This past weekend the inaugural Can-Am RC Challenge for Charity race was held in the Seaway Mall in Welland Ontario Canada. It was a rousing success to say the least. The unique venue of racing in a large bustling shopping mall gave great exposure to the RC hobby in an all-new way. Many shoppers were able to witness top-level RC racing for the first time in their lives.
The 156 entries raced hard during the 3-day event in classes ranging Tamiya Mini and F1, to Vintage Trans Am as well as more traditional carpet on-road classes. The big winners were Jason Cramer, winner in 13.5 Foam Sedan, Wayne Vince winner and TQ in 10.5 World GT as well as 13.5 1/12th GTP class. Martin Crisp TQ’ed 1/12th GTP and went on the TQ and win 10.5 Rubber Sedan class as well.
An invitational Celebrity Race was held with a number of professional racecar drivers, local business owners and PROTOform’s own Dale Epp. Racing with Tamiya Mini’s, all the “celebrities” invited to race were actually holding an RC radio for the first time in their lives. Dale Epp slowly motored through the carnage to a 4th place finish.
The event was sponsored by Tamiya Canada, PROTOform Race Bodies, LRP, Reedy, APS/Speedmind RC and Orca Racing. A portion of every entry fee was donated to Niagara Children’s Center to aid their work with handicapped children
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