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5th annual `The Michigan Cup’ FE Recap

By Ken Joye

This year host club `Mid Michigan Electric Unlimiteds’ or MMEU, decided it was time to move to a larger venue with FE boat classes growing in size and increasing racer entries. The MICHIGAN CUP race was held at Camp Dearborn in Milford Michigan. Camp Dearborn also used by a local nitro club, would prove to be large enough for the expanded venue.

The MMEU club did a fantastic job offering an extra large tent to house all 30+ racers entered under one roof, with tables and chairs and plenty of A/C power. The weather was perfect, sunny in the high 70’s each day, a nice change from the series of torential rains that hit the mid-Michigan area during the past month. MC5 was said to be largest NAMBA FE event ever held to date!

With the generous help of title sponsor Chris Fine of FINE DESIGN MARINE (http://finedesignrc.com/default.htm) and all the MC5 class and door prize sponsors, the event was a financial success. Funds raised at this MMEU event support local club racing, meeting expenses and down payments for MC6.

A whooping 24 NAMBA and MMEU club classes were offered over the 3- day weekend. The classes offered at Michigan Cup are based on popularity and chosen by a pre-race survey. Judging by the bulging class heat schedules FE boat racing is increasing tremendously in popularity, popular 12 cell classes like Limited Sport Hydro and P Offshore typically had 3 flights of racers entered. This year MMEU also decided to utilize a larger NAMBA Nitro course for the Offshore S&T and 1/8 Scale Hydroplane classes. This concept proved that FE can compete with Nitro/Gas and provided more room for the more powerful larger boats to stretch their legs.

Speaking of powerful boats, MC5 racers didn’t hesitate to enter the high cell-count classes rarely offered at FE venues. The new `S ‘(19-24 cell) & `T`(25-32 cell) Offshore 4 minute endurance classes are growing in popularity and are fun to watch running on the larger nitro course. Most racers opt for nitro-based hulls using single or twin brushed or brushless power plants, in most cases equaling or exceeding their nitro rivals in performance. Aeromarine (www.aeromarinerc.com) is one manufacturer that currently works with FE racers, doing light lay-up FE versions of their popular nitro/gas hulls specifically for larger FE boat classes.

This year the decision to offer an experimental FE 1/8 Scale Unlimited Hydroplane class was made. Based on off-season dialog on the popular RUMRUNNER RACING FE internet forum (http://rumrunnerracing.com), it was decided FE 1/8 Scale Hydroplanes would be use`T’ power specs (24-32 cell) following NAMBA rules for hull setup. 1/8 Scale was a huge success thanks to the large undertaking of some select experienced FE racers. Rules were relaxed to help draw as many in to the field as possible. There are (3) theories on how to setup a FE 1/8 scale.

*1st Concept, take a standard NAMBA or IMPBA 1/8 hull (glass or wood) around 7-9 lbs avg. Drop a 2280 Lehner BL(geared 32 cell) or Brushed 355 Plettenberg(direct drive 32 cell) motor in with a 3/16 shaft with a 60mm+ 1/8 equivalent prop.

*2cd Concept, take a light-lay-up NAMBA or IMPBA 1/8 hull (glass or wood kit) around 3-4 lbs avg. Drop a 2280 Lehner BL(geared 32 cell) or Brushed 355 Plettenberg(direct drive 32 cell) motor in with a 3/16 shaft with a 60mm+ 1/8 equivalent prop.

*3rd Concept, take a light-layup NAMBA or IMPBA 1/8 hull (glass or wood) around 3-4 lbs avg. Drop a BL or Brushed 355 Plettenberg/Ultra (high-rev direct drive 26-28 cell) motor in with a .150 shaft with a 50mm+ prop.

1/8th Scale was run a larger NAMBA Nitro/Gas course, race speeds were observed in the mid to high 40’s and should increase as more FE 1/8th Scale Hydro experience is gained. WARNING this is not a class for the novice or racers on a tight budget. It will however give you butterflies, goose bumps, quivering hands and a huge grin!

When the best racers in North America come to `The Michigan Cup’ you can expect oval records to fall. Chris Fine not only sponsored the race but also did a great job of breaking (2) NAMBA oval records. Here’s the lowdown on the NAMBA oval racing records that were broken.
*Q-Mono 67.19 seconds Chris Fine
*T-Mono 70.04 seconds Chris Fine


We proudly display our dedicated Class Sponsors on the winners list below.

