HobbyTown USA offers R/C racingWritten by Mighty Wyte (Matt Feher) | | email@example.com
Americans love racing. NASCAR, lawnmowers, whatever — if it moves, we’ll race it. The same goes for R/C cars, trucks and anything else with a motor. During the fall and winter, HobbyTown USA in Holland and Aaron Mermin host indoor soft track racing and R/C rock crawling.
“The racing and rock crawling events are staggered,” said race coordinator Mermin. “One weekend we’ll race the 36 and 24th scale cars and trucks, and the next weekend we’ll compete in rock crawling.”
The Losi brand-specific indoor soft track racing requires participants to pay a $5 entry fee but “Everyone wins something,” Mermin said. “There are cash prizes for the winners of each class of racers, and everyone will get store credit just for entering the race.”
Racing takes place every other Saturday at noon, with driver meetings at 11 a.m.
The races are five minutes long; the racers who complete the highest number of laps in that given time are the winners.
“We have transponders that we let people borrow for each race. There is a computerized system that keeps track of each car, lap time and number of laps completed,” Mermin said.
On the weekends opposite soft track racing, HobbyTown USA hosts R/C rock crawling. Rock crawling is intense for the driver of the crawler and the spectators.
“The rules for rock crawling are national,” Mermin said. “The crawling is based on a points system — he who has the lowest points after a crawl wins.” Mermin said drivers acquire points for things like touching certain objects, needing to reverse, or actually rolling their vehicles down the rock crawling course. “You have points deducted every time you make it through a gate; the objective is to have the lowest points at the end of a crawl or even have negative points.”
Rock crawling costs competing participants $10 per event.
Indoor rock crawling and soft track racing only take place during the colder months and will come to an end in February.