Friday, 21 January 2011 10:01
It was another fantastic day of racing at Kalaeloa Raceway Park with January's first HulaCross of 2011! The stage has been set for what is expected to be an exciting season of Hula-X action, with some serious potential for fun and excitement.
The day started off with two hours of practice consisting of open lapping where our line-up of drivers learned the extremely technical course. The front half of the course, consisting of the run down from the HulaCross jump and mudpit towards Bunker 3, is always different at each event. This event's course was slow and required serious concentration in order to maneuver through without getting stuck. It did provide for even more time in front of the main section of spectators, which was very pleasing as a result.
The action then kicked into high gear when our drivers went for the time attack in their chosen mounts. The timing system is proving to be a reliable workhorse when configured properly, and our driver's seemed happy with the very accurate systems. These times were then used to determine the initial heats for our foray into Hulagan Racing. Mike Ward, once again, proved that he's got the chops and the vehicle to get it done by taking the Fastest Lap of the day by an impressive three seconds! The battle for second and third was closely contested with Davin Kubo and Steve Oliberos separated by only a margin .83 seconds followed by newcomer Thomas Carter in his white Subaru Impreza.
There were lots of new faces at this event, and even some old hands like Graham Henderson who was a frequent Drift Session participant. Peter Crouch was a great example of someone doing very well against the heavy hitters with his Suzuki Samurai, knocking out a 1:15.9 for seventh place. We think he's great proof that it's all about the driver when it comes to events like this. Steven Chong led an impressive charge in his bright red Suzuki Amigo and determined the middle of the pack which ran all the way up into the 1:29 second range. This event just keeps getting better and better, and the participants are becoming faster and faster.
Special mention is Cliff Wicklund and his friend Cavan Medeiros with their awesome dune buggies. These guys were amazing to watch thanks to their quick spins around super-tight corners thanks to their turning brakes. We'd like to see more dune buggies attend the events...with enough, we'd like to open up their own buggy class, so if you've got a buggy, come join us!
Hulagan Racing is all about flag to flag, wheel 2 wheel action...and this is definetly the highlight of the event. We had two fast and furious heats of vehicles all pressing for the lead. Mike Ward was incredibly fast, claiming the lead immediately, and holding it against Steve Oliberos in a spectacular battle to the finish for the first heat. Graham did a great job holding his own in his first foray into the event. It's too bad he lives on the mainland, because we'd certainly like to see him again. The second heat was lead by Landon Paras in his dark green Saturn, beeping his horn constantly in either what was a sign of happiness or the fact his hands were all over the wheel! It was also great to see one of our HulaBeater Rentals make it into the final heat with Gilbert Valdez doing well in the Nissan Maxima he chose to run. These HulaBeaters are simply awesome in the fact that you can rent one, and then run it all day with little worry about fixing it later.
The final battle was an intense contest between the top three heavy hitters, David Rodgrigues, Mike Ward, and Steve Oliberos. From the beginning, David Rodrigues commanded a heavy lead over Mike Ward who started way back in the pack. Mike fought his way up, and thanks to a red flag, was able to close the gap and eventually pass David on the main straight leading up to the tabletop jump. For a moment, David's V8 Cherokee was able to contest the pass on the entrance to the following turn, but Mike's 4-cyl turbo Subaru had the better speed and power-to-weight ration, and rocketed away. It was a battle of atrrition for the remaining vehicles as one-by one they fell victim to the rapidly detoriating road surfaces. Poor Steve became embroiled in traffic jam and dropped back to fifth place. Landon Paris was fortunate to walk away with a very successful third place followed by Cy Thomas in fourth. All in all, it was a fantastic event that really showed off the crowd-pleasing excitement that HulaCross can generate.
In addition to the main events, we also had a short 5-lap RallyRig Battle! Two semi-rigs went toe-to-toe in the dirt and resulted in some spectacular crashing and bashing as well as some incredible 6-wheel drifts through the mud! It was a great end cap to the event!
We hope to see all of you at future HulaCross events...if you haven't been to one of our events, then you don't know what you're missing! Come on out and check us out! Click the link to view the results or follow the navigation by going to Motorsports - Hula-X - Results - 2011!
And don't forgt, you can check out all of the amazing photos at our official KRP Facebook page!
