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Mike Keely
2009.12.06, 10:29 AM
The track is within 10 minutes from the Woodrow Wilson bridge in Camp Springs, MD just two minutes off of the Branch Ave exit. We would like to maybe race on Sats. and maybe a weekday race after work if the turnout is there.

I have met a Pastor for a church that is 95% ready to start racing in a four car garage that he already has a track set up. I helped them install some lights yesterday. I forgot to get a picture. It is as long as Awsome's track but not as wide if we have the guys pitting where the track is. I think that if we had about 15 guys show up we may need to use the other side of the garage also and would be able to make the track larger then Awsome's.

The Pastor wants this to be a family friendly place to race. No smack talk or foul mouths. Just people having fun in a hobby. He is fine with having everyone going to differant track on differant weekends.

He had asked me my thoughts on a fair price to pay for a entry fee. I told him that I thought $8 for one car and $10 for two classes ( if we end up with a couple of classes). We will need to heat the garage with propane and he was going to get a porta john for us racers. What are you guys thoughts on this fee?

The track is no more then two minutes off of the beltway at the Branch Ave exit.

I hope to hear your thoughts.

arch2b
2009.12.06, 11:29 AM
i would be more likely to make a series here than Awsome RC if gas prices go back up.

the upside, it's great to have an option for many of the Maryland area racers to congregate. growth in our area is a very good thing though. brings more drivers in, more competition and opportunity.

the downside, with Awsome RC catering to some of the Virginia are racers, were sort of splintering as a group which is both good and bad. good to see growth, bad to loose time hanging out with everyone. growth in our area is a very good thing though. brings more drivers in, more competition and opportunity.
not that i'm so cheap that i would not pay for racing but i've got limited funds to work with and naturally, travel expenses are part of that as gas isn't what it used to be. i think the costs are fair. the Ann Arbor club charges i think $15 for the entire day with pizza so it's comparable.

Skv012a
2009.12.06, 08:36 PM
Reason I like Hobby Works and possibly Awesome is lack of any fees. I understand that its to cover heating and such, but we do have alternatives at the moment. If this place were to become a club of some sort with everyday practice available, then fees will definitely be justified.

arch2b
2009.12.07, 08:23 AM
and there is no reason why a local club could not be started there, similar to what is or may be developing at Awsome RC. I'd rather have several healthy clubs in the region than 1 fractured and low attendance club to be honest. we can then build the membership base back up, rotate interclub events like we used to and work toward drawing larger events more frequently to our area vs. seeing them all go up north.

right now we have metro area racers in pockets around maryland (sort of scattershot but more in the laurel area than anywhere else), northern va and just outside what you would consider northern va south of aquia and i think the choices of locations serves each group well.

Mike Keely
2009.12.07, 08:29 PM
I can think of 5 guys off the top of my head that would show up almost every week. If we get the word out I can think of another 5 that would be hit or miss.

Myself, Gary the owner, his son, Melvin, Saint, Vincent, Steve Notingham, Steve Green, Ron, the Barber (can't think of his name),Gary Smith, Duran and his son, Gerry Evans.

arch2b
2009.12.16, 02:35 PM
any updates mike?

Action B
2009.12.16, 04:37 PM
Maya and I are interested in running the next Hfay season. So if its reasonable as far as travel expenses and time, we will be there. Hobbyworks is a good location for me of course.

Mike Keely
2009.12.16, 06:27 PM
any updates mike?

I pulled something in my back last Sat. I did go to work today and finally got to see the doctor today. Going for a MRI tomorrow. With all of this I could not make it out for the practice they did on Monday night. They had six guys on Monday for a practice night. I think that they are planning the first race day for Sat the 26th the day after Christmas. I need to get the address so I can let everyone know.

Mike Keely
2009.12.25, 07:50 PM
We have some guys showing up tomorrow at about 3 p.m. Hope to see you there.

The track is directly across the street from the Keiser Permanenta medical center on Old Branch ave in Clinton or Camp Springs not sure of the town. As you come off of the beltway south on Branch Ave stay in your right lane onto Linda Ave. At the stop sign make a left onto Old Branch ave and go about half a mile and the red brick four bay garage is on your right behind a red brick house.

Racer301
2009.12.25, 08:36 PM
The track is within 10 minutes from the Woodrow Wilson bridge in Camp Springs, MD just two minutes off of the Branch Ave exit. We would like to maybe race on Sats. and maybe a weekday race after work if the turnout is there.

I have met a Pastor for a church that is 95% ready to start racing in a four car garage that he already has a track set up. I helped them install some lights yesterday. I forgot to get a picture. It is as long as Awsome's track but not as wide if we have the guys pitting where the track is. I think that if we had about 15 guys show up we may need to use the other side of the garage also and would be able to make the track larger then Awsome's.

The Pastor wants this to be a family friendly place to race. No smack talk or foul mouths. Just people having fun in a hobby. He is fine with having everyone going to differant track on differant weekends.

He had asked me my thoughts on a fair price to pay for a entry fee. I told him that I thought $8 for one car and $10 for two classes ( if we end up with a couple of classes). We will need to heat the garage with propane and he was going to get a porta john for us racers. What are you guys thoughts on this fee?

The track is no more then two minutes off of the beltway at the Branch Ave exit.

I hope to hear your thoughts.

Hey mike.. This is Jae.. you guys racing mini z?

Mike Keely
2009.12.25, 09:35 PM
Hey mike.. This is Jae.. you guys racing mini z?

Yes, we have everything to run the races now. We have to set the computer up and make sure that everything is working tomorrow. Guys will be running tomorrow but maybe not racing with a lap counting system but we hope so. Come on by.

