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Most guys who read this will already know what these cars are but it is surprising how many people don't know the names of classes. Until recently I was most certainly amongst that group when it came to Group 5...




When we say that we race Group 5 at BVR these are the types of cars we mean. On the left is a BMW M1 and the right a Ford Capri. Both cars are the brand Sideways and are strong and quick. This class we race in 2 divisions, with and without STANDARD factory magnets. The M1 is magless and the Capri runs a magnet.




Group C was a fantastic class run in mainly the 80's and was the LeMans class of that time. It was the predecessor to the LeMans Prototype class of today and was on the cutting edge of technology in its day. Cars included Lancia (pictured left), Porsche 962 (pictured right), Porsche 956, Mazda 787B, Toyota 84C & 88C, Nissan...


The cars we race are made by Slot-it and also run as both magless & magnet - as per the Group 5. all the motors are the same so it encourages great racing... Cost per car ranged from $70-$80 as a rule.





Other classes are available to be run in 1:32 scale but the 3rd major class we currently run at BVR is LMP / GT1 / Proto. Pictured is an example of each with an Audi R18 (left) as an example of the LMP, Daytona Prototype (centre) as a Proto and a Nissan R390 (right) as a GT1. As the class at BVR develops the LMP is currently the quickest but both of the other examples are very capable in the right hands.



I hope this helps to explain what we run at BVR on our 1:32 nights... 1:24 is a whole different story but you'll have to come along and take a look :ph34r: :ph34r:

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Last Wednesday 1:24 cars were the order of the day at BVR. We had a great turnout and welcomed Paul to our group. Paul has just bought himself a Slotworx Aussie V8 and was keen to run it. I lent him a Scaleauto GT, which he was able to run in both SAGT and Modern GT. And Bruce lent him an LMP, allowing him to have a car for all classes run. Just quietly, I think we’re going to have to watch ourselves as Paul is showing heaps of potential.


The first class we ran for the night was Scaleauto GT. You know a class is well sorted when the first 4 places are covered by .75 of a lap after 12 minutes of racing. The first 6 by 1.7 laps and the first 9 by less than 3 (less than 21 seconds). Ash took the spoils this week with Grant and his new Viper rocket ship hot on his heels (.22 laps back). Bruce rounded out the top 3 with his new motor freeing up by the end of the evening.


Next were our Slotworx Aussie V8’s. Bruce is continuing to show his dominance of this class with a well-deserved win, but he’s got his work cut out for him it seems. Garry J debuted his new car and it’s showing to be a definite contender with a solid second with Jan nipping at his heels in third. The bar just keeps getting raised in this class with time now getting into the 6.4’s around BVR. To put this in perspective, it’s only ½ a second off LMP and .3 from Lexan Grp C. Cam this class is proving to be a real winner and by keeping it simple with oilites and choice of Plafit Fox 4 or SRP25 it keeps the running cost down. Big thumbs up mate!!!


The third class for the night was Modern GT. Despite 2 GT classes being run on the night, it really didn’t feel like part B of a 2 part race. The handling characteristics and speed of the 2 classes are quite different with these cars running ½ a second faster than their SA counterparts. I think Garry may have to build a car for this category as he cleaned up with a loaner car from Bruce, relegating the car owner to second place, NOT a good career move for an “arrive and drive” arrangement…hehehe… Jan is always at the pointy end and this was certainly no exception with a very solid 3rd place.


The crème de la crème for the night was our last class and OAPR LMP was that class. Garry J is showing that he is definitely a competitor not be taken lightly showing a clean set of heels with a very good win. I’m still running my old Red Roo V1, Audi R18 till I get some time to build, and develop, my new GJ chassis’d, Lotus. Ol’ reliable did me proud with a second place, .83 laps back. Third place was Ash, with his ever improving Red Roo Chassis’d Porsche Spyder just 1 lap back. Ash headed up a bit of a log jam with 3 cars, including Jan and Bruce all on the same lap. After 12 minutes of racing the first 5 cars all covered by 2.12 laps. It’s racing like this that is the catalyst for BVR to run a 4 hour enduro for OAPR LMP October 15 2016.


