What I Love About RC Racing


I write these Commentaries because, well, a lot of people click on them, so somebody must like them. The problem is these Commentary articles are essentially our online version of an editorial and, like real editorials, they can be a little, well, negative. Editorials are opinion pieces and we tend to have something to say on a subject when we see something we don’t particularly like. I really don’t see myself as a negative person and who the heck likes a constant complainer? So, this Commentary is focused entirely on positives. Without further ado, behold the five Cs of what I love about RC racing.

I’m competitive by nature. When I was growing up, my brothers and I could turn anything into a competition. These were competitions that they inevitably always ended up losing. Despite love of competition, I’m not obsessed with winning. I just love the thrill of competition. It’s not exactly life and death, but racing adds a certain amount of real excitement to the hobby. You can go to the track and practice almost any day of the week, but you go on race day because racing matters. Like you, I love the competition.

I have to laugh when forum members talk about their forum friends. I get that the RC troll is not a solitary creature, but if you want to meet real friends meet them in person at the track. Some of the coolest people I’ve ever spent time with are people I’ve met at the track. The friendships made at the track are even more of a motivating factor over the competition. Better put, hanging out, having fun, telling jokes, all that stuff that happens in the pits, is often more fun than what happens on the track.

Calmness? That makes no sense. Why would you go to a track bustling with all the above mentioned excitement if you’re seeking calmness? Because when I race and I get in that zone, it’s almost Zen like. I’m completely serious and I hope you have experienced what I am talking about. When you’re in the “zone” it is amazing how everything from the racers around you—the noise from the pits, your everyday stresses—just fades away. An eight minute main goes by like it was eight seconds and it was the most calming experience you can legally have in most states.

Despite how it has probably already emptied your wallet, you actually get a lot of bang for your buck in this hobby. RC, as a whole, can be expensive, but it really doesn’t have to be. This goes for racing too. We make it expensive. Pick the right class, such as stock short course, and your money will go far as you won’t burn through equipment as quickly as the faster classes. Compare RC to other hobbies such as, say, golf and you’ll quickly see how cheap RC can be.

Just kidding. If you’re doing this hobby to meet girls, someone at the hobby shop lied to you.

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  1. As you know well Matt, there is so much to love about RC racing…I’ll add a few more Cs:

    Credit – At many tracks, if you make the podium, you are rewarded with credit at the hobby shop. It’s a great way to replenish supplies or stock up on replacement parts without feeling the sting in your wallet.

    Collectables – Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m a hoarder…of Trophies! I love the collection of trophies, plaques, medallions and other goodies I’ve won at various tracks and events.

    Contests – Really reaching on the whole C thing…I really enjoy the occasional “big event” races where you take a road trip with some buddies and crashing at a total sleaze bag motel because you are spending 18 hours per day at the track.

    25 more letters to go, so many dimensions to RC racing…I love them all…

  2. Hello sir! I am looking to use the image provided in this post for a project. Would you be so kind as to allow me to use it or tell me if it is copywrited or where you got it? Thanks a lot.

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