Club Report: Stafford RC Model Car Club (Indoor)

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Facebook has been alive with lots of clubs having good turn outs of the newly popular F1 Class, Stafford RC Model Car Club has been one of those clubs, The BRCA Secretary Darren Newton popped along to find out what all the fuss is about....

 

For those of you old enough to have raced "back in the day" indoor on carpet you would know and most likely to have raced at the best facility of its time The Stafford Club!

The Club races on a Thursday night indoors and has a regular 30+ drivers racing, with a good number racing the F1 Cars, Darren popped across to stretch the legs of is Exotek F1R3, the track and club seemed very suited to the F1 cars and understands why it has become the place to go on a week night to race them. Whats not to like about a 25mtr X 14mtr track with a minimum 2.5mtrs wide?

After speeking to several drivers, the popularity of the F1 class seems to be down to really cheap running costs, with a control tyre and more power than grip there is no must have motor or ESC, infact most of the cars seem to be fitted with very entry level electronics.

You can find out more about RC F1 racing here: https://www.brca.org/12th/gt-circuit/

Touring Cars and GT12 also had a good following at the club.

Stafford

 

Darren was able to get five minutes to get some history and facts from the longstanding club chairman John Robson

Some History:

The club was started in 1980 in an upstairs room in Stychfields Hall through the enthusiasm of the late Dennis Robson and his son John. The club soon outgrew those facilities and moved downstairs into the staff canteen.

Some years later it was offered the use of the main hall and raced there for many years. A purpose built outdoor tarmac track was constructed around 1990 to the rear of the hall which is used mostly during the summer. Towards the end of 1995, Stychfields Hall was closed and the club moved across the road into the social club at Alstom T&D Protection & Control (now GE Grid Ltd.), where the new outdoor track, completed in 2002, also resides.

In Stychfields Hall, the club held 1/12th National competitions for many years. These were very popular, but club members could not always travel the length and breadth of the country to visit other venues. The club therefore started their own competitions run on a similar basis every month and open to all comers. Initially for 1/12th electric cars, these Mini Nats as they were known, were opened up to 1/10th buggies when the interest in 1/12th started dropping off. They ended up catering for 1/10th Off-road and Saloon, F1 and Pro10 classes. They ran up until 1995 when the move of venue resulted in a temporary suspension. It is hoped that these may start up again in the near future. The club has also run some major off-road events including the British Grand Prix. and has held rounds of the BRCA National and Clubman series.

Club Firsts:
The Stafford club prides itself in being at the forefront of Radio Controlled Model Car Racing in the UK with several firsts to its name,

  • First club to have auto lap counting for electric class.
  • First club to have its own auto lap counting computer system.
  • First club to have automatic heats board.
  • First club to have digitised voices to call out car numbers & race positions.

You can find out more about Stafford RC Model Car club here: https://www.brca.org/staffordrcmcc

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