Club History

HistoryCLUB HISTORY

TFTR was formed in 1993 and our first President was Greg Collins. Back then TFTR shared the current site with the Templestowe off road RC club (which was formed around 1983). The current site was split approximately in half with the off road track on the section closest to Porter St, the drivers stand in the middle and then TFTR towards the current disabled parking area.



The first event held at TFTR was the 1995 AARCMCC Nationals. This meeting has since been hailed as a milestone in Australian RC car racing as it signified the beginning of purpose built tracks for EP racing.
 
Renato Benci was TFTR's second President and Reni is still heavily involved in RC through his own business.
 
Around 1998 Nigel George became TFTR's third President. Around this time the off road club ceased to exist and TFTR successfully petitioned the council to use the land formerly used by the off road club. After a great deal of hard work and fund raising the track took shape in the layout that we are familiar with today with the brick club house and disabled ramp to the drivers stand.
 
Below are some photos of the track after the asphalt was laid over the off road area but before the lines were painted.
 

 

 
 
 Once the lines were painted the track looked like this (view from the pit area):
 

 
Andy Cooke became TFTR's fourth President about 2002.
 
In 2002 the first TFTR Masters Event was held and it has been a feature on Australia's RC calendar ever since.
 
In 2004 Nigel again took the reins as President and in 2008, after some years of working with the council, successfully negotiated for the council to resurface the track. The track now has grip the equal of overseas tracks and following a great deal of work from club members we now have graduated concrete curbs which slows a car down, should it cut the corner, without damaging it. The latest track refurbishment is shown below:
 

 
Photos of the track being refurbished can be viewed in our Photo Gallery.
 
In 2010 David Stevens took over as President and introduced a number of new facilities including 24x7 Practice Timing. You can find David's annual reports on the club here. After 3 years David stepped down and Hani Abbas took the reins.

On 8 December 2013 the club formerly celebrated its 20th birthday and all of the former President's attended the celebration:
 

 
Left to right above: Hani Abbas, David Stevens, Greg Collins, Nigel George, Renato Benci and Andy Cooke