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Thursday, July 17, 2014

This weekend, the Shootout Begins!

This weekend is the 17th Annual Hot Rod Hobbies Offroad Shootout! Gates opened today (Thursday the 17th) at 10:00am and practice will run until 6:00pm. We'll have the same schedule on Friday. Saturday morning, there will be one hour of practice from 6:00-7:00am. Then, the drivers' meeting at 7:15am and racing will begin at 8:00am sharp!

There will be three rounds of qualifying, with best two counting toward your main event position. Sunday, practice will run from 6:00-7:15am, and the mains begin at 8:00am. See you all soon!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer is heating up, at Hot Rod Hobbies!

The new layout is in and we are now running dry track, blue groove racing on it! This Saturday is our monthly Racer Appreciation Night, where you can come out and get $5 off your entry fees and enjoy the customary perks of free food and prizes, along with the new layout and dry conditions. Tired of struggling to find traction in the wet? This is for you!

The Hot Rod Hobbies Off-Road Shootout is just weeks away! July 19th and 20th, racers will converge on our blue groove masterpiece from all over the nation and even the globe. It will be a test of grit and driving skill, where the best off-road racers will attempt to place themselves amongst the pantheon of past Shootout legends. All skill levels are welcome to sign up to race and there will be something for everyone, so click the image above to download the flyer and get signed up!

The world famous Hot Rod Hobbies continues to find new ways to add excitement to club racing, with the introduction of the "Local Hero" series! Every two month club series will now have its own sponsors, who have agreed to donate prize giveaways and offer discounts to the winners of every class (those who complete the required five races in a series)! We'll also be giving away a new type of ABS sub-surface printed award plaque to series winners, courtesy of Upgrade RC.

"Local Hero" begins with the start of the July/August series. Click the image above to view the full series flyer!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Shootout layout change & blue groove club racing!

After much consideration, we have decided to install the new track layout next Sunday, June 29th, so that it's ready for the Local Hero series as well as the 2014 Off-Road Shootout. The first race will have to be run wet, on July 1st - but after that, we will run the track dry through the Shootout and beyond! Please note that nitro vehicles will NOT be allowed to run on the very first night of the layout (July 1st) to ensure that the track comes in nicely. If the club racing turnouts continue to be good with the higher traction, blue groove conditions, then we will leave it dry all summer long...but if the turnouts slip, we will go back to running the track wet.

As always, we are looking for a few good men and women to help with the installation of the new track layout. Levi Jackson from SIK Track Designs will once again install the layout but Jimmy has chosen a sweet layout from the past to resurrect for the Local Hero/Shootout, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Upgrade Friday Night Under The Lights!

For this week's Friday Night Under The Lights club race, Upgrade RC wants to give back to the racers for all of their they're running this killer promotion that you don't want to miss!

Friday, May 30, 2014

2014 Hot Rod Hobbies Shootout Official Flyer!

Summer is here, and that means the Hot Rod Hobbies Off-Road Shootout is almost upon us! As always, professional and amateur racers from around the country and indeed, the globe, will converge upon our racing sanctum in the heart of the Santa Clarita Valley, to test their mettle against the best drivers. You don't want to miss it, so click this link to download the PDF flyer, print it out and sign up for your favorite racing classes!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Racer Appreciation Night, Friday May 9th & Shootout Info

Just a heads-up that on Friday, May 9th, we will be having our monthly Racer Appreciation Night, here at the World Famous Hot Rod Hobbies! We will take $5 off each entry fee and free pizza will be provided to all of our drivers. We will also be giving away prizes, as usual. Racing kicks off at 6:30pm so come out and feel appreciated!

We also have more details on the Hot Rod Hobbies Off-Road Shootout, coming this July!

July 19-20, 2014 (2 day event)

Sponsors: Proline, Absolute Hobbyz, JBRL & Upgrade R/C

Race info:

  • Certain ROAR rules will be observed
  • R/C Pro AM – Rookie and pro drivers team up!
  • Awards 1-10 in all A mains, 1-3 in all lower mains
  • Free T-shirt to all paid entrants (1 per driver)
  • No trailers or motor homes please
  • Qual points used in all classes – Best 2 of 3
  • Triple A mains for all classes
  • 2 bump ups
  • Entry Fee: $45 first class, $35 each additional class


Thursday = Practice 9am – 6pm
Friday = Controlled Practice 9am – 6pm
Saturday = Practice 6am – 7:15am, Racing @ 8am, 3 quals
Sunday = Practice 6am – 7:30am, Racing @ 8am, main events


  • 2wd Rookie (17.5 no ESC timing)
  • Spt. Stock Buggy (17.5 no ESC timing)
  • Spt. Stock Truck (17.5 no ESC timing)
  • Super Stock Buggy (13.5 no ESC timing)
  • Modified Buggy
  • Modified Truck
  • 4wd Modified Buggy
  • Spt. Stock Short Course (17.5 no ESC timing)
  • Super Stock Short Course (13.5 no ESC timing)
  • Pro 2 Short Course
  • Spt. 4wd Short Course
  • Pro 4 Short Course
  • 1/8 Electric

Hot Rod Hobbies phone number (661)255-2404 and email

Send check or money order to: Hot Rod Hobbies 25845 Railroad Ave. #21 Saugus CA 91350

PayPal entries to (Please list all your entry info in the “notes” area if paying via PayPal)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New Club Racing Champions for March-April 2014

Summer is on its way and another racing season is in full swing, here at Hot Rod Hobbies! As always, our club racing has been very competitive and with a brand new flowing layout, the coming two-month club series should be a good lead-up to the 2014 Hot Rod Hobbies Off-Road Shootout! Congratulations to our Spring series champions and we look forward to some great racing as the year progresses and new talent joins the fray!

As always, the drivers who finished among the top three in their respective classes and also completed the minimum of five rounds will be entered into our "Top 3" drawing, which will take place on Tuesday, April 29th!

Tuesday Night:

8th Scale - Stephen Bess
4wd Short Course - Brandon Busenbark
10th Scale 4wd Buggy - Mike Maniscalchi
17.5 Short Course - Tim Hanson
17.5 10th Scale - Stephen Bess
Rookie 2wd - Brian Drown

Friday Night:

Open Short Course - Billy Valenzuela
17.5 Short Course - Andrew Suarez
Rookie 2wd - David Shearman
17.5 10th Scale - Mike Maniscalchi
Open 10th Scale - David Willard Jr.
Open Short Course - David Willard Jr.
4wd Short Course - Tracy Grieger

Saturday Night:

Rookie 2wd - Nick Elkins
17.5 10th Scale - Anthony Lizaola
17.5 Short Course - Anthony Lizaola
4wd Buggy - Larry Aronson
4wd Short Course - Chuck Hilyard
8th Scale - Steve Burnside

(Note: Classes with no champion did not have anyone that completed the minimum of five required series races.)