Greetings RC Techers.
I want to share some info about a race we had this weekend!
As some of you know, I am from a part of the country that doesn not have its own track. Buffalo, NY. Fortunately, just over the boarder- in St Catherines Ontario, Canada- there is a club that I have been racing with for going on 12 years. (on and off)
I have called this my home track for years- and every once and a while, they put on a killer race.
This year, Mark Frechette and company (list is just too long to post), organized a full on 3 day event- in the middle of a shopping mall in Welland, Ontario. The temporary track was set up in the center court (centre- as Canadians would spell it
) and was roughly 70x50.
There were around 145 entries and we pit in vacant store fronts!
There was a Celebrity race and everything! Some of the event sponsors who have never raced an RC Car were given a tamiya mini and thrown on the track for 10 min! ONE of the participants was our very own Dale Epp, from Protoform race bodies.
Believe it or not- Dale has been in this industry for like 20 years- and before today- NEVER drove an RC car for any negligible amount of time.
Martin Crisp was super fast- I think he Won both rubber classes... Joe Glover was fast-- Steve Bortolotti was fast... Martin Pilmajier did well.. I ended up 5th in both rubber classes.
Jason Cramer (KRAMER) TQed foam 17.5 and won- good to see him win his first race...
Anyway- I think this is going to be a yearly event- in one form or another. There is already talk of another version of the race being run in the spring, in another- much larger mall. People were FLOORED by the event. MOST people- think this just started last week! They HAVE NO IDEA that this is even out there. No idea that this club has been running for over a decade.
It just goes to show you that if one of us stands up= and STEPS up.. BRING our hobby to the public- it CAN grow. The on site hobby shop= which was two 4x8 tables set up kiddie corner-- I think i heard they sold two kits this weekend to passers by. Which- if you think about it- is actually impressive as these passers by did not leave the house to go to the LHS and buy a kit.
the crowd watching the event all weekend made this a very exciting event.
Lets give a HUGE round of applause to Mark Frechette and his crew!
here are pics.. All taken by K&D Action Photo-- our local RC Photo Guru