By Mike Garrison
Chris McKinney, owner of Bumps and Jumps RC Speedway and Hobbies in Etters, Pennsylvania, has announced via Facebook that the popular indoor dirt oval and off-road facility is closed while still under his ownership. The building and business is for sale or lease, and he hopes to see it continue as an R/C facility under new ownership.
Announcement from Bumps and Jumps RC owner Chris McKinney [via Facebook]:
As many of you know my other business has taken so much of my time. With my inability to be at Bumps full time I have decided to end that chapter of my life. I want to first thank each and every person that frequented the track or purchased products, your choices allowed the track to operate for all these years. This has been an extremely difficult decision because of the friends I have made along this journey. I have put so much of my life into this hobby and will forever miss it.
Effective immediately, bumps will no longer be open under my ownership. I want to thank the invaluable people that helped make bumps successful for so many years. Marc Schmiedel, Brian Bowie, Logan Shetter, Justin Monn, Brett Trout, Linda Trout, Dave Trout, Kevin Griffie, Lindsey McKinney, Tim Mullenhour, Brian Reigle, and of course my enduring wife, I will always be here for anything any of you need in life. I will never forget Jeff Parsons and Dale Hauze, for helping me get going in the early days. I would like to thank Rob Cutman for so many years of support, even if it was just a conversation about what decision I should make. Thank you to all the sponsors over the years. I have some regrets in this business, not being present for much of my daughters life hurts now that I'm older, and not being able to support Dustin Malicoat like he has supported me over the years both come to mind.
With that said I would love to see it stay an RC facility. I am putting this out there publicly, the building and business is for sale or lease. I want more than anything to see the business continue and as such have made extremely reasonable lease terms at $3,000 per month, plus $25,000 for a turn key business which includes everything, inventory, timing system, computers, tv's, etc. These are non-negotiable as they are much less than market value.
However if you are looking for a part time business this isn't it, if you have to finance money to purchase the business and cover the lease, or your credit rating is poor, this also isn't for you. I am picky about who takes over this business as I would like to see it continue and don't want to be in the same situation a year from now, so please if you don't meet the above criteria don't contact me. If you want to work 70+ hours a week in the winter, for about $25,000 profit because you love the hobby, that’s great, please feel free to contact me. This however isn't an open ended offer, it expires at the end of July. At which time, if nothing is negotiated. I will liquidate the contents and place the building with a broker for $475,000. Once again thank you all for your support over the years.