Dunfermline District Radio Car Club is one of the oldest radio control car clubs in Scotland. We have raced various forms of electric radio control cars both indoors and outdoors over more than 40 years, with the club history being traced back into the early 70's.
We have different forms of racing within the club. We currently race 1/12th and 1/10th scale electric cars indoors, as well as 1/10th scale cars outdoors. We meet regularly on a Sunday evening at Lochgelly Town Hall to race indoors. We have a track area of 15x12 meters, pits for approx 50 people, toilets and heating. There is plenty of parking adjacent to the building, as well as street parking next to the side entrance we use.
We have our own shop inside the hall which supplies spares supplied by Bruce's Models, this enables everyone the chance to continue racing if they are unfortunate enough to break anything. We also have juice and sweets available, this that parents know that their kids don't have to leave the hall. We do insist on junior members have a parent/guardian with them during the night.
All our racing is automatically computer controlled using BBK software and My Laps Timing equipment, very similar to full size racing as they also use MyLaps transponders. After arriving at the hall and you are set up, the first task is to build the track, different tracks are used every week.
When the track is complete everyone books in to race, that way we know who is racing which type of car. The computer then creates races for everyone depending on ability, and controls the order of racing throughout the night. The PA system we use is connected to the laptop and information is automatically announced. We also have a number of laptops in the hall where race information and results are posted.
Anyone with a WiFi enabled device can join the wireless network in the hall (as well as outdoors) and get the same results as they happen, in fact they are updated as every lap occurs. The results screen is very similar to the data sent to the F1 teams, with the same colours used to show improvements. We also try and broadcast our results to the internet live when we have the chance.
We have various club championships for senior and junior drivers throughout the year, which allows everyone to take part in a structured and well organised race meeting each week. Everyone is welcome no matter what ability, we all started slowly, and by taking part each week you get better. Information on the various types of cars we race are available from the top of these web pages.
As this is basically motorsport in miniature, we require public liability insurance, this is sourced via our parent body the British Radio Car Association (BRCA). Please note the cover is not personal accident insurance, if you feel you need this you should investigate further.
As well as our main club night where we race on the circuit indoors over the winter, we also organise Sunday afternoon meeting during the summer on our outdoor track. More details are available from the links at the top of this page.
If racing radio control cars interests you, please feel free to come along to the club, you will be made very welcome, we are always looking for new members.