BOAC 500

"Probably the best days racing you will ever have"

Its Official, the entry list is now full!   

All 36 confirmed entries that we wanted to ensure our pre prepared racing will go to plan have been taken! but dont let that put you off attending! 

Because we opened the entry well before last Xmas we are aware that some drivers may now not be able to make it. With that in mind we are now accepting drivers onto our 'reserve' list, and are confident we will able to accept any latecomers on the day.  Please just call if you want to be on this reserve list, as any spare places on the day will go to those on the reserve list first. If you have any questions regarding this then please call Garry on 01634 830062 If are are interested in the event, then please take some time to read these pages, as everything you need to know is here!

As of this moment we have now raised over £995 for the charity, with a further £200 already taken in raffle ticket money still to add to the total. Raffle tickets are available direct from our club or on the day at £1 each minimum purchase £5

So what is the BOAC 500? Well its a charity fund raising event that will be held on the Bletchingly Or Alternatively Coulsdon model car club track on Sunday 3rd July 2022 with the aim of raising £500 for Charity.

The idea came about after we ran a race day for one of our club members Mike Thomas (more commonly known as Birdseed) who is suffering from PSP (google it, its too complex to explain here!). This rare disease is slowly taking away his ability to race or walk, so we organised a race day whereby he would still be able to drive (we made a special "grandstand" for him) and meet up with the many friends he has made during the years he has raced at clubs in the south east.

The day was based around our 1/24 club cars, so all anyone had to do was turn up with a controller and race. The result was a great days racing and enjoyed by all, with Mike going home a very happy man. And from this idea the BOAC 500 Charity race was born.

The Charity you will be raising money for is the PSPA which is a charity offering support to people living with PSP and CBD, whilst supporting research into treatments and ultimately a cure. They rely entirely on voluntary donations. PSPA is a registered charity in England and Wales (1037087) and in Scotland (SC041199). Click here for a direct link to their website.

We are most grateful to both and who have very kindly agreed to cover the full cost of the event including the days racing and maintenance of the cars, so 100% of the entry fees and any money raised on the day via raffles etc will go to the Charity that is providing the supporting care for Mike.

"Just bring yourself and your controller for an exciting full days racing and some great prizes"

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The BOAC 500

The date is confirmed as Sunday 3rd July 2022 with doors opening at 9am and racing starting at 10am with a planned finish no later then 6pm. This will be a PRE ENTRY race only as this allows us to arrange the qualifying and some of the racing before the event so saving time on the day. Just click on the ENTER NOW button below to make your entry today. Unless you have paid the entry fee your entry will not be accepted. Late entries may be possible on the day, but please contact us first. 100% of the entry fees plus any monies raised on the day will go to charity. Drivers only need bring a controller as we will provide the cars and all servicing and maintenance throughout the day. There will be practice (away drivers only) qualifying, plus heats, semi finals and a final with many and varied prizes for as many places as possible. Last minute news flash! Dave's favourite butchers, Farmview Butchers of The Delce Rochester, has kindly agreed to supply bacon and sausages to keep the girls in the tea room busy during the day, this means we will have plenty of bacon and sausages to fill the rolls during the day, so many thanks to them for helping support our charity fund raising day.

  • Date: 03/07/2022 10:00 AM
  • Location: Coulsdon MCRC. Bletchingly. RH1 4PE (Map)
  • More Info: Please note that the Coulson club is not in Coulsdon but in Bletchingly. The Grange Meadow playing fields are located directly opposite the Bletchingly Arms Pub on the A25, Junction 6 of the M25. Our club is at the end of the drive on the left hand side, parking is right outside. What three words are Organ.Cheese.Crust and that will take you right to our door.

The Prizes!
We have been able to get some fabulous prizes for the event, and now know that every entrant to go away with something of real value. One of our members has very kindly donated some trophies too. We have a fabulous trophy for the overall winner and we hope to have some kind of award for all those who finish high in each final etc.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all those companies that have offered prizes, money or time, all of it will help to make the day that much better for every entrant.

We have now received various items including gift vouchers and prizes from Richard Mack, Won-O-Won, Missile, K-Slotcar, Betta Bodies, Knutz Lubricants, Model World, CatVacs, Sprays by Mac, Pete Wedlake and Mike Speight (two of our club members who dabble with 3D printing) and not forgetting Farmview Butchers of Rochester who are supplying the sausages and bacon!

We now know that every driver will go home with something even if you are last!

