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Control Line Racing

National Control Line Racing Association
08/04/2024 to 08/09/2024

For detailed information see the IAC Calendar.

There are several classes of CL Racing, but the idea is the same for all: finish the designated number of laps before the competition.  Those who turn in the fastest preliminary heats advance to longer feature races.  Two or more entries fly at the same time. This is a team event, with each team consisting of a pilot and one or two people serving as a pit crew. Upon the “go” signal, the pit crew starts the engine and releases the aircraft. One or more pit stops for fuel are required in each race.  Many of the aircraft are equipped with shutoffs, so the pilots can land whenever the team decides. Other elaborate equipment is designed to speed up the mandatory pit stops.  Watch for quick landings and fast restarts.  There are many classes of CL Racing, including Mouse Race, Goodyear (Scale), Rat Race, Slow Rat Race, and FAI Team Race, in which participants compete at a world-class level.

Nats News

June 24, 2021: Control Line Racing

By Tim Stone

Two events were run Wednesday, Texas Quickie Rat (TQR) and Dallas Sport Goodyear.

TQR had a decent turnout with eight entries. Motors were all K&B 4011s or 8011s—long out of production but easily found on auction sites. Top finishers had close races, and there was an unusual number of mechanical problems with others. The final race winner was Chuck Barnes Jr.