Cabin Fever 2017 lewiston idaho

The Cabin Fever R/C Supercross race in Lewiston Idaho has become a fixture of the racing scene in the greater north west region and this year, I got to go and experience it! Known as the first dirt race of the year in this area it has become something of a legendary event. Intrigued by the stories, I joined my local club racing buddy and Maclan teammate Rob in his RV for the eight and a half hour trek from Vancouver (after 3 hrs in snow from Whistler the day before!) and we made it to the Lewiston Roundup mid afternoon on the Friday which had been assigned for practice. The event would go on to draw 296 entries, supposedly a record, and ensuring stacked fields stuffed with ever-emerging local talent. As first time visitors Rob and I were definitely going in a bit blind and not really knowing what to expect. Well, we did know one thing actually. It was going to be cold.

We had both committed to racing 1/8 expert e-buggy and 4wd modified buggy, with Rob also deciding to run his Kyosho RB6 in the 2wd modified buggy class. I, of course, wasn’t even close to being completely ready to practice and I think it cost me in the end as the track had some technical features and an ever changing racing surface. This made tire choice critical and throttle control mandatory and in the end my results weren’t all that good. I had a great time nonetheless. Rob on the other hand had some decent results in Saturdays qualifying and triple A-main appearances in all classes on Sunday, bringing home some hard-earned swag after also battling the challenging surface.

I would like to thank my sponsors Maclan Racing, GoGoHobbies and Hi-Performance Distributors for their support. Thank you Rob for ¬†getting us there and back safely, save for one tire change the drive was pleasantly uneventful. It must be said that the landscape east of the Snoqualmie Pass, when caked with snow as it was on our trip, is unlike anything I have ever seen. I live in the mountains and am very familiar with snow covered peaks but to see such an expansive area of rolling hills like eastern Washington layered as far as the eye can see…that is nothing short of stunning. Well worth the journey if you ever get the chance.

As always my trusty Nikons were in tow and I find shooting frames to be a relaxing way to forget my frustrations on the track! The conditions weren’t favourable, the lighting made for some challenges but just like the past two weekends I battled through it and reeled off some decent shots. You can scroll down to see ten of the best, and then click through the links below to see complete albums.

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