Mike Keely
2009.12.27, 07:10 PM
We ended up with six racers yesterday. With Robs help we got the lap counter working ( thank you Rob). We had no problems with the core system counting cars.

They are planning on running a race on Monday evenings also.

Skv012a
2009.12.28, 02:15 AM
So is today evening happening or not? Also, whats the address of this place?

Mike Keely
2009.12.28, 02:55 PM
So is today evening happening or not? Also, whats the address of this place?

Yes it is. They will get there around 4 p.m.

6103 Old Branch Ave, Temple Hills 20748

Full Montee
2009.12.29, 02:39 AM
Happy to help get Core running on Vista for a change.

Mike Keely
2009.12.29, 05:36 PM
With a lot of people off between the holidays they are going to run this Wed. evening also. I will be able to make it so I hope to see you guys there.

arch2b
2009.12.29, 06:12 PM
i'm going to try to make it. still need the computer?

the crappy thing about the beltway, this place actually takes longer to get to than hobby works in fairfax for me. according to google maps, it's almost an hour one way.

Mike Keely
2009.12.29, 07:48 PM
i'm going to try to make it. still need the computer?

the crappy thing about the beltway, this place actually takes longer to get to than hobby works in fairfax for me. according to google maps, it's almost an hour one way.

Yes, we will need to get a monitor, keyboard, and a mouse but they are easy to find on craigslist. Thanks I will send you a PM with my cell number if you need directions.

arch2b
2009.12.29, 07:54 PM
i have a keyboard and mouse to go with the pc.

Mike Keely
2009.12.29, 08:13 PM
i have a keyboard and mouse to go with the pc.
Can you download core onto it? They do not have access to the internet at the track. Thanks

arch2b
2009.12.30, 09:51 AM
i have core installed as well as flipside. not sure what version of core?

arch2b
2009.12.30, 09:09 PM
it was nice to see a bunch of people i know and meet a few new racers :) i cetainly hope you guys can pull the club together and possibly see you guys on the hfay charts:p

let me know if there is anything else i can do to help get you guys grounded and going.

Mike Keely
2009.12.31, 08:23 AM
it was nice to see a bunch of people i know and meet a few new racers :) i cetainly hope you guys can pull the club together and possibly see you guys on the hfay charts:p

let me know if there is anything else i can do to help get you guys grounded and going.
Your help was very much welcomed by the whole crew.
Let me know where you got those transponders from. Thanks again MK.

Looks like the race down at my work in DC is on for this Sat. Get in touch with Gary or myself for info on this big track event. Looks like we have 16 guys coming and the list is growing.

You will need a stock 70 turn motor for this event.

kromie101
2010.01.05, 04:36 PM
mike k,did you use to race onroad at mimi's? trying to put a face with a name:). hope you guys can make it to myrtle beach on the 30th. cya eric hanna

Mike Keely
2010.01.05, 05:43 PM
mike k,did you use to race onroad at mimi's? trying to put a face with a name:). hope you guys can make it to myrtle beach on the 30th. cya eric hanna

Yes, I did.

kromie101
2010.01.05, 07:15 PM
thats cool. i raced at mimi's back in the day with lewis,wagner,grey,etc.i hung out with scott sayers. you had your little boy racing back then. anyhow,would love to come up and check you guys out if you have a big event. i wanted to come to the als but just could'nt make it. talk to ya soon eric.

Mike Keely
2010.01.05, 07:40 PM
thats cool. i raced at mimi's back in the day with lewis,wagner,grey,etc.i hung out with scott sayers. you had your little boy racing back then. anyhow,would love to come up and check you guys out if you have a big event. i wanted to come to the als but just could'nt make it. talk to ya soon eric.

I remember you. My some is as tall as me and in college now.

We are trying to set up a 4 hour long enduro for maybe March.

Mike Keely
2010.01.05, 07:45 PM
I have paid for the registration for the HFAY series # 9. We are having the race this Sat. Make sure you have a stock PN motor. Get in touch with me or Gary if you have questions. Thanks MK

kromie101
2010.01.05, 08:31 PM
thats to funny. i have two boys now and my oldest is 12.he gives us a run for our money sometimes. they grow up quick. keep us posted on the enduro. cya

Mike Keely
2010.01.24, 11:19 AM
Just wanted to give you guys a heads up that we are planning to have at least one if not a few one hour long enduro's next Sat. We are wanting to get ready for the 4 hour one in PA.

I should be at the track at 11 and hope to start the first enduro at 1.

We have insulated most of the big cold air leaks and using another style of heater that blows the heat on the floor so your feet and the track are not cold. It was 68 deg in there yesterday.

Mike Keely
2010.03.14, 12:34 PM
I went to set up the next HFAY track today. It is ready to race on for tomorrow nights racing.

Mike Keely
2010.03.21, 06:10 PM
Looks like we are getting some new racers this week coming up. Hope everyone is able to make it.

arch2b
2010.03.21, 06:50 PM
glad to hear it. we picked up 2 as well.

'i'll see you on the lists' odd movie reference

Action B
2010.03.26, 08:13 PM
I'm planning on attending tomorrow and will bring my soldering equipment for anyone that would like FETs done.

Maya too!

What time are you guys meeting up tomorrow?

Skv012a
2010.03.27, 10:26 AM
Tomorrow like this sunday? I may try to crawl out too, so I'd like to know the details as well.

Mike Keely
2010.03.27, 09:01 PM
Igor we run on Saturdays, Mondays, and Thursdays.

arch2b
2010.06.18, 08:32 PM
what time will the track be open saturday? i need to stop by and pick up my glasses and will have about an hour to spend :)

Mike Keely
2010.06.19, 08:58 AM
Usually around 2.