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Welcome to the Rocket City Radio Control Racing Club (RC3) website.

Use the links on the left to find information about our club and R/C racing in north Alabama.

RC3 blog posts are shown below and will have the most up to date information about our activities.

August 30th Saturday Race

posted Aug 20, 2014, 4:07 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Aug 20, 2014, 4:08 PM ]

Due to last weekend's rain out we have added a make up race to the schedule on Saturday August 30th. This will not affect previously scheduled races so we will also be racing the following weekend on Saturday September 6th.

August 17th Race Rain Out

posted Aug 17, 2014, 2:42 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Aug 17, 2014, 2:43 PM ]

We had 44 entries for the race today, but the rain came in part way through and we had to cancel the race. All the racers that did not get their cash back will have credit for their next race. The next race is scheduled for Saturday September 6th, but there is an extra weekend this month so we may try to add a race to the schedule. We'll post an announcement soon if that is the case.

2014 Rocket City Challenge Results

posted Aug 3, 2014, 2:39 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Aug 4, 2014, 9:27 PM ]

The 2014 Rocket City Challenge was a great success. There were 159 entries in 12 classes. Saturday morning was rainy until around 8am, so we opened practice and sign-in for an extra hour. Racing kicked off around 10:30 am which was later than planned, however we were able to get through the qualifiers in time to start the mains at 6 pm. The track started the day wet and sticky, but dried out and developed a groove later in the day once the sun came out. The A-mains started right as the sun set which changed the track conditions yet again. The surface became hard and sticky with very little fluff and lots of traction.

Throughout the mains there were many close fought battles for position. The step up corner at the end of the straight caused some rough starts during the mains and provided some very close action as the mid-pack drivers took early leads and the top qualifiers had to work their way through the field. The 5 pack double single double presented a real challenge in every class with only the top driver able to consistently clear it as at triple double or double triple.

The mains finished up around 11 pm and since we were presenting trophies after each race most racers were able to leave earlier.

Results for the race can be found here along with qualifying times.

Event photography provided by Bryan Burton Photography. There are over 1000 photos of this event available for purchase.

Here are the A-Main winners:

Novice A-Main: 1st - Josh Ormes, 2nd - Brad Hook, 3rd Brad Gray

Stock Short Course A-Main: 1st - Stephen Armstrong, 2nd - David Harris, 3rd - Mike Gibson

2wd SC Truck A-Main: 1st - Jacob Mueller, 2nd - Willie Scott, 3rd - Matthew Brocato

4wd SC Truck A-Main: 1st - Jeff Watkins, 2nd - Rusty Brooks, 3rd - Daniel Myers

2wd Buggy A-Main: 1st - Jacob Mueller, 2nd - Blake Boggs, 3rd - Hunter Cupp

4wd Buggy A-Main: 1st - Brian Cooke, 2nd - Richard Hess, 3rd - Rusty Brooks

Sportsman E-Buggy A-Main: 1st - Tyler Parrish, 2nd - Jody Johnson, 3rd - Jeremy Reid

Pro E-Buggy A-Main: 1st - Blake Boggs, 2nd - Hunter Cupp, 3rd - Cody Berryman

Sportsman Nitro Buggy A-Main: 1st - Jeremy Reid, 2nd - Josh King, 3rd - Richard Douglas V

Pro Nitro Buggy A-Main: 1st - Blake Boggs, 2nd - Steven Rossi, 3rd - Cody Berryman

E-Truggy A-Main: 1st - Tommy Rogers, 2nd - Jeff Watkins, 3rd - Rusty Brooks

Nitro Truggy A-Main: 1st - Cole Kasten, 2nd - Jeremy Reid, 3rd - Brian Potts

RC3 thanks the following race sponsors who donated door prizes:

Vengeance Graphics - Airbrushing by Nick

The next Alabama Iron Man points series race will be the 6th Annual Steve Raddatz Memorial Race at SHARC in Tuscumbia on October 11th.

Tentative Heat Listing for the 2014 RCC

posted Jul 31, 2014, 8:55 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Jul 31, 2014, 8:55 PM ]

Here is the tentative heat list for the 2014 Rocket City Challenge. The race order will be modified on race day, but all participants should review this list to ensure they are in the correct classes with the right transponder numbers.

The 2014 Rocket City Challenge

posted Jul 28, 2014, 8:38 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Jul 28, 2014, 8:40 PM ]

The biggest race at RC3 is just around the corner. So far we have 156 entries for the event and the online sign-ups are closed. If you still want to race this event, show up Saturday morning and we'll put you on the wait list. Last year we had a handful of no-shows so there may be room to add a few more racers.

