As I write this, our only RC track in the in the Portland metro area is closing due to the landlord tripling his rent. With the closing, watching social media explode with everyones opinions as to why the track is closing is downright hilarious..
When I read posts from people that live in their parents basement, will no actual business acumen saying things like "if it was a clay track, it would still be open" Yeah brilliant, that would really help when your rent soars to over 10k a month.
Tacoma has an amazing clay track that has been there for a very long time, and thank god Scott knows how to run a business. Other than that, the days of indoor clay are over in PDX. Get that through your head. The industry is changing as we speak. I know change is hard for some of us that have nothing else in our lives to worry about, but carpet and astro are the future of rc.
From a standpoint of leasing a building for an rc track. Which do you think an owner of a building would be more receptive to? I want to lease your building and lay some carpet down and race rc cars in it, or I want to lease your building and bring in about 6 truck loads of dirt, pour water on it, and use chemicals that we have no idea what they are on our tires to race.
You do all understand that the reason track owners open up tracks is because they love the hobby. You aren't going to get rich opening a track, if you run it correctly you can have a nice living as long as you get support from your racers.
I would also like to call out the jerk who took it upon themselves to get Dave's closed. Dave's was a summer tradition for most of us, and because of you that is gone too. I hope you are happy in your bitter little life.
If someone else does decide to open a new track in the area, think about it this way. We have about 4 million people in Portland proper. Don't just market to the racers, market to the masses. If you can't get 80 people to come out a couple times a week, then change your marketing. You need a place that parents feel safe dropping their kids off for a few hours. You are after entertainment dollars. You are up against movies, arcades, camping, biking, and things like that. This is not nascar, this is a hobby.
You also have two tracks in the area, Ron in Salem, and Scott in Tacoma to copy. There is a reason that they have weathered every storm. Ask them!
As for all the people bitching, I hope you have a nice time rebuilding your car this winter over and over. Why would anyone want to open a track here with the type of idiots constantly bashing any new track, even though they don't ever race there.
The days of PRCR and Top Gear are gone. Both worked because of the short course fad. Remember when there were 100 entries of just short course, guess what? That's gone. It isn't that the surface has changed, it's because the fad is gone.
Every racer here needs to make an effort to bring out friends and their kids to race. You can buy a slash for 200 bucks ready to run. Throw a cheap battery and cheap charger and you are into it for less than $250. We need to have a huge novice class to keep the hobby growing. Stop thinking you are going to be some top RC racer and sit and bitch in the pits, and maybe take a walk around and use your knowledge to help a new racer. I see way too many new people sitting alone, and the "expert" racers turning up their noses at them because they don't have the right brand.
So now we have two tracks within 45 minutes of Portland. Salem and Albany. It's 30 mins door to door from pdx depending on traffic to Salem and another 15 more to Albany. I hope you will support the tracks there, and stop with this petty BS.
Racing is supposed to be fun, but there are some of you that are just bitter. Stop and look in the mirror. Is it really that bad to race in a heated building, when it's pouring down rain on carpet or turf. First world problems.
To those of you that support and help the hobby, I take my hat off to you. I would say that 95% of the people in the hobby are amazing and friendly. What the other 5% need to figure out is that when you post negative shit on the internet, new people read it and get a bad taste before they even get to the track.
My mom always said " if you don't have anything nice to say, shut the hell up" Well I made that up, but seriously. Think to yourself before you post, is this going to help or hurt the hobby, or am I just being a big baby and need to get a life.
Let's hope there is someone out there willing to take another chance on RC in PDX, and if they do, don't tell them how they should run their business. Because if you have your own ideas, then maybe just open a track yourself.
Alright RC racers of the Pacific NW summer is here and it is time to turn up the heat. We are excited to announce the Oregon State C/A Championship Series! (OSCAS). C/A stands for carpet/astro. This summer we want to find out who has what it takes to claim their spot as Oregon State Champ on this new and exciting race surface.
The series will consist of 4 races with 1 drop. Three great racing facilities are hosting the races: Northwest Hobbies in Albany, RC Plus in Salem and 503 RC Raceway (formerly known as Premier RC) in Portland. For those that want to receive door prizes and be eligible for the raffle you will have to attend all 4 races. The location for the first 3 stops of the series are set but the final championship round is up for grabs as the track with the most entries will have the privilege of hosting the finale.
All rounds will run 2 rounds of IFMAR qualifying and double A mains. All qualifiers and lower mains will be 5 minutes long. The top 6 in qualifying will lock their spot in the A with 2 bumps coming from the lower mains. A mains will be 6 minutes in length.
First Stop: June 18th at Northwest Hobbies. 2220 Three Lakes Rd SE, Albany, OR. Phone #: 541-990-8364.
Second Stop: July 2nd at 503 RC Raceway. 5210 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR. Phone #: 503-282-0291.
Third Stop: July 16th at RC Plus. 1685 25th St SE, Salem, OR. Phone #: 503-364-9188.
Fourth Stop: August 6th location to be determined. Track with the most entries will host the finale.
Racing at all locations will begin promptly at 10:30 am with doors opening at 7:30 am for registration and practice. Awards will be given for positions 1st – 5th in the following classes: 2wd Modified, 4wd Open, 2wd Pro-Stock Buggy (17.5 blinky), 2wd Stock Buggy (17.5 blinky), BSS (Box Stock Slash), and Novice.
