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Old 05-17-2005, 06:55 PM   #1
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Default R/C in th US..... is it getting bigger??

Hi all
i am new to the forum , my name is steve and i own and run a UK Based R/C Race Track Called
3A Raceway
I am looking around on the net with a view to expanding and turning what i do into a better place for people to come and race , i have looked around on the net and seen a few R/C tracks in the states and like how you do things , so i want to know how it all started

For instance , in the US 3-4 years ago what was the average number of tracks
Do you feel that in the last few years there has been a big increase in the number of places to race ?
Has the qualitly of tracks and facilities also been raised , or is it still racing in a an old field ??

What are the best tracks in the US ?? let me know , are there any Excellent places that you all know of ??

And what are the tracks lacking in
Is it size? regular racing ? facilities like toilets? food ? Spares ? Repairs

What do you think of a place where you can take your family for the whole day and enjoy the racing without having to worry??

Please feel free to give me as much input as possible , if i am going to make things better for racers i need to know what YOU would like to see !
Thanks in advance to all people that reply to this Post
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Old 05-17-2005, 07:07 PM   #2
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Most of the tracks around here are just barriers on a cruddy parking lot. For the love of RC, make a permanent track! Make it a nice one too with a covered drivers stand and clean surface (if its an outdoor track)

If anything, R/C has only shrunk in my area (Bay Area, California)
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Old 05-17-2005, 09:08 PM   #3
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The cost of land Dan,Prices for any type of indoor track is very high,more so where you live(Bay area)I'm getting ready to open a track and it's not been easy..add the fact i'm on a small budget and it gets scarry.Plus most racers dont want to pay more for fees(it's a simple fact that as your overhead goes up so must what you charge)In the area I'm at racers dont want to pay $15 per race.. but they want to race indoors.. I was paying $10 in 1992..I hope it's not grand opening..grand closing..
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Old 05-18-2005, 03:35 PM   #4
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I think its cool to pay $15 as long as A) Its a permanent track or B) Theres obviously some effort and $ going into making the event as fun as possible. IE: I'm not gonna pay $15 to run in some dirty parking lot
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Old 05-18-2005, 05:56 PM   #5
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I already run a track in the UK , its an outdoor track that has a pretty good reputation , check it out at www.3araceway.com
It has decent facilities like toilets and food on site

We have the latest Transponders and software , and continually upgrade our track to make things better .. but

Iam thinking of putting a new track together
A new indoor OFF ROAD track that , with decent hobby shop, toilets, cafe, bar , live race screens and R/C DVD's on play
A place where you could turn up with no R/C experience, buy an R/C learn to drive it , learn to repair it , buy upgrades and race it , talk about it , have a beer afterwards and talk some more
(you all know we LOVE talking R/C ! )

This place will be able to hold pretty much any event in the R/C calendar ! from local club day (and nights) to 1/8 World championships.. and more

I have been looking at 40,000sq Feet warehouses for the space i need !

How much would you pay to race ??
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Old 05-18-2005, 05:58 PM   #6
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Tell me , what is the biggest R/C track or organisation in the US ??
Are there any places like iam suggesting ?
Or would this be a new thing for the states?
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Old 05-18-2005, 06:44 PM   #7
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I might be wrong but that idea sounds almost alien
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Old 05-19-2005, 05:51 AM   #8
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Why say that ?
Surely you would like a place where all the above applies ?

Where you can turn up and race , everthing else is done , no more getting food to take to the track , or making sure you have enough fuel and parts
Knowing you can have a whole day of racing and have a beer after with your friends

I would like to go to my own idea of a track!!
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Old 05-19-2005, 04:09 PM   #9
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I've heard of a few track like that in the US but they're very few and far between. I know EddieO, owner of Team br00d, is building or has built a full blown racing facility up in Washington I belive. Here's a link to the thread here on RC Tech for it. http://www.rctech.net/forum/showthre...l&pagenumber=3
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Old 05-19-2005, 04:12 PM   #10
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In all honesty, the best track I've seen and been to is the Tamiya America track. They don't allow anyone but Tamiya owners there other than for special events but if they were to open that track up to anyone, they'd make a killing. That would be the most popular race track in California.
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Jon..The Restroom's..the worst..
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true- port-a-pottys suck ass.
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Quote:
Originally posted by 3A Raceway
Tell me , what is the biggest R/C track or organisation in the US ??
Are there any places like iam suggesting ?
Or would this be a new thing for the states?
When you say organizations do you mean organizations like ROAR,NORRCA, IFMAR. Those would be the organications here in the U.S. I guess. RC here is very popular but the tracks like the one you mentioned are far and few between. Like said before. Im satisfield if the track has a source of electircity for charging batteries and glow starters.
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Quote:
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true- port-a-pottys suck ass.
Especially after you've been in there


The thing with the Tamiya track is I don't believe they are allowed to run it as a regular race facility. I believe it's only zoned as a test facility, but not positive.
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i live ina small town of 40000 people that has a nice indoor and 1/8 outdoor track.

indoors we have a carpet track and a offroad track.

here is the website with the info www.hphobbies.com also there is a full service hobby shop there too. Which stocks parts for everything they sell.
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