The Northern Connecticut Radio Control Club was founded in 1962 by Roland Bernier, Paul Caisse, Al Case, Les George, and Jack Secondo and by the end of the first year they boasted a membership of 35. The flying field was in Hazardville, (I think I remember some flying going on in Powder Hollow), while meetings were held in Skip Traska's T.V. Repair shop on North Maple street.
In 1963 the flying site was moved to Suffield, but 1964 saw another move to the famous curve on South Stone Street in West Suffield. The club was incorporated in 1965 and became active in holding AMA-sanctioned events and contests. Meetings were held at the East Granby Fire Station.
Goodyear racing was promoted in 1965 by Bob Granville (can it be?), Tony Giovanetti, and Art Simmonds. Paved runways were installed in 1967. Bernice Williams started the NCRCC Flyer in 1968 and the membership swelled to 85. The fire station in East Granby burned down, and consequently meetings were moved to their present location, the Knights of Columbus Hall in Windsor Locks.
By 1969 the club was receiving national recognition for promoting Pylon Racing. In 1970 membership rose to 104, of which 77% were active. The first Auction was held in April of that year, and in September 32 members entered the club Fun Fly.
In 1971 the Auction was held in March, and by 1973 it was determined that February was the best time. 1973 also saw the purchase of the rotary mower attachment for the tractor.
In 1976 membership reached 147, with one-half of them attending meetings and participating in club events. Bernice Williams retired as newsletter editor in 1977, and from that time there have been at least seven editors. Bob Laflamme is currently producing the Flyer as well as this web site. 1978 saw membership at 168, however participation was lower than in previous years.
1980 was a sad year for the NCRCC, as tensions with neighbors of the flying site rose. As a result, the site was moved to its present location in Ellington, Ct. In 1981 the club became more active in producing Air Shows, and with Stan Kalesa as the "Big Push", the first mall show was put on at the Enfield Mall. Many members participated; it was a lot of fun and a huge success. All in all, a superior event.
Currently, NCRCC produces several of the premiere R/C events in New England. These include the Electric Fly-In, the WWII Fly-In, the Q-500 Two-Day Race, WWI Dawn Patrol Fly In, and the Annual Auction.
This year (2002) something spectacular happened. We are now the proud owners of our own field. It was more than a year in the making and we had a lot of help from our members and others, but we were able to purchase the property on Greene Road in Ellington.
With the year 2003 just around the corner, and the superb dedication of our membership, NCRCC will be making history well into the 21st. century!
Last Updated (Friday, 10 September 2010 17:25)