This coming Monday, February 22, has 1:32 racing at BVR and our 1:24’s return to EE.au, Wednesday February 24…

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Last Monday we ran our 1:32 cars at BVR. These cars always give good racing and are harder to drive than their larger 1:24 cousins we run Wednesdays. I try to encourage drivers to run their preference, with or without magnets and declare 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each discipline. Me personally, I like to challenge of getting a car setup to run without the magnet as I find the car reacts more predictably and results in less severe crashes… but each to his, or her, own.


The first class we ran was the Slot-it Grp C. These are all run with standard gearing, all motors are the same spec and it has proven to be a very popular class. Scud was the outright winner this week with his very well setup magnet 956 Bob Jane Porsche. It doesn’t matter where Scud races he races hard and is very competitive. 2nd outright and also running a magnet this week was Grant with a very controlled drive. 3rd outright and 1st non-magnet car was myself with my new Lancia. Last week I ran with a magnet but felt much more comfortable this week having a bit of time to get some tyres trued and weight added. Bruce was the 2nd non-magnet car and 4th outright and Jan was close behind running his Mazda 787B, 3rd in Magnet class. The 3rd place in the non-magnet class was Paul who drove very well with a car that was not behaving for him.


The next class we ran was LMP / GT1 / Proto. It was my turn to take the top step overall and 1st in the non-magnet class with my Slot-it Audi R18. Jan was 2nd outright and 1st in the magnet division, less than a lap back with his VERY quick Fly Porsche GT1. Grant drove a good solid race again to take 3rd outright and 2nd in non-magnet with his well handling Scaleauto Radical. Scud featured again on the podium taking 3rd in magnet class with his Yellow Corn Slot-it McLaren longtail. Bruce was third in the non-magnet class just .32 of a lap behind Scud with his Slot-it Audi LMP. This class is seeing a good variation of both LMP and GT1 cars and either can win on any day.


We took a quick intermission from our 1:32 to run the very popular 1:24 Slotworx Aussie V8’s. Most of us now have car with Paul debuting his gold STIX Commodore and John his very nice looking Trading Post Falcon. These cars suit these guys with Paul wearing a lion on his sleeve and John with his blue eye patch… This was also a good hit out for those of us running in a new series we’re running Wednesdays between BVR, EE.au and Birkdale. The series is run over 9 weeks, 3 events at each track and just for our Aussie V8’s. Jan showed us a clean set of heels and that he was the man to beat taking the top spot. Bruce showed why he has been the driver to beat for so long in this class driving his “B” car to a very solid 2nd ahead of Grant in 3rd.


The last class we ran for the night was Grp 5. Initially I introduced the class to give an outlet for someone to run their Sideways MCN cars but I’ve decided to relax the rules to allow all Grp 5’s both magnet and non-magnet. My non-magnet Sideways BASF M1 has been a strong car since the first day and guided me to 1st outright. Bruce had a very good drive to take 2nd overall and in non-magnet classes with his Sideways M1. Jamie showed great patience to take out the top spot in the magnet class and 3rd overall with his Sideways Capri with Scud (2nd magnet) less than a lap back with his "arrive and drive” Sideways Capri. Paul had a night that we all have from time to time but drove a solid enough race to take the final podium position in magnet class.


One good thing about the guys who race at BVR, we all want to see the new guys get better. There is no satisfaction in winning by a country mile, better to help drivers to improve and have the existing guys work hard to get podiums. The future of slot racing is in the new guys coming through and I feel a great sense of achievement watching someone to develop and win, especially if I know I had something to do with their journey. If anyone would like to come along and learn how to develop their cars, or even if you are very experienced and would like to help teach someone, let me know as we are starting to run test and tune days Sunday afternoons where we can run workshops for both 1:32 and 1:24.


Monday, March 7th will be the next meeting at BVR where we will run our 1:32’s. Stay tuned as I intend to run 18k GT class (standard GT’s with 18k motors) in place of Grp 5 so maybe that will suit you…?


