As the ground is covered in snow it will be quite a few more month before stock car racing starts up again, so the alternatives are snowmobile racing, ice oval racing or RC car racing.
After watching and taking photos of some of the events held by Sault RC Car Club I was amazed at how fast these RC cars can go. After chatting with a few of the racers their comments were generally that they enjoy this kind of racing when stock car racing is not on. There are monthly meets for the Sault RC Car Club and I asked Michael Medaglia who is the Technical Director for Sault RC Car Club a few questions about RC car racing.
Rod: When and where do these events take place?
Mike: The following is our 2014/2015 Race Season Schedule
Sunday October 5, 2014
Sunday November 2, 2014
Sunday December 7, 2014
Sunday January 11, 2015
Sunday February 1, 2015
Sunday March 1, 2015
Sunday April 5, 2015
Sunday May 3, 2015
The events take place at the Alexander Henry High School in the large gymnasium.
All updates and results for our races can be found at http://www.saultrccarclub.com/
Rod: What kind of track do they race on?
Mike: We race our RC vehicles on CRC Fasttrak-HD racing carpet and we use PVC piping to mark out the track and build jumps out of wood covered in CRC Fasttrak-HD racing carpet.
Rod: What is the age range for the people racing RC cars and trucks?
Mike: We have children from the age of 2 and 3 to adults who are in their retirement years coming out to race. Our focus is good family fun for all. We strive to provide a safe and friendly environment for anyone one of any age to come out and enjoy our hobby.
Rod: Do you have to have a lot of experience racing or can anyone race and if you don’t need a lot of experience, what are the skill levels?
Mike: The skill ranges from someone who has never ran an RC Vehicle to members who have been racing for 30+ years. We strive to make everyone comfortable and to help the new comers learn the skills that are needed to compete but still have fun.
Rod: What types of racing classes do they race in?
Stock Short Course: Rubber tires 17.5 motor blinky; Full short course body (covers wheels)
Super Stock Short Course: 17.5 boosted and 13.5 blinky; Full short course body (covers wheels)
Mod Short Course: Any 540 size Motor, Rubber Tires; Full Body (covered wheels)
4wd Short course: Must be a 4.0 turn or slower motor, no aggressive tires and full body (covered wheels), must be 1/10th scale chassis. You must be able to control your 4wd Short course truck.
Stock Stadium truck: Rubber tires, 13.5 no timing or 17.5 boosted
1/10th 2wd buggy: 13.5 no timing or 17.5 boosted, Rubber tires
1/10th 4wd buggy: Must be a 4.5 turn or slower motor, no aggressive tires, must be taped chassis, rubber tires.
Novice: Stock class – 13.5 no timing or 17.5 boosted
Rod: What is the cost to race?
Mike: $15.00 first class, $5.00 for each additional class – Novice class is $5.00.
Rod: Are there prizes for racing at each event?
Mike: We currently don’t have prizes for each race, but we do host our Annual Spring classic (the last race of the year,Sunday May 3, 2015) and we do have prizes at that race. We hand out plaques to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and we also have small items that are donated to us by various RC companies.
Rod: Can you just go and watch and if yes, how much would it cost?
Mike: Anyone can come and watch and there is no cost to do so.
Rod: Is there anything you would like to add?
Mike: If anyone is interested in our hobby we encourage them to check out our website at http://www.saultrccarclub.com/ or come out to one of our events and one of our club members would be more than happy to answer any and all questions.
Marty Charron – President
Anthony Misasi – Vice President
Michael Palumbo – Treasure
Michael Medaglia – Technical Director
Matt Howson – Technical Director
So come on down and watch some racing and maybe you’ll satisfy that racing itch.