Great Lakes RC Racing
- Where are operating this week:
- Ruby Street Raceway - 1950 Ruby Street, Melrose Park Il
- When are we operating this week:
- Saturday - 8am to 4pm
- Sunday - 10am to 5pm
- Our next big Event: Race Flyer
- How to contact the club:
- How to visit, and how to use the track:
- To visit, just show up any time we're operating. Come in, sign the waiver, ask lots of questions.
- There's a reasonable fee to run on the track for open practice. And for race days, there's a cost per class you're running in. Being a club member gets you a discount on both.
- Become a member: $50 a year, gets you in on club discussions and votes, also member pricing on practice and racing. Send us an e-mail, and we'll get you a paypal link to sign up.
- Our rules: Every place has it's own rules. Click here. They're important.
What do we race?
We are an on-road racing club. (For now..) So we run on-road radio control race cars. These cars are generally like the sort of thing you drive every day, or you see racing on TV. Except smaller. Cars are generally seperated into classes. There are two major categories of cars we run. You'll want to click this link if you want full details on everything: Class history, and rules. There are some fun stories behind the different kinds of cars we race.
If you want the cliffs notes, here's just race classes: Class Rules
- Touring Car Classes: 4 wheel independant suspension, usually 4wd.
- VTA - 1970's bodied cars, heavy chassis, slowest "serious" class of racing.
- USGT - 2 door sports cars, lighter than VTA, faster motor and stickier tires than VTA
- Touring Car - 4 door sedan bodies, 4wd, crazy sticky tires, serious race machines.
- Stock - These classes have a specified motor.
- Modified - You can run any powertrain you like.
- Mini - Some cars are smaller, like Miatas, and Civics. This class is heavy, runs slower motors, and has the widest range of available chassis.
- Euro Truck - Spec class, fast in a straight line, hard tires, and truck bodies. It's a full contact class.
- Pan Car Classes: With the body off, the car is mostly a flat sheet of material. Litterally a pan. Very low center of gravity, typically run 1 cell battery packs to keep the speeds down.
- 1/12 Scale - This is the original r/c class.
- Stock - These classes have a specificed motor.
- Modified - You can run any motor you want.
- World GT-R - 2 door sports car bodies, 1/12 scale powertrain, 1/10scale car. Very fast in the corners.
- F1 - 2 cell batteries, slower motors. They look really cool, and are very quick off the corners.
Where do we race?
Strictly speaking, we'll run on anything clean and flat. But here's a list of where we have run races.
- Ruby Street Raceway - Melrose Park: Indoor Carpet
- Strictly RC - Norridge: Parking lot
- APT Electronics - Niles: Parking lot
- Peter's Place - Melrose Park: Parking lot
- Ed Rudolph Velodrome - Northbrook: Velodrome (1/4 mile oval..)
Glossery - FAQ
This is an old hobby. There's a lot of assumed knowlege and vocabulary that is likely to trip you up. The following are a few links to help with that.
- Glossery - The terms and terminology of electric R/C racing.
- Our Facility rules Every place has it's own rules. And these are ours.
- Transponder Information - We (intentionally) run a slightly older timing system. so we don't alienate people who already have transponders.
- Transponders that work:
- Two wire mylaps/rc4
- Mylaps Hybrid
- MRT Transponders
- House transponders
- Gluing tires - Did you? Why would you? Here's how and why.
- How do I start? Click for the long answer. Remember, this isn't an easy hobby to be good at. It's got a lot of features, and if you're lucky, you might be good at just one or two aspects of it.
- Come visit - Ask questions.
- Watch some practice or racing.
- Decide what you would like to race.
- Buy a car. Not necessarily "the" car, but one that will get you there.
- Ask for help.
- Build your car.
- Paint your cars body.
- Show your car off, get help setting it up the first time.
- Practice with your car. And be bad at it.
- Race terribly.
- Ask for help.
- Do it again. We are here to cheer you on.
- Can I run my car? As long as it has a body, and road tires on it, sure! Charge the battery and come on by.
- Aren't these just toy cars? Yes, but they are also real race cars, with all of the same dynamics and physics that you get in real race cars. This is real racing, with a much lower risk to life, limb, and wallet.
- Where can I buy a car? Lots of places!
- First, we have a BST group: GreatLakesRC B/S/T on Facebook
- Come visit, and ask a board member to help you find a car.
- Your local hobby shop: HobbyTownUSA, Strictly RC.
- Mail order/Internet:
- Fluids - You're gonna get some on ya.
- Classes - What are they, where did they come from?
- Why's this page look like it's straight from 1995? We need a webdesigner. I can run a webserver, I'm not the guy for "pretty". :-)