Hello all! Heikki from EuroRC here and soon we will race! Well sooner or later at least! I know that many of you people are missing the heat of the competition and are hungrily looking for this next coming season.
It's been already over a year with this uncertainty but I feel that the times are finally changing for good! Positive news from around the world is that many countries are finally lifting some restrictions at least on the local level. This means that hopefully we can get our wheels back to the track this summer!
For this article I tried to search for upcoming races. This painted a very sad picture with all the blank pages and news from cancelled events. From the point of competition level of RC these times have been more than hard. It also shows that RC people are good people and follow the guidelines and restrictions even when they may feel bit unfair. My personal thanks to everyone who has taken this seriously and have been part of the solution rather than part of the problem!
Most probably the biggest and most important international events will be cancelled again from this year. IFMAR already cancelled The World Championship 1/10 IC track Touring Cars in Brisbane, Australia and the WC 1/8 Off-road in Cianorte, Brazil. There is still some hope that they could host 1/10th Electric On-road race in Gubbio, Italy later this year. Hopes are not too high though. Big events require so much planning and work beforehand that you just cannot organize them without knowing for sure!
Race locally, Share globally!
Good news for comp folks is that there seems to be at least some local competitions going on. This is pretty much directly related to how your local goverment has handled the issue. Here in Finland we are looking forward to see if the meeting limit of more than 10 people is lifted soon. This could mean that we could race here in pretty much normal conditions but without presence of audience. Better than nothing I guess!
In case you get to race this following season, please share your race and podium pics with rage! Good news give people hope. Send positive image of this hobby instead of complaining. Sharing is caring you know!
New in racing? Check out this great and open map in Google Maps where you can see if there is a local track nearby! Always contact your local track first to check out the requirements and costs. Do not go there on your own and fool around without permit, it shows some bad spirit if you do that. Many clubs have pretty active Facebook groups but understandably there has not been much to share lately.
Even if your evil goverment does not let you race on the track there are still options. In my world there is nothing more rebel than illegal RC-racing! Just remember that you are on your own there and if you get fined remember not to blame the local track that was closed!
Maybe it is better to stay in the backyard. Some of my best RC memories are when I am racing with my brothers and friends. We always have these gentleman rules - no crashing, no mean stunts or anything like that. Hands shaken and fedoras tipped! And when the racing starts it is basically five old bastards on the track doing dirty tricks when ever we can! So much fun and so many broken parts.
Bashing your soul out never equals to fine racing but it can offer some venting for those who live and breath RC. What I suggest you to do this weekend is to blow the dust from your RC, fuel it up or charge the batteries and let those pizza cutters fly. You, my friend, deserve some good old RC driving in a form or another!
In general level, there is not much what one can do except follow the local restrictions in the slight hope that everything will be soon better. Times are hard now but what we can see here is that RC generally (along the other, less important hobbies!) is selling more than in many years. This could mean that in few years we will have a next generation of promising RC drivers thirsting for their first win in true competition! There is always something good in the bad and a crisis is always also an opportunity.
Happy hobbying and stay positive!
Heikki / EuroRC
(Article released in 27.4.2021)
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