2018 NAMBA Nats: Special thanks from Tim Martin


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Jay Stone

Well-Known Member
Sep 11, 2003
Tim asked me to please post this for him. He wants to thank all of the amazing sponsors!


The 2018 NAMBA Nationals have now come and gone. It was a long year of work that turned into a last minute whirlwind trying to get it all finished as the deadlines approached. It’s kind of surreal now to sit back as it’s all now in the record books and the District 20 guys head back home to start their task of getting ready for their event in 2019!

This process is one that I had previously experienced when our club hosted the IMPBA Gas Nationals in 2012. However, when I took on this task again my friend Jay Stone offered his assistance. He kept mentioning that we would far exceed what I had done and sought in 2012. I initially thought he was crazy, but once we got started I realized a method to his madness. We literally left no stone unturned. We reached out to tons of companies. Many didn’t contribute, but some did. Quickly learned that you won’t get anything if you don’t ask!

We talked daily and game planned contacts, letters, emails and who to target for that week. It took time and we hounded some sponsors. I was worried about contacting people more than once or even twice, but Jay reassured me that many of these companies are a one-man operation. He kept reiterating that if you do it professionally and keep organized on your contacts, it won’t end up being as bad as I thought. Many sponsors would end up stating just that, sorry, got tied up working on stuff and lost track of time, thanks for reminding me, etc.. So, we did.

One of our most important goals we set was to make sure to get all of the classes sponsored and do so by all the deadline dates. We were able to do just that! Thanks to all the amazing people who contributed and sponsored classes for the event! These great sponsors stepped up and remitted their payments in timely fashion and really helped everything to get going on solid footing.

Raffle sponsors were stating they’d contribute. But we weren’t receiving much. Many stated to reach out closer to the event date. This worried me and Jay kept assuring me that they’d come through if we kept in contact. He said the last few weeks that the deliveries would start to amaze me and I’d be freaked by all of the stuff coming in. He was right! UPS, FEDEX and the USPS were dropping multiple packages off daily. Our amazing raffle sponsors came through for us in a major way. I am truly proud of what we had to offer our guests in the raffle. I think we had a pretty solid array of items for all power disciplines and items for just about everyone! Thanks again to the many generous sponsors who graciously donated to our event!

Branding the event became something very important to us. Working with Dallas RC Thunderboats club member Tim Folts and his co-worker Thomas Williams we were able to create some amazing signage for the event. From awesome start tables they designed, to the multiple banners and signs seen around the site – we worked to make sure people arriving knew this was the 2018 NAMBA Nationals. There was also a bit of a surprise for Jim Nissen as decals were created and placed on the dock the city built for the club, naming it the “Jim’s RC Boat Dock”. Tim and Thomas didn’t stop there, as they even made us decals and various other awesome signs seen at the site and banquet. We had great posters and artwork for just about everything!


I was also tasked with the retrieve boat operations. I made sure our retrieve boat was service and ready. My son, Brandon took a week off work to help run the retrieve boat all by himself all week. He knew he’d get paid for his efforts and that definitely motivated him to provide for his new wife and child. However, he doesn’t mess around and told me many times that he wanted to help out to make sure that if there was any time wasted putting on heats it was because of the CD and not the retrieve boat operator. He did an amazing job and I couldn’t be more proud as a father. The standing ovation Brandon received was heartwarming and I can’t thank you all enough.

Last, but not least I want to thank Tommy Wagner and his family for all of their help with the raffle during the week. Tommy’s wife, Jeri and their daughters Jennifer Cotton and Amanda Reynolds went above and beyond selling tickets and getting word out about the raffle. They worked tirelessly each day and I want to thank each of them from the bottom of my heart. Tommy and Jeri’s grand daughter, Lesly Mooney also performed the National Anthem for our guest several days and she was outstanding! Reita Wahe was a superstar as always! She worked her tail off all week helping me with everything! I can't thank her enough!!!

We tried to do a few fun things during the week. The Knucklehead 500 was a spur of the moment idea that turned into something pretty awesome. More information about that is on another thread. The “Have a Beer with Tim” was a lot of fun. It was something silly Jay came up with for everyone to have an opportunity to have a beer along with the BBQ Friday night. Much like D19 had the free beer for guests last year. All in all, we really wanted to make sure guests had a blast and that we did all we could to make sure our part in the event was spot on. We are blown away by the feedback and the fun people said they had. So thank you again to everyone who was apart of this event! Sponsors, club members, district members, racers, city and park officials, everyone had a part in making this a great event!

I asked Jay if he would make audio files to help aid our CD’s each day. He did this for the IMPBA Nitro Nats this year and we felt it would help make sure our sponsors earned the recognition they deserved. They were played a few times through out the week. I will thank each day’s class sponsors below and attach one of that days file for you to hear. At the very end I will play one of the Raffle Sponsor files.

