Dale Patterson helps granddaughter Aria Fontaine master the controls to Aria’s race car. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Dale Patterson helps granddaughter Aria Fontaine master the controls to Aria’s race car. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Remote control speedway nearing completion in Greenwood, B.C.

Racers, start your tiny engines

Hobbyists raced remote-controlled (RC) cars at Greenwood’s Gold Rush Speedway Saturday, May 15.

Dale Patterson holds the current record for the fastest lap around the 90-metre dirt oval near the corner of North Government at Louisa streets: 9.2 seconds. Patterson’s son Blaze and grandchildren Aria and Loki Fontaine fared well on Saturday, but they’ll have to practice if they hope to catch up to Dale.

The race track is the brainchild of Doug Teramoto, president of the Greenwood Activities Abound Society (GAAS), who said he put up most of the initial capital for the project.

The idea was simple, he said: “Let’s have some fun and build something for Greenwood.”

Greenwood city council granted the society a one-year licence of occupation for the track on Monday, May 10.

Doug Teramato, president of the Greenwood Activities Abound Society, works on the Goldrush Speedway at the corner of North Government and Louisa streets Saturday, May 15. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Doug Teramato, president of the Greenwood Activities Abound Society, works on the Goldrush Speedway at the corner of North Government and Louisa streets Saturday, May 15. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

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The finished track will boast an infrared timing system that will be able to clock speeding RC cars and call races. The society is meanwhile looking at installing a tiered bench for spectators.

The society opened the track to local racers during lulls in construction beginning in late March, shortly after city council green-lit the project, he said.

Acting Chief Administrative Officer Ron Mattiussi said the society will rent the lot for $1 a month. Council can extend the society’s licence until the spring of 2025, he added.

Teramoto thanked the roughly six volunteers who came out to build the track. Construction efforts were greatly helped by the use of a skid-steer loaned by Roy Terashita and a roto-tiller loaned by the City of Greenwood. Son Ranch Timber meanwhile donated and supplied much of the wood that went into the track.

Entry-level RC cars start at around $300, according to the retailer CanadaHobbies.ca.

Teramoto said he hoped to have the track finished by the end of May. For more information, call Greenwood’s Tricyle Trading Post at 1-888-250-1611.


 

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Greenwood’s Ron Colin (left) eyes his car on the Gold Rush Speedway as Aria and Loki Fontaine look on. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Greenwood’s Ron Colin (left) eyes his car on the Gold Rush Speedway as Aria and Loki Fontaine look on. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

No one was injured after the dust settled on Saturday’s tiny smash-up at the Gold Rush Speedway (May 15). Photo: Laurie Tritschler

No one was injured after the dust settled on Saturday’s tiny smash-up at the Gold Rush Speedway (May 15). Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Ten-year-old Blaze Patterson leans into the curve at the Gold Rush Speedway, narrowly avoiding a collision with another remote-controlled race car Saturday, May 15. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Ten-year-old Blaze Patterson leans into the curve at the Gold Rush Speedway, narrowly avoiding a collision with another remote-controlled race car Saturday, May 15. Photo: Laurie Tritschler