Hope to see you somewhere trackside….. Stocky

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Over the next few days I'll catch up with the missed race reports from BVR. I've was involved as on official with the AGP in Melbourne and had to dedicate time to getting my work up to date first.


The main thing for now is that due to several requests, and the fact it suits most people, BVR will be changing the 1:32 race days to the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month starting from April. Next Sunday will be the 1st Sunday so we will be running the following classes:


Slot-it Grp C




1:24 Aussie V8's


Group 5


The track will be available for a TnT from 1:30pm with 1:32 racing at 3:00pm.


Hopefully this will be more convenient for everyone and we get good numbers.

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Been a few weeks since I've had a chance to write a race report so here it goes... Enjoy...


Last Wednesday BVR ran 1:24. The racing was fast and close with the top place getters covered by meters in some cases.


The first class we ran was Scaleauto GT. Ash, with his Viper, has been very hard to beat in recent weeks and that night was no exception. just over a lap further back was Garry racing his Mercedes SLS with Bruce (Dodge Viper) nipping at his heels, only .38 of a lap back. The top 4 places were covered by 2.13 laps after 12 minutes of racing. That equates to less than 14.5 seconds between 1st and 4th.


Second class run was the Aussie V8's. Don't forget the 1hr enduro being run at BVR on October 15th. Bruce (Volvo) returned to the top of the podium here with a great drive. Garry J (Commodore) was close behind only .19 (1.3 seconds) and Grant (Commodore) only .31 laps further back. Top 3 placegetters covered by 3.4 seconds after 12 minutes.


Third class was Modern GT. These cars are the big brothers of Scaleauto, often running the same bodies but with a more sophisticated chassis setup. This includes suspension front and rear. The additional suspension allows the cars to circulate approx half a second per lap quicker on BVR than Scaleauto GT. Garry J was the victor here with his "arrive and drive" (thanks Bruce) McLaren. Just over a lap further back was myself with my Porsche and Bruce (McLaren) just over a lap back.


The last class for the night was LMP. October 15 will see us run a teams 4hr endurance with these cars so please contact me if you would like to enter or join a team. Ash drove a terrific race to take the top step with his Audi R15. I was able to take the second step with my new Lotus LMP2 and Bruce finished a very creditable 3rd with a car that was not performing as well as Bruce would like. Just goes to show that consistency is of the utmost importance with racing slot cars. An off with these cars costs between .5-1 lap, which is VERY hard to make back up. 3rd to 5th were covered by 1.2 laps, just 7.2 seconds with these cars. Very close!!!


This week 1:24 will be run at Birkdale Raceway.... Stocky.

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This coming Sunday BVR will be running 1:32 racing.


Classes will be 4 of the MCN classes if anyone wants a hit out before the event.


Slot-it Grp C

Sideways Grp 5


1:24 Slotworx Aussie V8's. (time and cars available permitting)

(All classes will have magnet and non-magnet divisions)


Track available from 1:30, racing from 3:00...


All welcome, PM for details.

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Would be great to see some of your guys race at the MCN.

Great experience for guys new to racing...learn heaps and have fun.

Hoo Roo

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Absolutely Cam,


Unfortunately (and fortunately), I'm in the thick of helping to put together Historic Queensland, Townsville V8SC and Ipswich V8SC. Those 3 1:1 events are within 4 weekends starting July 1-3 and there is about 100 hours work in each event...


I won't get to the MCN but hopefully some of the GC & Brisbane guys and gals will take advantage of a run at BVR to help tune their cars.

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Last Wednesday saw the last race meet for 2016 for BVR. For something different we ran a 2 hour enduro with 2-3 person teams racing Scaleauto GT’s to the current national rules. It was great to see some of the guys who, through work commitments, struggled to race through the year make an appearance and we managed to get 5 quite evenly matched teams.


The format was half hour on each lane (x4) with every driver having to drive every lane. The teams of 3 had the time divided into 3x 10 minutes and 2x 15 minutes for the teams of 2. The night started with practice from 6:00pm to 6:45pm then scrutineering till 7:00pm. My wife, Leisa, had been busy in the kitchen the night before and had planned some Christmas treats for the special occasion.


