Category Archives: Off-Road Racing

Posts about local Off-Road RC events

Work Party Update: Chance to win a LiPo battery if you come and help out!

Tim at Crossroad RC Supply has kindly donated a Zippy 5000mAh 2S (7.4v) LiPo battery to us. As an incentive to get as many of you as possible out to help on May 6th or 13th, one of you will be taking it home for free. Make sure you give your name to me (Rhodri) when you arrive for either work party, and we’ll do the draw after the session on the 13th.

 

Bring your shovels – Track Rebuild Work Party Sat M̶a̶y̶ ̶6̶t̶h̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ May 13th

UPDATE: The weather may have turned, but not for the better. The forecast for the weekend looks very wet so we’ve decided to cancel the Work Party for May 6th. We plan to go ahead on the 13th so keep checking back for details.

ORIGINAL POST: The weather has look like it’s turned, so it’s time to get the track reinstated at Halifax Radio Control Park. We’re working behind the scenes on a brand new layout that will give beginners a great short layout to race on, along with an optional longer layout that will stretch the quicker vehicles. It should mean more people can have fun with their RC cars however small or fast they are! Stay tuned for details of the layout in the next week or so.

But we need your help to make it happen. Anyone is welcome to come and help out with a bit of digging, jump building, smoothing and marking, either on S̶a̶t̶u̶r̶d̶a̶y̶ ̶M̶a̶y̶ ̶6̶t̶h̶ ̶(̶1̶0̶a̶m̶-̶6̶p̶m̶)̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ Saturday May 13th (10am-6pm) . I̶f̶ ̶e̶n̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ ̶p̶e̶o̶p̶l̶e̶ ̶h̶e̶l̶p̶ ̶o̶u̶t̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶w̶e̶ ̶w̶o̶r̶k̶ ̶r̶e̶a̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶h̶a̶r̶d̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶6̶t̶h̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶r̶e̶ ̶m̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶e̶v̶e̶n̶ ̶n̶e̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶w̶o̶r̶k̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶1̶3̶t̶h̶ ̶-̶ ̶s̶o̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶c̶o̶u̶l̶d̶ ̶a̶l̶r̶e̶a̶d̶y̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶r̶a̶c̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶v̶e̶h̶i̶c̶l̶e̶s̶.̶ If you can only make the 13th then keep your eyes on www.halifaxrcpark.com for more information. The weather might also play it’s part so keep checking here for updates. Whenever you come out you’ll need to bring sturdy footwear, some tools if you have them (shovels, picks, rakes, tampers) and hopefully some sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses!

We need to get back to this sort of quality – But with more jumps!

Remember that HRCP is a free-to-use public track and as a non-profit society we’re entirely reliant on donations  to keep the track going. We have significant annual insurance costs, and expenses for the park maintenance materials. We’re lucky to have free land from the city, but without continued donations from the users then the RC park won’t be allowed to continue. We’ll be making more concerted efforts to raise funds in the coming weeks, but this it just a friendly reminder that no donation will ever be turned down. You can interac us directly at halifaxrcpark@gmail.com.

Lets get racing

If donations of funds is out of the question then we’re always looking for donation of supplies of clay-dirt, BigO drainage hose, Zip ties and Track stakes (or something like it – threaded bar, or rebar, or even welding expertise!)

UPDATE: Tim at Crossroad RC Supply has kindly donated a Zippy 5000mAh 2S (7.4v) LiPo battery to us. As an incentive to get as many of you as possible out to help on May 6̶t̶h̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶13th, one of you will be taking it home for free. Make sure you give your name to me (Rhodri) when you arrive for either work party, and we’ll do the draw after the session on the 13th.

Thank you for visiting us at the Hobby Show

We had a great time at the Shearwater Hobby Show over the weekend. Thanks to those of you that came out to say Hi and for those of you who are only seeing this because you took one of our information cards, “welcome to our website, and welcome to the hobby of R/C cars”. Unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to put on a full demonstration on Sunday morning, but we’ve been promised that nice carpeted area for 2018. Look out for details of our plans for that area sometime in March 2018.

