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Many radio control enthusiasts completely depend on their backyard tracks or a local park to be able to race their RC truck. However, apart from your backyard and the local parks, there really are other options for racing your RC truck.
There are quite a few places where you can race your RC truck. Some of those places where racing your truck would be fun are:
- Local Hobby Shops
- Local Racing Events
- Wooded Parks
- Mountain Trails
- Empty Fields
With finding a place to race your RC you are really only limited by your imagination!
If there is an RC track close to you, preparing for and entering an RC competition can be such a good way to step up your game. While some race tracks would require you to have a membership in a national organization before you can use them, some other race tracks are more relaxed. To start, first, do a local check and then get online and find out about the different places where you can race your RC truck.
Below are some places to race or find information about where to race.
Local Hobby Shops
Your local RC hobby shop is one of the best places to begin when you’re looking for a different spot to race your RC truck. Many RC hobby shops will either have an RC track you can use on their premises, or they can easily recommend a few local RC tracks to you or even local clubs that regularly organize track races that they specifically set up for weekly or monthly events.
The employees at most local hobby shops will also be able to help you gain insights into which tracks and races need you to have a membership before you can use them and which are open to anyone. In addition, your local hobby shop is a good place to meet and connect with other racers who will also know some cool spots to use your RC truck.
Quarter Scale Auto Club (QSAC)
This is a national organization, and it sets the rules for quarter scale RC oval track racing in the US. On a yearly basis, the club hosts a national championship race that happens in the fall of each year. Being a member gives you access to a great forum that offers information on where to get ready for the championship as well as other individual races that you might be interested in.
Having had 400 members on the books up till today, QSAC offers a lot of information, guidance, and companionship for all levels of RC racers.
Yes, a lot of people will actually race or simply try some tricks at a skatepark and for a good reason. Skateparks can be a great place for your RC truck assuming that there aren’t a lot of people there and that your RC truck can handle going over jumps without being damaged,
If you have an RC truck that is designed for on road racing and isn’t built to handle jumps or other impacts then a skatepark probably isn’t for you. Racing your RC truck in a skatepark mostly just means that your RC can handle high jumps or even crashes as some of the skatepark’s ramps will make your RC truck end up upside down.
There are some RC trucks that you can comfortably race in a skatepark. These durable trucks make it easy for you to race in a skatepark without being at the risk of damaging the truck because of a crash or jump.
If you like the idea of racing an RC truck at a skatepark then a great model that you should consider getting is a Traxxas Stampede. This RC truck can take a lot of the abuse using it at a skatepark would throw at it. You may break the left front caster block and the front bulkhead, but your truck would mostly be fine.
Generally, your RC truck will require maintenance after racing at a skatepark unless you are very careful with the jumps.
Electric RC trucks are generally a better choice for skateparks because a nitro truck would most likely get some damage to the fuel engine. All it takes is one single hard knock and your service arm could snap on your throttle; then, you’re faced with a high speed runaway vehicle. No failsafe can save you if this happens. It’s super difficult for the throttle servo to bring the engine back to idle if it’s not connected to the carb anymore.
With skateparks, electric RC trucks, just make it simple and they are less likely to have a portion of the motor break than a nitro RC car is.
This is a pretty obvious place that you can race your RC truck but all parks are not created equal. For some real fun you will want to find a park with wooded areas that you can race your RC car through. You can often find deer trails or even walking paths through the woods that are tons of fun to take your RC truck down.
You could of course race your RC truck in the grassy areas of a park but that isn’t even close to as much fun as using them in the woods.
With beaches, you might have issues finding one that isn’t full of people depending on what time of year it is and where you are located. If you can find a beach without any people or race your RC in the offseason then using it on the beach can be an awesome idea.
The benefit of beaches is that you can race your RC close to the water where the sand is solid or you can race it farther away from the water and have some fun spinning out and throwing sand all over the place.
This one is only available to you if you live near a mountain range but being able to enjoy your RC truck while also hiking in the mountain would be a lot of fun. You do have to make sure that using an RC car is allowed in the park or area but that is true of all of the above places.
When using your RC truck on a mountain path it is a good idea to take it a little easier as the rocky terrain could damage your RC truck if it doesn’t have enough ground clearance.
Using RC trucks in an empty field opens up a lot of possibilities. You can create your own RC track in the field or you could simply run your car around jumping over the mounds of dirt that are there from last year’s planting.
You will want to be sure that you have permission from the owner of the property to race your RC cars there but many farmers won’t mind you doing it in the springtime before they plant their seeds.
Apart from the physical sites, if you’re looking for a nice place to race your RC truck, here are some online sites that can provide you with good and detailed information about racing your RC truck.
RC Car Action Track Directory
This is an online site for Radio Control Car Action magazine and is a perfect go-to place to get information for RC racers, both hobbyists and serious enthusiasts. This site offers a detailed catalog of the best places you can visit to race your RC truck with places in most of the United States.
Also, if you’re looking for advice on buying your first RC vehicle, where to actually purchase one, as well as even how you can build your own, this site is a really good place to visit. In addition, you can have access to a good number of how-to videos as well as the option to post questions and share information on the site’s forum, without any charge.
RC Universe is another detailed website that provides you with the information you need on almost everything an RC racer should know. You just need to get on the website and search their database by country, type, and keyword to find nice locations where you can race your RC car, helicopter, plane, boat, and of course, truck.
Another good thing about this website is that if you want to buy or sell any RC vehicles, you can do those here. You can also read reviews on certain models of RC vehicles as well as join the forums, and even take classes in RC racing and operation. RC Universe also has its own YouTube channel featuring more than 2,000 videos that cover just about every facet of the RC world and everything you need to know about RC racing.
For some additional ideas about where to race your RC truck be sure and check out the video below!
There are many other places where you could race your RC truck besides the ones mentioned above. When using your RC vehicle you are really only limited by the law and by your own imagination.
If you find a cool spot in your city that you think would work great for racing your RC truck as long as it is a public area then you should be able to race it there without any issues. It is important to be considerate of other people so avoid using your RC truck in close proximity to people as you certainly want to avoid annoying someone if at all possible.