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RC racing boosts Libby’s economy

LIBBY – Libby hosted their two day racing event at the Cabinet Mountain RC Raceway, but these aren’t the kind of cars you think of.

They call this weekend the hot August showdown. It has been going on for over nine years and is the largest RC race in the entire Northwest.

“Last year the county and the Lincoln County Authority gave us the opportunity to build this track on this land and it is actually one of the nicest facilities to be found in the Northwest and RC racing is very popular in the Northwest indeed “Said event coordinator Troy Douthit.

“There’s a big stretch that goes through Washington, Oregon, Idaho. It’s called NCT. And these guys draw huge crowds, “added Douthit.

Professional RC driver Adam Drake came out for this event and builds cars across the country.

“So I’m here in Libby running a clinic Thursday evening and then Friday morning too. said Drake

There are two things these RC racers are passionate about racing and their town, Libby – the site of one of America’s worst human-made environmental disasters. Nearly 400 residents died and thousands contracted toxic asbestos dust from the mines that once fueled this economy.

This club wants to make a difference not only on this route, but also in the cities of Libby and Lincoln County.

“This is just one more link in the chain and we have a lot of different events with many different organizations across the county,” Douthit told People who hear about us, the more people come, you know we keep increasing the attendance. “

“And back to the NCT, some of these races attract 300 drivers, which can make a big difference for a small town like Libby.

The event is about much more than just racing cars. It’s also about giving something back to the Libbiy community

“We’re improving a facility that was really just a blank sheet, it was just another blank space before we started, and now we really have something to show and give back to the community,” added Douthit.

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