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Gary Vogel writes:

Second quarter brings more action to the report.  Racing season is well underway and so far has been going well.  I’m racing primarily at Battleground Speedway in my home town, Muskogee Ok. I’m racing 2 cars, Electric 8th scale L8ight model and 10th scale dominator and am currently first place in both classes and race my 8th scale Nitro, when I get the opportunity,  which is also undefeated. Won 6 out of 7 races so far. I’ve had the privilege of running in a few special races out of state, Missouri and Arkansas and made it home with a couple of trophies.  Looking forward to the rest of the season and thank you Boca Bearing for the way you support your racers. I can’t tell you how proud and honored I am to be sponsored by your outstanding Company.

Sincerely,
Gary Vogel
Gary Vogel writes:
Second quarter brings more action to the report.  Racing season is well underway and so far has been going well.  I’m racing primarily at Battleground Speedway in my home town, Muskogee Ok. I’m racing 2 cars, Electric 8th scale L8ight model and 10th scale dominator and am currently first place in both classes and race my 8th scale Nitro, when I get the opportunity,  which is also undefeated. Won 6 out of 7 races so far. I’ve had the privilege of running in a few special races out of state, Missouri and Arkansas and made it home with a couple of trophies.  Looking forward to the rest of the season and thank you Boca Bearing for the way you support your racers. I can’t tell you how proud and honored I am to be sponsored by your outstanding Company.
Sincerely,
Gary Vogel

Eric Gann writes:

I ended up taking 2nd place in 2wd shortcourse modified in the g speed championship series with my proline pro 2 short course truck. I’m the current points leader in the citylimits shortcourse modified class and 3rd in points with my 1/8th electric late model with me missing a few races with it. Used my lightning lube on all my bearing an is amazing.. thanks for the support in 2014 .

Written by Syd:
The Crested Butte Ultra Enduro was an incredible adventure — four days of backcountry racing followed up by one day of downhill runs in the Evolution Bike Park. It was gnarly, beautiful and badass. For the first two days, we were out on the bike for over six hours. Staying hydrated and well fueled for that much time out on the trail was definitely the biggest challenge. (Okay, staying upright while careening at 40 miles per hour down Doctor Park Trail was also a challenge.) We filled up our hydration packs whenever possible, drank multiple bottles of Osmo Active Hydration and consumed at least five Taos Mountain Energy Bars a day. For the first few days, we finished around 5pm and then proceeded to eat whatever we could get our hands on for the rest of the day. If nothing else, stage racing is an excellent excuse to eat 5,000 calorie dinners. 
Macky had a stellar race, battling it out for a podium place with big names like Jerome Clementz, Nate Hills, Curtis Keene, Ross Schnell and others. He had multiple fourth place stage finishes, and was sitting in fifth place for most of the race. Unfortunately a nasty crash on the second to last run of the last day lost him the podium spot (and resulted in a sprained ankle). He ended up in sixth place, outside of fifth by only 13 seconds. Definitely a bummer, but still a great race for Macky.
This was Syd’s first stage race, and after a completely miserable showing on the first day, she felt better and better each day, and ended up finishing 8th overall. After the first day, she was considering swearing off bikes altogether — by day five, she was toying with the idea of racing Trans-Provence next year. Hmmm… Like Macky, Syd also went down on the last day, sacrificing a large area of skin to the dirt gods. But hey, this is what mountain biking is all about, right? Right. 
Because we’re experts in overcommitting ourselves, we finished the race and immediately headed to the Durango airport to fly to Las Vegas for Interbike. We met up with Sean and a spent an exhausting, but fruitful, five days meeting up with our awesome sponsors and spending obscene amounts of money on bad food. While it was awesome to meet up with a lot of you guys and discuss exciting plans for next year, we were officially Vegas-ed out by Friday, and so relieved to make it back to the cool, green New Mexico mountains. (Do any bike people actually LIKE Vegas? Can we please mutiny and move it to Colorado?)
Now we have four days to unpack and then repack for a month in Europe. Syd will be attending a writing conference in Italy and Macky will be racing Trans-Provence in France and hopefully the EWS Finals in Italy. Like we mentioned, experts in overcommitting.
Feel free to use the attached photos and thanks for all your support!
Syd, Macky and Sean

Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

BuildersBot

The creator’s reason for building the machine was because he needed a CNC and a 3D printer to develop one of his other projects. So instead of buying two machines, he decided to build one machine that could do both CNC milling and 3D printing. The 3D printing part is great for big objects, and eventually for applying new extruders that can extrude new materials (foods, metal, etc.). In the future, its creator intends to attach a laser diode on the machine to allow for laser cutting and engraving.

