Star Collectibles Races into the New Year

Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa – For the past 10 years, Star Collectibles in Muscatine has offered a haven for car racers from across the Midwest. Along with providing a full range of RC car and other hobby products (such as comics, models, trains, and planes) Star Collectibles has hosted car races at its Island Speedway for eight years. What started as an outdoor course got an update this fall with the Island Speedway moving to an indoor, climate-controlled space. On New Year’s Day, roughly 160 racers came together to enjoy this new course. As the winter progresses, Star Collectibles owner Tom McCleary looks forward to adding even more exciting courses to Island Speedway’s offerings.

Around Memorial Day in 2019, McCleary purchased the building that became the new indoor Island Speedway. Along with its fully functional dirt oval track, McCleary looks forward to installing carpet on and off-road tracks as well as rock crawling and a dirt mound play area for all kinds of RC car racers. The updated Island Speedway will also have more pit areas for racers to work on their cars on race day.

These new facilities will allow Star Collectibles to increase the number of races it holds each year, and to possibly bring major regional events right here to Muscatine. McCleary looks forward to this opportunity to attract more visitors to the city. “I hope it helps Muscatine. That’s what we’re here for,” he said.

Each Sunday throughout the year, Star Collectibles hosts various kinds of races at Island Speedway. Popular with RC racers near and far, anyone interested in watching the races can view them online in real time at by searching Star Collectibles—Island Speedway. Additionally, McCleary invites local fans to check out the races live for free by visiting Star Collectibles at 810 Division Street, Muscatine, and finding a spot in their viewing area.

As Star Collectibles finishes its Island Speedway expansion, McCleary looks forward to welcoming even more racers and getting to share his passion for RC cars with them. “We’ve got a lot more we want to do,” he shared.

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