Here’s one scenario that comes to mind when people think of clubs:
“Hmmm. I’ve never been part of a club and it seems cliquey. I don’t think I’ll fit in. Plus, I’m better off on my own.”
And here’s the other scenario:
“A club that involves something I love to do?! Count me in! I’ll be leading it in no time.”
Okay, so those are the two extremes and there is definitely a middle ground to reasons people join clubs and how they feel about clubs in general. All clubs are different and in this post, I’m going to give you a little information about RC clubs, how to find them, and if you should join one.
So, what is an RC Club?
Well, as you probably assume, an RC club is a group of RC hobbyists or RC enthusiasts that get together and race together, discuss RC, and the like. Local clubs often have organized meets both for racing and just playing with your radio controlled electric and nitro cars, trucks, airplanes, and boats. Clubs and organizations devoted to radio controlled vehicles can be found at the local, national, and international level. Being a member of certain national organizations allows you access to resources you might not otherwise be able to use. For example, some US fields will not allow you to fly your RC airplane without AMA liability insurance coverage.
RC’s clubs are also a good way to find an instructor who is an expert in the RC of your choice that can help you out and give you some inside info on how to beat the competition. So instead of going to the track and searching for people who might be able to help you out, your club will be a group you can trust to understand your issues, kind of like an in person RC forum.
How Can You Find A Local Club?
So, how do you become part of the cool kids club? Easy, easy, easy. First things first, head down to your local RC Track or hobby shop and ask them. The track can give you info on whats going on there and the hobby shops are almost always somehow involved with the clubs and can point you in the right direction.
The other option I would give you is jumping online and searching for clubs in your area. I searched for Detroit, MI RC Clubs and I got a bunch of results. You can also go to RCUniverse.com and use their club locater as well.
Should You Join One?
Of course! That is if you want to! Joining an RC club in your area is obviously not required in order to enjoy the hobby of radio controlled vehicles but it is a great way to meet other RC hobby enthusiasts. Everybody (I think) enjoys camaraderie – the feeling you get when you’re part of a group or team. It is also a way to really liven up your involvement in the hobby instead of just racing at home, get out and organize a race with your club.
And honestly, if you are someone who gets a little put off by clubs or think they are cliquey, maybe shop around a bit. If the first club you try isn’t what you are looking for, try another one. Don’t give up if the first one you try is not what you thought. Remember, every club is different.
Have fun and let us know what you think!