The Club was originally started in 1978 based at T.I.Tower Factory in Wombourne and was called ‘T.I.Tower Model Car Club‘. We were there until 1981 when the Club Member who was an Employee there found himself another job, we were then asked to find another venue. It took several weeks before we found a new home, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Employees Sports & Social Club (Formerly Marsh & Baxter’s Employees Social Club). This appeared to be a dream come true, a club, with a bar! Parents could bring their sons and daughters to race and then go relax with a drink (those who didn’t join in anyway).
There was a condition that we change the car club name to incorporate the word Dudley in it’s title, hence the now well known name in racing circles Dudley Radio Car Club.
It was an ideal place to run the club from, having a field and also an assembly room to race indoors during the winter (although it was a little on the small side). We did however have the promise of a piece of ground to build a permanent track, which was a rare commodity in those days. This certainly helped the car club grow and in no time at all we had more than 100 members and the car club was going from strength to strength. Several good Drivers were now emerging, some of who achieved good results in the not to distance past such as; Craig Drescher 12 times European champion, Steve (old dog) Heynes, Matt Needham, Jon Howells, Richard Adams, Stuart Stallard and not forgetting Super Biker Michael Rutter.
In 1986 the Warden of Himley Hall was approached with a view to holding National meetings there, over the years we have hosted many good meetings including Radio Race Car / Nationals / M.C.C.A Finals / F3.F4.F5.Finals / Midland Championships / Regional’s / Schumacher Festivals / The R.C.P Challenge / Schumacher Finals that had 169 Competitors (yes in 1 day, that’s qualifying & finals).
At this point in the clubs life we had won the Midland Championships 8 times! Sadly after 5 years, in 1986 we were forced to move again, this time to Bishop Milner School Dudley. More recent members included the likes of Simon Willetts, Richard Meredith, Chris Lake , Kris Heath, Chris Hudson, Tom Yardy, Dan Marson, Charlie Williams, David Belsten and Jon Tucker. We had another amazing 16 years racing there which also sadly in 2002 came to an end due the building being re-built forcing us to move once again.
This is when we came to our present venue Coseley School and Leisure Center, with its smaller dinning hall for club nights and the large indoor sports hall for our weekend events it’s been a great venue. We have hosted many large meetings there, not just our popular Indoor Winter Series but also 1/18th Nationals and Brett Davis GP. We also try to venture back to Himley Hall once a year for a nostalgic trip back to the grass roots of our hobby.
Whether your a previous member returning, a long standing member or someone new, we welcome you to the club and look forward to racing with you in the years to come!
Brett Davis Vintage GP Events
Dudley Radio Car Club with the help of Iconic RC has had the great privilege of hosting the Brett Davis GP over the last 4 years. The event is named after a fellow racer who sadly passed away, Brett Davies. Brett was not only known for being the man behind the sticks of the very famous TV car ‘Brum’, but he was also a friend to many in our community and a passionate racer. He was the son of Roger Davies who was referred to as the ‘Murray Walker’ of the RRC series because of his commentating skills. Over the years these meetings have helped raise over £6000 for various charities, with the majority of the money going to the John Taylor Hospice in thanks for everything they did for Brett before his passing.
The meetings themselves are a great day’s racing with only vintage cars being used. It’s great seeing older cars springing back to life and watching many a folk relive their youth racing originals and replicas of their childhood classics. With raffles, refreshments, racing and a great social side these meetings are highly recommended!