The Maino Project: The World of R/C Racing
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GREEN BAY -- There's no question Northeast Wisconsin is a hotbed of short track racing. But recently, we visited a venue where not only is the track short, but so are some of the drivers.
It's got the sound, it's got the speed. It's got the traditional racing attitude. And it's got one of the widest age ranges you will ever find. "I know guys that are in their 70s that are driving cars and kids as young as four and five having fun out there too," says R/C racing enthusiast Troy Konitzer.
"It" is Remote Control Racing that has become hugely popular in Northeast Wisconsin. "I've done some classes, and everyone is right at the edge of their seat, listening and paying attention really close, learning all they can because there's quite a bit to learn with these, but it's a lot of fun too," Konitzer says.
There aren't exactly your father's remote controlled cars. A starter car will run you around $250, but many of the serious drivers have put well over a thousand dollars into their racers. "Some of these trucks and cars have programmable controllers and different things, you know, it's right there twoo. It's not just sitting down at a computer, it's right in these vehicles," Troy says.
Competitions run from local to national and if you're interested in giving it a try, many tracks do rent cars for novices, but it's not as easy as some make it look because the oldest racing theory of them all, still applies. "The faster you go, the harder it is to drive, so they have to learn to be patient sometimes," Konitzer says.