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Remote control enthusiasts gather at Newark Showground for national event


By Sharon Hodkin


Remote control enthusiasts of all ages from around the UK gathered for a national event at Newark Showground.

The UK Remote Control Truckers’ National Gathering 2019 attracted a couple hundred people last weekend to enjoy all-things remote.

Organiser John Whiteside and his close-knit team of volunteers brought the group’s third annual gathering to the showground’s upgraded Lady Eastwood Centre after the unexpected closure of its previous arena.

Remote control truck convention at Newark Showground. (13919506)
Remote control truck convention at Newark Showground. (13919506)

"The idea for The Gathering had been a bit of a dream of mine for a long time, and after making the dream a reality in 2017 it was a blow to have to move on after two successful years," said John. "Thankfully, after a long search, we found the Lady Eastwood Centre. With its new hall, plenty of space for camping and an ideal location just two minutes from the A1, we had found our new home not just for 2019 but for 2020 and 2021, and probably longer."

Remote control sets were used to drive hundreds of detailed scale model trucks around a fully operational road network featuring a live quarry area moving huge piles of soil around.

With several bridges, flyovers, tunnels, plant, loading bays and a giant lorry-park, the carefully choreographed movement of lorries, articulated trailers, tractors, diggers and dumpers around the course was a sight to behold.

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