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Bike Section History

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Bike History 

Radio Control Bikes have been around since the early 1980’s; those early generations of bikes used weight transfer of the rider figure to encourage the bike to turn. Forward motion of the model was essential to keep the bike upright using the centrifugal effect of the wheels with some bikes boasting Centrifuges mounted in the rear wheel.

Whilst this satisfied the principle of two wheel racing, the accuracy of turn and ability to navigate race circuits was limited, requiring a high levels of skill. 

 

The next development to dramatically improve drivability and thereby encourage racing was the introduction of “direct steering”. This system introduced a servo connected direct to the from fork yoke, this improved drivability also negated the need for a centrifuge which when removed helped corner speed.

 

Bike development and refinement has continued over the years but in essence have stayed true to those early year creations 

Bike racing in the UK started around 2000, initially in the North of England. Skipton Club (sadly now closed) being the source of most things Bike.

 

In 2002 we were invited in to join the Racer Magazine supported Series for Large Scale Cars which resulted invite to join as a Sub-Section of the BRCA Large Scale in 2003. 

 

Steady growth of bike racers continued over over the next few years resulting in the formation of the BRCA Bike Section in 2006. The close links generated in those early years are still maintained to this date.

 

From those early years Bike Racers from the UK have regularly competed at International, European and World level, regularly appearing on the podium. 

Bikes are regularly raced around the UK, from Halifax in the North of England, through Cotswold to Aldershot in the South of England and Craigavon in Northern Ireland.

 

No history for Bikes would be complete without the mention of one person; Dez Chand. Dez will always be known as “Mr Bike”, no one person will come close to the time, effort and enthusiasm Dez put in to promote Bike racing both home and abroad; having lots of fun whilst doing it. Sadly no longer with use, he was the reason why a lot of us race today, we can only hope his nature has rubbed off on those racing today that will convince the next generation of racers to join us. He is still held in high regard and each year a Memorial Event is held in his honour.

 

Dez Chand memorial GP event .

2012 - Colin McCabe

2013 - Peter Vater

2014 - Simon Lancaster

2015 - Simon Lancaster 

2016 - Matt Tims

2017 - Peter Vater

2018 - Peter Vater

2019 - Ross Bartlett

 

BRCA Champions

  

Class

Stock

Superbike

Nitro

Sidecar

Year

2006

2007

Graham Clarke

Colin McCabe

2008

David Richards

Ken Gospel

2009

David Myszkowski

Colin McCabe

Alan Watkinson

2010

David Andrew

John Veal

2011

Jim Crunden

John Veal

2012

Peter Vater

Roger Harvey

Fred Martin

Martin Woodcock

2013

Neal Vater

Peter Vater

John Veal

Martin Woodcock

2014

Peter Vater 

John Veal 

2015

Peter Vater

Ken Gospel

2016

Peter Vater

Karl Boak

Moto3

Moto2

GPe

GPn

2017

Darren Johnson

Gary Sims

Ken Gospel

2018

 Gary Sims

 John Veal

2019  Peter Vater  John Veal

 

  • 2006 Stock Class 27t Brushed 36deg motors
  • 2008 Superstock 13.5t Brushless, Superbike running Open Motors
  • 2012 Stock Class 17.5t introduced alongside 27t Brushed
  • 2017 Moto2 17.5t Brushless, Moto3 17.5t EB Brushless, 
  • 2018 Moto 2 17.5 EB Brussless, MotoGP 10.5t EB Brushless, MotoGPn (Nitro)
  • 2019 Moto 2 17.5 EB Brussless, MotoGP 10.5t EB Brushless, MotoGPn (Nitro)


World Championship Competitors 

Class

Stock

Superbike

Nitro

Year

2006

Colin McMabe

Steve Newey

Graham Clarke

Chris Douglas

Dave Richards

Dez Chand

Ian McClarney 

James Crunden

Colin McCabe

Jevon Frost

Jamie Georgiades

David Andrew

Shane Jackson

Derek McLarney

Graham Clarke

Ian McLarney

John Veal

Dez Chand

2007

Graham Clarke

Dave Myszkowski

Cris Douglas

Colin McCabe

Colin McCabe

2008

Graham Clarke

Dave Myszkowski

Cris Douglas 

Colin McCabe

2009

Dave Myszkowski

Roger Harvey

Derek McLarney

Colin McCabe

Roki Read

2010

Roki Read

2011

Simon Lancaster

Simon Lancaster

2012

Simon Lancaster

2013

2014

John Veal 

2015

John Veal 

2016

2017

2018

Neal Vater

Peter Vater

John Veal

Ken Gospel

2019  Neal Vater Peter Vater

 

General Time Line

1988 North West Bike Club formed racing Bikes of all Scale.

2000 Craigavon, Northern Ireland started racing 1/5th Bikes.

2001 Skipton Club started principally 1/5th Bikes.

2002 Bikes join “Racer Series” for Large Scales cars.

2003 Formed Sub-Section of Large Scale Cars

2006 Aldershot started racing 1/5th Bikes on regular basis.

2006 BRCA Bike Section formed.

2007 Cotswold started racing 1/5th Bikes on regular basis

2007 Craigavon started Club Championship

2015 Halifax Club started racing 1/5th Bikes on regular basis.

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