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Papa_Pugsley 8/11/22

1. Fat track or Drag Racing - Drag racing is what got me into the hobby, fat track is what has kept me in the hobby. Love entering and watch both but fat track is my favorite.

2. What do you like about Diecast racing - The people!!!!! being relatively new in the hobby, everyone has been very welcoming. There are a couple people I talk to on a regular basis that I would have never know if it wasn't for the hobby. Now that I am hosting my first race, I love seeing the amount of detail people put into their cars. It doesn't really come across in the videos how great these cars look.

3. What do you dislike about Diecast racing - not much really. One thing I find frustrating is when a race calls for a specific casting that maybe hard to get. I live in a smaller town and I do not have many places to get cars. So far I have managed to find them.

4. Are you more interested in Diecast racing now than you were a year ago or less interested. - Being that I wasn't in the hobby a year ago, I would say more. I am getting more and more into it.

5. How long have you been racing and how long do you plan to continue - I started in October of 2021, right now I do not see an end in sight.

6. Where do you get your Diecast racing information - RLD is the main place. I check it at least once a day. I do enter stuff I see on Facebook but lots of times I miss seeing the post. RLD is the most organized place to see upcoming races. I wonder if I am missing places that post races. I see videos of races that I have no idea how I could have entered.

7. Should race hosts race in their own races? - If it is for prizes I would say no. If for fun like a "garage wars" event, then yes. I like it when the winner of an event will race the track host at the end. On the ohter hand I don't get upset when the track host is in the race either.

8. How do we get more people interested in hosting races? - Lately I have been going to some "Toy" shows not far from me. I wonder what it would take to have a computer set up showing differnet race videos. I think seeing some of the tracks out there would get people interested.

9. Any other input? - I have been trying for years to get a local group of people interested in racing on regular basis and had no luck. I wish I would have found this years ago.

  • Interesting read! I enjoyed your Point 2. By the way, what is your channel name? Point 9.. Yeah, I wish I could find some more local people to get into it too. Pretty lonely down here in Aus! Cheers, good luck! — CutRock_R_Marc_D
  • My channel name is Man Child Motorsports — Papa_Pugsley

1. Fat track or Drag Racing: When I first got into the hobby, I hated drag racing. As a newbie it seemed boring and its over so quickly (thats what she said), but as I kept diving deeper in and started to try modifying cars myself, my respect for drag racing evolved. I enjoy both equally and I really like a laned road course, like Hot Car Track just finished building before taking a break. Then you can have speed without the random car spining out in front of you and blocking your car. 

2. What do you like about Diecast racing: It's easy to watch and its just kind of cool to see people from many backgrounds and countries building vehicles and racing each other for no other reason than to have friendly competition. I do some builds with my kids and some on my own and we all enjoy watching something that was just in pieces on our dining room table, now its racing on a yoututbe channel.

3. What do you dislike about Diecast racing: Like most people, I get bummed out when I dont get back cars I've mailed somewhere and piad for return shipping. I don't understand why someone would just keep my car and money? Like I won't notice? Sometimes the length of time a tournament takes is frustrating. Not when a host is posting races regularly, but when there is 8 -10 weeks between races it's a let down. Just send me my stuff back if you are not able to fulfill your end of the deal.

4. Are you more interested in Diecast racing now than you were a year ago or less interested: I am way more interested. The subtlties of building cars and desinging something for a specific track/race is my favorite thing. I have a long way to go, but the journey so far has been worth it

5. How long have you been racing and how long do you plan to continue: I enteted my first race in the fall of 2021 and did poorly, but things have improved. I plan on being involved as long as I can. There is no pressure to do it or not do it for me. As long as I have $1.25 in my pocket I can always buy a Hot Wheel.

6. Where do you get your Diecast racing information: I get my info right here or Youtube. I dislike the Facebook, TikTok stuff as far as racing goes. It's too hard to keep up with it all snd you end up missing stuff you've entered because you can't watch it live in 20 minutes..

7. Should race hosts race in their own races? I don't mind if hosts race as long as they are honest. As a racer, I get to race others and the hosts. Also, the host gets the chance to race others on their track too, and they don't always win. I'm building a 2 lane road course and when its dialed in, I will host races and you better believe I will be racing too! With all the time, effort, and money invested, why should I not join in the fun. Thats why the track is built.

8. How do we get more people interested in hosting races? Hosting is intimidating for sure. At least it is to me. With so many great tracks, both drag and open track, its a big question as to if your track is good enough. Is your track diorama detailed enough to look cool? I dont have 8 cameras, will my races look dumb and unintersting? Will anybody even care to race on it?

