Idahoans find new hobbies during the pandemic, including racing remote control cars

Posted at 1:45 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 01:17:42-04

NAMPA, Idaho — One positive side of the coronavirus pandemic is that people are trying new things from getting outdoors to racing remote-controlled cars.

We talked with the owner of Action Hobbies in Meridian, who told us the summer months usually are their slowest, but this year RC cars and planes have been flying off the shelves like it is Christmas.

Speaking of flying, we went down to an indoor racetrack hosted by Treasure Valley RC, a non-profit organization that hosts races all over the valley.

That's where me Jeremy Wann, who has been racing for about a month.

"I just really got into it because I wanted to have something to do that I can enjoy," said Wann.

Wann was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, a rare disorder that creates problems with tendons and stiff joints, so it is extra special for Jeremy to find an enjoyable hobby.

"Especially with my disability, I've been able to enjoy talking to people, and people are very helpful here," said Wann. "They helped me fix my car a couple of times, and make adjustments to handle better on the turns."

Treasure Valley RC hosts races every Wednesday night at their indoor track and every Friday night at an outdoor track at the Eagle Bike Park.

"I always try to make sure that we get everybody that wants to race into the race," said race director Dane Durfee. "I like the camaraderie."

The owner of Action Hobbies tells us there is a limited supply of RC cars and planes because of the coronavirus.

It has been a combination of the demand, but also a supply issue as most cars and the kits to build remote-controlled cars come from oversees.