The bad news is that we have been told today of an issue with our Ferrari Prize in that the tracks and organising bodies have now clamped down on passenger rides in race cars on certain circuits. This is due in the main to the many safety concerns around members of the public getting into and out of a race car should an accident occur. This issue is of course beyond our control but we are working to have some kind of alternative sorted by race day though, and as a result will not be offering any more tickets at this time.

The cars that you will race on the day will be the cars we use on our monthly "Club Car" night. These are a 1/24 scale steel chassis which were designed and made by Ian Barker, and we race these on the first Thursday of every month (your first night is free if you want to pay us a visit and get some extra practice!). Its always a good evenings close racing, and with no car prep to worry about there is always more time for a chat or gossip. Lap times are normally around the 5.5 to 6 second mark which is very competitive, and compares very well with a very good Genesis 1/32 car.

Motors are Pro Slot Euros with Puppy Dog arms, and drivers will only be allowed to adjust braids as the maintenance is taken care of during racing by our resident expert mechanic Mike Read. We will have six of these cars available and they will be swapped around during the day to ensure that one car has no real advantage. All 6 cars will be fully race prepped and ready to go on the day.

Bodies for the BOAC 500 will be supplied by Trevor Crout at CAT and painted and lettered by Eddie McDonald (Sprays by Mac). We are of course very grateful for the help and assistance these two have given us for this event.

Our 4 lane track with a separate variable power supply to each lane and was built and assembled by Lars Harrysson around 15 years ago. It has undergone a couple of changes in that time with a couple of new sections added around 5 years ago, one was again made by Lars, and a new section to smooth out a corner going under the bridge was designed and fitted by that well known track maestro Lee Parsons. These minor but worthwhile changes made the track a little easier to both drive and marshal.

As with so many club tracks we are limited by space so we have tried to get as much track into the space we have. Lap length is 123 feet fully braided and colour coded all the way round. Pit space will be allocated on the day to sponsors only, but as you will only need to bring a controller on the day, then you wont need any pit space will you!.

We have recently spent time adding new carpet to the floor and have re painted the entire clubroom. We also have a kitchen for tea/coffee etc and we even have toilets for both ladies and gents too! Hot and cold food and drinks will be available on the day although you are welcome to bring your own.     

Parking is not an issue as we have free parking on the grass outside for more than enough cars at any meeting, although the grass can get a bit damp during the rainy season! There is also a pub a short walk across the main road.
The TrackThe TrackThe Track

Garry King

Event Organiser

Garry has been racing since he was 14 and for many years ran One-O-One with Dave Harvey. He has organised many events and charity functions, has been an International judge for the F1 in Schools events supported by Ross Brawn and F1 teams, and also maintains this website.

Keith Wale

Event director

Keith is directing the event and has a lifetime of experience in model cars both slot and R/C. Both Garry and Keith raced at Eltham and other clubs in the late 60's early 70's and Keith's enthusiasm for slot racing is undiminished. Keith will be Dave's back up on Race Control.

Mike Read

Car Maintenance

Mike (now a National Champion!) is the lead man at Coulsdon and runs the club almost single handedly. He is the chief mechanic for our club cars which will be used for the BOAC 500. Mike runs every club night and will be keeping a very close eye on the cars on the day.

Les May

Graphics & Social Media

Les has been a member at Coulsdon for the last ten years after starting his slot race with a tinplate Scalex set! Les is our graphics man having trained at the same art college as Ian Barker. Les will also be seen on Race Control on the day.

Dave Stevenson

Race Director.

Dave is well known to many within slot racing and is a past National Champion. Dave has spent many hours with MIke Read working on the best way to run the racing to ensure it runs as smooth as silk on the day.

Tony Mills

Car Maintenance

Tony has been racing for many years and is a past national Constructors Champion. Now well known for building retro and classic cars, Tony will be assisting MIke Read in the maintenance and repair of the cars.

Peter Kerr

Clerk of the Course

Pete is another club stalwart and will be our Clerk of the Course for the day. His job is to ensure that cars, drivers and marshals are all in the right place at the right time and that everyone knows what they are doing!.

Mike Speight

Chief Marshal

Because we aim to ensure that you all have a full days racing, its important that marshals and cars are all in the right place at the right time, so Mikes job is to make that all happen!

Do i need to bring anything other than my controller?

in short no, all that you will need will be your your controller and maybe your lunch so a carrier bag or similar should do the trick and will keep your cakes sandwiches and controller away from others. Please note that no boxes (other than a possible controller box) will be allowed in the club house as you will not need them! Pit space will be allocated to sponsors only and if we had 36 driver pit boxes in the clubhouse, there would be no room for drivers! 

