FPV Fall Classic Drone Race Presented by ReadyMadeRC Oct 24-25, 2015 in Ham, ON, CA

Discussion in 'Drone Events' started by jscully, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. jscully

    jscully New Member

    Oct 9, 2015
    On the heels of the Fat Shark Frenzy / Canadian Drone Nationals, our team is now excited to announce the 2015 FPV Fall Classic Drone Race October 24-25, 2015 at RC Acres in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

    This venue is host to Outdoor Large Scale Surface Racing (1/5 Scale) and indoor Electric and Nitro Surface Racing (1/8 Scale)... known already as an RC Theme Park, the addition of Quadcopters flown through FPV will be the icing on the cake this Fall to showcase 3D Racing in Hamilton!

    With our newly launched FPV Racing Events Team, combined with the venue owner, a former Moto GP and motocross racer, we are excited to release an exciting layout for both beginner pilots and National Champions.  Hairpin Turns, several changes in elevation, a tunnel PLUS a 50' ROLLERCOASTER Feature!  (see map below)

    Saturday brings optional Open Practice for pilots to acclimate themselves with the course; Practice will run from 10am - Dinner.  Following Dinner we will host a Dash-For-Cash Twilight Race... $20 Entry, Winner (top-3) Take All! 

    Sunday brings Championship Racing, which will run extremely smoothly using our two Race Directors (one lead, one Flight Line Director).

    *** Food Truck On-site!  (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner available both days.)

    *** Powered Pits Available (bring table/chair/tent, though some tables and cover will be available).

    *** Overnight Parking Available (though it is late October).  Nearby Accommodations Available.  Close to Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario.

    *** NEW! We will feature a Prop Zone filled with replacement props. Bring your broken props in from racing and trade them in for new ones... FREE... while quantities last

    *** NEW! I'm waiting on confirmation early next week on our contingency plans should it rain either day or both. I can tell you that I have 2 separate locations within 10 minutes that are indoors, spacious, and will allow for the event to roll on.  The only thing I'm waiting on is for confirmation on a 3rd location that may suit better than the previously mentioned contingency plans.... and it may be perfect for an early winter race as well.... regardless... Rain or Shine, we'll be FPV Racing

    Register Now (your registration helps in the process of acquiring sponsors and fuelling the team to give 'er)



    Register Now (your registration helps in the process of acquiring sponsors and fuelling the team to give 'er)
    The ‪#‎FPVfallclassic‬ October 24-25 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada has locked in an indoor rain-out venue as backup w/ a 100' x 200' flying space! Less than 40 minutes away from the planned venue.
    The walls are predominantly insulated or covered, and are a majority concrete, so multiplexing should be minimal.
    There is ample pit space, power for pits and within proximity of a city.
    Rain or shine, the #FPVfallclassic will move on with a full schedule and full grids!
    Get Registered today: http://fpvracingevents.com/events[​IMG]
    Official Hotel:
    We’ve secured rooms for FPV Racers just 15 minutes down the road at the Days Inn for the FPV Fall Classic Drone Race presented by ReadyMadeRC, LLC

    Hang your goggles at Days Inn Brantford
    460 Fairview Dr,
    Brantford, ON
    N3R 7A9

    $89 + tax (save 15%)
    includes 2 Queen Beds, free parking, wifi plus pool & gym passes for the Wayne Gretzky Centre
    use discount code: FPVrace.

    #FPVfallclassic #DroneRace:
    EVERY RACER HAS A CHANCE TO WIN A $100 USD GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR ARMATTAN BEFORE THE RACE! Pre-register today: http://fpvracingevents.com/events
    We're at over 100 Entries for the #‎FPVfallclassic #‎DroneRace presented by ReadyMadeRC!
    Fly over to register today: www.fpvracingevents.com/events
    The countdown is on... are you ready?

    Get registered today: www.FPVracingevents.com/events
    Autobotix, F3Expo and FPV Racing Events want to send you on a trip for a flight of a lifetime!
    The Top Pilot from the FPV Fall Classic Drone Race presented by
    ReadyMadeRC, LLC
    will receive:

    • *** Return Airfare courtesy of AutoBOTix
    • *** Weekend VIP Pass courtesy of F3 Expo
    • *** Race Fees for the Georgia World Congress Center Race courtesy of F3 Expo
    • *** 3 Nights Accommodation at the Hilton Garden Inn courtesy of F3 Expo


    Who Could Win?

