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T-shirts and quick update

posted May 25, 2019, 5:45 AM by RC3

T-shirts have been ordered. We think everyone will be pleased with the new design. As of now, they are scheduled for print around may 28th. so we should have them to hand out at the june 15th race if all goes well. We have been getting questions in reference to schedule conflicts on what is posted on this site and the facebook site...Please keep in mind that this site doesn't get updated as frequently as the facebook page...so for the most current schedule, the facebook page will be the most accurate. We are still locking down sponsors for this years rocket city challenge, but it looks to be another great year with some great prizes. Our Title sponsor this year is Futaba. They have donated a brand new Futaba 7px this year.. We are currently selling raffle tickets for this item, drawing will be at the Rocket City Challenge. Tickets are 10.00 dollars each with a 5 ticket limit before the race.  On race day, you will be able to purchase an additional 10 tickets if you wish for the drawing...you must be present to win, or if you have a friend they can stay in your stead as long as they have your ticket.  We also will have a food truck this year selling burgers and hot dogs and snow cones. We hope to see every one at the next race on June 1st and at the Money Race on June 29th. As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to any officer and we will assist you any way we can...Happy Racing 

Next BIG RACE June 29th Money race

posted Apr 21, 2019, 4:48 PM by RC3   [ updated May 25, 2019, 5:28 AM ]

The first of two big events this year at Rc3 is coming up on May 4th.  This will be our first annual Big Money race!  Three classes will have the opportunity to come away with some big money if they are fast enough!!   Ebuggy,  Nitro Buggy and 1/10th 4wd buggy will all have money on the line.  Entry fees for these classes will be $30 a piece.  Also the electric will run double mains and Nitro buggy will have a 35min Amain.   All other classes will run also during this event, with regular club entry fees applying for these.   This will be a event you don't want to miss,  there will be some fast racers from all over the south trying to get some of this Cash!  Hope to see everyone there.  May4th,  10:30am start time.

Coty Ingram and Evan Jones highlight season opener winners at Rc3

posted Mar 19, 2019, 6:26 PM by RC3   [ updated Mar 19, 2019, 6:27 PM ]

The 2019 outdoor season got under way Saturday under a cool , partly cloudy day here in Huntsville, AL.   What a turnout!  We had right at 175 entries with racers from at least 4 states.  Some of the fastest 1/8 and 1/10 racers in the area came out to support Rc3.  To highlight a few classes, we had 40  E-buggys and 22 Nitro buggys.  We also had full classes in all the 1/10th classes.  As a club we were very excited to see a full field in Novice as well, with 13 in that class!  Future is bright!  Now on to the racing.

Evan Jones showed why he is a talented young racer for X-Ray by setting TQ in E-buggy and Nitro Truggy, but come up a little short getting the TQ in Nitro Buggy being beat out by Georgia racer Coty Ingram with his Serpent buggy.  As the day went on, the newly built track keep grooving up and got a little smoother.  But just to clarify this is outdoors and there was plenty of bumps and holes to dodge.  As the Mains started, night time had fallen and the traction came up.  In the E-buggy Amain, Evan Jones lead from tone to finish, taking the win by almost 26 seconds over local racers Daniel Myers and Jamie Spurgeon.  His X-Ray was on rails all day and he would not be denied.  In the Nitro Buggy Amain,  Coty Ingram from his TQ position lead the first couple laps, then Evan Jones jumped ahead and lead for about 8 minutes, then unfortunately, Evan had a mechanical failure that ended his day in this Main.  Coty took the lead and never looked back from there,  his Serpent Nitro buggy was hooked up all day and took the win over other local racers Jonathan Adams and Jody Johnson.  Great runs by all involved in these classes!

All other classes had great battles all day in the heats and of course the Mains.  Just to highlight a few,  Randy Enger took the wins in Stadium truck (2wd) , 2wd mod buggy, and 4wd mod buggy.  Jamie Spurgeon takes the win in Mini-truggy, with a full field of 12!  Growing class! Keith Bilyou takes 17.5 short course.  Daniel Myers takes 4wd short course. Drew Williams takes  Nitro Truggy and Spencer Glasgow takes E-Truggy.   But the highlight of day was seeing the Novice Amain!  Those kids put on a show and the Marshals had a workout, lol.  

Overall, this was the biggest season opener ever by Rc3!  This start of the season race keeps growing every year.  We are working hard as a club to keep improving the facilities and building our racer base.  Come race with us!  Club races held every 1st and 3rd Saturday, and some big events throughout the year!  


