Radio-controlled car track going up in Duncan

Cowichan Valley RC car hobbyists will soon have a place to test out their vehicles against fellow enthusiasts, thanks to the Duncan RC Shop.

The store is about to open up a race track for radio-controlled cars and trucks across the street from their shop on Government Street. The plan is to have everything open in time for Duncan Days on July 17 and 18.

"We’re going to open it up for families to be able to race their cars, Duncan RC Shop manager/operator Chrissy Hounsell explained.

"And kids who want to race each other." The track won’t create a lot of noise for nearby residents to deal with, Hounsell assured. "It’s just for electric vehicles," she said. "No nitro cars will be running on the track. It won’t be noisy."

So far a fence and bleachers are in place, but the track itself won’t be ready until clay arrives to complete the surface.

Once the track is ready, it will be open to the public. A full-day pass will cost $25, and a half-day pass will be $15. Users can sign up at the shop where they will get a hand stamp. They can bring their own vehicles or rent from the shop.