Vroom!! Car club gears up for rally

Pictures by Martin Bostock.  Blackpool miniature car club North West Nitro is hosting one of the country's biggest tournaments next month. Chris Sharpe-Simkiss.
Pictures by Martin Bostock. Blackpool miniature car club North West Nitro is hosting one of the country's biggest tournaments next month. Chris Sharpe-Simkiss.
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A Blackpool radio-controlled car club is set to host one of the country’s biggest rally events.

Motor fans from all over the country will meet at North West Nitro, on Mythop Road, this summer to compete for a place in the grand final of the British Radio Car Association championships.

Pictures by Martin Bostock.  Blackpool miniature car club North West Nitro is hosting one of the country's biggest tournaments next month.

Pictures by Martin Bostock. Blackpool miniature car club North West Nitro is hosting one of the country's biggest tournaments next month.

Club chairman Andy Beaumont said: “We started off three years ago and one of the plans was to hold a national event.

“This will be the first in the North West in 15 years.

“There are only four of these events nationally each year so it’s quite an honour.

“We are expecting 130 drivers from around the UK - London, Scotland, and Ireland. We have got quite a few members taking part.

Pictures by Martin Bostock.  Blackpool miniature car club North West Nitro is hosting one of the country's biggest tournaments next month.

Pictures by Martin Bostock. Blackpool miniature car club North West Nitro is hosting one of the country's biggest tournaments next month.

“We’ve got a few former world champions coming. We have a couple of members who raced in thr European Championships last year.”

The radio controlled model cars, used by professional racers, can cost up to £1,000, and travel at up to 70mph – though some models can go up to an incredible 100mph.

Andy said: “These cars all run on real fuel.

“It’s a worldwide sport and we have members from age 12 up to age 70.

Pictures by Martin Bostock.  Blackpool miniature car club North West Nitro is hosting one of the country's biggest tournaments next month.

Pictures by Martin Bostock. Blackpool miniature car club North West Nitro is hosting one of the country's biggest tournaments next month.

“You get a lot of fathers in with their sons.”

The North West Nitro race tournament will take place at the club off Mythop Road, past Marton Mere holiday village, on June 9 and 10.