Hobby Stop West offers remote- controlled actionWritten by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | email@example.com
Americans love racing. Whether it’s racing high-performance cars, horses or even lawn mowers, people are drawn to the intersection of speed and competition.
While most people are relegated to watching racing, some in Toledo choose to get into the action and race remote-controlled cars and trucks. The people who race at Hobby Stop West, 2616 Woodville Road, get serious about their sport.
“The only difference between a man and a boy is the cost of their toys,” laughed Hobby Stop West owner and avid racer Pat Falgout. “We race with people here who are national champions all the way down to 5-year-old kids.”
The indoor carpet track at Hobby Stop West hosts several types of indoor racing ranging from 1/8 scale late-model oval racing to very fast and very serious road racing.
“Many of the guys here are very willing to help,” Falgout said. “You have people here who have been racing for years and younger people just starting out.”
Visitors are welcome to come by and watch the weekend-long races and there is even a starter track with remote-control cars for rent. Yet the true excitement comes when seasoned racers compete for dominance in an impressive indoor setting.
Weekends at Hobby Stop West offer racers and spectators multiple racing formats, each with different but equally exciting styles of racing. Saturdays are all about the oval. Fans of NASCAR-style racing can appreciate the simple and straightforward “go fast, turn left” type of full-contact racing. Sundays yield to the more technical aspects of road racing and host several styles of on-road action.
“We race everything from open-wheel ‘sliders’ to Traxxas Slash trucks on the oval,” Falgout said. Regardless of what is on the track or who is driving, the racing is a blast to watch. From neck and neck battles for first place to multi-vehicle wrecks, watching the racing is certainly as much fun as participating in the five-minute battles.
The road course racing requires a different skill set. “The road course racing is much more technical,” Falgout said. “The cars are built differently and require different setup.” Road-racing fans can watch racers compete with four-wheel drive racers in vintage TransAm bodies or the wickedly fast open-wheel F1 cars.
Many of the competitors race in several categories and it’s not uncommon to watch a driver scramble back to his or her workbench to grab a new car for an upcoming race as soon as one ends.
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