    • *** Points will be awarded based on individual class finishes at the FPV Fall Classic Drone Race presented by ReadyMadeRC (more classes, more chances to win)
    • *** The Highest Scoring Pilot has first-right of acceptance of the Prize
    • *** The selected Pilot will race for Autobotix at F3 Expo
    • *** Should the Highest Scoring Pilot be unable to accept the prize (scheduling, sponsor conflict) the next highest scoring Pilot will have the option (until prize is awarded).
    • *** Prize is accepted as awarded, no cash value

    More Information: http://fpvracingevents.com/win-a-trip-to-the-f3expo-at-the-fpv-fall-classic-drone-race-presented-by-readymaderc/
  2. Dava

    Dava Active Member

    Sep 3, 2013
    Walrus polisher.
    That is off the chain! Totally awesome seem to gave thought of everything even local hotel discount. FPV racing is the future.
  3. Sara

    Sara Drone Minds Presenter/Pilot

    Sep 9, 2015
    York, UK
    That sounds amazing, would love to go to something like this one day.
  4. jscully

    jscully New Member

    Oct 9, 2015
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]One week away... [/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Fly an epic course for your chance to win:[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]a) a trip to Atlanta including airfare to fly at [/font][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]F3Expo - Atlanta, Georgia[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]b) prizes from our over 30 prize and in-kind sponsors[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]c) a 3D Trophy[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]d) the title of Champion [/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Join us at the [/font][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]‪#‎FPVfallclassic‬[/font][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif] [/font][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]‪#‎DroneRace‬[/font][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif] presented by [/font][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]The Leader in All Things FPV and Beyond - ReadyMadeRC[/font][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif] at in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada October 24-25, 2015.[/font]
    [font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Register today: [/font][font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif]Register for the FPV Fall Classic Drone Race presented by ReadyMadeRC[/font]
  5. Jonathan

    Jonathan Drone Expert

    Aug 31, 2013
    Drone Aerial Photographer
    Some good names there, should be fantastic.
  6. jscully

    jscully New Member

    Oct 9, 2015
    Race Recap:
    [​IMG]What a weekend!  The FPV Fall Classic Drone Race presented by ReadyMadeRC was an outstanding weekend, aside from the weather.  Our FPV Racing Events team were posed with a decision on Tuesday: indoor or outdoor.  The rain was forecast at 40% for Saturday, so we went ahead with an expansive outdoor layout.  Sadly, Hurricane Patricia rolled in, or at least her remnants, and became the adversary of the event.

    47 different pilots flew around the rain delays on Saturday, and in all the commotion, we were still able to hold approximately an hour of Free Flying, and 24 Controlled heats.  Most pilots had 3 or 4 sessions on the track.

    Sunday brought the big challenge.  Overnight rain had flooded the property, and the flight line was under a foot of water.  The team struck the Flight Line and re-assembled it.  This, in all, combined with registration (opened Sunday because Saturday was damp and windy), delayed our start by 2 hours and 5 minutes.

    From there, we started, but the overnight rain had also drenched and drowned the timing system, which was bagged and taped overnight, but toasted.  The problem was fixed and the two affected heats were ran later.  Midday, the sun, which we had forgotten about, came out and blinded the timing system, so we moved it and commenced again.  The timing system was perfect Saturday (not wet, not blinded by the light), and eventually worked for the balance of RaceDay.

    Around 1pm our Livestream Team, DroneOnFPV arrived to broadcast the "mains" (which should have been starting), and their footage (2pm - 7pm) is captured forever here.

    The positive: our team, strategy and technology were able to keep us at 5 minutes 14 seconds between heats, or "the transitions", and including breaks for tech issues, resorts, etc. we averaged 7 minutes 48 seconds between rounds including all delays, resorts, tech issues (after the start).  This is an outstanding stat (includes quad retrievals and pilots powering on, gridding and returning to their chairs).

    We squeezed in 2 full rounds of qualifying (15 heats of 7-8 each) and the Top-8 in our 5 Classes (plus re-races and reruns/restarts).

    Big stories out of the event:

    • MayMayDay Meyer, Andrew from Vancouver, British Columbia TQ'd (was top qualifier) in all 4 of his classes (4" Props, 5" Props 3S, 5" Props 4S and Open)
    • Gab707 Kocher, Gabriel was the Overall Event Champion by winning 5" Props 4S A-main and Open A-main to win a trip to F3 Expo including hotel, airfare, race fees and a vip pass courtesy of Autobotix and F3 Expo (2nd was V0rtex, 3rd was McCleary11) * based on two best classes
    • Team Detroit Multirotor (DMR) were 1st and 2nd in 5" Props 3S with V0Rtex the A-Main Winner and Vaggy 2nd
    • Fastest Lap out of practice was AwkBots 23.069
    • MayMayDay tied that lap in Qualifier 2, Heat #2 in 5" Props 4S down to the 1,000th!
    • Gab707 had the fastest lap on the course of 22.097 in Open Qualifier 2, Heat #1
    • Immersion RC Raceband Base Stations and VTX Systems worked outstanding, allowing for 8 in the Air in tight racing!  Thanks to New Generation Hobbies for the Raceband Support (and repairs, and repairs)


    We had over 30 prize sponsors, and our thanks to each and every one of them.  We awarded prizing to the Top-5 in each class, and had several tertiary giveaways for returned quads and foot races.  Had the weather been better, we would have had even more fun distributing prizes, we can't wait until the next race.

