MITCH Eager spends just as much time fine-tuning his electric model car as he does for his real car.
Each month the 32-year-old and his mates from the Queensland Model Drag Racing Association (QMDRA) get together and race to see who has the fastest remote control (RC) car at Carole Park.
The cars can reach speeds of more than 200kmh and cover the 40m drag strip in just over one second.
The QMDRA was the first of its kind in Australia and has been drag racing RC cars since 1996, but QMDRA vice-president Eager has only been racing for three years.
An RC car obsession was only natural for the father-of-three, who has a long affiliation with drag racing.
"I was about six or seven when I started building hot rods with my father (Gor), while mum (Lisa Woollard) worked at Willowbank Raceway for 20 years," he said.
"I got involved in QMDRA mainly because I can't afford a real drag car.
"However, the rush of driving one of these RC cars 40m in 1.2sec is unreal.
"They're the next best thing and they're so fast my funny car would beat a real hot rod over 60-feet."
Eager's fascination with RC drag racing started with a funny car he got as a gift four years ago.
Since picking up the sport, he has three national records to his name, is a three-time Australian champion and won a world title in 2014.
But building and fine-tuning RC cars - which are about 1/10th the size of the hot rods you see at Willowbank Raceway - comes at a cost.
"I've spent thousands on it, but it's a hobby you can spend as little as you like or as much as you like," Eager said.
"The great thing is you can start off with a $100 car and beat someone who spent $1000 on their car.
"You could hit the wall, cross the centre line or commit a red-light foul, because in drag racing it's all about consistency."
Currently the group of about 15 QMDRA members attracts RC car enthusiasts from all corners of south-east Queensland - but numbers have increased in recent years.
All types of electric and gas-powered RC cars, from your standard off-road scale cars right through to the purpose-built drag cars, turn out on race days.
The association proudly has its own track at Andre Ripoll Park, Carole Park, which is recognised as one of the best in the world.
The QMDRA is looking for more RC car enthusiasts to feel the need for speed at the association's open day today.
"We're always looking for more members and we all have a lot of fun and get along," Eager said.
"It's a family orientated club in a friendly environment, and there is always a member on hand to help.
"It's also a good chance for young kids to get involved because it gives them a chance to develop a mechanical mind."
QMDRA OPEN DAY
- When: Tomorrow from 10am
- Where: Andre Ripoll Park (Cnr Colbart St and Addison Rd, Carole Park)
- Cost: Free (sausage sizzle and drinks available to purchase)
- Other info: All RC cars are welcome. All racers must wear enclosed footwear.
- More info: Find QMDRA Queensland Model Drag Racing Assoc Inc (RC Drag Racing) on Facebook