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Switchback RC opens in Lowell

Photo by Michele Newbanks DC Smith, 35, of Washington, W.Va., tunes up his RC car Saturday during the open house for Switchback RC in the Village.

Vehicles packed the parking lot of the former Dollar General Store in Lowell Saturday afternoon as a new venue opened for remote control enthusiasts.

The open house and ribbon cutting for Switchback RC brought in dozens of racers filling the facility with their RC vehicles.

The business’ owners, including race director Rob Henthorn, have been working on the space at 185 Third St., Lowell, since Feb. 1.

Henthorn said the venue was a literal field of dreams.

“Five of us got together and talked about building it and thought, ‘if we build it, they will come,’ he said.

Photo by Michele Newbanks Switchback RC in the Village boasts an oval track where enthusiasts can race their remote control cars.

Henthorn said there are a couple of other local tracks, one is oval and one is off-road, but this is the only facility bringing Dirt Oval RC Race Cars, Stateline RC Pullers and the Remote Control Monster Truck Challenge Series together under one roof.

The start date for the first race is May 1 and there will be a couple of practice times open before then, he said.

“Oval will race more often,” he said. “Pulls will be twice a month and monster trucks will be twice a month.”

There will be dirt track events every Tuesday night and Saturday starting May 1. On Saturdays, doors will open at 3 p.m. with the race starting at 5 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the race starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

RC Pullers and the Monster Truck Challenge events will be held select Saturday mornings each month, officials said. Events will begin at 10 a.m.

There will also be Sunday Funday special events for kids ages 8 to 16, which allow the top racer to win a full race car setup.

Officials said these events provide a nice opportunity for families to share an interest, grow in knowledge and experience and apply physics to set up a winning RC car. Rental cars and trucks will be available for anyone wanting to try out the Novice-Rookie Class.

Steven Wilson, 26, of Lowell, said he was newer to RC racing.

“My cousin has a car and my buddy owns the building,” he said.

Henthorn said they were going to gear a class toward beginners.

“Father and son…father and daughter…get the kids involved,” Henthorn said.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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