How much racing will we get on the day?

A full race schedule is now being prepared for the day, and our aim will be to give everyone as much racing as possible within the time limits. There will be qualifying, plus heats and finals and if all goes to plan we may also run some consolation races as well, but our aim is to give everyone as much race time as is possible. 

How much is the entry fee for the day?

Entry fee for the day is £20 and 100% of this money will go directly to the charity. We have added a link to the GoFundMe charity page for payment, so that if you are a tax payer then the charity will receive the tax you would have paid on that amount via Gift Aid, so helping to push the amount up even  further.

What times are start and finish?

Doors will open on the day at 9am for driver entry with a driver briefing at 9.50. Racing will start at 10am and finish by 6pm at the latest. Final timings will all depend on numbers on the day, but our timetable will be planned around fitting as much racing into that schedule as possible. We will also have a half hour lunch as well. By having only advance booking it allows us arrange much of the racing before the event starts. 

Is my place guaranteed on the day?

If you have paid your entry fee either via the site or direct to us, then your race place on the day is guaranteed. If you have requested a 'reserve' place, then your entry is not guaranteed on the day, although we have made provision for those 'reserve' places to take any place for any driver that does not arrive by 9.30pm. Because we have taken advance bookings for places months in advance we do expect that some drivers will not be able to attend as they may well have booked a holiday etc, that is why have the 'reserve' places.

Will you be serving food on the day?

Yes. We have a kitchen and will be offering a hot and cold drinks, plus the usual snacks, crisps, sweets and cakes etc, and will also be offering a limited range of hot items as well. Bacon and Sausages have very kindly been donated by Farmview Butchers of Rochester to help with the fundraising, so thank you all those at Farmview and to Dave Stevenson for arranging this.
But if you want to bring your own food, then that is fine. There is a pub across the road, but in all honesty by the time you have walked there, ordered food or drink and returned, you will will have probably missed some racing as our experience tells us they are very slow!

I have not pre booked, will i be able to attend and race on the day?

Unless you have pre booked then we cannot guarantee any race place on the day. However, there will always be some drivers who have paid but may not be able to attend, and those places will be offered to those drivers who turn up on the day. There will only be a limited number of these places available as some club members have agreed to give up their own place, so we suggest that if you have any intention of attending then please contact us now and we will do our best to confirm a place for you.

We will do our best to accept any late entries on the day, but this cannot be guaranteed, priority will be given to those who have already pain in full. So if you have any interest in driving on the day, then please get your name on the list now! Just call Garry on 01634 830062

I have a question, can i call someone?

Yes of course. You can call Garry on 01634 830062 during office hours if you have any questions regarding the event.

Can i attend before the day and get some practice?

You are welcome to attend any of our club nights (Thursdays) at any time up to race day. In addition, we intend to open on the Saturday as well for organised practice too. Full details of this will be made available near the day.

What prizes do you have for winners?

At the BOAC 500 all drivers will be winners! We are being supported by a number of companies, firstly by the two that are providing the funds to cover the cost of the the days racing,  and

Then we have support from Richard Mack who has very kindly agreed to supply some chassis as prizes. Both Dave Harvey at Won-O-Won and Ian at Betta Bodies have offered a nice bundle of gift vouchers as prizes, and Missile have made a direct contribution to the charity. Eddie Macdonald is also painting the 8 bodies (4 spare!) for the race and has donated 2 ready painted 1/32 bodies as prizes too. The best model shop in the country Modelworld has given us a nice stack of various tools etc as prizes too.

In addition we have a number of family tickets for various attractions in the south east, plus some slot related products donated by some of our tech minded club members. And of course we have the two Ferrari related prizes as well.

Do you have car parking?

Yes, we have plenty of free car parking right outside the clubroom. It is on grass, which can get a little muddy at times but only when it has been very wet. There are a few steps up to the clubroom.

Are you easy to find?

Our club is situated within the Grange Meadow sports area with other club buildings. To locate ours simply use the What Three Words app to find our front door, and those What Three Words are  organ.cheese.crust
  • Coulsdon Club. Bletchingly. RH1 4PE
  • Club house is opposite the Bletchingley Arms, with ample free parking. What three words! organ.cheese.crust

The race date is Sunday 3rd July 2022. If you wish to attend this exciting charity event please phone or email to request a place on the reserve list as the entry is now full.