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How do you grow a club?

Old 12-15-2015, 09:16 AM
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Clubs are easy to start. What matters is your dedication to start and keep it. Problem is , where to start. Tracks!! Where are the permanent tracks?
outdoor or indoor locally??

Properties for outdoor track(nitro), must be zoned for caustic fluid, Noise, and parking. Indoors the chargers used(battery safety).

Los Angeles,Ca used to have 3 permanent track for outdoor. Revelation, Sun Valley, and Crystal Park Casino. Indoor in Orange County. Revelation still there but Off-Road only. Sun Valley and Crystal Park closed because the Lease was up. Orange County their Lease was up after 20years. Major track in Las Vegas, Silver Bowl closed for unknown reason, they were leasing from County parks in LV. Could be the Condo build up 150ft away. Indoor, I don't know!! Don't live in LA anymore.

Parking Lot races. In LA, Ca. GLARCRC runs 3rd week of the month. The best I know of, they been around 25 yrs or more!!

Vegas has a large off-road track near the airport and off the strip for indoor.

Its up to you to get a club started. Compete at you local track, Go by model manufacture, and classes. Use club rules, Most rules come from ROAR an IFMAR or Strictly Outlaw!!!

Good Luck!!

How to grow a club? Try finding a tree that was struck by lightening, Bone it so it doesn't chip. Write Wonder Boy on it. You got a Bat!! The Natural, Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs.
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Old 12-15-2015, 09:40 AM
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Our Club is really successful, we have usually have at least 100 entries for a club night. We are lucky for the LHSs actually promote our club. This is a huge help to get new members. With out them we would not be as large as we are. We are a setup and take down track in a Hanger so we also try and balance the tracks we make with technical ones and easier ones for nights when we get a lot of newbs. The biggest factor is being friendly to new people. Talking to them and helping them out is the best thing you can do to grow your club. You have to sell it a little to new people, give them a reason to come back.
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Old 12-15-2015, 09:45 AM
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It really depends on your area and the size of the city. We have maybe 10-15 racers on an average race day here. Most classes have 3-4 cars each. If there are 6 cars in a class that's a big class.

But we are city of under 100k people, so we have a smaller pool of people to draw from.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:48 AM
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The question you have to ask yourself is "are you promoting a professional club or a place for the less experienced to get started in rc?"

With the latter, the newer people to r/c are more focused on realistic looking cars and less rules.

Either way, one thing that's always needed is putting the time in to make people feel welcome at the club. That new guy at the club whos broken their car and or are unsure of something need a little help now and then. (we have all been there!)

I have raced long enough now (20 years give or take a bit of time out) to understand it's not the taking part that counts but seeing others have as much fun as what you have from the hobby

(I have gone past the point of being competitive now but plenty of trophies and good times!)
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