01 July 2022 – 16:30
Some remote control race car enthusiasts are looking for their cars after they were stolen in Kamloops last weekend.
Jason Mardon of the Thompson Valley R/C Race Club was one of the organizers of the annual Kamloops Summer Classic event which ran from Friday June 24th to Sunday June 26th.
“It’s so disappointing,” he said. “This year was our largest attendance with 57 participants from various cities in British Columbia and Alberta.”
It was supposed to be a fun competition with practices, competitions, prizes and a main draw at the race site behind the arena in Valleyview, but it didn’t turn out that way. Personal remote control cars, or “buggies” and prizes were stolen on the night of June 25.
Some participants are sharing the incident on social media in hopes of getting their items back.
“The track is outside in a public area and we had people camping there,” Mardon said. “We recommend people take anything of value with them overnight. There were mostly tents and tables but a few items left there and we left prizes stored outside.
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Mardon said he arrived to find items missing early Sunday morning, including prizes donated by two hobby shops in town, a main raffle prize consisting of a new car kit and some personal vehicles.
“It was a pretty shameless robbery,” he said. “From an area where people literally had tents on either side.”
He said the cars range in price from $300 entry-level models to advanced, custom-built models priced over $1,300.
The Thompson Valley R/C Club started in the early 1990s and has held races at its current location behind Valleyview Arena since 2003.
“It’s getting harder and harder to keep things safe there,” Mardon said.
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Two of the missing racing buggies are “Xray” brand 1/8th scale battery powered buggies.
“Only the buggies were taken, not the controller,” Mardon said. “They will both have custom painted bodywork, racing battery and high quality speed control unit and motor.”
Also missing is a blue custom R/C Rock Crawler with gold painted roll bars, a Dynamite Multi Tip tool set, a ten piece HoppyPower tool kit, a white painted Short Course truck body and a body Short Course truck painted black and white.
Missing prizes include a Team Associated RC8 3.2 1/8th Nitro Buggy Kit, Arrma Senton 4×4 Short Course Truck RTR, Dynamite Battery Charger, Gens Ace Lithium Polymer 5200mAh Battery, Enduro 24 Rock Crawler RTR Trailrunner Truck, Enduro 24 Rock Crawler RTR Sendero Trail Truck and an Enduro 24 Rock Crawler RTR Sendero Trail Truck.
Mardon said he reported the incident to the police and a file was opened.
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