Ebuggy:   1st  Evan Jones  2nd Daniel Myers  3rd Jamie Spurgeon (not shown)

Nitro Buggy  1st Coty Ingram  2nd Jonathan Adams  3rd Jody Johnson (not shown)

2019 off-road season starting March 16th

posted Mar 8, 2019, 7:08 AM by RC3   [ updated Mar 8, 2019, 7:10 AM ]

It is time to start another great season of outdoor off-road racing!   The season is stated to kick off Saturday March 16th at 11am (weather permitting of course). The club members and officers have worked hard through the winter to improve the facilities even better.  New driver stand floor,  new led's ,  new PA system, and many more.  Plus with the help of Rc trackmasters we have a fresh layout.  It has been very challenging to say the least the last two months.  With our area receiving more than 20 inches of rain in a span of about 4 weeks,  it was very challenging to get all these new improvements complete,  but we did it!!   Now lets get the season started off with a great first race.  We are looking forward to seeing all our great Rc friends and see all the new trucks and buggies.   

Also there are some great plans for the 2019 season.  After the season opener,  the next big event will be 1st annual Money race in May.   Then in August its the 10th annual Rocket City challenge race,  this is getting bigger and bigger.  One of the best races in this part of country.  Two day event again this year for this race also.   If club racing is your ticket, we have some good races also.  Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month will be the normal racing schedule.  During the summer months look for some Friday night racing also under the lights!  These are short and fun races.   For all the info on anything you read here,  check us out on our Facebook page:  Rc3 racing group page.   All the latest information is posted there, from weather , to race schedules.   

So get those batteries charged and fill those nitro tanks and get ready for a great 2019 season at Rc3 ,  Huntsville, AL!



Transponders

posted Jan 19, 2019, 6:04 PM by RC3   [ updated Jan 19, 2019, 6:07 PM ]

As we all know, the club/house transponders are slowly becoming non functional (as in not working/charging). although there are a few that currently function. Club officers reccommend you purchase your own transponder for the 2019 and future years. for the ones who still want/need to use a house transponder we will start charging 5.00 a day for usage. If its your first race, then you get one free rental, and 5.00 there after for each race day.  On 2 day events such as Rocket City Challenge, you will pay rental charge for each day. Novice Class will get free transponder use with a paid club membership. Non members will pay 5.00 per race after their first initial race.  The Race Director is not responcible for any faulty equip (rented, borrowed or personal),  Thanks, Club officers 2019.

Rc3 2019 kickoff meeting minutes.

posted Jan 12, 2019, 5:50 PM by RC3


 

Ben opened up with a recap of the 2018 season. Reported on the average entries last year and the entries for big races. Discussed track success due to its club members and even pro drivers taking note of RC3 track.

Weston gave treasurer report…2018 started with 500.00…when weston took over from prevoius treasurer, had average blance 1700 dollars. All financial data is now in a spreaed sheet, well documented and avail if needed. Ended 20-18 with 4995.00.

Jody was given funds to cover livetime subscription and new printer….there was discussion by oval member of using the same printer and buying ink instead of buying new printer. This was tabled for later discussion.

Next topic was track build. Bobby from RC Track Masters will be doing the layout again this year. Layout build is slated for first week of march pending weather.  Discuision  about skidster and roller ensued…Jake adv he could get a skid steer and save clubs funds. It was also discussed about Jerry Hughes poss providing equipment. Still waiting on answer from Mr hughes.  Jamie Spurgeon also adv he could possibly obtain a skid steer. He would seek info and get back with the club.

All club members were given a pen and paper and asked to write 2 key features they would like to see on the layout. These were given to weston and tallied. Top choices will try and be incorprated into the layout. More if possible.

                                                Quad—5 votes

                                                Rythem section-4 votes

                                                Whoops-3 votes

                                                Step down-2 votes

                                                Step up—1 vote

                                                Crossover—1 vote

                                                Table corner—1 vote

                                                Back straightaway—1 vote

                                                Front straight-1 vote

While Bobby is building Track will need aprx 8 Volunteers to help with packing, raking, ,pipe, cleanup etc.

Need for a new mower to help keep track packed was discussed. If anyone can find one from the free to 500.00 range in good running condition to get with officer for funds and purchase. Keith bilyou and Jerrid wright will take lead on this project.

Next drivers stand was discussed. Needs to be replaced. This year would be replaced with 2x6 instead of plywood. Kevin land volunteered to head this project .

Gravel—Craig adv he could get gravel for a 375.00a load. It was voted to go ahead and have him secure the load of gravel and place it near the tree on the north side. We can use the skid steer to spread it when we do track build.

New pipe was discussed.  If wew can secure pipe from AMS or SIC then great, if not we would go with the 35 dollar a rolll pipe again and replace as necessary.

Pa system was discussed.  Jake will look into systems and get back with club with some estimates. Will be further discussed at that time.

New lights were discussed. It was voted to get one additional led light for the middle pole.  Jake would get estimate on replacing other lights and can be discussed at a later date.

