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Just out of interest, if a venue was offered, how many of ythe HO fraternity would be interested in building a track (to go over the top of my Ninco track) for a regular HO club meet?
There is an obvious condition to this offer.
The fact is that our club is unused at least 5 days a week. As far as i am aware, there are no permanent HO clubs in this area. If you guys want to build a track, i have what i consider to be an ideal venue and any additional income would go towards our rent.
Sensible comments please.
 

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Andy Player
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All the evidence from setting up our club in Worthing is that HO can be a successful format for club racing and draws in a layer of racers that would otherwise feel intimidated by the bigger (and more expensive) scales.

I don't think Essex is awash with HO racers to give you an instant HO club meet (but I may be wrong). However, if you're prepared to put in the work (I can send you all the stuff of what we did in Worthing) you could successfully build an HO club night and bring in new blood that benefits all the club's activities.

A part of this process might be to put on a one-off Sunday race meet that would pull in HO racers from across the south east and East Anglia and would also be an attraction to local racers who already dabble in HO or who want to give it a go. You'd need to talk to Deane about that.

Let me know if you want more info about what we did in Worthing. It's got to be worth a go - and could be a lot of fun
 
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I may not have put this the right way.
I am offering the area for someone to build an HO track, not build one myself. If someone wants to build one for a weekend event, the base is already there in the form of the Ninco track.
We already have a 1/32nd club on Mondays and an occasional, soon to be regular, digital club. An HO club is just an idea and perhaps a one off event is more likely.
 

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Andy Player
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That's why I mentioned the weekend event. Some EAHORC meets consist of EAHORC's HO sectional track and electricals being laid either on a wooden routed track (eg Pinewood, NSR) or over 1/32 sectional plastic track (eg Viking). More commonly we lay the track out on tables (eg FLBT, MBR etc).

The pics below are at Viking (over their 1/32 track) and at Mussel Bay Racing (on tables):





I think an EAHORC event would be perfect to gauge how to move forward with the HO idea.

Because you're attracting less-than-hardcore slot racers, HO clubs tend to work best if they are local. An HO club night in Benfleet would be a local thing and I'm not sure if there are a bunch of guys with a pile of HO track anywhere nearby. But an investment of £100 or so would be the outlay to get things going if there is interest.
 
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