18th February 2018
We are now 2 weeks into life at our new home. So far the feedback has been excellent and we are really happy with the way things are going at the new hall. The excellent racing conditions, the increased track size and improved layouts, the great racing, the onsite cafe providing refreshments - its all amazing! Have you been along and checked us out yet? you really should.
The racing on Friday was incredible, some great action on an entirely new layout and the consistancy shown by A Final winner Dan Wooster was world class. The Results page has been updated and ready to view, please do click on the option to view the full results breakdown and check out the amazing lap times and averages.
We are racing as normal this coming friday before our first 'week 1' break. Please keep and eye on the racing calendar at the top of this page as all the race dates can be updated remotely and so will feature the most up to date info.
See you all on Friday!
30th January 2018
We are pleased to be able to announce that as of today Kettering Model Car Club has a new permanent home - Barton Seagrave Village Hall.
Based on the feedback you, the members, have given us, and the strict criteria we set out previously we believe that Barton Seagrave Village Hall ticks all the boxes and will be perfect for our club going forward.
Describing the hall as our new home is accurate in every sense of the word. The building is brand new and sits within a new housing development acting as the heart of its community. The building opened in September 2017 and features everything you'd expect to find in a modern community hall. The sports hall area that we will be using is large, bright and airy, a really nice space. The sprung wooden flooring is perfectly flat, worlds apart from what we have become used to. The floor area will allow us to lay a track of approx. 18.5M x 12M with space left all the way round to easily walk to marshal points and have access to the various doorways leading to the carpark, main entrance foyer and cafe/lounge area (more on that later). There is also space for the rostrum to be set back from the edge of the track giving us full use of the 6 roll (12M) width.
The heating and lighting is excellent, and in the summer months we will benefit from natural light coming in through the huge floor to ceiling windows.
The storage arrangements are very good also, plenty of well organised space with easy access that should make setting up and packing faster than ever - with all your cooperation that is!
There are approx 10 large tables suitable for 2 drivers to share available (same type as the old venue) and plenty of chairs. There are also plenty of power sockets around the hall, still consider bringing an extension lead but you will have no issues plugging in chargers.
Away from the main hall the building has modern male, female and disabled toilet facilities. Ramped access is standard throughout the building and with double doors and wide corridors everywhere we are now more disability friendly than ever. Back to that point about a cafe - yep we have have access to a cafe should we want it. As a managed facility whenever we are onsite a member of the management team will be also onsite and can make the cafe available to us for refreshments, and eventually a licensed bar!
There is ample car parking both in front of the building and in the main carpark.
Race Nights and Fee's:
We have submitted a Hire Agreement securing us use of the hall on the 2nd, 3rd 4th and when applicable the 5th Friday of every month. As you are aware the hall is currently booked out on the first Friday of each month but should that slot become available we would look at taking it on.
Based on your feedback and the need to cover our now substantially elevated costs we are introducing revised Race Fee's effective immediately and as as follows: Adult Members £8 & Junior Members £2.
This falls in line with what the majority suggested would be acceptable for an improved facility, taking 'the going rate' into consideration and calculating what we need to cover costs based on recent attendances. We do however propose to review the race fee's within a few months of moving into the new venue. We hope that Barton Seagrave Village Hall is a more attractive venue to our current membership, former members and prospective new racers/members and should this mean we see an increase in attendance we will look to reduce race fee's. It's quite simple, the more through the door on a regular basis the less we need to charge to cover the rent, consumables and track upkeep. As members you have the power to directly influence this through your attendance and positive promotion of our club bringing in more racers.
To finish a brief mention about our class of racing. We remain a Touring Car club running to the same rules that we have run for the last 10 years! The extra track area we will have and the smooth floor should see a return of touring car racing at its best and with the quality of racers our club has I expect to see some exciting racing in the coming weeks and months (and years). We remain open to welcoming variations on the 'normal' touring car theme though, Tamiya M Chassis and Tamiya Trucks are exciting emerging classes offering cheap entry level racing and real fun factor. These sub-classes could help bring in numbers and offer an alternative to the high end and high price touring cars, spread the word.
Please keep your eyes peeled for further updates in the lead up to our re-launch. We will need your help to get the club equipment moved efficiently from the old venue to Barton Seagrave, not an easy task with the carpark situation but many hands make light work.
Again its worth mentioning that if you have acces to Facebook please check out our group page, the latest updates can usually be found on Facebook purely because of the ease of posting and the group interaction. Click the button on the right or search 'Kettering Model Car Club'.
Now, lets go racing again!