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February 18, 2011 > Small scale racing in Union City

Small scale racing in Union City

By Mihir Bhagat
Photos By Mike Heightchew

Intense races, crazy finishes and cut-throat competition. Sound like fun? Well that's what they're offering over at Nor-Cal Hobbies: The Race Place in Union City.

This is one of the more prominent racing facilities in Northern California and brings in hundreds and thousands of visitors.

They offer both dirt and a newly installed carpet racing facility which offers multiple options for experimental racers. This is great for passionate customers because it allows them to race regardless of weather conditions.

Moreover, this is a place where fellow racers can develop long-lasting relationships in a social environment. The staff is incredibly helpful and has a genuine desire to make it the R/C Mecca of Northern California.

"We're as enthusiastic as our customers are," co-owner Eric Vasutin said. In general, they truly understand how a facility like this should ideally operate and have the skills to execute it.

Whatever time it is, there's always something to do. Every weekend is filled with jam-packed action as the club offers several races throughout the day along with practice sessions. In addition, there are events sprinkled in throughout the week. Whether you're interested in racing or simply being a spectator, be sure to check it out.

There are three major upcoming events that the Nor-Cal Hobbies will host, the first of which will be Round 1 of the 2011 Nor-Cal Championship Series. Later, they've got the Invitational Reedy Race of Champions on May 25-29. Finally, on August 11-14 they hold the ROAR 1/10 Electric Off Road Nationals. That being so, this year is filled with high-level competition.

To make it even more attractive, there are a plethora of different activities to engage in near the track including the Union Landing multiplex. So for those international racers who come to compete, there's no worry about hotels or food.

The retail prices are $10 for a day practice and $20 for a club race entry fee. However, Nor-Cal Hobbies also offers a membership option which provides an avenue for avid racers to save a ton of money. A Track Time card gives entry to seven practices and a club race for only $60 and a Gold Level Membership gives unlimited entries to all club races for only $69 a month while a Platinum Level Membership gives unlimited access to that as well as all practices, a reserved pit table location, and unique member-only specials.

Whatever your interests or budget is, there are options for you.

Nor-Cal Hobbies
30600 Union City Blvd. Union City
(510) 324-5700

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