The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

Local store provides home base for radio-controlled vehicle afficianados


August 15, 2017

DRIVERS ready for a rock-climbing compeititon in the pits area at Santiam Hobbies.

It’s a recent Saturday morning inside Santiam Hobbies, housed in a rather nondescript building at 5340 S. Santiam Hwy. just east of Lebanon.

The parking lot outside contains about 20 vehicles but no one is in sight.

Inside, though, things are humming – literally.

This is competition day for local radio-control – R/C – enthusiasts who have brought their all-wheel-drive vehicles to test them on a newly built rock-crawling course.

Co-owner Cindy Kerby delivers instructions to the the drivers, about two dozen of them, in a back room that also serves as an indoor course d...

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