BRCA 1/12th Section

For information about the 12th Section and Covid-19 please Click Here

1/12 scale is one of the oldest RC racing classes still in existence and can trace it's roots way back to the 1970's. Traditionally it was a training and development ground for drivers who later went on to become champions in this and other classes. More recently the class has become more specialised, due in no small part to the development of a wide range of other RC categories over the years.

That said, 1/12 is still a class that caters for competitors of all ages and abilities. The recent introduction of the GT12 class has resulted in an explosion in popularity of 1/12 scale racing at club level, and our national championships continue to be well attended.

Whether you're just a casual club racer or a pro driver, the 1/12 section has something to offer you and we invite you to come and share experiences with us.

race datesrace resultsrules regs

 

A1A1D0DE E80B 4231 8CBF 21B27DAE97D4

 RC Bike Manual

 

As you may already appreciate the RC Bike section of the radio control model family is probably the poorest for available information on our sport.

Whilst we would always encourage visiting trackside and talking to us, that might not always be practical.

Written information has at best in the past been sketchy, sometimes incorrect, not relevant or even written in the wrong language.

All is not lost, thanks to the linguistic skills of Davide Varriccho from Holeshot Hobbies, Australia, we now have an RC Bike Manual for expert or beginner.

The manual is freely downloadable direct from Holeshot Hobbies HERE

Or Alternatively from the BRCA website HERE

 

The BRCA (British Radio Car Association) are the governing body of the radio-controlled model motor racing hobby within Great Britain   We have over 7,000 members who on any day of the week will be racing at one of the many model vehicle clubs around the country.

We race radio-controlled model cars, trucks and bikes; however, this isn’t as simple a statement as it might seem! We have over 13 different classes which run national championships who award annual UK titles within the association. They cater for racing vehicles from small electric powered ones that do about 30mph through to cars powered by 3.5cc internal combustion engines that do over 80mph and even those with 30cc petrol engines no matter if its indoor or outdoor we have a class for it.

The association provides a framework for not only a level platform of racing across the country but also for those wanting to form a club and provide a safe place for racing to occur at. <<need more here >>

Our racing caters for people from all backgrounds and doesn’t discriminate on sex, age, or disability. Radio-controlled model motor racing does provide a challenging sporting environment where the skill required to drive and build the cars can be tested against other likeminded competitors.

 

Unlike our full-size counterparts there is no sitting in your racing vehicle and feeling the ride its all down to hand and eye coordination along with watching how your “race ride” handles the track which is challenging your co-ordination.

<<do we need to add in here more details on how radio-controlled model motor racing is achieved i.e. vehicle, transmitter, receiver and power source and power plants >>

This week we have a huge 11 fantastic events to look forward too. Just a few of these include the Zenoah Challenge Cup, a BRCA F1 Indoor Nationals Round 3 and a 12 F1 Stockcar 2020 European Championship. For all event information please follow the link below.

New to the BRCA? Why not get down to your local event to find out more information, see live action and get involved!

Large Scale Off Road (LSOR) Hall Of Fame 

 

Detailed below are our championship winners over the various race seasons the section as been running its nationwide championships for originally 2 wheel drive buggies, then the introduction of  our 4 wheel drive class and from 2012 our short course class.

 

Over the early seasons the section awarded national, super national and junior titles, over recent seasons we have awarded national and clubman titles whilst rewarding our junior racers too.

 

BRCA Champions

 

  2 Wheel Drive Buggy  4 Wheel Drive Buggy
  Super National National  National
2003 Ian Oddie Chris Gresham
2004 Ian Oddie Chris Sutcliffe
2005 Ian Oddie Ben Jaques
2006 Ian Oddie Steve Milner
2007 Bruce Thompson Simon Forrest  
2008 Stuart Carrick Martin Fallowfield  
2009 Ian Oddie Mike Ellacott  
2010 Ian Oddie Adam Griffith Stevo Backland

 

 

  

  2 Wheel Drive Buggy  4 Wheel Drive Buggy Short Course
  National Clubman National Clubman National Clubman
2011 Ian Oddie   Steve Haynes      
2012 James McCarthy   Steve Haynes   Stevo Backland  
2013 James McCarthy Dan Tough Steve Haynes Ayaz Aslam Duncan Mcmillan Duncan Mcmillan
2014 James McCarthy Dean Coulson Steve Haynes Barry Clissitt Mark Suggitt Mark Suggitt
2015 Karl Norris John Darby Ian Oddie David Griffiths Mark Suggitt Ben Bridges
2016 Karl Norris Paul Gresty Ian Oddie Guy Page Lee Chapman Mathew Stokes
2017 Karl Norris David Grimshaw Stuart Wood Charles Butterworth Mathew Stokes Mathew Buxton
2018 Karl Norris Kevan Churchil Ian Oddie Les Darby Jack Keatley Martin Fitzpatrick
2019 Karl Noris Mindaugas Klenauskas Ian Oddie John Darby David Parish Simon Godney

 

 

Bike History 

Radio Control Bikes have been around since the early 1980’s; those early generations of bikes used weight transfer of the rider figure to encourage the bike to turn. Forward motion of the model was essential to keep the bike upright using the centrifugal effect of the wheels with some bikes boasting Centrifuges mounted in the rear wheel.

