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January 4, 2019

South Cambs Radio Controlled Car Club was  set up in late 2012 in the village of Cambourne, Cambridgeshire. Starting as a gt12 club with just a hand full of members running in the church hall, using whatever they could lay their hands on to create a track, and chairs for a driver's rostrum!

In early 2013 the club moved to its current home in Papworth Everard, a much larger more suitable hall with hardwood flooring (not very flat in places though!). Over time some second hand prima felt carpet was purchased, a better rostrum was made and track markers were acquired. The track markers, square drain piping, are velcro'd to the carpet creating sturdy barriers but still forgiving enough so as not to damage the cars, and a new track layout can be designed and raced every week to keep things interesting. The timing equipment was being rented on a weekly basis from another Cambridge Radio Controlled Circuit Car Club. In 2014 the club had to move to a temporary venue in Bassingbourn while the village hall in Papworth was refurbished and in spring 2015 we returned to the much improved and updated hall. 
Steady Growth Numbers steadily began to build and we where able to purchase  our own timing equipment in  2016 and early in 2018, five brand new rolls of lindau carpet were purchased, bringing fantastic levels of grip and much more consistent racing surface.

Race control and the pit area is on a stage at the end of the hall overlooking the track giving a great view of the action and plenty of space to work in. Every heat and final results are printed and displayed at race control for the drivers to analyse their laps good or bad.
Off-road Addition After the arrival of the new carpet we added a new element to our club, - 1/10th indoor off-road buggy racing every other Friday. The club has always had a relaxed family friendly atmosphere encouraging young or old to come and have a go, but with buggies even more fun and laughter can be had!

Regional Event Once a year we are proud to hold a regional event alongside five other clubs in the east Anglia area, attracting up to 50 drivers including several top national level drivers. 
Weekly Action South Cambs races GT12 every Monday night with track setup starting at 18:45 and heats beginning around 19:30. The heats are sorted by ability, (F1's the fastest through to F4) so you only race against drivers of a similar skill level but with the challenge to reach a higher level final if your skills permit. Throughout the year we run several  championships with trophies for the winning drivers in their formula. There are always chocolate eggs to be won at Easter and other prizes throughout the year.

Every other Friday evening is buggy night, it starts at the same time and is run in the same style where drivers are ranked on ability.  After every race night full results are posted onto the website with a video of each final allowing racers to analyse the ups and downs of their evening. 

Club Cars South Cambs Radio Controlled Car Club now has 3 club cars for use by potential new racers. We have 2 Schumacher Atoms and a Schumacher KF2. All of them have top quality electrics, making them potentially race winning packages. The cars can be paired with either stick or steering wheel controllers giving a new driver the choice of setup. Each car is also for sale so you can try before you buy. If you want to come along and have a go at racing just let us know and we'll prep the car for you and best of all your first time racing is absolutely free.

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