June 19, 2013

Indoor R/C raceway features dirt track

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — If rain washes out the races at the Southern Iowa Speedway, you can still catch some racing action at Kelderman’s Hobby Shack Raceway at the Heartland Center, live or soon, via the Internet.

Barry Kelderman of Kelderman’s Hobby Shack created a 30-foot by 50-foot indoor carpeted racetrack for remote-controlled race cars at the former Econofoods building about eight months ago. Now, the raceway sports a dirt track for action that brings R/C racing to life at 1/10 scale.

Kelderman said there’s more than 20 tons of red clay to give the raceway its dirt track.

“We’re going to add three more inches to get it banked,” he said Saturday evening.

Along with the dirt race track, the raceway has a new look with wooden walls surrounding the track and a wooden platform for racers to stand side-by-side.

Besides the track, the raceway features a concession stand, an audience viewing area and two pit areas where racers can get their cars ready to go.

Besides watching the R/C races live, you can soon watch them on the Internet.

“We’re going to get Internet here so the races will be live on the Web,” Kelderman said.

The Mahaska Communications Group will install the Internet connection so races can be viewed on liverc.com, Kelderman said.

“We’ll be on there in a couple of weeks,” he said. “We’ll mount a Web cam up in the ceiling.”

Kelderman’s Hobby Shack Raceway hosts races on Thursday and Saturday nights. The races start at 6 p.m. and will run as long as it takes to finish the heats.

“It depends on the number of people,” he said. More people equals more heats, he added.

Kelderman said R/C racing is very popular. Not only do local people come to race, but there are people who travel from Solon, Des Moines, Newton and Ames to race in Oskaloosa, he said.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.