RC (Radio Controlled) Car Racing

Community Event Background

Wrecking cars at the race track on a Friday night seems like an adventure waiting to happen in any community! Doing it in a way that entertains kids while not totally draining your bank account is yet another challenge, but these guys have figured out how to do it at a small scale through the use of RC (remote controlled / radio controlled) race car technology, and they use similar race car timing devices found on the professional racing circuits like NASCAR to track when the RC cars cross the finish line.

This community event reminded me of when I was a young kid, and my dad used to take me and my brother out to fly RC airplanes in the sky. I was really pleased to meet a man giving back to his community named Sean Fredericks who helps kids build, paint and race their cars. He told me that when he was growing up, learning about this hobby kept him out of trouble and helped him to make new friends. Many of the people in this racing group are now traveling together around the United States to different racing community competitions on various circuits.

Peak Experience

The peak experience for this community event involves two opportunities for participants: watching and racing.  For participants, their peak experience is having the opportunity to win a race against other competitors.  For spectators, their peak experience is rooting for one of their favorite racer participants to win in the heat scheduled for competition of their RC vehicle.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What kind of people want to attend this RC racing event?

There are two types of people at this event:

  1. Participants (Racers)
  2. Spectators (Watchers)

Participants at this community event included kids, parents (moms and dads), as well as single hobby enthusiasts (mostly adult males / men) who are excited to share their passion with other people who have an interest in racing cars at a more affordable scale while also staying inside during the cold winter months when outdoor race tracks are not accessible or appealing.

Spectators at this community event included parents of any kids racing, girlfriends of the hobbyist racers, and friends of the racers.

Why would someone want to attend this RC racing event?

Attendees at this RC racing community event enjoyed attending because they get to meet new people, experience the thrill of a competitive race, and learn new ways to improve the performance and handling of small scale race cars.  Attendees also enjoyed fostering and building new interpersonal relationships with other people who share similar interests in racing, whether at a small scale or with larger race cars.

What is a Radio Controlled (RC) Car?

There are several types of RC cars, including electric and gas powered remotely (radio) controlled vehicles.  These vehicles can go up to 80 miles per hour and may cost anywhere from $90 to $2,000 once assembled.  The remote control assembly alone can cost several hundred dollars, separate from the vehicle it controls.

More details on RC Radio Controlled Cars (Wikipedia):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio-controlled_car

Event Notes

Daily Inspiring Community Event (DICE) – Episode 006 [DICE 20170106]
Filmed at The RC Shack Hobby Shop in Decatur, IL.
Featuring Frost Fassett, Inspiration Evangelist.

In attendance: 20 Adults, 10 Kids
Peak Experience Anticipation: Watch RC Race Car Races
Peak Experience Actual: Watched a race, learned about new high-tech timing gear and remote control tools, met some incredibly generous people who enjoy helping the kids in their community.
Organized by Chase Spitzer
Unique History: I learned that they also have summer meets where the cars are twice as fast, and that one of the guys drives 40+ minutes every race meet just to be part of this growing community.
Unique People: Sean, one of the most generous guys who is always helping kids learn about how to make and race their remote control cars — credits the community with keeping him out of trouble because he had something productive to do.
Navigation Hinderances: None – Venue was clearly marked.
Initial User Experience Design (UXD) Issues for Visitors / Guests:
Really easy to find the race; could hear vehicles and people as soon as I walked in.
Amenities: Butch’s Pizza for $8. Didn’t see any free water around.
Bathroom: Easily accessible within 1 minute.
Security: None visible besides passive security cameras.
CPR (Celebrities, Politicians, Reporters): None Present

CREDITS
Music by David Szesztay, Dave Dapper, Michael Howard
Clothing:
Shirt by Polo Sport
Pants by Under Armour
Memory Foam Boots by Crevo