The club was established in 1984 as Bury Model Shop Buggy Club, where we used to have a grass track and small indoor venue at Hillock in Whitefield, then in 1991, we became Bury Metro RCC when we moved to the Goshen Sports Centre where a purpose-built outdoor off-road track was created.
In 2007, a large fire destroyed the neighbouring Bury gymnastics sports hall, and part of the track 2 weeks before our BRCA national meeting, this was the last BRCA national meeting (other than Junior and Vets in recent years), the proposed redevelopment of what was to replace the gymnasium, was set to herald the end of Bury Metro. The council, supported by sports England set about plans in designing and building a state of the art gymnasium which was to be extended across the RC track.
The club’s Bury facility looking under threat saw club committee looking for possible new venues. Neighbouring town of Oldham was a front-runner with indoor facilities at Chaddertons newly built Radclyffe School. Thankfully Bury council came to the clubs aide and agreed to relocate the track, at their cost, once the new gymnasium was built. The new track would be shifted to what is its current location, 90′ degrees east of the old track.
It was 2010 which saw the new track design built with council assistance and was updated to a full Astroturf surface, in keeping with the development of 1/10th RC off-road throughout large parts of the country.
The new track spanning in access of 40metre x 25metre plot, fenced all around to define track perimeters, was built with some new design ideas as well as some of the much loved old track features. The newly laid track with considered gradients also helps with drainage and therefore allows wet meetings to be held.
The club continued to grow with high numbers of members joining the sport, enjoying the friendly atmosphere the club brings.
The main stalwart of the club was the legendary Roger Wood, who over the preceding decades gave up his free time to tirelessly run regular meetings and maintain the multi-surface track. Sadly in 2013, Roger died suddenly. Leaving a big hole at the heart of the club he had led for so long. The true extent of Rogers hard work was evident in the amount of work needed to simply keep the club ticking over.
The club committee increased its numbers to cope with the increased responsibility.
With club finances having been shrewdly managed by Roger, the club was able to consider significant track work. In 2014, following consultation with club members and feedback from top drivers, the track went under the knife and was redesigned.
Experienced RC club members with the aide of a British BMX champion, who with his skills as a BMX and skate park builder, set about building effectively formed ramps, jumps and berms more suitable with the ever progressive 1/10th off-road section. The new track gained rave reviews from all comers, with increasing numbers of top-class drivers travelling to test their skills on the high grip track.
The club has a strong group of committee members who are taking the club to the next level and returning to the national scene holding Junior and veterans championship races in 2016 and 2018.
We run electric radio controlled 1/10th scale buggy’s and also short course trucks.
Race day is Sunday, mostly fortnightly, see our events page for details.
With a history as a National standard track, the club has developed throughout the last decade into a strong member-run, family fun club. Whilst still attracting great reviews from some of the best drivers across the country.