Not just for kids: Remote-controlled car enthusiasts bemoan Singapore’s lack of open spaces

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For another enthusiast, 48-year-old Faizal Kamis, the rules were the reason he turned to remote-controlled car racing.

Mr Faizal, who works as an audiovisual director, said he first got into remote-controlled planes and drones more than 20 years ago.

As drones became more popular and the authorities here imposed stricter laws on flying unmanned aerial vehicles in certain areas, he switched to remote-controlled cars instead.

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Mr Faizal helps maintain the Woodlands track and was one of the first to discover it. The track had previously been used by those who raced remote-controlled crawlers, which, among other things, are slower and have much larger wheels.

Mr Raqesh said he hopes their traces can remain. “Because seriously, in Singapore there is very, very little space and place to play,” he noted.

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“I think we need more space because RC is not just for us adults. We bring our kids, play together, it’s something that bonds the family, and for me it’s a very healthy thing. Hopefully the government will give us a real permanent place where we can really do the ramps we want.”

Mr Raqesh added: “In Malaysia and even in the US the circuits are really cool, really big. And the ramps, wow, (the remote controlled cars) can fly so high. Sometimes we are jealous when we see that, because that is really not possible here.”

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The community has asked “relevant organizations” for a designated place for remote-controlled car races, but this is still in the works, he said.

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