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The 2004 Thunder Racing Crew
2004's race once again
has a great staff with over 100 years of RC racing experience combined!
We have 6 dedicated tech officials (that are not racing) along with 2
professional announcers, plus some great people in the track crew and other
areas that will be here to make sure the Snowbird's is another successful
race for you! Meet them here soon and see some of them below.
A huge thanks to:
Jason Barnes, Mike Bean, Julie Boylan, Dave Fox, Ken Holmes, Sam
Ledford, Chuck Mann, Mel McCoy, John Moukie, Paul Patterson, Jim Smith, Paul
Schaub, Bill Spicer.
"You all make the race great for
the racers - thanks!"
What's Made the 'Birds Big?
Over the past nine years the 'Birds
has grown into the largest RC race in the World. Looking back at the
early years I try to stay focused on what has made the race grow and carry
on a great tradition. We try and be as 'loose' as possible to make the
weekend enjoyable for everyone which includes racers, families, spectators,
and sponsors. The race is run by racers and we have simple and common
sense rules. The race began as a weekend to come race with friends
from around the country and escape the winter to sunny Florida. As the
race has grown the task that lies ahead is to keep the race simple, free
from controversy, and simply enjoyable. You can count on all of us
from Thunder to make sure you have a great time and a fair and competitive
race here in Orlando. And remember, hang loose and enjoy your race
weekend at the 'Birds! You the racer is the reason that the 'Birds has
become so big - thank you!
'The Same For Everyone'
No matter what racing variables are faced, they are the same for all racers.
The Snowbird's is unique in that there are no local track champions and no
one knows what to expect until the cars hit the track. We have always
felt one of the reason's that racers like to race the Snowbird's is that the
race is equal, from the practice times, to the handout motor classes, no one
has an unfair advantage. Racers are as equal as possible! 'I am
a racer and I want to go to a race feeling I have an equal chance as the
next racer'. We work hard to make Bird's fair for
every racer. This race is a true test of RC skill and endurance.
The race lasts all year long On-Line, just as the racing lasts all night
long! Updates are frequent to the race site so please
'Birds and check back often to see what is new. This website is one
example of how we try to bring you the best race possible. Enjoy!
Live from the track
We are very busy trackside
racing around the clock! Pleas check out
as they are here and doing a great job putting things on-line for the race.
A Big Thanks to
Check out the link above for live
race results, pictures, talk and more!!!
Updated News and Information
01/29- Class Counts
Racer packs being mailed -
RC Scoring Pro here for you -
01/11- Faskolor Concourse Event -
Winghouse girls are coming-
01/05- Sold Out. Get your sleep
01/02- 700th race entry received
12/31- 600th race entry received
12/27- 500th race entry received
12/23- 400th race entry received
12/18- 300th race entry received
12/13- 200th race entry received
12/10- Class Counts page live -
12/07- 100th race entry received
Entry form online -
11/21- 2004 Class Information -
10/25- 'Speed Week' schedule -
10/07- New Handout motors -
09/10- Hotel Pit Room Info -
Sponsors start signing up
06/09- Hotel Info page updated -
Old stuff from the 'Birds -
Contract w/ Ramada signed
Mags hit stands w/ coverage-
Winners inside Race Rock -
02/10- Pictures and Results posted -
2003's Race in the book
01/08- Snowbird's 2003 sold out -
What You Can Expect at the
We have a brand new racing surface each year with
brand new carpet.
are no local track champions because the Snowbirds come just once a year.
Everyone is faced with the
same racing variables. This makes for a
great competitive race. We have a challenging course for on-road racers
and a fast oval track. We
have a World class, professional and courteous staff that will make sure your
weekend of racing is everything you
deserve. We have fair and honest tech and check
motors and equipment throughout the week to make sure you are racing against
fair competitors. Drivers from around the world come to the Snowbird
Nationals and you get to see them race. We have several co-sponsors that
Snowbirds that are here for you. Ask them your race questions and ask the
'pros' about their racecars. This race is for everyone. Come to
Orlando in February and have a great week with us.
Come Be a Part of the
See all the good times
- Todd Malone
Tour. Sports. 19
- Timmy Heiser
Tour. Expert 19
- Barry Baker
Tour. Pro Mod
- Josh Cyrul
- Mark Smyka
- Josh Cyrul
- Rick Talbot
4cell 19 Turn
- Greg Honeycutt
- Andy McClellan
- Troy Desmarais
- Daryl Silva
- Scott Meeks
- Peter D'Agnolo
- Phil Marabella
Snowbird Concourse Event
*sponsored by 'Parma Faskolor'
We will be having a
special event with awards presented by Parma for this year's Concourse
event. Oval and Onroad cars will be grouped together in 2 classes:
Best Looking and Most Authentic. Complete judging info will be in the
tech area. The
competition is open to
and is free to enter! Last year's winner's pictures are here:
Stagger Starts For Oval
For 2003 we did stagger
starts for the oval racing portion. The format we used was a 'group'
start where the tone would go off and everyone would start like a normal
race - but your clock would not start until you crossed the start/finish
line. Every racer is on their own clock with this format. This
is the fairest way to make qualifying. If you start #8 in a heat race
you are already
1-2 seconds behind the leader. 2 seconds separates the A-main to
C-main sometimes. We also don't see cars charging from the back row to
make up lost time which seems to happen when you are forced to make up
ground on the starts.
We mailed the first 200 letters
Friday 01-16 and the rest will go out Tuesday 01-20. These include a
race information letter, your colored practice stickers, state windshield
sticker, radio label and number, and free raffle ticket. If you are on
the confirmed list of racers in the driver's count page and do not receive a
letter it will be here at the race when you arrive for check-in. We
have some entries missing zips, addresses, etc.