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About three months ago I started a thread asking if anyone has ever built a track in their backyard for off-road racing. It has pretty much taken off with 364 posts up till now including probably 20 or 25 that are mine. Lots of discussions, photos and video of people's backyard off-road tracks. It got me thinking if someone had the ambition and the funds available I don't see why an on-road backyard track would be out of the question. I love 1/12 scale cars. I really wouldn't know where to start when it comes to building one. Now that I'm thinking about it maybe I'll see if there's anything on YouTube regarding how to build such a track. All opinions welcome including telling me I'm crazy to even consider it
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Some small indoor r/c tracks use EVA foam tiles for the racing surface. These tiles are typically sold for garages, exercise rooms, or play rooms. If a grass yard was flat enough, you could use them as a temporary race surface and use simple wood boards as barriers. My concern would be the track sliding if someone had to marshal a race. The only issue you would have is if the transition between tiles was uneven. You would probably have to use a taller ride height on a 1/12 scale vehicle just to be safe. Not sure what tires would work.

Another option is 1/10 scale rally cars. Track barriers could be something as simple as a hose, pvc, or plastic drainage tile (pipe). This might work better on an uneven yard.

Probably the easiest way to have a backyard track is to use a large patio for Kyosho Mini Z racing or 1/18 scale racing. There are plenty of examples of good Mini Z layouts and racing on Youtube.

Here is a good video

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Originally Posted by Milkdudd View Post
About three months ago I started a thread asking if anyone has ever built a track in their backyard for off-road racing. It has pretty much taken off with 364 posts up till now including probably 20 or 25 that are mine. Lots of discussions, photos and video of people's backyard off-road tracks. It got me thinking if someone had the ambition and the funds available I don't see why an on-road backyard track would be out of the question. I love 1/12 scale cars. I really wouldn't know where to start when it comes to building one. Now that I'm thinking about it maybe I'll see if there's anything on YouTube regarding how to build such a track. All opinions welcome including telling me I'm crazy to even consider it
this is my friends onroad track in his back yard


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this is my friends onroad track in his back yard
Hello is your friend currently taking applications for more friends lol. Would love having something like that close to me.
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Over on the off-road backyard track thread I posed the question what would you build if money was no object. The only stipulation was you couldn't buy a new house with a huge yard. It was based on what would you do with the yard you already have if you had a relatively big budget. I guess my question is what is the method for building a paved on road track? Do you dig down a few inches then maybe put in a steel mesh and then cover it with asphalt? That's all wild guesses and I'm probably way off base. How would someone even begin to study how a paved on-road track is built?
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this is my friends onroad track in his back yard

Regarding weather namely rain, does it ever suffer from poor drainage? Is it primarily used for nitro racing or is electric also used?
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Regarding weather namely rain, does it ever suffer from poor drainage? Is it a primarily used for nitro racing or is electric also used?
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You could always build a half court basketball court out of concrete and use it also for pickle ball and a put up take down rc track. Get the most bang for the buck.

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It’s one thing to cut grass short or be fortunate to have a big back yard for on off road track. An on toad track would be a bit costly. That’s if you were permitted. Not every town or suburb is gonna let someone just pave over their yard.

I’ve got a number of good parking lots I use for my touring cars. Unfortunately 1/12 and F1 haven’t worked well on unprepared surfaces.
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If your passionate about making an onroad track happen possibly you could talk to your local town government about open spaces that you would then "maintain" for them.

1/12 on asphalt isn't so popular

A small metal building would allow you to create a carpet track...
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If your passionate about making an onroad track happen possibly you could talk to your local town government about open spaces that you would then "maintain" for them.

1/12 on asphalt isn't so popular

A small metal building would allow you to create a carpet track...
Youíd need to show a real demand for it to get a town or suburb board involved.

How small could you go. The indoor carpet track in my area is about 40 x 25. Thatís still a good sized building. You need a good sized yard for that. Provided it was allowed.
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Thanks guys I appreciate all of your input on this subject. My main goal was to see if it's even reasonable to consider an on-road track at my house. The more I research it doesn't seem like it is. I know there are a lot of options to run small cars indoors and outdoors but I was talking about a dedicated paved track to my design. At the time I figured it must be far less involved of a project than a built-in pool would be. I saw an article about building full-size race tracks and it described the asphalt process. Below is the link to that article. Obviously pros only need apply for that job. I thought maybe it could be poured concrete with some reinforcements in it. More it seems asphalt is the only way to go so a backyard on-road track is a no-go. Thanks

https://www.automobilemag.com/news/h...-in-six-steps/
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Originally Posted by Milkdudd View Post
Thanks guys I appreciate all of your input on this subject. My main goal was to see if it's even reasonable to consider an on-road track at my house. The more I research it doesn't seem like it is. I know there are a lot of options to run small cars indoors and outdoors but I was talking about a dedicated paved track to my design. At the time I figured it must be far less involved of a project than a built-in pool would be. I saw an article about building full-size race tracks and it described the asphalt process. Below is the link to that article. Obviously pros only need apply for that job. I thought maybe it could be poured concrete with some reinforcements in it. More it seems asphalt is the only way to go so a backyard on-road track is a no-go. Thanks

https://www.automobilemag.com/news/h...-in-six-steps/
Itís a bit difficult to compare building a real race track to an RC track. Location makes a big difference. Iím near Chicago, so winter is a huge factor. Not only in justifying the cost, but in what freezing temps do to pavement. Just look at most driveway. How badly cracked they can become in one a few years.

Now I do keep a loose watch on about 2 dozen houses about 15 minutes south of me. They all have nice sized steel building, some are farms some just for their toys, instead of having a simple garage. Most are actually bigger then the indoor carpet track I currently run at.


Last winter I cleaned out my basement. Expanded my small MiniZ track.


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Itís a bit difficult to compare building a real race track to an RC track. Location makes a big difference. Iím near Chicago, so winter is a huge factor. Not only in justifying the cost, but in what freezing temps do to pavement. Just look at most driveway. How badly cracked they can become in one a few years.

Now I do keep a loose watch on about 2 dozen houses about 15 minutes south of me. They all have nice sized steel building, some are farms some just for their toys, instead of having a simple garage. Most are actually bigger then the indoor carpet track I currently run at.


Last winter I cleaned out my basement. Expanded my small MiniZ track.


https://youtu.be/3AygKc5Mqa8
​​​​​​I love your track. Almost all mini tracks I see are nothing but 90 degree and 180 degree turns. Which is fine if that's what someone wants but I like how unique your track design is
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​​​​​​I love your track. Almost all mini tracks I see are nothing but 90 degree and 180 degree turns. Which is fine if that's what someone wants but I like how unique your track design is
A member here started a monthly challenge based off the Mini96 track. Each month he posts a new layout, using only the pieces from the standard mini96 track.

Mini-96 World Challenge


Iíve added many different sections to mine. Still havenít used everything Iíve got. Iím due for a layout change. Been running this one since March.

I can tell you one thing for sure. Running on this works as practice for both 1/12 and 1/10 on road. After running MiniZ for over 2 years. 1/12 feels like a bigger version of it.
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