Get set for mini mayhem

Dave Dransfield at the model car racing circuit, ahead of the European Championships to be held at the track on Stainland Road, West Vale.
Dave Dransfield at the model car racing circuit, ahead of the European Championships to be held at the track on Stainland Road, West Vale.
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Speed machines of a smaller scale will compete in Halifax during the model car racing European Championships.

Drivers from around the world will steer their remote-controlled cars around the racing circuit on Stainland Road in West Vale all next week.

The Yorkshire Radio Controlled Model Car Racing Club won the right to host the event ahead of bids from six other countries.

Secretary David Dransfield said: “It will feature the best drivers from all over the world, 25 from the UK.

“The cars can do 0 to 60 mph in one-and-a-half seconds and in excess of 75 mph.

“They are a 1 to 8 scale of road cars and are brilliant pieces of engineering.

“A lot of people mistake them for toys but they’re not. They are scale model racing cars.

“The cars need to be refuelled every five minutes and have tyre changes once or twice every race so you’re relying on the skill of the mechanics as well as the drivers.

“We would love people to come down and watch. Entry is free and there’ll be food and refreshments on site.”

The track is open every day next week from 9am to 6pm, with practice sessions up to Wednesday and the final on Saturday.