For more information Winning Setups can be viewed on the MMEU website Just click on: http://www.mmeu.com/mmeu/fpdb/results.asp

Big thanks to the MC5 MMEU core Dennis Whitt, John Hainer, Terry Davis and Ken Joye for their never-ending support and MC5 dedication. Becca Hainer and Cathy Stolz were MMEUs amazing scoring gurus that held to high standards all weekend. Impeccable course and site setup help from MMEUs Terry Davis, Norm K.(Uncle Norm), Tom Costello, Jay Stolz and CAFEs Kelly Brooks etc. was also big-time appreciated.

If you would like to participate or take-in next years exciting NAMBA ‘Michigan Cup’ race stay tuned to the MMEU website http://www.mmeu.com/ .

The 3-day `Michigan Cup’ is the largest FE race in the North America and sponsors are the key to our success. The following Sponsors listed below generously contributed to our MMEU MC5 club raffle and MC5 Class Sponsorships.

           MMEU MC5 Class Winners 

Fridays Results Saturdays Results Sundays results
N2 Offshore
1st Place …Neil Reesor
2nd Place …Dan Fine
3rd Place …Chris Fine
S MONO
1st Place …Dennis Whitt
2nd Place …Chris Fine
3rd Place …Dan Fine
P Sport Hydro
1st Place …Jim Vaughn
2nd Place …Chris Costanza
3rd Place …Alan Nayman
O Hydro

1ST Place …David Newland
2nd Place …Doug Twaits
3rd Place …Charlie Toms
N2 Mono

1st Place …David Newland
2nd Place …Charlie Toms
3rd Place …Chris Costanza
Q Hydro

1st Place …Doug Twaits
2nd Place …Randy Naylor
3rd Place …Dan Fine
O SPORT HYDRO
1ST Place …Alan Nayman
2nd Place ...Chris Costanza
3rd Place …Randy Naylor  
N2 Hydro
1st Place …Doug Twaits
2nd Place …David Newland
3rd Place …Pete Boyle
O Mono

1ST Place …Randy Naylor
2nd Place …Chris Fine
3rd Place …David Newland
N1 Mono
1ST Place …Jeff Shriver
2nd Place …Dan Fine
3rd Place …Alan Nayman
P Offshore

1st Place …Steve Reesor
2nd Place …Howard Tucker
3rd Place …Larry Jaques
Q Offshore

1st Place …John Hainer
2nd Place …Doug Twaits
3rd Place …Kelly Brooks
S OFFSHORE

1st Place …Doug Twaits
2nd Place …Chris Fine
3rd Place …Howard Tucker
Q Mono
1st Place …Chris Fine
2nd Place …Tom Costello
3rd Place …Neil Reesor
T Mono
1st Place …Chris Fine
2nd Place …Ken Joye
3rd Place …Howard Tucker
P Hydro

1st Place …Randy Naylor
2nd Place …Doug Twaits
3rd Place …Dan Fine
Limited Sport Hydro

1st Place …Charlie Toms
2nd Place …Pete Boyle
3rd Place …Chris Costanza
1/8th Scale Sport Hydro

1st Place …Chris Fine
2nd Place …Ken Joye
3rd Place…Paul Pachmayer
P Mono
1st Place …Neil Reesor
2nd Place …David Newland
3rd Place .....Charlie Toms
Q/S Sport Hydro

1st Place … Doug Twaits
2nd Place … Alan Nayman
3rd Place … Larry Jaques
N2 1/16th Scale Sport Hydro
1st Place …Neil Reesor
2nd Place …Jay Stoltz
3rd Place …Alan Nayman
S Hydro
1st Place …Doug Twaits
2nd Place …Chris Fine
3rd Place …Randy Naylor
T Offshore

1st Place …Chris Fine
2nd Place …Doug Twaits
3rd Place …Dan Fine
 
  Crackerbox
1st Place …Jay Stoltz
2nd Place …Tom Costello
3rd Place …Josh Joye
 

MMEU MC5 CONCOURS Winners

N-2 OFFSHORE
MHZ Shockwave
Kelly Brooks
P/Q OFFSHORE
BBY Phantom
Randy Naylor
S/T OFFSHORE
Aeromarine Donzi
Dennis Whitt
1/8 th SCALE HYDRO
Valasko U-64 Squire Shop
Ken Joye
N-2 1/16 SCALE HYDRO
Finlay Shovel (wood)
Paul Pachmayer
LSH
H&M Bud VIPER
Larry Jaques
P-SPORT HYDRO
H&M LIFTER
Paul Pachmayer
Q/S SPORT HYDRO
BBY War Eagle
Randy Naylor
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