The BuildersBot is an Arduino Controlled CNC Router and 3D printer. The BuildersBot is an Open Design machine, that uses Open Software and Open Hardware. It is a product of open projects such as the RepRap, Arduino and Repetier. The Buildersbot uses 12 small ball bearings on the X and Y axis and a single ball-screw and nut on the Z axis. It also has 12 linear bearing pillow blocks.

Though ambitious, Buildersbot is only one of many contenders in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out Buildersbot and others entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=145

Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

Smartphone Controlled Rotary Display Stand

The idea behind the Smartphone Controlled Rotary Display Stand is to create a motorized Display stand, that can be controlled manually, or remotely by using your smartphone or your Windows Linux or Mac Computer’s wireless Bluetooth connectivity. Its creator’s goal was to allow a user to control the position of their Monitors using a motorized stand instead of having to manually adjust the position of the monitor.

The motorized monitor stand can be used to remotely adjust the pan position of your monitor without the need to fiscally move the monitor. Some monitors have a dead angle view point depending on the angle you are looking at it, this stand allows you to rotate the monitor in the direction where you are located. The bearing this project is using is a “home made marble bearing”, but a commercial version could use a lazy susan bearing instead.

Though interesting, the Smartphone Controlled Rotary Display Stand is only one of many contenders in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out this project and others entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=144

Upcoming RC race!Club Name: SHARCEvent name: 6th Annual Steve Raddatz Memorial RaceEvent Address: 2086 Missouri StreetEvent City: TuscumbiaEvent state: Alabama

Upcoming RC race!

Club Name: SHARC
Event name: 6th Annual Steve Raddatz Memorial Race
Event Address: 2086 Missouri Street
Event City: Tuscumbia
Event state: Alabama

The Canadian 5ifth Scale Nationals. A beautiful sight to behold.

Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

The Dream Machine is a functional work of art that helps reduce the frequency of nightmares, night terrors, and promotes positive, productive control of dreams in children. The idea of the Dream Machine started with its creator’s mother, when he was a child. He’d have bad dreams frequently at night and his mother had him do the physical motions of the Dream Machine on a wall.

The Dream Machine reduces the frequency of night terrors and bad dreams, promoting control (or at least stability) while sleeping, and a child’s belief in themselves that they will have good dreams about what they’ve put in the machine. A 5/8” inner diameter bearing case is installed as the guide for the hand crank in the top plate of the Dream Machine. An H58-4 (5/8” X 4) hitch pin is used in the bearing casing as the crank’s handle.

Though interesting, the Dream Machine is only one of many contenders in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out the Dream Machine and others entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=142

Boca Bearings presents one of this year’s Innovation Contest entries!

Elysium Exoskeleton

The Exoskeleton creator’s goal is to augment his strength by a factor of at least 2-3 times, which he has already successfully proved in his recent prototype test where he curl 170lbs effortlessly — and that’s only at half system pressure. The end goal for that motion is to be able to curl more than the world record, which is believed to be around 300lbs. Down the road, he hopes to make the exoskeleton very flexible, modular. This project is loosely based off of the exoskeleton shown in the movie Elysium, starring Matt Damon.

There are a lot of functional reasons why exoskeletons could be useful — disaster relief, restoring ability to people with disabilities, being able to do manual work with ease — the list goes on. Its maker has always been fascinated by the idea of them in movies, now he has the chance to make his own! The project uses spherical rod ends for the shoulder joints which allow much greater flexibility than just a regular bearing.

Though amazing, the Elysium Exoskeleton is only one of many contenders in this year’s Innovation Contest. Be sure to check out the Elysium Exoskeleton and others entries at: http://www.bocabearings.com/innovation-contest/ContestantDetails.aspx?ProjectID=140

An RC racer wrote us:

I’ve raced in 4 different states with close to 1,500 miles separating them.

My Ceramic Orange Seal Boca Bearings are hands down the BEST bearings I’ve used. Smooth, low drag, little maintenance. I’ve yet to have to replace a bearing in ANY of my cars and they’ve definitely taken some abuse, but my bearings still spin fast!

June 2014 – 2014 Best of the Midwest, Summit RC Raceway, IN – 2nd Place – 1/10th 2wd Modified SCT

June 2014 – 2014 Proline King of Kings, Stateline Raceway, IN – 3rd Place – 1/10th 2wd Modified SCT

May 2014 – 2014 Southwest Showdown, ARCOR, NM – TQ and 1st Place – 1/10th 2wd Stock SCT

May 2014 – 2014 Southwest Showdown, ARCOR, NM – 2nd Place – 1/10th 2wd Stock Buggy

May 2014 – 2014 ROAR Region 10 Championships, Rocky Mountain RC Raceway, CO – TQ and 1st Place – 1/10th 2wd Stock SCT

April 2014 – 1 Year Anniversary Trophy Race, FORRCA, NM, – TQ and First Place – 1/10th 2wd Modified SCT


Alec Sanderson