Racing started at 7:25pm with the first of 5 legs showing the track was running slightly slower than normal but consistently, which was great for all drivers. After the first leg, Ashley and Paul S (Dodge Viper) showed that they had good pace, and despite Paul not having raced for long, he showed the ability to adapt to any form racing. Very much in the race also was Grant & Scud (Stephen) (BMW Z4).


Leg 2 had Dean and Paul M race for the first time, with them having the bye in the first race. Dean proved that a well put together Z4 is capable of mixing with the Viper. He and Paul M drove extremely well proving to be the team to beat. Leg 3 was much as leg 2 with Dean and Paul M neck and neck with Ashley and Paul S.


Leg 4 things started to unravel for Dean & Paul M with their car being involved in an incident that saw it hit the floor. The impact was such that it loosened the pinion and they started to lose drive seeing them lose laps to try and fix it. Bruce and Gerald (Dodge Viper), in the meantime, took advantage of the situation to make their way into 3rd place and then to second.


The final leg was quite exciting with Wayne, Jamie and I (Dodge Viper), keep nipping at the heels of the guys in front to eventually steal 2nd from Bruce and Gerald in the last 10 minutes. Grant and Scud had unfortunate luck through the night often seeming to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The car had very good pace but the luck just wasn’t on their side despite both driving very well.


All had a great time and that’s what it’s all about. The racing is very always very competitive but if we didn’t have fun we wouldn’t do it. The final results were:


1st Ashley & Paul Stokell

2nd Jamie, Wayne & Mark

3rd Bruce & Gerald

4th Grant & Scud

5th Dean & Paul McCarthy


With only 29 laps (approx. 3.5mins) covering 1st to 3rd, 4 laps (approx. 28 seconds) covering 2nd and 3rd, after 2 hours the racing was close and fun. Had Grant/Scud and Dean/Paul M not had car issues the results could have been very much different.


Leisa and I would like to wish everyone who both races at BVR, and follow our posts, a very Merry Christmas and a safe 2017.


Anyone wishing to come and find out more information about racing scale slot cars on the Gold Coast feel free to message me to arrange a time to catch up.


Once we can establish a date between the 3 tracks to resume racing in 2017 I will make a post with the details.



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Hi Mark,


Is it that Paul Stokell??




Hi Al


Yup, many of the 1:1 guys are keen to race pretty much anything and have great natural reflexes. I've known Paul for quite a while and when I found out he's been collecting 1:32 cars for a while, asked him along.


I reckon slot car trophies will go along side all the Australian and Pan Pacific GT and open wheeler trophies he's won...

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BVR will be starting 2017 with a Test, Tune, Try (TTT) evening. Bonogin is situated on the Gold Coast, QLD with the house being approx 15 minutes south west of Mudgeeraba.


Date: 04/01/17

Time: 18:00 - 22:00

Cost: $0 but a small donation to help maintain the tracks would be welcome


Both the 1:32 track (3 Lane) and the 1:24 track (4 Lane) is available for running on. The 1:32 is not yet timed but that will be ready by the time we start the season racing. BVR specialises in scale racing. not really having the facility to race flexi or wing cars.


To give everyone the best chance of track time, numbers will be limited so message me if you would like to come and see what we have to offer.

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Each week at BVR we’re seeing new faces and it’s looking very bright for the future of slot car racing on the Gold Coast. This past Wednesday was no exception with Peter, John and Glynn all joining our group of avid racers… WELCOME!!!


As usual, we raced 4 classes on the night and with Thursday being a public holiday, everyone, even with 11 drivers, was well and truly was raced out by the end of the night.


