The 2017 SAM Champs

23 - 27 October
On the El Dorado Dry Lake in Boulder City Nevada

Speed 400 RC Mass Launch Competitors on El Dorado Dry Lake

Charlie Bruce with his Goldberg Valkyrie Free Flight on El Dorado Dry Lake at the 2007 Champs

2017 SAM Champs Planning Update

By Mike Myers, Contest Manager

Mark these dates on your calendar—the SAM Champs will be back in Boulder City Nevada on El Dorado Dry Lake. We have an excellent on field and registration team in Ed Hamler, RC CD, Ted Firster, FF CD and Dave Meriwether, Registrar.

Free Flight CD Ted Firster wants to remind contestants that, unlike prior years, we will be flying Nostalgia Gas events all five days during the Champs week.

Headquarters Hotel is the Quality Inn; 110 Ville Drive, Boulder City NV 89005

To make a reservation using our group rate, call the Quality Inn at 702 293- 6444 or at 702 293-6547. Mention the Society of Antique Modelers and ask for “Julie”. You cannot make the reservation on the Internet—you have to do it by phone. The SAM Champs rate is $65 a night plus tax and it’s good from check in on Sunday October 22 through checkout on Saturday morning October 28.

Prices have gone up in Las Vegas have gone up and that $65 room rate is a good deal—particularly so in that you get that rate for Friday night—when most hotels in the area really boost their rate.

The Quality Inn is a different sort of hotel than we’ve used in the past. We’ve mostly stayed in big high rise casino hotels rather distant from the lakebed. The Quality Inn has just 70 rooms. It’s on three stories sitting on a slope with a view towards Lake Mead in the distance. Instead of a parking garage, it’s got a parking lot close to your room door. No more dragging models through a casino and up and down an elevator.

And we got a decent room rate @$65 plus tax per night from Sunday night October 22 through checkout on Saturday morning, October 28. If you are driving a large van or vehicle, the parking is easy. The Quality Inn serves a continental breakfast in the reception office. Those who want a more substantial breakfast can go to several breakfast places a half mile or so away in downtown Boulder City.

2017 Champs Event Schedule

Date and Time



Sunday October 22

Registration 4-6 pm

Reception 6-9 pm

Quality Inn Conference Center

Monday 8 am-4pm


Members Social

Eldorado Dry Lake

Quality Inn

Tuesday 8 am-4pm


Members Social

Eldorado Dry Lake

Quality Inn

Wednesday 8am-4pm


Eldorado Dry Lake

Wednesday Evening

Swap Meet, Concours and Engine Raffle 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Membership Meeting 8:00 pm

Quality Inn Conference Center

Thursday 8 am-4pm


Members free evening

Eldorado Dry Lake

Friday 8 am3:30 pm


Eldorado Dry Lake

Friday October 27 6:30 pm

Awards Banquet

The Forge Social House

Boulder City

For the Full Program and Entry Form Click Here

This NIB Ohlsson Gold Seal replica engine will be the prize in a drawing limited to those 2017 Champs contestants who register before September 22 nd.  The winner will be announced at the Sunday night reception.

We will not have a model of the year event for the 2017 Champs. Instead we will have a Managers and CD’s choice for the best model in each of four categories, as well as the traditional Championship awards.

Ron Boots will once again run the engine raffle which will take place at the Wednesday Swap Meet / Concours. Buy your tickets early along with your entry form submittal. Ron always comes up with an outstanding collection, some of which will be on your must have list.

2017 is the 49 th annual SAM Champs, so I had artist Dawn Burrows draw up a Champs logo using a WW II style squadron patch. Polo shirts, hats and tee shirts will be available with that squadron patch. See the entry form for prices etc.

So come on down and join the fun at Boulder City in October, 2017.

Mike Myers