Radio controlled racing draws hundreds this weekend - - Jackson, MS

Radio controlled racing draws hundreds this weekend

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FLOWOOD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

People of all ages participate, but the young ones are best at radio controlling the race cars and keeping them from wrecking.

Flowood took the gamble to attract racers from all over the country by building the race track in an old warehouse. It has been an enormous success.

Adam Drake, 33, a national champion came all the way from Fontana, California and has high praise for the Flowood facility.

"It's very rare to have an indoor facility that has good ventilation, and it's big enough size to run 8 scale and 10 scale, overall it's just an excellent facility," said Drake.

Ten-year-old Austin Woodyard of Windsor, Virginia has been racing since he was 4.

"To get nervous is the worst thing you can do, because when you are nervous, you kind of shake and think things that could happen and do happen, and that's when you really lose your positions," added Woodyard.

His 13-year-old brother has been racing nine years.

"You just get to hang around with people you know. It's a way of hanging out," added Colin Woodyard.

The man behind the track, who runs it for Flowood is Bubba Barham.

"Today is practice day, all day is practice day. Participants are given the opportunity to set up their shop. Their suspension, their springs, the opportunity to set that car up to do what they want it to do," said Bubba Barham.

It can be an expensive hobby. The car I am holding in a photo in this article is worth $2,000.

You can buy them for as little as $80 but most are in the $400 to $500 range.

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