Back to the fu­ture for RC cars

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

This week­end vin­tage ra­dio con­trolled cars are rac­ing at New Zealand’s new­est per­ma­nent 1/10th scale dirt track de­signed for elec­tric-pow­ered cars.

And it’s not just the cars that are vin­tage — the track de­sign is deemed an old-school “flat track”.

The track is owned and op­er­ated by Ju­lian Hardy who says the flat track is dif­fer­ent to the cur­rent over­seas trend of mas­sive jumps, which re­sem­ble a su­per­cross track.

Ju­lian is the pro­moter for the Manawatu¯ ra­dio con­trolled car club whose pre­vi­ous tracks have in­cluded the first per­ma­nent one at Bun­nythorpe on the old Pan­ther BMX test track, be­fore they moved to the Es­planade in the late 1980s and re­mained there un­til the late 1990s.

“This track was iconic as it was eas­ily the high­est pro­file track in New Zealand dur­ing this time.”

The lat­est track is based at Hardy’s own prop­erty which took a year to as­sem­ble, but the fin­ish­ing touches have only just been com­pleted.

The 2018 Vin­tage Open was con­firmed by the NZRCA at their Septem­ber AGM.

“It’s been hard at times, know­ing what we want, but when you are deal­ing with other or­gan­i­sa­tions, you need to con­form to their sys­tems and pro­ce­dures, but like­wise you just want to get on and get it done.

“It’s a done deal now and we are aim­ing to put on quite a show for our driv­ers at our lit­tle track,” Hardy said.

En­try to the NZ Vin­tage RC open and un­der 17 open is sign­posted off Raukawa Rd near Ash­hurst and is free to come and have a look.

■ Ju­lian Hardy Raukawa In­ter­na­tional Race­way, 027 4434343, [email protected] FB: Raukawa In­ter­na­tional Race­way. www.rir.nz

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