B: Fortunately, there are quite a number of race tracks and hobbyshops in the bay area. First, lets start off with the tracks. Since nitro season is over in the bayarea, there are still some tracks you can race your nitro or electric sedan all season long weather permitting.
1) Lemanns in Fremont. Since you'll be located in Fremont, thier track is open 7 days a week. Nitro preffered but they are open to electric also ( the track is huge !! ). Check them out on the URL posted above.
2) RAMS at mission college in Santa Clara. These guys run all year long. 1/5, 1/8th, and nitro sedan are the classes they race. Each week is divided into different catagories. One week, they'll race 1/8th scale. The following week, they'll race 1/5 scale, and so on. Check out their website on rcracing.com for track and race information. Mission college is about a 10 minute drive from Fremont.
3) RCCAR: An organization that has both electric and nitro sedan racing. Their tracks are located in Campbell and Santa Clara. Probably one of the more popular organizations in the bay area.
4) HobbyTown USA in Newark: Driving distance is about 5-7 miles depending on where you are located in Fremont. Gary and the crew has races twice a month ( weather permitting ) and only race electric. They will also have a mini-Z track on the premises with-in the next week or so.
5) HobbyWorld in Gilroy: Indoor carpet track and outdoor off-road track. The gang that runs these tracks are real cool. Indoor carpet is open on store hours as well as off-road. Driving distance: about 1 to 1.5 hours. I've made it in 45 minutes without traffic
6) HobbyWorld in Campbell: Off-road electric only. A nice track that just got done building. Check it out sometime if your into off-road electric.
7) Delta R/C, Antioch: A full service of tracks from on-road, off-road, dirt oval, and indoor off-road. They also have a hobbyshop on the premises for your needs. About 45min.-1.5 hours depending on traffic.
8) Stockton indoor carpet racing at the Stockton fairgrounds: The guy that runs these races ( Scott Tomasello) has tons of experience running races. He held MANY big races in the Ripon area ( All of the Reedy on-road races, nationals, and regionals ). His program is smoooth as silk and he's very serious about how his races are runed. Pretty intense racing here and only eletric on-road. This past season they held afew nitro races outside, but they are not too sure about next season. From Fremont: 45min-1.15 hours.
9) Salinas r/c racing: Art and the salinas crew are really cool. They even provide goodies in the morning ( breakfast items: donuts, homemade cakes and cookies to all the racers. They race both nitro and electic on-road sedan. About 2 hours from Fremont.
10) SpeedWorld raceway in Roseville. Maybe the best electric on-road track in the area right now. Billy Bowerman is super cool. He also has a fully stocked hobbyshop onthe premises. Next year, from what i heard, he wil have a nitro sedan track in the area. This track will cater to both 1/10 and 1/8th nitro racing
Can't wait for that to happen cause I know when Billy builds a track, he knows whats up with track designs, preparation, and race programs. Driving time: 1.5 hours from Fremont.
These are probably the closest tracks in the area from Fremont. Im sure you'll have a great time at all the tracks. Again, check for race schedules on www.rcracing.com.
They have everything you need in regards to racing and track locations.
HOBBYSHOPS: There are quite afew shops in the area and they range from 5min to 45 minute drive from Fremont. I'll start from closest to farthest: HobbyTown USA in Newark, Sheldons in San Jose, R/C unlimited in Campbell, HobbyWorld in Campbell, HobbyTown USA in San Carlos, San Anonio hobbyshop in Palo Alto, Ace Harware Hobbies ( lots of nitro parts and fast stock and modified engines), R/C Tech in Daly City ( going to this hobbyshop is like going to a hobbyshop from Japan. Lots of trick and hard to find stuff from nitro to electric ), Fransican hobbyshop in San Francisco, HobbyWorld in Gilroy, SpeedWorld raceway in Roseville ( fully stocked hobbyshop )
Well, hope this helps you out B. With sooo many hobbyshops in the area, im sure you'll find whatever part you'll need for your rides.