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Old 08-06-2017, 07:51 PM
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Howdy Y'all!

Been living in TX for a while now, just looking to get back into RC and was wondering if there are any 1/18th or 1/28th tracks in the Austin (or Houston even) area?

If not, let me know if you're interested (I can organize in the Austin area if there isn't anything, but people are interested)

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Are you asking about on-road or off-road? We used to have a 1/18 on-road class when we raced at the Austin Hobbytowns. It was SO much fun. It was generally a mix of Associated 18Rs and SC18s converted to on-road use. We all used BSR foam tires. Speeds were getting crazy as we had 5000 Kv or higher motors. Sadly it's been a few years now since we had a full class. There hasn't been enough interest to get them going at N-Control in Dale.

As for off-road, I don't think there was ever any interest in anything smaller than 1/14 scale. There has been some talk in the past week about getting the 1/14 truggy class going at Thornhill on the turf.
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Originally Posted by karim18 View Post
Howdy Y'all!

Been living in TX for a while now, just looking to get back into RC and was wondering if there are any 1/18th or 1/28th tracks in the Austin (or Houston even) area?

If not, let me know if you're interested (I can organize in the Austin area if there isn't anything, but people are interested)

Thanks in Advance!
There's a few of us that have atomic's, just hard to get together. Hobby Town Houston had a track, don't know if it's still there.
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Are you asking about on-road or off-road? We used to have a 1/18 on-road class when we raced at the Austin Hobbytowns. It was SO much fun. It was generally a mix of Associated 18Rs and SC18s converted to on-road use. We all used BSR foam tires. Speeds were getting crazy as we had 5000 Kv or higher motors. Sadly it's been a few years now since we had a full class. There hasn't been enough interest to get them going at N-Control in Dale.

As for off-road, I don't think there was ever any interest in anything smaller than 1/14 scale. There has been some talk in the past week about getting the 1/14 truggy class going at Thornhill on the turf.
The Losi 1/14s?
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The Losi 1/14s?
Yes, Rob (HollywoodRC) is getting his Mini 8T ready to run on Thornhill, Jr. (the 1/10 track). He might have it out to practice with it tomorrow. FYI, the small track is open for practice on the days they hold races on the big track.

http://www.rctech.net/forum/micro-mi...ght-t-183.html

If the class takes off, I might consider picking up an LC Racing 1/14 Truggy.
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I’d be very interested in getting some mini-z run time. Anyone know of a track nearby that caters to mini-z’s?
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Id be very interested in getting some mini-z run time. Anyone know of a track nearby that caters to mini-zs?
There may be a few local racers here in CenTx who have Mini-Zs and race them on their own garage tracks, but there aren't any active clubs around Austin that race them that I know of.

The only indoor carpet track in Texas that's currently operational is Banana RC in Richardson. Not sure if there's any Mini-Z action up there or not.
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There may be a few local racers here in CenTx who have Mini-Zs and race them on their own garage tracks, but there aren't any active clubs around Austin that race them that I know of.

The only indoor carpet track in Texas that's currently operational is Banana RC in Richardson. Not sure if there's any Mini-Z action up there or not.
There is no Mini-Z action going on anywhere that I know of in the state of Texas. At the Banana, there is a class of the mini Tamiya cars (M03/M05/M06...) that run when enough shows up and that is the extent of mini racing there.
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bummer. Well I've got a mini-z buggy that does just fine on my driveway with my hodgepodge track setup. I guess I'll have to get another buggy so the kiddos can race
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I got a amz atomic belt drive fs, nib
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I got a amz atomic belt drive fs, nib
the atomic amz is mostly on-road right? Since I don't have an RCP track, and I'm running outside on my driveway (not smooth concrete, but rather tiny pebbles cemented in giant slabs) the mini-z buggy with its longer travel suspension and higher ground clearance seems to be the perfect vehicle of choice for my DIY track.

Also threw in some tiny ramps that makes it more fun!

Don't get me wrong - I'd love to run full on-road mini-z road cars with a RCP type track but since there isn't much of a following here in TX its the mini-z buggy for me and my 1/10 MT and Crawler.

I have yet to check out Thornhill - about an hour away from me but hopefully I can make it out there with the kiddos. Wish they were open more than just one day a week...
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BTW, I found the link to my friend's garage track in North Austin. Check it out!

Beginnings- north Austin garage track - RCFiles Forums

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I have yet to check out Thornhill - about an hour away from me but hopefully I can make it out there with the kiddos. Wish they were open more than just one day a week...
If you want to check out a big race, this weekend is the Battle of the Sikest race as promoted and designed by Levi Jackson. Thursday is a clinic that is put on by a few pro drivers (namely Ryan Lutz and Joe Bornhorst of Tekno), but all 20 spots have been filled. Friday is practice for all registered racers, Saturday is qualifying and Sunday are the mains. Last I heard there were 360 entrants. It will be capped off at 400. The Hooligan RC shop will be open Friday through Sunday.

Of course this is just a hobby for the owners of Thornhill as well as the owners of Hooligan as they all have regular day jobs and can only commit to weekends. Still, they manage to run an awesome race program.

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Oh, here's one of the videos that's in the link I posted above. It's Dave's Mini-Z zipping around his garage track:

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[QUOTE=Rodarbal;15073297]BTW, I found the link to my friend's garage track in North Austin. Check it out!



If you want to check out a big race, this weekend is the Battle of the Sikest race as promoted and designed by Levi Jackson. Thursday is a clinic that is put on by a few pro drivers (namely Ryan Lutz and Joe Bornhorst of Tekno), but all 20 spots have been filled. Friday is practice for all registered racers, Saturday is qualifying and Sunday are the mains. Last I heard there were 360 entrants. It will be capped off at 400. The Hooligan RC shop will be open Friday through Sunday.

Of course this is just a hobby for the owners of Thornhill as well as the owners of Hooligan as they all have regular day jobs and can only commit to weekends. Still, they manage to run an awesome race program.

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Thanks for the tips!
Damn regular day jobs getting in the way of fun
Explains why most of these tracks are only open on the weekends.
My sister-in-law lives in Shreveport, LA and T&T Speedway is only 10 minutes from their house and they are open 5 days a week. T&T has an outdoor 1/8 track (jumps looked massive like a motocross track) and indoor 1/10 clay that looked similar to the old Thornhill JR track. They also have a on-road carpet track. Went on a Sunday and it was me an one other guy running our trucks on the 1/10 clay track - was so much fun and was kinda nice to have the place mostly to ourselves.

I'll like to check out that race at Thornhill, but would also like to go on a non-race weekend just so I can get the kiddos to turn some laps w/o interfering with too many other seasoned drivers.
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There's now 1/18 racing up at Aero Hobbies in Lewisville. I just bought a car yesterday. They have racing on Monday nights.
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