Gauteng Model Boat Club Launches Club 500 Racing

14 February 2017

GMBC has successfully introduced the world-renowned Club 500 class of electric racing model speedboats to our meetings. 

All these boats are produced in the UK and come complete as a kit as follows:

  • Hull and deck in a protective clear layer (multiple colours are available). 
  • Propshaft
  • 40mm propeller
  • Johnson 550 motor
  • Decals
  • Coupling and instructions. 

As a one-design class the focus is on close racing and the club has standardised the Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) ratio plus the battery specifications.

Six boats have been built so far and the M-shaped TT course has been set out at our venue as recommended by the manufactures of the 500. 

After much testing, tweaking and a few incidents on the water the racing is set to get under way this coming Saturday 18 February at GMBC, Emmarentia Dam, from 14h00.

So far we have Riff Raff and Hooligan proving to be quickest in free practice and sea trials. Gas Monkey cooked a motor during development and is currently running a local motor until such time as a new shipment arrives. Our chairman's Mad Max is quick, but lacking racing skills and the ability to turn through the right-hander on the course. More tuning is needed if he can navigate accurately at speed. QuickSilver has been building the pace and is a long shot with Kilroy getting little stick time after an impact left him with a cracked bow, nonetheless the repairs are complete and the boat should be in action. 

If you want to find out more please speak to Andreas who very kindly bust a nut to get these boats into the country. You too could be up and running after a 30-hour build. Spares are available for every component on these little racers which cost about R2200 plus a good quality two-channel radio.

The name of the game is to take part, race, have fun and to stick to the exact specs as described earlier. Modified boats will not be allowed to take part as this is unsporting and not necessary as these boats are pretty quick already. The racing numbers have been allocated and new owners can check available frequencies and numbers with the guys before "switching on" Please find pics here:

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