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2022 Hobby Stores in GTA

Old 05-21-2022, 02:09 PM
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I've been getting back into the hobby after ~15 years and am building a 1/10 touring chassis for USGT and a 1/10 drift chassis. I've gone to a bunch of different hobby stores recently, and just wanted to note my experience with the ones i've gone to.

Hobby Hobby (Mississauga) - Very helpful people and lots of inventory (I don't know how they get so much stuff in such a small place!). They've been great at helping me get some spare parts for my touring chassis and pointed out a few parts that I might want to look at later on.

Advance Hobbies (Scarborough) - This is a sneaky good shop. They carry all sorts of Tamiya hop-ups and seem to have chassis when everyone else is out of stock. Their prices are also probably the best around.

Skycraft Hobbies (Burlington) - Super helpful, and were great on the phone. Even though they were busy, they helped me figure out the best motor/ESC combo for my cars and have been super responsive in ordering a few parts for me.

Great Hobbies (Mississauga) - The nicest shop i've been to in the GTA, and nice people. Carry all the essentials, and their inventory status online is great.

Elite Drift Shop (Quebec) - Yes, I know they're not in the GTA let alone the province. But out of all the shops i've talked to, these people know their stuff when it comes to drifting. Ordered a chassis and some other parts from them and definitely will order more.

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Old 05-28-2022, 01:09 PM
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Adding to the list:

XtremeRC (Oshawa) - Regularly place orders with Amain, so they're quick to get stock in. Seems like they're more buggy/truck/drag racing oriented, but are capable of helping out with Touring cars. Also have an indoor track (for buggies).
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Sort of in the same boat as you. Used to race at Hobby Hobby in the summers every Sunday when they used to host no-road races in their parking lot. I know they no longer host (I think hosting just became a little too much work and effort for Tom).

I do know that Hobby Hobby is still around, not too sure if they focus more on off-road vs. on-road anymore.

I'm considering getting back in too and have been for a little while, but there are no reliable on-road tracks in the GTA and if I come back I wanna do 1/8'th on-road but with the price of land in the GTA, I don't think we can expect much in terms of a track unless someone works out an agreement with a large commercial tenant or landlord that has a large parking lot.
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Old 07-20-2023, 10:18 AM
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Sort of in the same boat as you. Used to race at Hobby Hobby in the summers every Sunday when they used to host no-road races in their parking lot. I know they no longer host (I think hosting just became a little too much work and effort for Tom).

I do know that Hobby Hobby is still around, not too sure if they focus more on off-road vs. on-road anymore.

I'm considering getting back in too and have been for a little while, but there are no reliable on-road tracks in the GTA and if I come back I wanna do 1/8'th on-road but with the price of land in the GTA, I don't think we can expect much in terms of a track unless someone works out an agreement with a large commercial tenant or landlord that has a large parking lot.
There are a few places that you can look at racing in the GTA. Not sure about 1/8 scale, but definitely 1/10. Phoenix (https://www.facebook.com/PhoenixRCRaceway) is a good indoor on-road carpet track with a bunch of different classes. For off-road, Skycraft (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100092586877231) just created a new track which looks pretty cool.
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1/8'th is a no go in the GTA, I have looked. Its just not viable with the price of land and really not being able to race outside in the winter months.

I have been to Phoenix, honestly though electric isn't my thing. I would go back to 1/10 on-road nitro but that too looks like its gone from the GTA unless its in a parking lot and a couple people just banging around.
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