Up to speed on club revival

March 03, 2018

Ben Howard is hoping to start a radio controlled car club in Shepparton.

Goulburn Valley speedsters will soon be able to get their radio-controlled cars back on the track.

Shepparton’s Ben Howard is hoping to get a club back up and running in the Goulburn Valley after the previous one ceased more than two decades ago.

Mr Howard said Goulburn Valley Radio Cars began in 1988, coinciding at the time with the popularity of Tamiya buggies.

‘‘I took up racing four-five years ago and I met a guy who was part of the original club at the time. He told me all about it and had photos of the track which made me want to get it back up and running.’’

The cars are raced on a 40m by 40m dirt clay track, taking jumps and obstacles head-on along the way.

While it takes skill to perfect, Mr Howard said anybody of any age would enjoy getting up on the drivers stand and taking a car for a spin.

‘‘It is a great hobby that fosters a real sort of family community,’’ he said.

‘‘Anyone of any age or sex can compete on an equal level, it is based on skill, not strength.’’

Mr Howard said the cars were a perfect outlet for people to take their mind off things and have fun with family members or friends.

‘‘I was having mental health problems at the time when I saw someone in the park driving a radio-controlled car,’’ he said.

‘‘I was interested and started following it up, and I quickly fell in love.

‘‘It really helped me, it has been a blessing.’’

Mr Howard said the cars were the perfect hobby for fathers and sons, teaching them a number of technical and social skills along the way.

Mr Howard is hosting an information evening on Friday, March 7, at the Shepparton Library for interested people to get together to form a club.

He encourages everyone to come down and get more information.

‘‘We would love to see some families or anyone who has a radio-controlled car to come down,’’ he said.

‘‘It is a welcoming environment for people of all types and abilities.’’

For more information, phone Mal from Hobby Boss on 59407542.

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