It was suggested to get a air compressor to have more amenities for racers. After discussion it was decided to hold off an a air compressor at this time.

Signs were discussed for track perimeter. Need to get useed polition signs and remake them with trackk rules. Stay off when wet,  no walking on pitt lane, not responcible for theft and accidents etc.

Next election of Officers and Race Director  were held

President                            Ben Robbins

Vice President                   Bryce Taets

Secretary                             Teddy Salyer

Treasurer                            Weston Taets

Track Manager                  Keith Bilyou

Race Director                     Jody Schrimsher

 

It was discussed that Race Director is a paid position..! dollar per entry with a minimum of 50 per race. Club members were urged to learn race system as Jody Schrimsher would be stepping down as race director to persue other ventures.

Race Schedule was  discussed. We have several large events this year.  It was  Voted to change the Tiny Trophy Race to a money Race this year, and possibly make a fall Race a Tiny Trophy race or money race.

Also coming this year is the Snao Hard Racing League…This Event is 10th Scale only. They run all classes RC3 does except 17.5 sct…they run a 17.5 2wd buggy instead.  The club will get haf the proceeds from this race. The league will do all Race Directing, sign ups etc.

Rocket City Challenge will Be a 2 day event again this year.Currently Scheduled for Aug 2,3,4th. Practice on the 2nd, with quals on the 3 and mains on the 4th.

Last item was the club needed to raise entry fees  by 5.00 per class. Entries will now be 20,15 and 10. You still get 5.00 off first entry for being a club member. This was necessary to help offset some of the days when we have low turnout, or cancel due to rainout. Club pays 5 per entry to hobby shop each race. So without raising club was barely breaking even on some races. 

Getting ready for 2019!

posted Dec 27, 2018, 10:35 AM by RC3

Rc3 needs you!   Club meeting for the upcoming 2019 season will be held January 12 at La Fuente restaurant  in Meridianville, just up the road from the track.  Time will be 12 noon.  We are in need of volunteers to keep Rc3 running smoothly and to get a few things done.  If you enjoy racing at Rc3 and are a regular racer,  PLEASE try to attend and volunteer time when needed.  Nothing is too small to help.  We have great plans for 2019 and need to hit the ground running to achieve these targets!   

Season coming to a close soon

posted Sep 13, 2018, 6:31 PM by RC3   [ updated Sep 13, 2018, 6:32 PM ]

Well the outdoor off-road season is starting to slow down.  Here at Rc3 we have a great season during the outdoor season!   However it is not over just yet.   We are scheduled to race September 15th,  October 20th, and then the season closer November 3rd.   November 3rd will be a bigger event,  we will be having the 1st ever money race for the Ebuggy class and also a grudge race (money on the line) for 1/8th nitro buggy.   Ebuggy will be $15 a entry with 100% payback for top 3 places with option of more payback depending on entries.  Nitro buggy will have $100 on the line for the winner as long as they beat Austin Hughs ( local fast racer that has won some big races at Rc3).  If Austin wins,  sorry no money.   

So as the season comes to a close,  mark some of these dates and come on out one more time to Rc3 for a fun day at the races!

Rocket City Challenge Huge success!

posted Aug 6, 2018, 6:09 PM by RC3   [ updated Aug 6, 2018, 6:29 PM ]

With over 180 entries from racers from over 7 states, this years 9th annual Rocket City challenge was a HUGE success! With a hot and humid forecast, we started open practice on Friday afternoon with many people pulling in.  Saturday we got started running the 6 minute qualifiers and with money on the line for TQ in each class, we saw some fast overall times being put down.  Since this was a two day event we ran into the night up to around 10:00pm then took a break so racers could rest and relax.  The next morning we got started again to finish up.  HOT was the key word.  Not only the weather with highs in the 90's but on the track as well.  Very close racing in all classes, especially 1/8 Nitro Buggy and 1/8 E Truggy.   We finished up around 3pm so racers could have time to drive home.  Rc3 would like to thank everyone that came to race or hang out this year.  Mark your calender's for next year, same weekend, for the 10th annual race!  Safe travels and hot racing!





Next Huge event: 9th Annual Rocket city challenge

posted Jun 13, 2018, 6:32 PM by RC3

Mark your calendars for August 3rd thru 5th!   This years Rocket city challenge will be bigger and better.   With over 200 entries last year,  the club has decided to make this year event a (2) two day event.  Qualifiers run on Saturday and some lower class mains including novice.  Then all other Mains will be run on Sunday.   How its going to work?   Saturday signups will dictate the event.  If over 150ish entries ,  two day event it will be.   If 150 or under, we will run a one day event.  FYI,  we are expecting a huge crowd with over 200 if everything goes to plan.  So come on out for one of the biggest club events in this area.  Going to be a fun time! 


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