History and Happenings at Sterling Field RC Complex – Hawks Next Raceway
For our first 30 years, the Desert Hawks RC Club was a flying club. We became a Charter Club of the Academy of Model Aeronautics in the early 1980s. As a nonprofit club, we secured a lease with Lake Havasu City with the help of Jim Sterling, who at the time was a City Superintendent.
In 2016, Tim Price donated the material and built the existing dirt oval track. This track was mainly set up for 2-wheel drive brushed motor trucks, like those sold by Traxxas, for the pilots to use when it was too windy to fly.
In 2017 a member asked the club for permission to build a short course track next to the existing oval. Permission was granted as long as there was no expense to the club. 6 members stepped up and donated $500.00 each to purchase the material. Work started in July 2017 and was completed in August. The track, which is named Hawks Nest Raceway, was born. Races were informally held by counting laps.
When Hot Rock Hobbies was sold to Jeremiah and Rachel Martinez, they were very interested in organizing formal races. They had the expertise and equipment necessary to hold competitive events, and Desert Hawks RC Club had the facility. This was the beginning of a win-win relationship.
Jeremiah and Rachel are Honorary Members of the Desert Hawks RC Club and a couple of our best supporters. Because of their efforts, a Track Committee was formed: Rob Rinde is the Track Activities Chairman and VP of the Desert Hawks RC Club; Butch Nielson is Track Marshall; Will Forrester is Safety Officer, and Jeremiah Martinez is Race Director.
The current race season ended April 28 and is planned to resume in October. There has been talk of holding evening races over the summer, but this will require additional planning as our track facility does not have electricity for lighting. Keep watching the News Section of this web site for updates.