DMS Model Car Club
So, looking to race locally? Our own club runs every Thursday evening at YMCA Orbital Community Centre, Haines Way, Watford, Herts, WD25 7QU. Currently we run electric off road classes which include mainly 1/10th off road buggies (2wd and 4wd) and also 1/16th to 1/18th scale micros, 1/10th scale stadium trucks and short course trucks (numbers permitting - are also welcome). We run to full BRCA rules in terms of dimensions, weights and legality of motors and batteries. In particular all LIPO batteries MUST be charged within a recognised LIPO sack when charged on site at ALL TIMES. This is a zero tolerance rule and anyone found not complying will be asked to leave.
Cost to join the club for the year is £30 for adults. BRCA membership should be purchased direct from the BRCA https://www.brca.org/renew-membership - Membership runs until Dec 31st each year. U16’s membership is at the reduced rate of £20 per year.
Booking in for a nights racing is done prior to the event on our club website (www.dmsresults.co.uk) where you can pre-book for each event. Last entry is 6pm on the day of the event. We ask that ALL members book in online, failure to do so may result in you being charged “non-members rates” in order to race on that evening. The cost to race is £5 per entry for members and £10 for non-members.
We arrive from 8:00pm and booking in takes place in the foyer, then all racers are expected to help set up the track and other associated duties from 8:30pm, this must always take priority over anything else. Once track is complete then practice will open. Racers are able to pit in the main hall on the stage area, tables and chairs are available or you can use your own (if you borrow one then please cover it with a towel or similar to prevent it getting dirty) and you then have a place to work on your car for the evening, but please ensure that at the end of the night anything you got out is put back where it came from and as clean as when you got it.
When booking in, we request that all members bring along their BRCA/Club membership card this is then placed in a tin for the night and used at the end to draw a “sweepstake” from once all the packing away is done (more on this later). Anyone not booking in with their membership card again will be treated as a non-member, (so no card or no pre-booking = non member rates to race, you have been warned!!)
Practice generally lasts for about 20-25 minutes, were you are free to run as many times as you wish, whilst we sort the heats out at race control etc and prepare for racing. When the heat listing is done it will be put on the results board for all to see. Please check this ASAP to see what number you are and what heat you have been put in (and check all details are correct etc and notify race control of anything that is wrong straight away).
We then run 3 heats of qualifying races of 5 minutes these 3 qualifiers will determine your best time for your final placing, we use state of the art "Mylaps" lap counting equipment at the club which includes personal lap counters (or transponders as they are called) known as "Harrys", these are purchased seperatley, please ask for more info when at the club. When each race starts, you will be called off by race control by either your name or car number on a staggered start. You should take care at all times to stay within the track markings and should you cross over into another lane then simply hop “gently” back over and carry on from where you were originally. If you become stuck or overturned the race “marshals” will right you back on your wheels for you, please do NOT rev the wheels or shout at the marshals, this is a big NO NO. When the race ends your name/number will be called, simply pull your car off to the side of the track where it is safe to do so and wait until “race over” is called before leaving the rostrum. Don’t start shouting at fellow racers during a race, if something is wrong or has happened then race control will deal with it as they see fit either during or after the race has run.
All drivers from the previous race then “marshal” the race after at the cone marker referring to your car number from your race, stay alert and marshal cars that crash in your area only. After your marshalling you are free to watch the other races or work on your car until your next race as you see fit.
Once all three qualifiers are run, we then work out the finals, everyone makes a final with the fastest people in the A final then the next fastest the B and so on. Finals start on a grid (much like Formula 1), there are ten beeps then a random tone at the start which is when all cars go together.
After all races are run, we ask that EVERYONE helps pack away all of the track, ramps and the markings and as mentioned earlier we then run a sweepstake with a weekly £5 DMS Shop voucher awarded to the winner.. Anyone leaving early without prior consent (without their card) will be questioned on this the next time they arrive to race, the club survives on the principal that ALL people chip in and help out at these times (no exceptions please).
When you all get home the race results and championship series results are all entered onto our club website for all to see, please go check them out to see how well you did and how you are doing in the standings. We run several series throughout the year, starting in the spring and with larger ones in the summer and winter months.
Below are the directions and Postcode for our venue at the Orbital Community Centre
Leave motorway at junction 6 (St Albans).Follow the A405 (dual carriageway) toward Watford. Go through three sets of traffic lights (two main sets and one pedestrian crossing) until you reach an elongated roundabout, take the right hand turn off of this besides the Esso petrol station into Sheepcot Lane. After approx 100yds you will reach a small mini roundabout, turn left into Haines Way, the centre is then approx 50yds on your left hand side
Leaving the motorway at Junction 21a (Watford/St Albans) and take the A405 towards Watford. Continue past the turning for M1 and then proceed as above
Leaving the M25 motorway at Junction 19 (Watford) and take the A41 and take the first exit and long winding slip road as soon as you go up the hill, this takes you up to a large roundabout. Take the second exit on your left onto the A405 heading towards St.Albans for approx 1/2mile, you will then reach an Esso petrol station on your left, take the left turn into Sheepcot Lane and then proceed as per above
Full address and telephone number is:- Orbital Community Centre, Haines Way, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD25 7QU - 01923 894444