The first class we raced was Scaleauto GT. Take the time to look through the posts on the BVR Facebook page as each of these classes are described for the guys and gals looking to race with us in future. As usual, this class was raced over 12 minutes, 3 minutes on each of the 4 BVR lanes. This class produces some exciting close racing and this week we had the first 4 places covered by just 2 laps (14 seconds). I can tell you, that gets the heart racing!!! Ash, the guru of Scaleauto, won this week just 1 lap ahead of me (yay!)… In third, and his first podium at BVR was Beatle… Paul McCarthy (easy to see where the Beatle name comes from!!!) Paul, this will be the first of many…


The second class was Aussie V8’s and Brucey (Volvo replica) was the winner here and shows why his fellow racers turn to him for advice on car setup. Grant, with his beautiful replica of the Red Bull Holden, took a very credible second but hard on his hammer, just .01 of a lap behind, was Paul Stokell (Volvo). Paul, I think your name coming up in the podium list will be a regular thing from now on!!! Seems you’re bloody good at driving ANY type of car 1:1 and any scale!


The flagship of hard bodied GT slot car racing is Modern GT. These cars are very quick with articulated front and rear suspension. Bruce (McLaren, no pun intended), whilst not the quickest this week, drove a very well thought out race claiming the honours of the top spot on the podium. Ash (Viper) drove a very well calculated race finishing just .23 of a lap behind with Gerald and his awesome Ford GT just .88 of a lap behind. Both Ash and Gerald can be seen racing toe to toe in a video on the BVR Facebook page. This class produced a very close finish with all 3 placegetters just 1.01 lap (6.5 secs) separating them.


Our last class raced is the flagship of classes run at BVR, LMP. These cars are very similar in design to the Modern GT but run lexan bodied replicas of the modern Le Mans Prototype cars. Currently Ash’s car is the class of the field and showed a very clean set of heels (3 laps – approx. 18 seconds) after 20 minutes of racing. I managed to jag second with Bruce breathing down my neck just .35 (approx. 2.1 secs) of a lap behind. After 20 MINUTES, that is very close racing!!!


If you’ve ever thought of racing slot cars or just curious, feel free to message me. We race both 1:24 and 1:32 so cater for most interests.

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Thanks Cam.


Your trusted Aussie V8's are always a big hit and form a part of our racing every week. All the new guys have committed to buying them immediately. Looking forward to seeing some of Ian M's great looking Porsche 919 LMP's forming a part of our grid's too.


This coming Wednesday we're running:


Scaleauto GT

Aussie V8's


Lexan Group C


All great classes too.

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Race Report – 01.02.17

Last Wednesday night saw BVR host the night that it dedicates to the history of motor racing, where the 2 rotating classes run are Historics / CanAm and Lexan Grp C.


The Historics / CanAm class takes in the golden age of motorsport through the Le Mans period of the 60’s and the Canadian American (CanAm) series of the 70’s. It includes many of the big banger cars from Le Mans like the legendary Porsche 917, Ford’s GT40 and Ferrari’s 512’s and 312’s. Add to that Lola’s, the giant killing McLarens and Australia’s own Matich SR3, to name a few, that all competed in the CanAm series.


Group C covered the Le Mans period from 1982 to where the last car raced in 1994. Cars like the Mazda 787, Toyota’s 84C & 88C, Sauber Mercedes, Jaguar’s XJR-8 & 9, Lancia’s LC2 and the very successful Porsches 956 & 962. Some of these cars were able to reach speeds of 400kph on the very enticing Mulsanne Straight, impressive to this day.


Each of these classes are very affordable in the world of 1:24 slot car racing with both using lexan bodies, very tough when impacted. Most guys take much pride in their creations putting fantastic detail into the building. The Historic class run a Plafit chassis, and is a national class run at the Australian Plafit Championships annually. The Group C cars run any commercially available chassis that does not have a motor box. Essentially, the front can be articulated but not the rear. $200 can see you with each of these classes and competitive.


As with most nights, and the reason why I recommend this as a first buy class, the first class we ran was our Scaleauto GT. Unlike the Bathurst 12hr, the top step of the podium was filled by Ash and his very competitive Dodge Viper. Just like the 12hr, second on the podium, just .4 of a lap back, was a Porsche, with the mug at the controls being me. The 3rd spot and for the second podium in 2 weeks was Paul McCarthy (Beatle) with his Dodge Viper. Just over 2 laps (14 seconds after 12 minutes) covered the first 5 cars.