Racer sign-in will be open all day Friday and from 7am-8:30am Saturday morning. We will accept payment during sign-in and your registration is not confirmed until you pay.

We have lots of door prizes from all our great sponsors as well as a Team Associated B5 2wd buggy for our grand prize. Please remember to fill out your door prize tickets when you sign-in.

Food will be provided Friday evening and all day Saturday by David Burt. He will be setup under the tan tent near the hobby shop. He's got some great food ready for the big race!

The weather forecast looks good for this weekend but also hot. Don't forget to bring some shade and a fan. We will have power available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. If you have an A/C unit or air compressor, please run them from a generator so we don't trip a breaker during the race.

The track will be open all day Thursday and Friday for practice. Saturday morning it will be open for practice as soon as the sun is up enough to see. Practice will close as soon as the heat listings are printed which should be around 9am.

See you out there!

New Layout

posted Jul 26, 2014, 10:30 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Jul 26, 2014, 10:30 PM ]

We got a lot done today thanks to the hard work of everyone that showed up. This track redesign has been one of the most successful we have done due to the great group participation.

It still needs to be blown off, watered, and there are a few pipes that need to be adjusted, but it is 90% done.

Click on the picture below for a high resolution image of the new layout.

We ask for all racers that will be participating in the Rocket City Challenge to not practice on the track until this Thursday and Friday. It's not fair to the out of town racers and those that have to work this week and are unable to practice before Thursday. If you are not racing in the Rocket City Challenge this coming Saturday feel free to run some laps and help break in the jumps.

Track Work Day

posted Jul 25, 2014, 4:34 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Jul 25, 2014, 4:34 PM ]

We will be finishing the track redesign tomorrow Saturday July 26th. The weather should be good for outdoor work. We will have free food and drinks for everyone that shows up to help out. We'll be shaping the jumps, packing the track, and staking down the pipe. There will be a dirt oval race in the evening, however we should be done by the time it starts.

2014 Rocket City Challenge Sponsors

posted Jul 21, 2014, 8:49 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Jul 21, 2014, 8:59 PM ]

We would like to thank the following companies for sponsoring the 2014 Rocket City Challenge:

New Track Layout and Work Day

posted Jul 14, 2014, 12:54 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Jul 14, 2014, 12:54 PM ]

The track has been leveled and we are having dirt delivered this week. We will be holding a track work day this Saturday the 19th. Come rain or shine we will be at the track putting in the new layout shown below. Food will be served for those that help out. We'll be out at the track all day so feel free to stop by if you have a little time and can help out.

The track is CLOSED until Thursday July 31st. Open practice for the 2014 Rocket City Challenge will be all day Thursday the 31st. Controlled practice will be all day Friday the 1st and early in the morning the day of the race, Saturday August 2nd.

The scheduled July 20th race is cancelled to allow us time to properly build the track.

July 5th Race Results

posted Jul 5, 2014, 8:51 PM by Steven Hicox   [ updated Jul 5, 2014, 8:52 PM ]

Today's off-road race was a big success with 64 entries in 9 classes. With the good weather, the track started holding water for the second round and the mains so traction was pretty good. After the mains most of the racers helped pull up the pipe and select a new track layout. David Burt served up great food all day long, and finished the day off with ribs, chicken, corn, water melon, baked beans, and all sorts of goodies for the folks that stayed to help out. The results have been posted in the race results area.

Here are today's winners:

Novice: 1st - Drake Montgomery, 2nd - Frank Armstrong, 3rd - Conner Gibbs

Sportsman Shortcourse: 1st - Tyler Stonicher, 2nd - Mike Gibson, 3rd - Stephen Armstrong

2wd Short Course Truck: 1st - Shea Caughron, 2nd - Tyler Ernst, 3rd - Kevin Montgomery

4wd Buggy: 1st - Eric LeMaster, 2nd - Dan Gore, 3rd - Canc Saari

2wd Buggy: 1st - Shea Caughron, 2nd - Jack Aslan, 3rd - Spencer Glasgow

Truggy: 1st - Skip Swaim, 2nd - Bryan Klamer, 3rd - Brandon Reed

4wd Short Course Truck: 1st - Steven Hicox, 2nd - Jack Aslan, 3rd - Blane Hagler

1/8th Scale Electric Buggy: 1st - Brian Lettrich, 2nd - Stuart Owensby, 3rd - Spencer Glasgow

1/8th Scale Nitro Buggy: 1st - Skip Swaim, 2nd - Bobby Keys, 3rd - Bart Mathews

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