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Hello and welcome, Sheffield Off Road & Rally Car R/C Club (SORAR) has been set up by myself to provide radio controlled car enthusiasts a fun, safe place to practice and race within Sheffield.
Currently there are no clubs in Sheffield which cater solely for the use of off road vehicles and people have to travel as far a field as Leeds, Worksop, Nottingham and Grantham.
I noticed via Google maps that there maybe a suitable venue in my local area of Hillsborough to host the club so I approached them to see if it was possible to run a club from their venue. After meeting with them and explaining what I would like to do they agreed to let us use a grassed area which used to be a bowling green but had not been used for a number of years.
I then set up a Facebook Group to gauge interest and although I knew there would be interest from my experience of travelling to other clubs I could never have expected the response I had. The group grew to having over 100 members in a week of setting the Facebook page up.
I had enquiries coming in from established races from all over Yorkshire and the Midlands and offers of help from established clubs. Due to Covid19 restrictions, I know people have been missing racing and the social aspect which a club environment provides. I personally have suffered with my mental health during lock down and building my R/C cars and talking online to other members of the R/C community has kept me going through what has been a challenging year for all.
With the announcement that outdoor sports can start again on 29th March, I decided to plan a practice meeting on Sunday 4th April 2021.
Initially I planned to run this as a taster event before going down the official route of setting up a club and affiliating to our governing body, the BRCA. However due to the immense interest I feel that I must go down that route prior to the event.
So here we are, I would like to thank you all for the interest and support from the bottom of my heart and I look forward to seeing you all on track soon.