We’re getting near to the time when track maintenance can start in earnest out at Halifax RC Park in Beaverbank, so keep checking here for more details. Many hands make light work!

Shearwater Spring Hobby Show April 8/9 – Come see some R/C cars

If you’re scratching around for something to do this weekend then how about coming along to the Shearwater Spring Hobby Show on Saturday 8th or Sunday 9th April (this coming weekend). We’ll be there with lots of cars and trucks to see, along with a few smaller ones to try for yourself. A few more details on our post from a few weeks back.

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Reminder – RC cars at the Halifax Library on Saturday 25th March

Just a little reminder that Halifax RC Park will have a stand of RC cars to see at the Halifax Public Library this Saturday from 9:30am – 2pm as part of the Engineering Month Public Display. If the weather cooperates, then we’ll also be running them outside behind the library. Come say hi and talk to us about the hobby of RC cars.

RC display at the Halifax Central Library – Saturday March 25th 2017

March is National Engineering Month and RC car’s are all about science and engineering. On Saturday 25th March, the Halifax Central Library is hosting a Engineering Month Public Display from 9:30am until 2pm. The event is free to attend and we’ll be there with a selection of radio controlled cars among the other stands of science and engineering themes. Come out and learn more about the hobby of RC cars, or just to say hi.

Engineers Nova Scotia has a leaflet on their activities for the whole engineering month available here.

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2016 Engineering Month Public Display

If you can’t make it to this show, then we’ll also be at the 19th Annual Shearwater Aviation Museum Spring Hobby Show on April 8th and 9th. Keep an eye on http://www.halifaxrcpark.com for more details in the coming week.

As usual, the events calendar, has these coming shows listed, along with other local RC events, races and trail runs. If you have an RC event you’d like to publicize then get in touch with us at halifaxrcpark@gmail.com

Wicked Wednesday(s) at Halifax RC Park 7pm – Wednesday 24th August

One of the regulars at HRCP has organised another Wicked Wednesday session for all types of off-road RC vehicles. Whatever you have, bring it along and have some fun with some like-minded people. It’s sure to be a blast.

More details here on kijiji.

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GO GO GO! – Halifax RC Park is dry and ready for racing today (July 23Rd)

Although the threat of thunderstorms looked like it might cause the cancellation of today’s event at HRCP (kindly hosted by Sackvillerc), word from our eyes on the ground is that the park is dry and ready for everyone to arrive. See you all there from 11am until the batteries are depleted. (And as usual this time of year – wear sunscreen, hats and sun glasses)

Track stakes needed

This is a call for donations for track maintenance materials – or at least a reminder to keep on the lookout for things we might need.

The main track materials we require are:

  • Dirt – clay-like with very few rocks is ideal
  • Drainage pipe – BigO or similar corrugated pipe
  • Stakes – 12″ long threaded bar (3/8″-3/4″) with welded washers/nuts or Rebar with welded washers
  • Zip ties – strong, long and lots of them for joining the pipe sections together

Those of you that have driven at Halifax RC Park in the last few months will have noticed that there are many sections of track marking pipe that is loose or broken. We have a reasonable stock of BigO to repair damaged sections, but a lot of the damage on the track pieces is because we’ve had to be economic with the use of the few track stakes we have. Ideally we’d have one every 5′ of so. We’re therefore asking the community to be on the lookout for materials we could use for stakes. We’ve previously used threaded bar from about 3/8″ to 3/4″ in size and about a foot long. The stake either has a nut welded to it’s top and a few washers over before it is hammered through the BigO and into the ground. The alternative is to use similar threaded rod or rebar with a couple of washers welded to the end in a butterfly arrangement all the way into the ground through which we then put zip ties to hold the pipe in place. Both work well but we just need more of them.

If you have any spare threaded rod or rebar around then send us an email at halifaxrcpark@gmail.com and we’ll see if we can use them.

Thanks in advance.

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Track stake with washer butterfly