Kind of Like Clockwork – Designer Night at the Races™ #27

Other than a late start due to many late arrivals we had our first event that went off without a hitch last night at K1 Speed in Irvine.  It was also our largest event of the week as 37 racers along with almost a dozen onlookers and cheer leaders took part from 7 different design studios.

DSCN0032There is something extra special about the events when we manage to get this many studios under one roof.  It seems that we finally emphasize the camaraderie over the competition as numerous cases of drivers handing the position back after taking them with questionable nasty passes.


The D-Main race was a sponsor fest as many racers went home early and leave 3 sponsors to battle the lone Design Studio.  In the end it was a very tight field and every driver had a shot at the win based on the fact their best lap times were within a quarter of a second.  Anthony Freeney of Purple Platypus ended up on the top spot on the podium, followed close behind by Jeff Chiu from lacks and Guy Colgate of Tesla.

3rd Anthony Freeney/Purple Platypus

2nd Jeff Vhiu/Lacks, 3rd Anthony Freeney/Purple Platypus, 3rd Guy Colgate/Tesla, Lindsay Blalock/AACA

In the C-Main 5 Design Studios were represented and a different one was in all of the top positions.  Matt Mantz from Honda started third and slowly moved his way to the front for the win for Honda.  Brian Hillner of Bunkspeed finished in second, slightly ahead of Jason Brown from Hyundai, James Dron from Mazda, Michael Kim from Calty Toyota and Jesse Sowden from Kia.

1st Matt Mantz/Honda

2nd Brian Hillner/Bunkspeed, 1st Matt Mantz/Honda, 3rd Jason Brown/Hyundai

In the B-Main it was even more diverse as the top 7 positions were from a  different company.  Masa Tanaka attended the event as a special guest of Calty Toyota and promptly repaid them by beating Tim Farnam from Calty for the top position.  Following up in third place was Nick Renner of GM.  The rest of the field included drivers from Nissan, Hyundai, Tesla, and Mazda.


2nd Tim Farnam/Calty, 1st Masa Tanaka/Magna (racing for Toyota), 3rd Nick Renner/GM

The A-Main was a Nissan affair as they took two places on the podium after the original 3rd place finisher was docked a position for passing under the yellow.  Randy Rodriguez of Nissan ran away from the field and hid and managed a 10 second gap over second place Soomin Choe of Hyundai.  Ryan Campbell of Nissan finished a further 6 seconds back in third place.

Ryan Campbell

2nd Soomin Choe/Hynudai, 1st Randy Rodriguez/Nissan, 3rd Ryan Campbell/Nissan

Randy Rodriguez managed the fastest lap of the evening at 23.389 as he and Soomin Choe of Hyundai were invited to come to Carlsbad and race again by sponsor Bunkspeed.


Thanks to the additional attendance and Bunkspeed’s 5th place finish the Sponsors moved into the lead by 4 points over BMW Designworks.  Honda added a point with a extra attendee and held on to their 3rd place position.  Nissan moved into a 4th place tie with GM dropping Tesla a position to 5th.  Hyundai moved into 6th place with Soomin Choe’s 2nd place finish followed by Hyundai, Mazda and Volvo.

DESIGNER NIGHT at the RACES POINTS – as of Wednesday April 10th

Sponsors 25 10 2 37 18 55
BMW 25 10 8 43 8 51
Honda 12 10 8 30 15 45
GM 18 15 1 34 7 41
Nissan 25 12 1 38 3 41
Tesla 18 1 1 20 9 29
Hyundai 18 1 1 20 8 28
Toyota 4 2 1 7 5 12
Mazda 1 1 0 2 6 8
Volvo 1 1 1 3 4 7


Many designers ended the evening by visiting Purple Platypus’s office across the street from K1 Speed to see the rapid prototyping in process.  Thanks again to Lacks Enterprises, events like this cannot happen without great sponsors like them.  DSCN0033

A full list of results and points can be found here.

Pictures will be posted here as soon as they are available.

About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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