PRINCETON — Brothers Tim and Dave Klein have opened a hobby shop inside Bobby Co. on West Peru Street in Princeton for enthusiasts wanting to race remote-controlled airplanes, helicopters and cars.
“We do it ourselves and are both in it,” said Tim Klein. “We have planes, helicopters and cars and have been into it for seven to eight years.”
The Klein brothers use the outdoor track at Ironhenge Enterprises on Backbone Road East in Princeton for their remote-controlled cars and a flying field at Delmar Beams’ farm near Tiskilwa in the summer for their planes and helicopters.
Bobby Co. hobby shop stocks all the parts and accessories needed for enthusiasts, who are put into two categories called racers or mashers, he said.
“Racers try to get around the tracks as fast as they can and get points,” he said. “Mashers like to smash up their planes, helicopters or cars and then put them back together again.”
The Kleins also belong to the American Modelers Association, an organization that helps cover any damage caused by model planes, helicopters or cars to another person’s property.
“We love to do this and want to get as many people interested in this activity to get a bigger group,” said Tim. “We only have about 10 in our group now.”
The main part of Bobby Co. is selling steel, but this area of the longtime business in Princeton slows down in the winter months.
“We decided to open this up six months ago to take up that slack,” explained Tim Klein. “We know everything about this and work on them as well as sell parts and accessories.”
The Kleins are the grandsons of Bobby Klass, who started Bobby Co. in 1946. Their mom still owns the family-run business after her husband recently died.
If people want more information about this hobby shop, they can call the Kleins at (815) 875-4433.
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