Welcome to the webpage of the Halifax Radio Control Park. Below this introduction you’ll find the most recent blog posts of all sorts of R/C car happenings in and around HRM, including the activities at the free-to-use Halifax R/C Park. The menus at the very top of the page give some more static information about who we are and how you can help, what the R/C park is, how you can get into the hobby, and what local groups and clubs are there to share your fun, and when they meet and where. R/C cars come in all shapes, sizes, speeds, complexity, and prices so there really is a vehicle for everyone.
The guys over at Halifax Makerspace are running a competition that might be down the ‘lane’ of some of our readers. They’ve scheduled some Belt Sander Drag Racing for the end of the summer (Sat August 25th) and they are looking for teams to enter. Looks like a lot of fun. Anyone reading who is interested can get in touch with Shawn directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shawn’s email is copied below:
I’m Shawn, one of the Halifax Makerspace directors. We are considering putting on a Belt Sander Drag Race at the end of the summer, but before we commit to it, we need to know if there will be enough entries to make it worthwhile. So we are asking organizations like yours to either pledge to make a belt sander drag racer and/or to ask their members to pledge to make some. We think it would be a great way to tie together some similar-minded organizations within and around Halifax, and should be a lot of fun to boot! Belt sanders can be had occasionally from Kijiji for $10-$50. Some details are below.
If you can commit to making a belt sander drag racer to enter in this event, please let me know by Sunday, July 15 (also, please let me know if you have a sander for your entry, or extra sanders to give or sell). If we get enough people pledging to make them, we’ll follow up with a firm rules, dimensions, date and time soon afterwards.
Please share this with whoever you think might enter. If you have any questions, please let me know by email, phone (9028029714), or in person during an upcoming open house (Sundays 1-5pm).
Proposed Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 11am – 1pm
Proposed Rain Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018 11am – 1pm
Main Event: Belt Sander Drag Races
A 32’ or 40’ wood track is set up on sawhorses on the north side of the parking lot at 275 Rocky Lake Drive (Four or five pairs of lanes about 8” wide by 8’ long with 2” high walls made of melamine or ply. Lanes are spaced about 12” apart). Extension cords are run halfway down the length and beside the track, then back to the sanders. Sanders are set to ‘on’ and plugged into a power bar. Power bar is switched on, and the sanders race. Six weeks should be enough time to promote this event and give people time to make an entry.
Rules based roughly on this: http://beltsanderdragraces.com/rules
I am thinking we’d just have stock sanders (no alterations to the belt or motor), but encourage people to decorate them and add guides. This is a ‘thing’, and people make quite elaborate belt sanders.
1 for fastest entry, 1 for best decorated, maybe 1 for most spectacular crash!
Marsha and her boys came to collect their raffle prizes from Mighty Small Cars at the weekend. As you might imagine they were very pleased and excited to get their ECX Torment 2WD Short Course trucks onto a track.
Mighty Small Cars were very helpful with the raffle prize selection and I think everyone would have been able to choose something if they’d won. Please remember to support your local hobby shop when making your R/C purchases and Mighty Small Cars is a great starting point for anyone getting into the hobby.
And to everyone who bought a ticket and didn’t win, we thank you. Without your support we couldn’t continue to promote R/C or maintain the R/C Park in Beaver Bank.
Running this raffle has really helped with the financial situation at Halifax Radio Control Park in Beaver Bank, but we’re still looking for volunteers to help reinstate the track there – email us at email@example.com if you’d like to help out. In the mean time check out some other local tracks.
So we pulled the winning ticket (#128) for our Fundraising Raffle on Sunday. Needless to say the winner is overjoyed and is busy trying to decide which of our prizes they’d like to have. Hopefully we’ll get the opportunity to show you what they chose in the near future.
To everyone else who entered, we hope you enjoyed the raffle, but mostly we appreciate the show of support for our efforts in the R/C hobby. While we’re trying super hard to get the track in Beaver Bank going again, we’ll continue to promote R/C in general at local and regional events. We all know how great this hobby is, but lets try and let everyone else know that.
P.S. If anyone wants to re-watch the draw itself then it should be visible on this link. Turns out you can’t post-edit a Facebook Live Stream (feeling a little embarrassed). https://www.facebook.com/halifaxrcpark/videos/2029454233972886/
P.P.S. Anyone know anything about Belt Sander Drag Racing – there’s some guys that want us to enter one in a local competition! 😉 (post to come)
Here at the Halifax R/C Park Society we had hoped to be bringing you amazing news of a reinstated off-road R/C track at Halifax R/C Park in Beaver Bank, however the weather gods and personal time-lines are yet to align so it’s proving difficult to get a public free-to-use race track down for you guys to use at will. We hope to bring news of that to you all in the coming weeks, but we will most certainly need your help – start training your raking and digging muscles!
But I know you’re all eager to hear about the fundraising raffle. The draw will take place on June 24th at around 4pm. About 60 of the 200 tickets are still available and if you’d like to improve your odds of winning then follow this link: https://halifaxrcpark.com/2018/01/21/win-an-r-c-car-in-our-fundraising-raffle/ . I’ll be broadcasting the draw live on the Halifax R/C Park Facebook page (if I can work out how to do it!) so good luck to everyone that bought a ticket.
