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.

Track Under Maintenance at Halifax RC Park

This spring you’ll see a makeover of the race track at Halifax RC Park. Even today in the nice weather, we removed the stakes securing the BigO down so that will be removed from the track shortly. You’re still welcome to visit anytime, but be warned that there are changes taking place. The plan is to weed and do a little re-grading/re-leveling, before we put down a new layout. This time we’re aiming for a inner and outer loop layout that will provide beginners the chance to practice on a shorter inner circuit closer to the drivers mound and then an optional outer loop for the fast guys to extend their lap. Should be fun.

Once we have a layout decided upon, we’ll be posting details of a work-party where you can come and help out – and likely have some input on the tweaks to the track layout that we’ll undoubtedly have to make to ensure it fits nicely and is raceable.

Happy Racing for 2017!

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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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RC Cars at Shearwater Spring Hobby Show – April 8th and 9th 2017

Halifax RC Park will be joined by the Halifax RC Drifters and some trail truck guys at our annual stand at this years Shearwater Aviation Museum Hobby Show. You’ll be able to see a wide variety of RC vehicles, and we’ll again have some mini-trucks for you to try. On the Sunday morning (10am-12noon) there are plans afoot for a larger indoor RC demonstration  where we’ll have a track setup on a carpeted area (postponed until 2018 – we’ve been promised!). Come and say hi and look over the wide variety of vehicle types making up this fun and lifelong hobby.

The show is located at the SeaKing Club within Shearwater Base. You’ll need ID to get through the main gates on Bonaventure Street (the same street as Shearwater Aviation Museum). Opening hours are 10-4pm Saturday and Sunday. It’s $5 per person or $12 for a family of 4. Tickets also give you access to the Aviation Museum which is a great walk around. Details from the Aviation Museum here. Exact Google maps location of the SeaKing club is here.

Don’t forget we’re also at the Halifax Public Library tomorrow (9:30am-2pm March 25th 2017) with a display of all sorts of RC cars.

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.