As we were members of the Yorkshire Radio Controlled Model Racing Car Club, who have an excellent track facility in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, the report below is from the meeting held there on the 1st of April 2001.
Racing at the club is available to all and further details can be found at the YRCMCRC website.
Although the weather looked unpromising when we ventured out, the skies cleared and the temperature warmed up to be quite pleasant considering the time of year. As the national race series is now in full swing, there were quite a few drivers missing.
The track side snow that greeted us at the previous winter series meeting was, quite aptly, gone for the first round of the Club Championship Summer series . “Rusty” (John Russell) had to leave the snow shovel alone and satisfy himself with fixing cars (in the pit area) and driving (on the track!).
Baj Panesar, one of the old hands of the club was again present, twiddling the sticks to masterfully control his new Serpent Veteq. This meeting also saw the return of Dave Briggs, missing from the last one due to family commitments, driving his much loved Picco Integra.
The YRCMCRC purpose built track, which was opened in August 1999, boasts one of the most substantial rostrums in the UK and, as you can see from the pictures, has sufficient elbow space for the drivers.
The stairs to the rostrum certainly keep you fit, but the height is needed to enable a good view of the large track surface, which only becomes a problem when you invariably lose a part from your car. Being a club filled with helpful friends helps though, as we all pitch in to assist in finding any lost parts.
The meeting went without any hitches and the finals got underway with clean and quick fuel stops made by the usually under-praised pit persons.
A big thank you has to go to the committee and especially John and Muriel Russell for their continued involvement with the club as well as to Anne for keeping the members and visitors fed and watered.