So a little back history to me. Having gotten into this great hobby at the age of 12 I have owned my share of kits from offroad cars, monster trucks, concepts and oval racers. Coming into my 20’s I found my favorite to be oval racing. Being a Nascar fan back in the days before national TV coverage and favoring the legacy of Earnhardt I put the most into running circles.
After racing it for about 10 years it broke my heart when I had to give it up. There was a turn in the tides of racing that I couldn’t seem to go with. Things were becoming too political with battery and motor wars vs people willing to spend the time and money to go fast. Back then we were running brushed motors and 6cell packs. You had to actually work on your motors to make them fast and I loved that. There was none of this turn the timing up or bolt in a bigger Kv motor.
Oval racing was also on the swing to decreasing voltage by going to 4cell packs. They hoped this would end the battery wars, slow the cars down to controllable speeds and bring some cost control into racing. The problem was now battery numbers became more critical, you were spending more on packs having to buy more, the fast guys remained fast and the slow guys still didn’t win. But hey the mass’s got what they wanted and well thankfully Lipo and Brushless leveled the wars for a little while.
Now fast forward to nearly 15 years later and thankfully oval racing is still around and going fast. A lot has changed and thankfully the basics are still there. Yes its different speeds but the enjoyment of tinkering and dialing in a setup is still needed and that’s what I always liked about it. You work hard and learn and you get rewarded on the track. You try things and the track tells you if it was good. The funny thing about oval racers, and I can say this being that I was one hardcore for a while, is they race on the bench just as hard as they do on the track. It’s funny to say it but you listen to an oval racer talk and you’ll understand it.
So here we are in our first year of business and things are going great. Our Crawler products are on a steady sales trend and that hobby looks like its making an upswing. We’ve got custom parts going out almost weekly it seems for individuals and we have our services being used by other vendors for products they sell. Things feel really good knowing we have been able to bring things to life. Now as winter is here for us we have more doors opening.
Still being a racer at heart and a racer locally we have the chance to bring some other items to our favorite local hobby shop. With that being possible our good friend and owner was putting the bug in my ear about designing and building an SK car for oval racing. After a couple weeks of bringing it up and catching site and look over of one I got my wheels turning. I looked all over the normal oval sites, browsed a bunch of companies and got in touch with a local flat track driver I knew could point me in all the right directions.
3 weeks later I had a bunch of notes, parts, ideas, some cad files and a prototype cut up. This is really happening I thought. So got some things together on the first cut and noticed some changes, that’s what a prototype is for. Sent a picture to my buddy and first thing he says is when you gonna go racing. What! But he is right, I really need to get this down on the track.
So with that said – I got to ordering. In the next week or so Im hoping to have myself the very first rolling prototype Krazed Builds SK car. Since the first cut Ive worked in a couple changes for tuning and strength so the cuts will change but for now Ill slide a sneak peak of the direction we are in.
Really am excited to be part of and have the ability to design and bring an actual car to the sport. From here its who knows but everyone starts with a flat piece of material.