Remote-control or radio-control racing — RC, as it’s known to fans — isn’t new, but it is enjoying a resurgence in Slacks Creek with the Logan City Radio Control Car Club.
The racetrack is tucked down the back of a car park on Soccer Drive in Slacks Creek (off Meakin Road) and is purpose built with kerbs and different layouts.
The kit cars look like a mini-me of real-deal race cars and there is everything from production cars, touring cars and even Formula One.
Racer’s paint and decal their cars bodies to how they please with many being a unique design, while some choose a more traditional replica style.
Remote control car racing is an adrenaline rush and cars can reach speeds of around 80km/hr.
Radio-control car racing is one of the few competitive activities where every driver is on the same level, no matter their physical condition, as the cars are governed by rules that keep parity. Driver skill and consistency is where racers get their edge over the competition.
RC doesn’t have to be expensive, but it can get that way in a hurry. A decent car, remote and battery, ready to drive out of the box, can be had for around $900. Club members have second hand cars for sale and extra parts can be purchased from SpeedyRC, which can also help with tools and gear.
But hobbyists invariably want to tinker, alter, and upgrade, and the costs can multiply. The sport is more than racing as there is engineering, painting, electronics and more that this sport covers.
To get on track, you don’t need to be a member however membership to the Logan City Radio Control Car Club is only $30 and a race fee will set you back $5.
The club is like a family, and they are always happy to welcome new members. Like-minded enthusiasts getting together to race and build friendships.
Logan City Radio Control Car Club run fortnightly on Saturdays with practice starting from 12.30pm to 5.30pm with racing going from 6pm till 11pm.
The club is planning a come and try day for anyone to attend and see if RC racing is for them. However, if you are interested in finding out more or giving it go, contact the club today. www.facebook.com/lcrccc
Photos by Steve Watts