Thursday, 13 January 2011 21:03
We're very happy to announce a new rental program for our HulaCross Extreme Rally-X! Starting January 16th, 2011, we'll have vehicles available for rent for a $200 rental fee! This rental fee includes your $50 run card! This is on a first come, first serve basis and is subject to vehicle availability. If the vehicle breaks during your rental, you will not be responsible for its repair or replacement! All rentees will need to sign waivers in order to participate!
Registration for our January HulaCross will be in the morning! Pre-Reg will be available for our February event!
Come join the big dogs and get dirty with us!
Kalaeloa Raceway Park
Friday, 07 January 2011 16:13
Rain...rain..and more rain! Rain was the word of the day for our scheduled Christmas Sand Drag on Dec 26th. All week long it came down hard...hard enough to turn half of the park into a muddy mess. Come Sunday morning, the day after-Christmas...even with one day of sun, it simply wasn't enough to dry everything out. With respect towards the Navy and the use of their road, George Grace III, decided to postpone the Christmas Sand Drags until Jan 2nd. And although January 2nd came without rain, it was still wet and dirty; it was just how we like it!
It wasn't just the rain that took it's toll at this event, but the month long holiday really took its toll on participants and drivers alike; both on their wallets and their time. In an effort to share some Christmas cheer, December's (now January!) Christmas Sand Drags was a double-purse event! In effect, every entry fee paid towards the purse was doubled by KRP & Paradise Lua owners, George & Jeanette Grace III! Much mahalos to them for continuing to support our racers and our spectators!
We'll have all of the photos of the event posted by Saturday, including the winners receiving their purses at our official Facebook page so check it out! Like us if you haven't!
Congratulations to our winners! For final results, please click the following link or go to the Motorsports > Sand Drags > Results > 2010 > December section on the Navigation above!
For those of you that were unable to make it, we hope that you'll join us for our January 30th, 2011 event...the first official season Test N' Tune FOR POINTS! These points will be tallied up at the end of the year for a shot at the overall Points Championship, so its important to attend all of the Quarterly Test N' Tunes! The mandatory Driver's Meeting for this event is Jan 19th at The Sandbox on Sand Island!
We'll also be giving away a Flat Screen TV to a lucky spectator plus even more prize give-aways so make sure you come out and join the fun!
In addition to doubling the winning purses for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, KRP also gave tons of sponsored prizes from 4Wheel Parts, Montgomery Motors, and our good friends at Aloha Automotive Distributing! These companies generously donated tons of prizes for our valued spectators, so we invite you all to please check out their stores! We support those who support us, and we hope that you will join us! A big mahalo to Island 98.5 for help with advertising!
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 19:26
We're very happy to present the first SCCA RallyCross video filmed by KRP! For those of you that don't know, SCCA RallyCross is a very fun and safe way to test and improve your offroad driver skills in your own personal vehicle against the clock. The timed course is wide and free of obstructions and ran on mixed terrain.
SCCA RallyCross is the third off-road event held at Kalaeloa Raceway Park. It's cheap and easy to run, so if you've got a hunger for some serious off-roading, then come out to our next RallyCross in February and check it out! For now, enjoy this short video and see all the fun they're having!
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 13:16
Congratulations to Rose-Lyn Kalei, winner of Montgomery Motors' Cruise Into Christmas Contest! Over the past month, 87 contest entrants were presented with a key that could start the brand new, 2010 Suzuki Boulevard. At the NAPA Sand Drag Challenge held on November 27th, Rose-Lyn was one of our 10 lucky key winners!
On December 18th, the key holders attend a special event at Montgomery Motors Cycle Sports where Rose-Lyn's key started the bike! We're very happy that one of our spectators won this amazing holiday gift! We'd like to thank Montgomery Motors and all of their staff for putting on such a fantastic contest and giving away what is truly one of the best gifts you can give!
Check out Montgomery Motors' Cycle Sports Hawaiil website for more info on their great deals and professional customer service! In addition, a big thank you to Country 97.5 and Kool Gold 107.9 for providing great coverage of this contest and our event!
And Rose, make sure you bring that beautiful bike by the track sometime!
Saturday, 18 December 2010 00:00
You may view it through the Motorsports - SCCA RallyCross - Results menu link, or view it by double-clicking the below link:
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