Whilst this satisfied the principle of two wheel racing, the accuracy of turn and ability to navigate race circuits was limited, requiring a high levels of skill. 

 

The next development to dramatically improve drivability and thereby encourage racing was the introduction of “direct steering”. This system introduced a servo connected direct to the from fork yoke, this improved drivability also negated the need for a centrifuge which when removed helped corner speed.

 

Bike development and refinement has continued over the years but in essence have stayed true to those early year creations 

Bike racing in the UK started around 2000, initially in the North of England. Skipton Club (sadly now closed) being the source of most things Bike.

 

In 2002 we were invited in to join the Racer Magazine supported Series for Large Scale Cars which resulted invite to join as a Sub-Section of the BRCA Large Scale in 2003. 

 

Steady growth of bike racers continued over over the next few years resulting in the formation of the BRCA Bike Section in 2006. The close links generated in those early years are still maintained to this date.

 

From those early years Bike Racers from the UK have regularly competed at International, European and World level, regularly appearing on the podium. 

Bikes are regularly raced around the UK, from Halifax in the North of England, through Cotswold to Aldershot in the South of England and Craigavon in Northern Ireland.

 

No history for Bikes would be complete without the mention of one person; Dez Chand. Dez will always be known as “Mr Bike”, no one person will come close to the time, effort and enthusiasm Dez put in to promote Bike racing both home and abroad; having lots of fun whilst doing it. Sadly no longer with use, he was the reason why a lot of us race today, we can only hope his nature has rubbed off on those racing today that will convince the next generation of racers to join us. He is still held in high regard and each year a Memorial Event is held in his honour.

 

Dez Chand memorial GP event .

2012 - Colin McCabe

2013 - Peter Vater

2014 - Simon Lancaster

2015 - Simon Lancaster 

2016 - Matt Tims

2017 - Peter Vater

2018 - Peter Vater

2019 - Ross Bartlett

 

BRCA Champions

  

Class

Stock

Superbike

Nitro

Sidecar

Year

2006

2007

Graham Clarke

Colin McCabe

2008

David Richards

Ken Gospel

2009

David Myszkowski

Colin McCabe

Alan Watkinson

2010

David Andrew

John Veal

2011

Jim Crunden

John Veal

2012

Peter Vater

Roger Harvey

Fred Martin

Martin Woodcock

2013

Neal Vater

Peter Vater

John Veal

Martin Woodcock

2014

Peter Vater 

John Veal 

2015

Peter Vater

Ken Gospel

2016

Peter Vater

Karl Boak

Moto3

Moto2

GPe

GPn

2017

Darren Johnson

Gary Sims

Ken Gospel

2018

 Gary Sims

 John Veal

2019  Peter Vater  John Veal

 

  • 2006 Stock Class 27t Brushed 36deg motors
  • 2008 Superstock 13.5t Brushless, Superbike running Open Motors
  • 2012 Stock Class 17.5t introduced alongside 27t Brushed
  • 2017 Moto2 17.5t Brushless, Moto3 17.5t EB Brushless, 
  • 2018 Moto 2 17.5 EB Brussless, MotoGP 10.5t EB Brushless, MotoGPn (Nitro)
  • 2019 Moto 2 17.5 EB Brussless, MotoGP 10.5t EB Brushless, MotoGPn (Nitro)


World Championship Competitors 

Class

Stock

Superbike

Nitro

Year

2006

Colin McMabe

Steve Newey

Graham Clarke

Chris Douglas

Dave Richards

Dez Chand

Ian McClarney 

James Crunden

Colin McCabe

Jevon Frost

Jamie Georgiades

David Andrew

Shane Jackson

Derek McLarney

Graham Clarke

Ian McLarney

John Veal

Dez Chand

2007

Graham Clarke

Dave Myszkowski

Cris Douglas

Colin McCabe

Colin McCabe

2008

Graham Clarke

Dave Myszkowski

Cris Douglas 

Colin McCabe

2009

Dave Myszkowski

Roger Harvey

Derek McLarney

Colin McCabe

Roki Read

2010

Roki Read

2011

Simon Lancaster

Simon Lancaster

2012

Simon Lancaster

2013

2014

John Veal 

2015

John Veal 

2016

2017

2018

Neal Vater

Peter Vater

John Veal

Ken Gospel

2019  Neal Vater Peter Vater

 

General Time Line

1988 North West Bike Club formed racing Bikes of all Scale.

2000 Craigavon, Northern Ireland started racing 1/5th Bikes.

2001 Skipton Club started principally 1/5th Bikes.

2002 Bikes join “Racer Series” for Large Scales cars.

2003 Formed Sub-Section of Large Scale Cars

2006 Aldershot started racing 1/5th Bikes on regular basis.

2006 BRCA Bike Section formed.

2007 Cotswold started racing 1/5th Bikes on regular basis

2007 Craigavon started Club Championship

2015 Halifax Club started racing 1/5th Bikes on regular basis.

Essential SSL