Racing is one of the most popular sports in the world. But for those of us who don’t know much about the sport, we watch racing for the grinding, smoking and wrecking. But wouldn’t it be great if you could see all the crashes without worrying about the driver’s safety?
Welcome to R/C racing.
This weekend, you’ll see all the wrecks you can handle in a scaled down version of NASCAR during the first annual Fall Classic R/C Car Race at Exeter Hobbies. Owner Mark Hull has transformed the old brick Waterman pattern plant into Exeter Hobbies, a hobby shop up front with a full length indoor race track in the back. The track has quite a local following with crowds of people of all ages watching locals race every Tuesday night.
“There won’t be any home track advantage because we are completely changing around the course for this race,” Hull said. “This will be some of the best racing of the year because no one has an edge.”
And while Hull expects about 30 locals to enter the race, he said he is hoping more than 100 hobbyists will enter their R/C cars. What he would like to see from the community is a crowd of people cheering them on.
“It really makes everything more exciting if there are people to watch,” Hull said.
Hull is hoping his event will complement Exeter’s annual Chili Cook-Off which is happening on the same day just two blocks away at Exeter City Hall, 137 N. F St.
“We plan to put up a banner near the event to let people know of our race going on within walking distance,” Hull said. “I think our event will give people another reason to stay in town and hopefully some of our people will grab some chili on their way to the races.”
The racing starts at 10 a.m. and will continue through 6 p.m. Trophies will be awarded in the following classes: Sportsman 4X4, Pro 4X4, Sportsman 2WD Short Course (SC), Pro 2WD SC, 4X4 Buggy Open Mod (modified), 2WD Buggy Open Mod, 2WD Buggy 13.5 Blinky No Boost, 2WD Buggy 17.5 Blinky, 2WD SCT 17.5 Binky, Short Course Buggy.
“I don’t really expect spectators to understand what all that means, I just want a lot of people to come and watch some exciting racing,” Hull said.
Several prominent racing lines have provided sponsorships and raffle items for the event, including RPM, Proline Racing and Outwears. Hull said he hopes there is a good turnout for both race entries and spectators, which could lead to Exeter Hobbies hosting two to three racing events each year.
“We want to grow this event so eventually we are part of the California R/C racing circuit,” said Hull. “The more people that come and support the event the faster it will grow. This can become another thing that brings in people from all over to Exeter.”
Exeter Hobbies is located at 130 E. Maple Ave. in Exeter. For more information, go to www.Exeter Hobbies.com or call 559-592-4883.