Fulfilling the need for speed

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

This summer heat means parents have to get creative with indoor activities. And if you want to get your kids away from video games and off the couch, there's another option out there for the competitive spirits in your house.

The High Desert Raceplace, North Avenue, is a place where speed enthusiasts can come race their hobby or toy cars around an indoor track.

It's a good way to get out of the heat, but be careful. It's an addiction that can get expensive.

"My first car cost $200. Then I upgraded,” says Wiley McAllister, a remote control car enthusiast. “Now I've invested nearly $2,000."

Not only can racing remote control cars become an expensive addiction, it can also become quite competitive.

"Now I play with the big boys," says McAllister. He says his biggest competitor is Jim Quakenbush, who he calls Doc.

The two competitors get out to the High Desert Race Place as often as they can. "It's a great way to get out of the office, get out of work," says Quakenbush.

The Raceplace has been catering to local remote control racing enthusiasts for three and a half years.

"It's a great way to get out of the heat during the summer," says Raceplace owner, Andy Schoenfeld.

Schoenfeld’s store has an indoor race track and an indoor rock crawling track, in addition to selling remote control boats, planes and cars with all the parts you would need to make them run.

McAllister says starting with a less expensive car that broke a lot gave him the chance to get to know how to fix it up.

But now he's on his way to the kind of collection Quackenbush boasts.

Doc has four remote control cars, one rock crawler, a boat, a plane, and, he says, one very understanding wife.

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