But if you have a hole in your life for some off-road R/C racing because Halifax Radio Controlled Park isn’t open, then there are other options available to you:
Firstly there’s a couple of other local public tracks that you can take your R/Cs to. They are both totally drivable as far as I know – and as always with public tracks you should be considerate of other users, and leave the track in the same condition as you found it (or better if you’d like to help the track builders).
- Full Gospel Church on Larry Uteck Bvld has a small 1/10 dirt track is on the grounds of the church that is for electric vehicles only.
- Wellington on Church Street has a larger track and works with all sorts of R/Cs.
- We’ve even got a map of some of the further afield tracks and bash spots too.
Secondly, if you’d like to try your hand at racing, then there’s a few local Facebook groups that organise some short-notice events that are often open to the public. These either run on one of the local public tracks, or on one of the handful of local private tracks. If you’re thinking of coming along, then do reach out to the organiser to check that spectators are allowed, or that there’s a suitable race class for beginners. Every single racer started out as a novice so they should be very welcoming and we all want more people to race with. A few key face-book groups to join and keep an eye on are:
And thirdly, if you’d you’d like to watch or join one of the more established timed race events then venturing into NB and PEI gives you some more options. MRCR has a calendar with most of the Atlantic regional race events listed: http://www.mrcr.ca/events/. It’s worth having a read through the following information pages beforehand about what to expect at a race event and a general track-etiquette guide before arriving at the larger timed events.
- Cap Pele R/C Revolution Raceway – George runs a 6 race summer series at his home track in Cap Pele (and some evening racing for those more local). Race dates are June 16th, July 21st, Aug 18th, Sept 15th, Oct 6th but the facebook group has lots more information.
- Red Clay R/C – Check their facebook group for all the details of racing in Charlottetown PEI.
- Black Fly R/C – Stephane runs some races at his home track. The facebook group also has more information.
A couple of weekends back we had a very good reception as part of the Youth Expo held in Brookfield NS. The Youth Expo is a large event aimed at youngsters with the particular focus on ‘hands-on’ activities. The organisers found us online and invited us to come and promote the hobby of R/C vehicles to the public. As those of you that check-in regularly, you know that there is an important distinction between Toy Grade and Hobby Grade R/C vehicles (we talk all about it on our beginners pages).
We had a few tables displaying a wide variety of R/C vehicles, and a foam R/C track setup on which people could spend a few minutes driving a pair of 1:27 micro scale racers. The cars held up well to continuous use, but alas it was the return spring on the steering wheel transmitters that gave out an hour before the end of the show (they’re still on my work-bench awaiting further investigation!). Don’t ask how many AAA batteries we went through!
We handed out a lot of information cards with links to this website so I hope there’s a few new readers. If so, Hi!
I didn’t get much opportunity to investigate the rest of the show but there looked to be lots of interesting things to see and try. I did take a couple of photos toward the end of the day though. There looked to be Laser Tag, Scotia Speedworld, Archery, Excavators, MotoCross etc. and there was even a competing R/C car track!
We hope to be invited back this year, and we’ve learned a lot about the shows setup. Maybe next year you’ll find us outside with bigger cars and a bigger track!
The Halifax R/C Park Society were asked to provide a stand demonstrating and promoting R/C cars at a great kids event called TheYouthExpo. So we’ll be there with an indoor foam track to try your hand at racing some Micro touring cars
outdoor throwdown track, jumps and will have a selection of R/C cars to display, demonstrate, and discuss with visitors. The event is on April 21st from 9am-4pm at the Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex, Brookfield, NS and is free for under-18s but the accompanying adults gotta pay! Come and learn about how great the hobby of R/C cars is.
UPDATE: We know where we are going to be located inside the hall. Top right of image below.
Fundraising Raffle is still going on (even if we don’t sell all the tickets!)
We all had a great time this weekend promoting radio controlled cars and trucks to everyone who visited the Shearwater Spring Hobby Show. Sunday was particularly fun as we had a large demonstration area and a few of our visitors were lucky enough to get the opportunity to drive a few cars on our throwdown track. Or even build a coil-over shock and spring from a kit r/c car. Sometimes there were ten different cars on track at a time. I didn’t have the chance to take a lot of photos as I was too busy letting everyone know how amazing and wholesome the hobby of R/C cars is, but what I do have is shown below.
Although we might not get the big area for next year’s hobby show, we’ve already got a few ideas about how best to demonstrate how R/C crawlers work!
But you don’t have to wait long to see us again as we will have an outdoor demonstration area at the Youth Expo in Brookfield on April 21st. Keep checking here for more information in the coming days.
And remember, our Fundraising Raffle is still going on. We’ve sold just over 140 tickets of 200 and the draw will happen at one of the the Halifax R/C Park maintenance events in Beaver Bank sometime in April or May (even if we don’t sell all the tickets!)