Remote control cars
19 June 10
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.)
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.