Next we ran the Aussie V8’s. Grant and his immaculate Red Bull Holden replica was the winner. Point 4 of a lap further back was another Red Bull Holden replica with Ash on the trigger. My SVG SP Tools FORD, took out the final spot so technically a sweep to RB again… Hehehe…


Thirdly we ran the Historics with Bruce winning by just over a lap from Ash and Gerald in third. If anyone has ever driven a flexi slot car before, these are as close to the handling of those as we get. Very nimble and quick (NOT to quote the add :ph34r: )


Lastly, we raced the Grp C. These we ran over 5 minute heats and produced some very fast a close racing. Ash took to spoils this week with his Mazda 787, next was Grant with his very well presented Lancia LC2 with yours truly filling the final step on the podium with my VERY well-travelled and previously very successful Toyota 84C.


This week we will do it all again with the details listed in the “EVENT” created on this page. Feel free to drop me a message to find out more as to how you or / and a friend can get involved.

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Last night saw the start of some fantastic changes happening at BVR. We had a great turnout with 12 very keen racers ready to test their car setup and driving skills on the 1:24 Garry Johnson designed Bonogin Valley Raceway. As we always try to do, we ran 4 classes on the night, each with 4x3 minute heats making 48 minutes, minimum, of competitive racing available to all drivers. Add to this the 90 minutes of test and tune, prior to racing, and everyone leaves BVR with their fill of fun.


The first class run on the night was the very popular Scaleauto GT. BVR has chosen to adopt a no body modification policy which sees all body styles with the ability to win. Audi R8’s, Dodge Vipers, Porsche 997’s and Mercedes SLS all featured in the top half of the field so the concept does work. By not allowing modification to the body, BVR is racing as the cars manufacturer intended them to be raced, therefor ensuring a degree of parity.


Ashley (Viper) was the victor after a hard fought 12 minutes of racing, finishing just .26 (1.8 secs) ahead of myself with my old faithful Porsche. This week saw the return of Jan after a couple of months off with business commitments. It didn’t take Jan long to make his presence felt with a strong run in his Porsche to 3rd place.


The second class run was the Slotworx Aussie V8’s, and after a couple of weeks of less that happy results, Bruce was the winner this week with his Volvo replica. Again, Bruce showed last night that having outright speed is not necessarily a guarantee of victory. Whilst the times of the Volvo were very commendable, it was the consistency of the driving and attention to detail in car preparation that won through. Ashley, with his Red Bull Holden replica was second and the replica team car of Grant was a solid third. The competitive nature of the class is very apparent when the top 5 cars are all covered by 2 laps (14 secs) after 12 minutes.


Modern GT was event 3 on the program and the results a carbon copy of the Aussie V8 race with the 3 placegetters being Bruce, Ash and Grant, and in that order. The drivers put sooo much attention to detail into their cars in this class. The adrenalin was still pumping after the Bathurst 12hr and it was great to see. Some cars have specialist resin bodies, some “off the shelf” Scaleauto bodies, some with lights and some with liveries that you need sunglasses to see. It’s a specialist class run at BVR but a great class to be a part of. To help the newcomers, they are allowed to run their Scaleauto GT’s to help get laps until such times as a MGT can be bought / built.


The last class on the night was LMP and my favourite of all the classes run at BVR. I will endeavour to put together an article on the class to give more specifics but for now you’ll just have to trust me THEY’RE AWESOME!!! Ash showed us a clean set of heels this week but Jan was showing that, once he gets back into the swing of things, he will be a major threat again with a very well driven second. Still working on the handling of my new car I managed to scrape a satisfying 3rd but watch out guys, my old faithfull Audi R15 turned some rather impressive laps after racing last night, actually quicker than any car during the race. To quote Ash, the warhorse isn’t ready to retire just yet…


As mentioned earlier, next week will see the start of a new era at BVR with the new Chequered Flag Friday. Wednesday’s will be held free for monthly race meetings at both EE.au and Birkdale whilst creating a weekly chance for enthusiasts to come racing and share my facility.


If the thought of building and then racing model cars is enticing, send me a message and I would be very pleased to help get you started…

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