Remote controlled racing may seem like a simple endeavor to most people, but those involved with the hobby know it involves a lot of hard work and dedication.
Jamey Powell, the Henry County remote controlled racing director, said the track plays host to three or four large races a year, but also has many local races.
“We have such a nice facility and we will get anyone from the 6-year-old Tyco racers to the guys from California who have put $100,000 into their vehicles,” Powell said.
The Henry County track will have many racers from all across the country July 6-8 when the RC Pro Series will be in town.
“We will have guys from California, South Carolina, Florida, Texas and some other places,” Powell said. “We will also have the neighborhood guys in there as well. Having races like this is good for the county. I am always excited to be a part of the big races.”
Powell said RC racing is most similar to BMX racing in how it is setup. He said the vehicles run around the track and take big jumps, just like BMX bikers.
He said a lot of the regulars to the track are former BMX racers who wanted to stay on the track somehow.
There are two kinds of races the track runs. There is the 8-scale buggy class and the 10-scale short course truck class. Powell said there are variations on those two, but those are the two most common.
Powell said the vehicles can be gas- or electric-powered.
“This hobby used to be dominated by the gas-powered vehicles, but technology has brought the electric vehicles back in the mix,” Powell said.
Whether gas or electric, Powell said the cars are similar to real cars.
“They all have different setups with the suspension, the shocks, the tire compounds and the tread patterns,” he said. “These cars are very technical when it comes to getting them ready for the different surfaces of the track. And when you have a gas-powered car that adds a whole different set of things to do.”
Powell said watching an RC race is exciting for him.
“These guys can do some amazing things with those cars,” he said.
He said admission for the public is free all the time and the gate fee for racers at local races is $20. He said there is a father-son discount to encourage family participation.