9. Any other input? I think Redline Derby is an excellent site and should continue to be the go to site for racing. I understand people may have issues with it, but as a racer, it's a great resource and easy to find races. To race hosts: please send my shit back. It's mine, i built it, I paid return shipping, I followed the rules.. now quit being a douche.

  • Cheers Encount. Your Point 3 is a big one for me, most of us put a lot of times into the cars, plus for me, I have to plan to send a month out, and pay high postage costs. I have too many cars getting rusty axles in races that never happen! I think many would give up the hobby on your point alone.. Cheers — CutRock_R_Marc_D

1. Fat track or Drag Racing

Both to be honest. 

2. What do you like about Diecast racing

It brings back my love of Die Cast I had as a kid. Plus, it's a hobby I can get into that isn't amazingly time consuming (right now, anyway) and I can dabble with it at work during a lull. Being an Industrial Mechanic can be pretty stressful and pulling a project out of my pocket to mess with helps take me away for a bit.

3. What do you dislike about Diecast racing

Sucking at it. I've not been doing this very long and I have no idea what I'm doing. Plus, it's not a hobby I can really talk to anyone with (around here, anyway). My wife just rolls her eyes and tells people it's like she married a ten year old. I disagree. I'm the oldest thirteen year old you'll ever meet. I live in Indiana and unless you're into guns, basketball, the Colts (Arizona all the way, baby) and farming you're kind of alone. 

4. Are you more interested in Diecast racing now than you were a year ago or less interested.

I haven't been racing very long, but I've been watching races for more than a year and still enjoy it.

5. How long have you been racing and how long do you plan to continue

Six months? I want to keep up with it, but life gets in the way sometimes.

6. Where do you get your Diecast racing information

The Internet. I'm all over the place.

7. Should race hosts race in their own races?


8. How do we get more people interested in hosting races?

No idea.

9. Any other input?

Nothing that would sound intelligent in this forum.

  • Cheers. It seems many of us here are 'loners" with not many others into the hobby nearby! Good luck out there! — CutRock_R_Marc_D

Cool survey ... and an interesting read so far ...

1. Fat track or Drag Racing
Drag Racing. Although I´m still not good at it compared to you guys (it works in Germany so far, LOL ;-)). This is what brought me to the hobby in the very early 70ies. But I tend to send cars to Fat Track Races as well, though I think it is too much rolling dices (sometimes literally). I LOVE Tomi´s (Northern Roads Racing) Switchback track and will try to build something like it soon. It still is drag because of the orange track and only two cars battling it out, but you have fast curves as well. 

2. What do you like about Diecast racing
First: Childhood memories. Really. Second: the people, although I still don´t know too many. 
Then collecting. I´m into the vintage (same as in 1/24th slotracing where I was doing quite well) fast cars now, Pandora´s Box I must say.
Somebody once posted that he loves watching his cars race the world on YouTube. I agree.

3. What do you dislike about Diecast racing
6 car fields on Fat Track. Too much Chaos. Maybe it´s a European thing that I´m not into mass crashes.

4. Are you more interested in Diecast racing now than you were a year ago or less interested.
Definitely. Collecting old fast "stock" cars and running them became an addiction. 

5. How long have you been racing and how long do you plan to continue
It´s my first year. No plans. Works best for me. I´ll be in for a long time, that´s sure.

6. Where do you get your Diecast racing information
First here. But I´m a social media guy. So also a lot of fb for the races and mucho insta for the cars.

7. Should race hosts race in their own races?
I´m too much a newbie and so don´t see a point here as of now, though I may guess one.

8. How do we get more people interested in hosting races?
Don´t expect too much from the people. Not everybody is a Funkhouser or 3DBotmaker. 

9. Any other input?
I got a lot of first info from this forum and already made some good friends here. The rest was communication. How-to´s really work to bring people to the hobby. I bought a Surf´n Turf as a motor donor for an H.O. slot drag cars. Then I saw that Hot Wheels were still alive on YouTube. Actually Diecast Resurrection´s video of restoring a Sugar Caddy really brought me to this hobby, although the only thing in it I really don´t do as of now is restoring vintage Redlines, LOL ...

And I know that many people out there think that this is a closed elite scene. So reaching out is a point. 

