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RC car race tracks can come in different shapes and sizes; that is why there have been tons of changes and evolutions in tracks over the years. In recent times, tracks have become bigger, a lot more challenging, and complicated too. Because of the difficulty level of the available tracks, most of them may become uninviting and not very ideal for beginners to practice on. That is why most hobbyists and RC car enthusiasts have considered making a track of their own at the convenience of their very own backyards. Getting back to the basics is the most straightforward way to be able to perfect your RC car driving through practicing in basic backyard RC tracks.
This post will be about how you can turn your backyard space into a usable RC track, as well as being able to earn money through it.
Turning your backyard into an RC track
RC car racing has been around for ages, and nowadays that not only the kids are inclined to RC driving, but also the adults, many have been finding ways to make RC driving and racing a lot more fun and exciting. For a long time, RC cars were just driven inside the house or at the park, but now that RC car racing has become a thing, we would love to have some tracks around. RC tracks are mainly made and designed to be used to race your RC cars with friends or even strangers. These RC tracks can be built indoors or outdoors, in your backyard, for example.
Your backyard is an excellent area to put and build your RC track since it is a free space, and you can definitely invite friends over for a friendly race or practice on your own. You will be able to do all that within the comforts of your own space, and you will also be able to enjoy the privacy that you need if you want to go RC car driving alone.
How wide should an RC track be?
If you decide to build a backyard track of your own, you will have to know the best dimensions for the track so that you can be sure that it is not too narrow or too broad. Typically, RC tracks need to have lanes that are 12 to 14 feet wide if you will be using 1/8 or 1/10 scale RC cars on them. If you plan on using bigger RC cars, you might want to adjust your lanes to 15 to 17 feet wide.
The good thing about building and putting up an RC race track of your own and in your backyard is that it really does not have to be a standard size. More so, if you are just creating one for practice or purely fun and bonding with friends. However, if you have plans to have a race event for the local RC racers in your neighborhood, it would be best to build a professional track that would meet the standard dimensions required.
Tips and tricks for making your first RC track
Indeed, building your RC track is super exciting, and we are happy to give you some tips and tricks to make your RC track creating more fun and enjoyable.
Handling sharp corners
We recommend having some twists and turns in your RC track; however, you want to make sure that your RC cars will handle them. If you plan to build a sharp or 90-degree turn, you may want to add extra cushioning around the bends to avoid damaging your cars. You do not wish to break your car while practicing or doing some runs in your backyard RC track.
Avoid blind spots
All racers should have a clear view of the track, which applies to RC car racers. When you are building your RC track, you must consider the angles, where the drivers will be positioned, and if there are any possible obstructions to their view. Not being able to see the spots in your RC track can be dangerous and increase the risk of crashing and damage.
Consider the drainage
If you are building your RC truck in your backyard, always consider potential drainage issues. You would not want your RC truck to be flooded if it rains overnight. If your backyard is prone to flooding, you might want to install pipes or consider building your track on higher ground.
Massive crossovers might be fun; however, this may not be safe for all types of RC vehicles. If you have plans on inviting friends over for an RC car race, it would be best if you avoid crossovers to keep everyone’s car safe and in good condition.
Before doing the final touches, parts, and bumpers on your track, it would be best to test them out first. This will give you an idea of what needs adjustments, if any, before finalizing the whole RC track.
From the backyard to the tracks
Having a backyard RC track will give you the advantage of practicing all on your own. We understand that going to a track can be intimidating; however, if you got used to driving in an RC track, whether it is your own or not, it will definitely give you an edge and confidence. We believe that the best way to practice and learn new skills is to challenge yourself. And you will be able to do that free if you have your backyard RC track.
DO RC tracks make money?
If you have already built a race track in your backyard, chances are you will be thinking about how you can make money out of it, right? After all, we all know how money can be made in many race tracks around the world. We all know that many people build race tracks not intending to make money but for the love of their hobby instead. But, making money while enjoying your hobby is an excellent thing, right?
Many RC car hobbyists visit their local race track and spend quite a few bucks to be able to practice. But now, with an RC track of your own, you will be able to save money and might as well make some too through having some people over to use your track for a small price. While you are at it, you can also earn more by putting a small hobby shop by your RC track. You can sell some accessories, spare tires, and other supplies that people might need for their RC vehicles.
You can also hold races in your backyard RC track and have them pay for registration for you to earn. This way, you can use the money to maintain, improve, and add more amenities to your backyard RC track.
Building your own backyard RC track is fun and exciting, but you must not forget about the responsibility of being able to maintain and improve it afterward. We hope that this article immensely helped you with the things you need to know and understand when building your backyard RC track. So, what are you waiting for? Build one now and drive all you can!