave
anything out...shoot me later....
Saturday 22nd- Mother nature decided to try and make the
scene and shut us down... Didn't work!! We managed to get our boats
dialed in for the weather and had some good laps put in... With the high
winds we found out just what it means to hit the water... No three boat
pile ups, but close!!
I am going to hit the highlights of Sunday... and hopefully manage to
post some pics and a video or two (didn't have too much time to snap
pics and make vids...
We ran hard and fast... LSH- Tony Graffia took home 1st place wood,
followed by Guy Rosenbaum in 2nd, and Frank Hearn taking 3rd. Frank
Hearn brought out some awesome custom built Lauderbach influenced
Shovelnosed hydros which were very competitive...even against a veteran
driver who normally runs in rough water... I am impressed by his work in
the new shovels, and hope to see more of them...
Kids class- well what can I say... they all did a great job!!
N-2 mono- well we opened it up to make it interesting... John Himsel
took home 1st with ease (as usual), Jason Phillips, who had just built a
new tunnel (so we had to let him run it to make things interesting) took
2nd, and CJ took home 3rd... Katie and I were very impressed with CJ, he
kept up with the big boys and finished the race with class...
P enduro- Bryan Foster took home 1st, Tony Graffia took home 2nd with
plenty of batts left over... and John Himsel held out for third...
We had an exhibition run between Tony's Braveheart P hydro and my Rum
Runner O hydro... which was quite interesting with the high winds
blowing us all over the course...
The last class was the best....
P Sport Hydro- Bryan Foster took home 1st, with Tony Graffia in 2nd, and
John Himsel in 3rd... This class had the fastest boats that I have seen
in oval trim in some time... They managed to bring in lap times from the
mid 12s to mid 13s during dialing and were remarkably stable despite the
high winds and rough chop...
For those of you who didn't make it out... You missed out on the dinner
at Outback Steakhouse courtesy of Rum Runner Hobbies and Frank Hearn
(who covered the great appetizers)...
Thanks to everyone who made the first FE race in Texas a part of FE