Last thing: I want to thank the members on this forum for posting a lot of helpful stuff and some people who helped me with personal info in fb and insta messages and even emails like you, Tim, Tomi, Bo, Biff, Brandon, both Keiths, just to name a few. And to all: Thanks for letting me play from over the pond!

  • Enjoyed reading your feedback! Yes, years of memories too, especially being the initial target of Mattel when they release hotwheels back in 68! Ha, I sold them off later as I went into slot cars. Wish I had kept them. Cheers for downunder.. — CutRock_R_Marc_D

Some great insights here. Glad to see the interest is still so high.

Seems Fat track is a bit more popular than drag track 

Missed deadlines, too much time between races and not getting back cars is what aggravates people the most

What people seem to like most is seeing their cars race all over the world and the comradere and competition.

What seems to deter hosting or aggravate hosts the most is how time consuming it is to edit and produce a race and mail back the cars

most seem ok with a host racing for fun but when for a prize not so much

Ive read them all from beginning to end. Keep them coming. There are no wrong answers

  • also ready them all. Still need to get my answers in :) — TinyTrackCars
  • Cheers BLR, "I'm getting there!" I too have been reading, enjoying and giving a little feedback as I go. My sub will be in by the end of the w/e. Cheers mate. — CutRock_R_Marc_D
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CrazyEights 8/12/22

Certain people do show up late to races all the time and most of the time its the same people. I feel that person should be disqualified. You would be disqualified for breaking any other rule and the deadline should be considered a rule. On a final note... All the foreign racers got theirs in on time. Why can't you??? If you're gonna make videos claiming you're a professional racer or one the best in the business, act as such. There's one set of rules for a reason and those rules are for everyone to follow.

Raise the banners. Release the hounds. Torches and pitchforks. Maestro if you please. Haha!

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Bongo 8/12/22

1. Fat track or Drag Racing

Both, but finding fat track way more accessible. Drag Racing is really competitive and I've found it much harder to crack. It's all great, though.

2. What do you like about Diecast racing

It scratches the car nerd itch for me at a scale I can manage right now. I don't have time/space/cash for 1:1 fun cars these days and it's been really fun to get into the diecast world. I go out to my garage, tinker, go the flea market, can share something fun with my kid, and I enjoy watching the races. It also seems to be a really great group of people who are into it. Everyone has been really encouraging.

3. What do you dislike about Diecast racing

The seeming shift to Facebook. This is only an observation from a new person, who has mostly heard this in the FB groups and a little on Redline Derby, and not really something I've noticed myself. But, FB is awful. I hate using it at all. FB groups/pages/profiles are also subject to the whims of FB's algorithm, so you don't always see what you *should* see, and have to navigate too many layers to find the info you want. AND remember where it all is. Why abandon Redline Derby?? This works great and can serve as a central clearinghouse for info. It's pretty well-built and does a lot for the community -- if it's used. 

4. Are you more interested in Diecast racing now than you were a year ago or less interested?

I've only been doing it only since February, I think, so I'm still in my first year.

5. How long have you been racing and how long do you plan to continue

See above. I'll keep going until I lose interest or unless the whole thing scatters into little FB groups, Reddit pages, and god knows what else. I have a tough enough time keeping up here, and won't go chasing it across several other platforms. 

6. Where do you get your Diecast racing information

Redline Derby. The many, many, too many FB groups are confusing, filled with cross-posts, and subject to FB's algorithm which may decide to show me a post a week after someone opens a race for dibs, etc. I've dabbled in it, but am not impressed and won't be going back. 

7. Should race hosts race in their own races?

I go back and forth on this one. Agree with the general consensus so far. Sometimes it seems like an unfair advantage. I also totally get why someone would want to race competitively on a track they've spent a ton of time and resources on! 

8. How do we get more people interested in hosting races?

No idea. I have zero interest in hosting races myself and nothing would make me want to. Though it has occurred to me that it'd be fun to help someone out if they were local enough (I'm in the North Bay Area, if anyone could use an occasional helping hand)

9. Any other input?

I wish we had a way to track what races we've entered and that list or form or whatever would populate with a link when hosts post links to races. I've wondered if there's a way to do that here on redline derby. Right now, I'm tracking my entries on a google spreadsheet and a whiteboard in the garage.

