WHEN it comes to ticking the right boxes as a family sport with a guaranteed future remote control car racing is a winner.
You only have to be five years old and above, it’s easy to do, reasonably inexpensive and the extra bonus for locals is one of the best clubs in Australia, Chargers RC, is based in Ipswich.
Those who have driven through the Carole Park Industrial area would have noted the club’s impressive track complex which was built six years ago by Ipswich Council.
The history of the Chargers goes back to the early 1990’s when remote control car racing was staged in Jimboomba by the South Brisbane Chargers club.
With that track closing they lobbied Ipswich for a facility and struck gold with the new complex getting built on vacant land at 215 Cobalt Street.
With a new club name and a modern centre to race at Chargers RC has now grown to more than 200 members. Upgrades to the complex have been ongoing taking it to one of the best tracks in Australia.
The club and has now hosted four national championships with the last major in September last year bringing racers from throughout the country together for fivedays of competition.
Club president, Jenson Spencer said the club catered for a wide range of skill levels, from the first timer to the experienced racer.
“Club race days are usually held every second Sunday, from 9am to around 4pm.”
The popularity of the club sees families travel from throughout Queensland and Northern NSW to race.
They include the Eggleton family from South Grafton who have now made the trip up north 16 times.
Dad Peter said his two children and wife all race and they all loved the family atmosphere in Ipswich.
“It’s a three and a half hour drive, but it’s worth it to race here in Carole Park.”