About RC racing.

Welcome to the homepage of Ian Maddock, Radio control car racer – Maddock Modelsport.

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A typical 1:10th scale RC touring car race track with cars waiting to start.

Some information you need to know about the cars we race. (from Wiki)..

Radio control (often abbreviated to R/C or simply RC) is the use of radio signals to remotely control a device. The term is used frequently to refer to the control of model vehicles from a hand-held radio transmitter. Industrial, military, and scientific research organizations make use of radio-controlled vehicles as well.
A radio-controlled car (R/C car) is a powered model car driven from a distance via a radio control system. Inputs from joysticks (or a wheel and a trigger) on a transmitter are sent to the car’s onboard receiver. The receiver interprets the radio signals and sends electrical pulses to the servo and electronic speed controller, making the model turn its wheels and run the motor. Radio-controlled cars can range from simple “stop and go” toys to competitive racing models, which feature all the complexity and adjustability of their full-size counterparts. Building, driving, and modifying radio-controlled car kits is a popular hobby.
Radio-controlled (or R/C) cars are usually categorized as either “toy” or “hobby” grade.
Electric cars are powered by small but powerful electric motors and rechargeable nickel-cadmium, nickel metal hydride, or lithium polymer cells. There are also brushed or brushless electric motors.
Both on-road and off-road vehicles are available. Off-road models, which are built with fully-functional off-road suspensions, can be used on various types of terrain. In comparison, on-road cars, which generally have a limited or non-existent suspension, are strictly limited to smooth, paved surfaces.

Radio control cars may seem like toys, but unlike the RC models you may buy from department stores & high street retailers which are toy grade, professional RC racing is oriented more towards “Hobby Grade” RC which of course is what is required for racing.  Hobby Grade RC / Racing RC vehicles can be as sophisticated to set-up, design, maintain & control as Formula 1 cars, with scale speeds well in excess of 400mph easily achieved by the top cars being driven by the top drivers.  Races are usually timed to 5 minutes with timed qualifiers & a series of Finals to determine the overall results for each race meeting, however sometimes there are different types of event which we will discuss later on the site as the site develops, along with a treasure trove of other information .
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Ian started racing motorcycles in his youth but now probably a little to old to race motorcycles so in 2004 he started to get the itch for RC after doing it as a hobby in his teens & needed to feel the adrenaline from competition again so he got back into the racing by racing RC cars & built a new race car & entered it into some club races, before buying a few more specialist cars & going into racing as much as finances would allow at national, local club & also regional level.

Find out more about the cars Ian races by clicking here

Radio control car racing, what is it? 

You may think Radio Control cars are kids toys? well not exactly, read below, the following passage is taken from the Haynes radio control car manual.

So what is a radio control (RC) model car? For the majority of people, the term conjures up images of the vast array of toys sold in High Street toyshops. Often characterised by dismal battery life and disappointing performance, these toy cars tend to leave a poor impression that lasts a lot longer than the cars themselves. Many such gleaming Christmas presents have had to be thrown away on Boxing Day along with the packaging, as unsuspecting owners find out the hard way that their new toy can’t be repaired after it’s crashed into the fireplace or the Christmas tree and suffered a broken suspension arm or wheel.

If you haven’t experienced a true RC model, then please don’t compare the two! Despite sharing the conceptual similarity of being controlled via a hand-held transmitter, these radio control toys have virtually nothing in common with a true RC model car, and comparing the two is like omparing a paper aeroplane with a supersonic jet fighter.

Modern RC cars are high-performance, technical pieces of equipment that should be compared to full-size motor sport examples. Whether your passion for motor sport lies in Formula One, touring cars or monster trucks, there’s an RC kit available that will allow you to drive your scale replica to the limit, without fear of hurting yourself. And it won’t cost a fortune. With performance that can achieve speeds in excess of 70mph, shock absorbers that are adjustable for static and compression damping, ride height and spring rates, you can buy an RC model with a carbon fibre chassis, titanium nitride shock shafts and aluminium components straight off the retailer’s shelf.

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