From your child’s first "Vroom! Vroom!" as he pushes a car, the fascination with cars and speed seems innate. But there’s much more to racing than just going fast. Children learn lessons in discipline, confidence and coordination, plus the thrill of competition and, potentially, victory.
From simple slot cars to build-your-own models and even getting behind the wheel, the sport of car racing offers boundless options.
Part of the slot car allure is the fact that kids can invest at many levels. From places like Dads where they can spend half an hour and $10, to complete complex at-home tracks and specialty cars available at most hobby shops, this interest has no limits.
Moving beyond the at-home capabilities, new stores where kids can build and race their own cars are popping up. More a custom-design shop than a raceway, Ridemakerz opens this April in Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. Kids as young as age 6 can customize rides starting at $12 from a variety of sounds, wheels, treads and decals.For a combination of design, build and race,
Co-Founder Blake Harper launched Raceline Motorworks in 2005. Remembering the fun he had racing cars as a boy, he and his partners created Raceline as a cool activity for kids.
Brian Dopp, enthusiast program manager, credits the junior leagues’ growing popularity on the fact that kids appreciate the skills needed to succeed. "Racers need to be mentally strong, making smart decisions quickly and learn from mistakes."
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