Saturday – October 20, 2018 ---
GX1 Crackerbox – R&S Racing
P Limited Tunnel – Golf Cart Solutions
A Mono – NAMBA District 9
A OPC Tunnel – Team ED

Audio file: http://www.albqhdracers.com/jrcbdnats/audiofiles/01-SATURDAY-Class Sponsors.mp3

Sunday – October 21, 2018 ---
Jersey Skiff – Loveless Racing
P Limited Outrigger – NAMBA District 20
B Mono – Double Ace Racing Products
A Hydro – A/A Engines
Lonestar Enduro – Performance Unlimited

Audio file: http://www.albqhdracers.com/jrcbdnats/audiofiles/02-SUNDAY-Class Sponsors.mp3

Monday – October 22, 2018 ---
GX2 Crackerbox – Don & Reita Wahe
G1 Mono – CoCr Racing Propellers USA
P Catamaran – Dave Rychalsky
C Mono – Rum Racing Products
B Hydro – A/A Engines
B OPC Tunnel – Lohring Miller

Audio file: http://www.albqhdracers.com/jrcbdnats/audiofiles/03-MONDAY-Class Sponsors.mp3

Tuesday – October 23, 2018 ---
GX2 Catamaran – Ken Owen’s Battery
Sportsman Mono – Jerry Wright
P Limited Catamaran – Pro Marine RC
P Mono – Offshore Electrics
C Hydro – A/A Engines
B Mod OPC Tunnel – Lohring Miller

Audio file: http://www.albqhdracers.com/jrcbdnats/audiofiles/04-TUESDAY-Class Sponsors.mp3

Wednesday – October 24, 2018 ---
GX2 Mono – Ken Owen’s Battery
Gas Outboard Tunnel – Odessa RC Association
G1 Outrigger – Ronnie King
P Limited Sport Hydro – Giant Power/Mojo Racing
A Mod OPC Tunnel – Team ED

Audio file: http://www.albqhdracers.com/jrcbdnats/audiofiles/05-WEDNESDAY-Class Sponsors.mp3

Thursday – October 25, 2018 ---
G1 Catamaran – Rio Grande Racers
GX2 Sport Hydro – Dasboata Propellers
1/8 Scale Electric – Rattlesnake RC
P Sport Hydro – Dave Rychalsky
X Mono – Velasco’s Crankshaft Service
Gas Team Marathon – Herzog Racing Products

Audio file: http://www.albqhdracers.com/jrcbdnats/audiofiles/06-THURSDAY-Class Sponsors.mp3

Friday – October 26, 2018 ---
G1 Sport Hydro – RJF Performance Parts
GX2 Outrigger – Gary & Loretta Gould
T Mono – A/A Engines
Twin Rigger – Jerry & Brenda Roberts
Sport 40 – Virginia Craftsman
Paddleboat – Scottsdale Model Boaters

Concourse Trophies: Ken Olson Crafts

Audio file: http://www.albqhdracers.com/jrcbdnats/audiofiles/07-FRIDAY-Class Sponsors.mp3

Saturday – October 27, 2018 ---
Classic Thunderboat – Voodoo Model Boat Club
Gas Scale Unlimited – Lonestar Communications
P Limited Mono – Pro Marine RC
Q Sport Hydro – Heart of Texas Model Boat Club
1/8 Scale Nitro – Dave Rychalsky

Audio file: http://www.albqhdracers.com/jrcbdnats/audiofiles/08-SATURDAY-Class Sponsors.mp3

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Thank you to all of these great raffle sponsors:
A Main Hobbies
A/A Engines – Al Hobbs
Adam Martin
Assault Racing Designs
Blazer Marine
Brent Byers Solid Flex Drives
Castle Creations
CC Racing Engines
CMB Engines/Crapshooter Boats
CoCr Racing Propellers – Dave Pillado
Competition Marine Design
Dan Ellison
Daniel Place
Double Ace Racing Products
Ferrette-Stirton Racing
FHS Redmax
Fullthrottle RC
G Force Hydro Props
Gas RC Products 
Gizmo Motors
Herzog Racing Products
Hitec RCD
Hobbytown USA
Holiday Motorsports Awnings – Richard Hallet
Huff Racing
Hurricane Boats
Insane Boats
Jerry and Brenda Roberts
Jim Feener
Jim’s RC Boat Dock
K&D InnoVations
Kartland Performance
Klotz Lubricants
Lucas Oil Products
Marine Max
Maston’s Marine
Maxima Racing Oils
Mighty Max Carts
NAMBA District 7
NAPA Auto Supply
NovaRossi Marine USA
O’reilly Autoparts
Octura Model Products
Outlaw Racing Products – Russ Stark
Oxidean Marine
Phil Thomas Hydros
Propworks West – Brent Daily
Randy Rapedius
RC Boatworks
RP Motorsports
Rum Racing Products
Seaducer Boats
Seebold Custom Machining
Sonic Tronics/McDaniels
Stoner Racing Design
T-Mod Racing
Tanks-2-U – Walt Barney
Allen Terry Racing Products
Texas Roadhouse
Venom CC Racing
Virginia Craftsman
Voodoo Propellers
VP Racing Fuel
Warpath Riggers
Wes Ellet Custom Graphics
Zipp Kits
Zook Rods and Design
Audio file: http://www.albqhdracers.com/jrcbdnats/audiofiles/01-SATURDAY-Raffle Sponsors.mp3
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