Membership at the Tauranga Indoor Radio Control Car Club has more than trebled since it started in 2015.

Secretary Steve Thacker says the club was formed in March two years ago and is continuing to gather momentum.

"We had our first race meeting at Greerton Hall and kicked off with about 10 members.

Now we have 37 with some guys travelling from Rotorua, Hamilton, Whakatane and Waihi."

Advertisement

He says the club had a competitive edge when it came to drivers pitting their skills against each other, but getting families to participate and encouraging young people and newcomers is a major focus.

"We have 10 children involved with racing and the youngest is five."

Steve discovered the hobby when the club established after retiring for "the first time", and is now hooked.

His collection includes four cars and he liked to test his abilities against others.

"It's a buzz racing around the track." There was an array of different racing classes but the club tended to cater for about nine, which included juniors, a mini class, on-road cars that were like V8s and off road vehicles that went over jumps, he says.

President Thomas Deelstra got his first remote radio car when he was 16.

The 45-year-old says he is a passionate enthusiast and says its the cheapest form of motorsport.

Over that time he has owned about 20 cars and is down to four, with his favourite being an XRay touring car.

"I just love the thrill of racing." The club moved to a new indoor track in January at the Mount Maunganui Sports Centre and would not exist without the support of Bay Venues, he says.

THE FACTS:
WHAT: Tauranga Indoor Radio Control Car Club April meet.
WHERE: Mount Maunganui Sports Centre.
WHEN: Saturday April 15, track set up from 8am, racing starts about 11am.
INFO: www.tirccc.co.nz or its Facebook page.