Mark Your Calendars for the 2nd Annual Mini Off-road Nationals: September 16 – 17, 2016

Mark Your Calendars for the 2nd Annual Mini Off-road Nationals: September 16 – 17, 2016

If you’re a small-scale R/C racer in the America’s Midwest, you may want to plan a trip to Thumb RC in Gagetown, Mi in mid-September. That track will be hosting their second-annual Mini Off-road Nationals competition, featuring size classes ranging from 1/18 to 1/12 and vehicle classes including truggy, buggy, short course trucks, as well as an open class. Younger racers (ages 15 years and younger) can also take part in a Youth Mini class with 1/18 and 1/14 scale vehicles.

For those new to the mini radio-control racing scene, and to Thumb RC’s track, here is a little background. The track at TRC is an outdoor, off-road track that features a variety of jumps, bumps, twists, and turns. It would be a challenging (yet fun) course for 1/8 or 1/10 scale vehicles, but should make for an amazing event for small-scale racers. The track also plays host to the Michigan Mini Off-road Championship Series, holding series races from November through April. Thumb RC also has open practice from 7pm until midnight on the Friday before every series race, allowing you a great opportunity to fine-tune your R/C racer and get acquainted with the track layout.

Mini Off-road RC Nationals - 2016

2nd Annual Mini Off-road Nationals Classes:

  • 1/14 Truggy
  • 1/12 – 1/16 Buggy
  • 1/12 – 1/16 Short Course
  • 1/18 Scale Open
  • Youth Mini (15 years and younger, 1/14-1/18 scale)
  • Open 1/10 – 1/18 Exhibition Class (no trophies)

Eligible Vehicles for the 2nd Annual Mini Off-road Nationals

1/12 – 1/16 Buggy

  • Losi Mini 8ight Buggy
  • Tacon Soar Buggy / LC Racing
  • LC Racing EMB Desert Buggy
  • LC Racing EMB Buggy
  • Caster Racing S16B Buggy
  • Caster Racing S16T Truggy
  • Turnigy 4WD Buggy
  • Carisma GTB 4WD Buggy
  • ZD Racing 1/16 Buggy & Truggy
  • Carisma GT14B
  • Helion Impakt 12B

1/12 – 1/16 Short Course

  • Tacon Thriller Short Course Truck / LC Racing
  • Traxxas Slash 1/16
  • Turnigy Mini Trooper Short Course Truck
  • Helion Verdikt 12SC

1/18 Class

  • Caster Racing F18
  • ECX Ruckus
  • ECX Torment
  • All Dromida 1/18 models
  • Associated SC18
  • Associated RC18
  • Iron Track RC Tyronno
  • Iron Track RC Spino
  • Redcat Racing Volcano
  • Turnigy 4WD Buggy
  • Turnigy Short Course Truck
  • Turnigy Stadium Truck
  • Duratrax Vendetta
  • X-Ray M18B Buggy
  • All Helion 1/18 models
  • WLToys A959 & A969

1/14 Truggy Class

  • Losi Mini 8ight-T Truggy
  • Traxxas E-Revo
  • LC Racing Truggy

Youth Class

  • All of the cars above

Entry fees for the event are $20 for the first class and an additional $5 for any class you choose to race in beyond that. Children 15 years old and under race for $10 per class with additional classes added at $5. For more information on these races, or to learn more about the track and facilities at Thumb RC, contact Tom Claerhout.

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Image credit: Thumb RC