What a busy weekend!
Kent Clausen and Frank McKinney were kept busy all weekend long (September
25 and 26), helping racers and Hobby
Center track owner Issac Ben-Ezra, but everyone involved had a lot
of fun and went away from the weekend with big smiles, a great experience,
and lots of free stuff!
Kent and Frank landed
in Houston Friday afternoon on the 24th of September, and went
from the airport straight to the Hobby Center race track to see the track
in person. After looking at the pictures and hearing descriptions of it
from racers and the trackís owner, Issac, they had to see it for themselves!
The first impression
was "Wow, thatís really BIG!" This is one of the few R/C tracks
where Nitro racers could actually use their 2 speed! The top speed of
the fastest Nitro cars was estimated to be about 50-60 on the back straight,
and with a track designed for 1/8 scale cars, the 1/10 scale Nitro sedans
appeared to be right at home! Racers could easily go two wide through
most of the turns and chicanes, and wrecks between cars were rare to see
all weekend long.
impression was "This track must get tons of exposure!" With
the track and shopís location along a major Houston area highway, and
the bright red driverís stand and pit tables, many spectators were already
at the track, just to watch the practice on Friday afternoon! Several
black and white checkered flags and the new fluorescent HPI banners helped
draw in extra onlookers for the entire weekend.
Many racers were already practicing, having driven up that day or the day before (!) to check out the track and the locale around the track, which is located about 30 miles south of downtown Houston. Issac, his wife, son and daughter were all at the track helping get things ready, and the Hobby Center staff was very helpful and courteous. One member of Issacís sales team even recommended the 1/8 scale Proceed over the other 1/8 scale offerings before he knew who Kent and Frank were!
On Saturday at nine
most of the racers were already practicing on the track, getting tips
from those who had been practicing the day before. Since the track is
brand new, the layout had to be learned by everyone and a proper setup
had to be found before qualifying started at 1 PM. Roughly 30 members
of RCRC San Antonio showed up, complimenting a good showing of local Houston
racers, and other racers from Austin and College Station. We expected
90 to 100 racers to show up, and with a final turnout in the high 80ís,
weíre very happy to have met our goal of race entries!