Featured Driver: Bill “Beefcake” Martinez
Occupation: Team Associated “Engineering Data Coordinator”
Years racing: 27 Years
RC Accomplishments: Getting to work for not one but two large RC car manufactures. HPI and now Team Associated. Not many people get to work for someone/something they love doing. I’m lucky in that respect.
Sponsors if Applicable: Team Associated, Reedy Electronics, Airtronics.
Car/Chassis: Team Associated TC6.2
GT10 Body of Choice: Raybrig NSX-Concept GT
Bill “Beefcake” Martinez has been part of the Socal Touring Car scene for as long as touring cars have been around. He has been an EXPERT driver even when I started back in ’95! He was always fast and you would see him race EVERY WEEK at different tracks. It was no surprise when you would hear the announcers call out his name after the race was over that he had won the A-Main. Here he is, 20+ years later, still the same quiet and humble guy, still fast and competitive. One of my favorite drivers i looked up to when i first started racing, Beefy Bill Martinez!~
Hey Bill, How did you get into racing and what is Favorite Race Experience: I got into racing after I saw a friend of mine run his Cox Turbo Scorpion at school. My favorite racing experience was when while working/racing for HPI I had won a car during a raffle at a race. I ended up giving the car to a young boy who had come out to see the races that day. To see the joy on his face reminded me how I felt when my mom gave me my first RC car. He ended up asking me for my autograph! My first and only autograph.
What does it mean to you to be the next featured driver?: I feel honored. It allows me to tell people, whom may not know me, a little about myself. It also tells me I can still get around the track pretty well.
Why are you called “Beefcake”? Well I am a very health conscious person and go to the gym and lift weights. I like to think I have a little muscle. Then I would go out to the races Charlie Barnes put on. I have always been a person that gets warm easily so I always would wear a tank top to the races. Charlie Barnes gave me the nickname after seeing me in my tank top and what muscle I did have. The name has stuck ever since. HAHA…Good Times, Bill!
Being an expert racer for many years, what are your thoughts on having a GT10 Series in SO. Cal? I love it. The realism is what attracted me to RC in the first place. Its more fun and less stressful than bigger races. We also need more races like this, where you spend less and can still be competitive, in order to attract the next generation of racers.
What would you like to see in the future?: With LiPo batteries now the norm. I would like to see longer races. It would bring more strategy back into racing rather than an all-out spring for 4-5 minutes.
What is the best Advice you can give a Beginner?: When practicing or racing don’t be afraid to experiment with setup. Knowing how your car reacts to changes will help you as you continue to race. Also the racer that makes the least amount of mistakes and not the fastest racer usually wins the race. Also don’t be afraid to ask a veteran racer for help. I am available anytime just ask.
Any last thoughts? Just want to say a thank you to you for putting on races for as long as you have. It’s a lot of work, having helped put on the races at Hobby Masters back in the day, so I appreciate what you do. Without people like you I don’t know where we would race. So thank you.
Thankyou Bill! See you at the track! If anyone needs any advice at the track, feel free to give Beefcake a hallar! He has raced longer than some of you have been alive….not that he is old or anything….