    Thanks to the pilots for supporting the event and being a part of the success of squeezing it "all in" before complete dark.

    Thank you to the many paid and voluntold crew.  I will forget many, but every little bit helped.  Thank you: Gus and Corin for a majority of the track build, Trevor for the amazing video work and before-and-after event labour, David French for the assist on sponsors and set-up, tear-down, Wayne for being a superstar with tech all weekend, and especially for the direction on the flightline rebuild, Wayne's wife for rebuilding tents, Travis and Marty for the set-up assistance, Lukas for everything, and it was a lot: sponsors, tear down, race regulation, pilot representation, etc., etc., ReadyMadeRC: Joe, Kevin, Travis, AJ for the equipment, sponsorship support, power, tents, flags, shipping and manpower, DroneOnFPV for capturing the day, David Klein (RotorGEEKS) for the use of his Tent and manning the PropZone, Zoltan for the complete management of VTX like a superstar (and rebuilding VTX's Saturday Night), Jay Chrisiano for keeping the race together, Tim (and the lady he appointed) for the timing assistance, Shane for designing the trophies, all the pilots that delivered prizes for the sponsors, the Clintons running the cookhouse and keeping all of our pilots nourished; and anyone else I have forgotten, we certainly appreciate it!


    We pulled off the impossible.
    My mantra has been that no one has pulled off a perfect race in the World (of FPV), and my mandate has been to try to do that every time. Mother Nature is the only thing that barred us from throwing a perfect game this time.
    We've seen the end result: We ran 2 qualifiers of our entire field of 111 entries, and the top-8 in each of our top classes came back to our A-Mains. The last A-main ended a mere minute before it was completely un-flyable. It was a mad rush.
    "We had a great race weekend... barring the weather" has been the feedback.
    But, I really want everyone involved to see the gem inside of the oyster as it were.
    We arrived on Sunday Morning to a completely flooded Flight Line, that had to be rebuild from scratch. That caused a 2 hour, 5 minute delay (in addition to registrations being taken Sunday Morning after the build was almost completed instead of Saturday... because of the rain and wind Saturday it was left to Sunday... a bit of a time burner.)
    We started the race and the Timing System Critically Failed. We had taped and bagged it overnight (same as the sound system which was fine), but water seeped in and toasted one reader.
    The balance of the readers got dried out, set-up and working... and that burnt some more time, especially as we reran 2 heats because of it.
    Then, with the flooding, a GFI tripped and caused a power outage.
    Lastly, the Sun came out in full force and started blinding the infrared readers, and we had to move the timing system.
    In all of the controlled kaos and commotion... we still were pounding stellar transition numbers.
    HEAT TRANSITION AVG NO DELAYS: 5 MINUTES, 14 SECONDS. That's an average of every qualifier and main. The back-to-back races and more. The Mains had a lot of back-to-back because we were forced to cut our lower mains, and even those averaged 5 minutes and 45 Seconds between transitions.
    Including all of the failures and issues from the start of our first race to our last, we averaged 7 minutes, 48 seconds.
    These far exceed our last two marquee events, and any other race we've seen or ascertained stats on.
    We raced 7-8 at a time, and unless we said "hold up", we had people racing non-stop, with just 5 1/4 minutes of clear airspace while we awaited quad retrievals, grid placements and pilots returning to their seats and plugging in.
    There are too many components at play to single any of them out... but together... they all synced well on a hellish day of fierce winds and bitter chill in the air.
    Had we not had the remnants of Hurricane Patricia (which wasn't in the forecast when the decision was made Tuesday about Outdoor or Indoor) we wouldn't have had to start the day 2 hours late (flight line move, rushed registration), and we wouldn't have had the critical timing system failures and repairs (it worked exceptionally well on practice day).... and we would have squeezed in 2 qualifiers and at least 1 Final Main Race in for all Pilots (i.e. qualifiers 19-24 would be the "D-Main" with a chance to qualify into the C-Main, potentially B-main, and even the Top-8 Finale), and our podium would have started by 3:45pm.
    That was a primary goal, that we were so close to achieving.
    Onto the next race (@F3 Expo) and one step closer to perfection.
    Thank you.

    Some video's we've come across

  7. Ragnarok

    Ragnarok Member

    Jul 28, 2015
    Your events seem to be well organized, with a lot of effort put in. Looks like you're collecting a lot of data too, like a pro racing event. This is how it should be done I think.
    jscully likes this.
  8. jscully

    jscully New Member

    Oct 9, 2015
    thanks for the love!

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