  • Hook up with Bay City Darrell - I think he’s in Oakland or maybe Concord. — SpyDude
  • I hear you with fb. I do use it, but time zones, spam etc, I know I miss things at times. Cheers — CutRock_R_Marc_D
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Flip81 8/12/22

1) fat/open track is what got me started in diecast racing, but once I found drag racing, I knew thats what my focus would be on. Drag racing is so much more attention to detail and all about building raw speed into a car. I'm really competitive, so building a car that you send to someone's track and can beat 31 other builders from all over the world gives you such a great feeling of accomplishment to know that you put the work into making that car go fast. I do still support and race open tracks. 

2) I love the building process and the competition. I think the competition is at the highest level its ever been. Alot of great builders out there. I also enjoyed befriending alot of the builders. There are some really cool people that doe this and some of the nicest.

3) Of course i dislike when host keep cars when you send return shipping money. I also dislike when host drag out races. Its happened a bunch. I dont complain about how long it take to get my cars back, I just want them back to re use weight ,wheels or maybe the whole car. If I send money I EXPECT  my car back.

4) I am definitely more interested in diecast racing now. I use to race karts for years and always been around stock car racing. When covid happened is when I found this hobby. It has the competition I was looking for. Plus it was alot cheaper than cars or karts could ever be

5) I started sending into races in June of 2020 and I have no plans of stopping racing diecast anytime soon. There might be a time I slow down but this hobby  keeps my competitive side goin. I also get alot of enjoyment just sitting in my build room listening to music and building cars. Very relaxing.

6) I get race information from Redline derby and Facebook. I get any car information from YouTube. Alot of channels out there with good information about different castings. You can also find some good modding tips if you look hard enough.

7) it doesn't bother me that host's race unless it's for money. I will personally not race in anymore of my races starting next year. 

8) I think one way to get more people to host races is the host needs to make a few bucks. Its alot of work to host races. You have to do the race and  video it, edit video, track down who sent money who didn't, buy a trophy, go to the post office and ship 32 cars. To do that for nothing gets old after awhile. I think a $5 entry fee plus return shipping money would be great for the host. The host cant lose money or it's not worth it. Plus editing video seems to be a reason alot of people dont do it. I think more live races could be great to. No editing evolved just racing. I know the quality of video might not be as good but it makes it easier and racing can be put out instantly.

9) as far as drag racing goes.  This year I got with a handful of hosts and we all picked a month or 2 to put on a race so that there would be a race every month.  There's enough of us out here to where one or two host dont have to hold so many races a year. We dont need hosts feeling that they have to put on a race to keep this hobby going. I think a little origination between the host's could make this alot easier on all the host's. 

  • Really enjoyed reading your input Flip. I like your input regarding hosts (well reliable A grade ones) communicating with each other regarding scheduling etc. I will input into my submission, I also would like to see in the hobby (in generlal) a better understanding and more common set of rules And their interpretation. — CutRock_R_Marc_D

1. Fat track or Drag Racing

Watch both, mainly choose to drag race as testing is easier...but nothing wrong with any racing I have come across.

2. What do you like about Diecast racing

Enjoy racing against others and the fun of competition.

3. What do you dislike about Diecast racing?

Time it takes for me to test and build

4. Are you more interested in Diecast racing now than you were a year ago or less interested.

About the same, very interested.

5. How long have you been racing and how long do you plan to continue?

Thru RLD races and a few others only a couple years, on my own and with a former club a long long time. How long? As long as I can.

6. Where do you get your Diecast racing information

Started with the club and my own collection before finding RLD.

7. Should race hosts race in their own races?

That can be sketchy if there is something to be gained.

8. How do we get more people interested in hosting races?

Tough, there is a big learning curve and time investment going from watching to competing to hosting. Got to have the space, time, resources, knowledge, and willingness to do so....

I have questioned this myself...had ideas for races, and thought about fairs, toy shows, car shows etc, but don't have the means yet to pull it off.

9. Any other input?

Keep up the good work all those who currently host, so many great youtube channels with racing of all types! There are many people enjoying the video race entertainment and thinking about joining, even if they dont comment. 

1 idea just came to me, make sure that this website is prominently displayed/advertised in the races to gain more attention.

1.    Fat track or Drag Racing

Love them both, they cover differing facets of our hobby/sport.

Quarter Mile Drag racing to me, is like the 100m sprint for track and field. The true Blue Ribbon event, nowhere to hide! Many hard lessons to be learnt here! But, finding speed, is also needed for Fat Track racing….

Fat track Racing, throws in the variables, while I enjoy watching much of the calamity racing, I generally prefer to race on the tracks that are more tuned for great racing and better racing outcomes. But knowing what you are building for, fun races etc and knowing your expectations helps.

