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Oh Say Can You R/C?

While it's well known that Quaker Steak and Lube is homebase for car and motorcycle enthusiasts all week long to show off their rides, it also hosts a night dedicated strictly to Remote Control cars.

While it's well known that Quaker Steak and Lube is homebase for car and motorcycle enthusiasts all week long to show off their rides, it also hosts a night dedicated strictly to Remote Control cars.

R/C Car fanatics start arriving at the oval-shaped race track set up in Quaker Steak's parking lot shortly before sundown. Tables are erected trackside so the R/C car racers can make any final adustments to their custom built mini hot-rods before they take them to the starting line to compete.

Attention to detail is just as crucial when building an R/C car for the racetrack as it is for a full scale automobile. Everything from the supsension, motor, and tires of these tiny racers play a major role in how it will perform in competition.

An R/C car's apperance can also separate it from the pack. Many times the body is custom painted and covered with sponsor decals to grab spectators' attention.

Local R/C car racer Wes Hopper finished painting his car just as it was time to get down to business.

"I painted this remote control car to match my Go-Kart that is hanging up inside Quaker Steak," he said as he attatched his freshly sprayed car body to the rest of the chasis.

R/C Car racing is a big part of weekly routine each Monday for well over a year.

It can be just as exciting to watch the cars speed around the tiny track as it is to control them from the stands.

Mike April 01, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Is Wes Hopper the same Wesley Hopper out of Pannama Florida? If so is he still racing go karts? How is his Dad and Mom? I saw him on the Discovery Channel years ago.

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