Rules: We will be running tech on all classes so make sure you read this section prior to arriving to showing up on race day.
Novice: Any 1/10 scale electric vehicle, 2 cell battery, must be clean and clear of dirt and mud.
2wd Stock Buggy (17.5 blinky): 1499 gram minimum weight, 2 cell battery, max charge 4.20/cell, Schumacher pin tires and no discharging allowed. Those caught discharging will be disqualified for the round. Drivers who have sponsorship or receive discount from their home track will be required to run in the Pro-Stock class.
2wd Pro-Stock Buggy (17.5 blinky): 1499 gram minimum weight, 2 cell battery, max charge 4.20/cell, Schumacher pin tires.
2wd Modified Buggy: 1499 gram minimum weight, 2 cell battery, max charge 4.20/cell.
4wd Open: 1650 gram minimum weight, 2 cell battery, max charge 4.20/cell.
BSS (Box Stock Slash): You buy a brushed slash, no tuning /making adjustments, no movement of any tie rod cannot reverse the direction of the tires, nothing! You have to run it the way it came out of the box with the exception of the battery. You can run a 2s stick pack. One of the coolest aspects of this class is if you buy or have bought the brushed slash from one of the 3 hobby shops we will wave your BSS race entry fees for the entire series!
In order to provide an even playing field the host track will change their layout no earlier than the Thursday prior to their assigned date. We are incredibly excited about this series and have a growing list of great sponsors assisting to make this one of the great events Oregon RC enthusiasts get to experience. Sponsors at this time include: Schumacher Racing Cars, Lunsford, McKune Racing, Ken Tooze Excavation, 541 RC with plenty more to come.
Last Wednesday night at 503 raceway, the battle of good vs evil returned. Better known as Focht vs Kellogg, it was just like a great star wars movie, minus the great sound track.
Round 1 goes to the evil Kellogg. Focht lined up right behind Kellogg at the start, and was in the lead after the 1st lap. That's when you heard the evil laugh of Kellogg from the stand. Little did everyone know that Kellogg had caused a great disturbance in the force before the race, by calling Colin Branch a maple syrup drinking canadien. It was true, but Colin put his head down and said "i'm gonna tell T-Roy". From that point on, Focht had no chance. Focht struggled controlling his car as you could hear him muttering from the stand "there is a disturbance in the force, and I feel like a maple bar".
Round 2 went to the good Focht. Focht battling Kelloggs death grip, ending up beating Kellogg for 4th place. At the end of the race, as Kellogg past Focht on the stand, almost taking Focht's eye out with the corner of his cape, was heard muttering "the RC force is strong in this one".
The mighty B main was nothing to write home about. Kellogg used his evil powers to break everyone in the race, including himself. At the end Focht and Kellogg limped to the end, with Focht just missing the bump because of the goodness of his heart.
Kellogg made the bump to the A main, but because of his use of the force for evil his X-ray was broken beyond compare. In a show of sportsmanship, Focht offered up his Schumacher KF2 to the evil Kellogg to use in the main. That would be like Luke offering up his X wing fighter to Darth Vader. Kellogg was so confused, the only thing he could say was " Focht, I am your father, together we can rule the universe" Focht's response was " Cameron, I'm older than you and i'm just offering up my car, so you won't burst out in tears on your way home".
In the main Kelloggs evil was too much for the kind gesture, and he blew out the front shock tower on the first lap.
There will be more to come, in the ongoing saga of good vs evil, so stay tuned.
With the new 503 raceway going full force, Cameron finally decided to make his comeback and bring evil back to the racing scene in PDX. For those of you that don't know, Cameron last tried to harness the weather in their last meeting, and he still was defeated, The evil Kellogg will try his hand at taking down the kind Focht with his new X-ray, while Focht will continue with a stiff upper lip just like the english that build his Schumacher.
All will be continued soon at 503 raceway, stay tuned.
Team Associated released these images today of the new laydown tranny that is coming. Looks like this should really help out on carpet and astro!
There is a strange feeling in the PDX racing scene. You can sense the evil in the air. The forces of good an evil will collide again it seems. It's like waiting for the death star to be built. Only time will tell.
Casey Vitale from NW Hobbies has now taken over ownership of the former Premier Hobbies and has changed the name to 503 RC Raceway and Hobbies.
Casey has run a great program at NW Hobbies for a few years now, having built a solid base of racers and clean driving. This is a welcome change to the PDX area. Casey has a clear vision of where RC in the PDX area is going, and I for one am on board.
Casey is running a schedule of Wednesday offroad starting at 7:30 pm, so racers have enough time to get there after work. He runs a fast program too, so you won't be there all night.
Friday is fast guy practice, so the racers actually have a chance to practice and tune.
Saturdays will have Offroad racing starting at 10am and onroad racing every other Saturday at 5pm.
Sundays will be open practice for everyone.
Having Casey at the helm, has brought out a bunch of the old guard of PDX RC, and the crowds have been growing. Last race had 35 racers, not just entries! Knowing the program Casey runs, has even brought The Big RC out of retirement, and my son Aiden is back wanting to race again.
Looks like good times ahead for the Portland rc racing scene. Dust off your rigs and head on out to the new 503 RC Raceway!!!
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The Big RC is back and will be more fun than ever. We are going local with our flavor and will be covering some of the local flavor of RC in the NW. Times are good right now in the NW when it comes to RC and we plan on helping keep it this way.
Let the fun times with friends keep on rolling!!!