We might have a new name and brand, but there’s a lot of experience and heritage on these pages. It’s generally a refreshed version of an established resource for radio controlled cars in Nova Scotia. With the closure of Halifax R/C Park in 2019, we felt that keeping the website going as a public engagement and hobbyist linkup resource might be a bit misleading due to the name. There’s no longer a public R/C park in Halifax, so we’ve brought some of the useful content over here to this new NS R/C Cars page.
But our aims are mostly the same. Give newcomers some locally focused information about Radio Controlled Cars, and provide hobbyists with links to local groups and events so they can get out a play together – they’re toys so “play” is the right word 🙂
On Satuday at the Engineering Month Public Display we had a primo location to promote the hobby of radio controlled cars to the public. Right in the front window of the Halifax Central Library. Lots of people mentioned that they only dropped in because they saw the cars through the front window – we then had to let them know that there was much more STEM related stuff for youngsters further into the building.
The general message was that people had no idea that this hobby existed so we told them the basics, what the starting budget might be, and where they can do it. I think most everyone was impressed with the variety and lived the chance to test a couple of micro touring cars – including lap timing!
Got those of you we talked to, there’s a beginner’s section over here (also accessible from the menu system) that should give you a good foundation when you visit a hobby shop or consider your purchases online. Or if you have questions then shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For some reason the majority of our regular public engagement events occur in quick succession during late March and April. So if you want to come and talk to us about the hobby of Radio Controlled Cars then come and check out our stands at the following events:
Saturday March 30th – Engineering Month Public Display – Halifax Central Library – 9:30am – 2pm
Saturday April 13th – Shearwater Aviation Museum Spring Hobby Show – Sea King Club, Shearwater Base – 10am – 4pm
Sunday April 14th – Shearwater Aviation Museum Spring Hobby Show – Sea King Club, Shearwater Base – 10am – 4pm
Saturday April 27th – The Youth Expo – Don Henderson Memorial Sports Complex, Brookfield – 9am – 4pm
and further in the future…
Sunday October 6th – Rally in the Valley (1:1 car show) – Halifax County Exhibition Grounds, Middle Musquodoboit – 9am – 4pm
We’re naturally also looking for other public engagement events where we can promote this wholesome hobby so if you have any suggestions of suitable events then please get in touch (email@example.com). Something outdoors would be perfect, where we can really show how great these cars and trucks are! We can throw down a race track, with jumps, if it suits.
It’s been a bit quiet over here at the Halifax Radio Control Park Society for the last few months (it’s not at all related to the fact I have a new baby at home that’s exactly the same age as those few months!!). Anyway your committee has had some time to reflect on our performance over the last few years. As a society we’ve always had dual aims:
To operate a free-to-use radio control park somewhere in HRM (Halifax, NS).
To promote radio controlled cars as a wholesome, fun and educational hobby.
We made great progress with the first aim over the 2014-2016 period and had a well utilised free-to-us R/C facility operating out at an old ball field in Beaver Bank. But the continuous maintenance required over the subsequent years exceed the capabilities of our small committee, and although we had help from some enthusiastic members of the R/C community, we were always fighting the waterlogged conditions of the site and the large area of the track. It was just too much to chew on with only a few hours a week by a handful of guys. So the decision has been made to close the Beaver Bank R/C track and release the site back to the city. Maybe we can give it another go in a few years time if we can demonstrate the need. But you’re not left entirely without a local place to take your R/Cs. Some dedicated individuals have built off-road R/C tracks on their own property and are happy to welcome considerate visitors. We can’t publicise them directly just yet, but the local R/C Facebook groups have details when open-for-all racing events are posted – keep an eye on groups like Halifax R/C Off-Road Racing as track owners post there when they host an event.
We have however had some good success with the promotion of R/C cars over the last few years. We have a regular stand at the Engineering Month Public Display in late March, and a larger stand at the Shearwater Hobby Show in early April. Plus last year we were at the Youth Expo later in April and visited one of the local Scout groups in May. And there’s a few more public engagement events we’d like to attend over 2019 so we hope to see you at one of them. We’ll also continue to promote the larger Atlantic region R/C events so keep checking here for details of Winter on-road racing and Summer off-road racing slightly further afield.
So what you will see over the coming months is a change to our website and branding. We no longer have an “R/C Park” so it doesn’t make sense to bind ourselves to that. But we do hope to become more of a public-facing Nova-Scotia “hub” for all things radio controlled cars. This is especially important for newcomers to the hobby who are struggling to find information about how to take the hobby to the next and more social level, or who might be daunted by the huge range of local Facebook groups each with a specific focus. In that vein, if you have local R/C car related news or public events to promote then please do let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org…for now.
A couple of weekends back we had a very good reception as part of the Youth Expo held in Brookfield NS. The Youth Expo is a large event aimed at youngsters with the particular focus on ‘hands-on’ activities. The organisers found us online and invited us to come and promote the hobby of R/C vehicles to the public. As those of you that check-in regularly, you know that there is an important distinction between Toy Grade and Hobby Grade R/C vehicles (we talk all about it on our beginners pages).
We had a few tables displaying a wide variety of R/C vehicles, and a foam R/C track setup on which people could spend a few minutes driving a pair of 1:27 micro scale racers. The cars held up well to continuous use, but alas it was the return spring on the steering wheel transmitters that gave out an hour before the end of the show (they’re still on my work-bench awaiting further investigation!). Don’t ask how many AAA batteries we went through!
We handed out a lot of information cards with links to this website so I hope there’s a few new readers. If so, Hi!
I didn’t get much opportunity to investigate the rest of the show but there looked to be lots of interesting things to see and try. I did take a couple of photos toward the end of the day though. There looked to be Laser Tag, Scotia Speedworld, Archery, Excavators, MotoCross etc. and there was even a competing R/C car track!
We hope to be invited back this year, and we’ve learned a lot about the shows setup. Maybe next year you’ll find us outside with bigger cars and a bigger track!
We all had a great time this weekend promoting radio controlled cars and trucks to everyone who visited the Shearwater Spring Hobby Show. Sunday was particularly fun as we had a large demonstration area and a few of our visitors were lucky enough to get the opportunity to drive a few cars on our throwdown track. Or even build a coil-over shock and spring from a kit r/c car. Sometimes there were ten different cars on track at a time. I didn’t have the chance to take a lot of photos as I was too busy letting everyone know how amazing and wholesome the hobby of R/C cars is, but what I do have is shown below.
Although we might not get the big area for next year’s hobby show, we’ve already got a few ideas about how best to demonstrate how R/C crawlers work!
And remember, our Fundraising Raffle is still going on. We’ve sold just over 140 tickets of 200 and the draw will happen at one of the the Halifax R/C Park maintenance events in Beaver Bank sometime in April or May (even if we don’t sell all the tickets!)
There’s no guarantee of a good weather weekend coming up, but there is guarantee of a fun, interesting and exciting time at the Shearwater Hobby Show. This post is just a reminder that we’ll be at the show promoting R/C cars of all types from 10am-4pm at the SeaKing Club on Shearwater Base. If you can choose a day, then aim for Sunday 8th April as we’ll have a bigger display, with some hands on R/C parts construction for you to try. More details in our original post here.