We’ve been to see locally-based remote-controlled planes, trains and boats, so after a quiet week at home, it was time to check out our local radio control car club. We’d actually stopped by Meakin Park previously on a Wednesday night to see if there really was anything happening. And tonight it was much busier! There were forty-five cars jammed around the trees, past the gate at the very end of Soccer Drive.

The Logan City Radio Control Car Club has been granted premises and facilities by the council, and they’re currently revamping their off-road track. Their new tarmac track has been open for just over a year, and clearly it attracts hobbyists from across the city.

As I’ve seen with the other remote-controlled hobbies, this was clearly dominated by men. I didn’t see any women controlling the cars — except one teenager daughter who was being coached by her dad. Some women were on the sidelines as spectators, and one of the catering staff had a portable cot set up with her 8-month-old baby [not] asleep in it.

The men take their hobby very seriously, and I wonder if the gender discrepancy is just because women aren’t that competitive when it comes to toys. (I’m not saying we’re not competitive — we just compete differently.)

Logan City Radio Control Car Club, June 2010
The cars take off, one at a time, as their driver's name is called.

Logan City Radio Control Car Club, June 2010
The drivers control the car from a platform overlooking the track (on the far right of the photo).

Logan City Radio Control Car Club, June 2010
Each race round was comprised of similar cars. This race was "modified electric cars".

Logan City Radio Control Car Club, June 2010
Zooooooooooooom. They go by so quickly — and quietly, just emitting a high-pitched zing.

Logan City Radio Control Car Club, June 2010
After each race was completed, the cars were picked up and taken up to a well-lit shelter where they could be properly inspected.

Logan City Radio Control Car Club, June 2010
Most of the action was to the side of the track, in a shelter where the cars were being maintained.

Logan City Radio Control Car Club, June 2010
After each race, the cars are returned to an open workshop where each owner performs maintenance and charges the vehicle's battery.

Logan City Radio Control Car Club, June 2010
This electric car is sitting in its charging dock (without its chassis).

Logan City Radio Control Car Club, June 2010
Trunks were stored under the benches — they had been used to bring in all the equipment necessary to maintain the cars.

Logan City Radio Control Car Club, June 2010
Grown men can afford all the best equipment, and the competition is fierce.

Logan City Radio Control Car Club, June 2010
Races are called by the computer (in a female-voiced monotone) and broadcast over a loudspeaker. The computer also collects all the data of times, placements, drivers, races, schedules, etc. (I told you they take it seriously.)

Logan City Radio Control Car Club, June 2010
A catering team provide hamburgers and sausages for hungry participants and spectators.

Brioni, 3yo, + David, June 2010
Our girls enjoyed a drink of juice (a real treat!) from the catering stand.

The Logan-based club meets on Wednesdays and Saturday nights. They bill their events as family-friendly, so feel free to take the kids along. You can find out more information at their website.