2.    What do you like about Diecast racing

Connecting with good people, from around the world. I also enjoy the challenge to find speed, and improve. Yes, it does take time, and can cost you as little or as much as you like, depending on the path and genre you are into!

Watching the racing is also good fun, as well as some banter /communication with the other entrants and viewers at the time.

3.    What do you dislike about Diecast racing

Dislike, hmmm, maybe a hard word. For me (and others outside the US no doubt) there are additional “difficulties” in being able to compete in the US.

Frustratingly, there is no diecast drag scene I have come across in Australia, or NZ. There is also no Pinewood Derby Scene with scouts here. So many of the dust lubes, etc and other tech information, are harder, and/or more costly to get.

Entering events; This is a personal and location thing mainly. It is very difficult to enter quite a few US events. I need the time to plan. These are some of the many issues that I have to consider.

Experience shows I have to allow 4 clear weeks to send a vehicle. On top of that, there may be castings to get, which are not as generally easy to get as in the States. Then build time and test time. Then bang for buck. I am I going to send 1 car to a knock out event? That is a lot of postal and preparation costs, let alone the (eventual) return costs. (Many thanks here to the US guys that help me) Best value races for me are like the F150 Series, or knowing what scheduled races are loooong in advance to prepare and send cars to a friend, who can kindly check & assist and send with his to all the races. Then the return costs from US post is expensive. However I do need the cars back, to use as benchmarks to improve.  BUT, I enjoy the hobby/sport, the mates I have made, and despite frustrations, come back for more!

Now I have had time to consider “dislike”. I note others have also commented similar. After reading, or sleeping, through my “above” it frustrates me after preparing and $ending cars, to events that don’t happen, or take, in some cases years to run! Return cars? I think many would have walked away, but I’m dogged. Again, thanks to a couple of US mates that have assisted me get through some hosts issues. Maybe there should be some sort of a confidential rating / review system on hosts! Ha! As I read on another review, yes, we all have personal issues at times, but some sure have more others!!

4.    Are you more interested in Diecast racing now than you were a year ago or less interested.

I’m here for the long haul, hopefully making more new friends as I go! I’m also still behind in speed, so the chase is still on! Drop us a line!

5.    How long have you been racing and how long do you plan to continue

Late in 2018, I decided to start working out in my shed. My son put me onto youtube. I decided to search….Found vids to watch while I worked out, customising diecast, then found Guitarded & Broke, and very early 3DBotmaker, when he was at our more grassroots level. I built my first heavy mod to send to G&B, but he up and disappeared. I sent a car or two OS, then Hot Car Track started, and I built and supplied many cars for that. Sad his track is gone now, but he donated his sizzler fat track to the Aussie Diecast Racing League. Great to see.  I have raced in the US for Fat Track and Drag Racing. I have a lot of unfinished business in the hobby/sport. Being so far away, makes it more difficult, but slowly working through issues identified so far!

6.    Where do you get your Diecast racing information.

RLD, though of late it seems very quiet in here, and some parts of the site ie Track directory, need cleaning out, updating or archiving of the unused or gone tracks, etc

Facebook? Being on a different timezone, spam etc, I seem to miss things. Someone mentioned Tik Tok, never really used it or know much about it. I know I am missing out on some things, as events seem to happen I know little of…

I also have mates over in the US who may prompt me about an event or so.

7.    Should race hosts race in their own races?

Years ago I would have said yes, very quickly. (many events back then needed numbers.) Now that I have been thinking of one day running some events, I have thought more about this subject. When I run an event here, I will not be entering. It will lesson the conspiracy theorists, and those that want to question my honestly, rightly or not. I don’t want to invite good people to come all the way over to Aus, to have the host beat you with a freshly dusted car, after all your lube has shaken loose from the trip! Ha! Maybe I’d do a demo run before the event! Ha! Cheers, that's my general personal choice for me!

But….As many others have pointed out, it could come down to what sort of event, and what is hanging on it etc too. Ie Low Country Diecast Racing League Street Stock Series, Great fun, Yahoo! Multi car racing! Who cares who runs? More the merrier! All good fun!

Or if I just needed a couple of “filler” type cars to make up an event..

Series; May be difficult if the host can’t run at his home track in a series? Which may discourage hosts, which may not be a good thing. One to ponder!

8.    How do we get more people interested in hosting races?

Well, you have taken the first step, by talking about it. As pointed out by others, there is a lot to it! From what I can see, many of us here are “lone bombers” and have little local support around us. So we try to do it all, which is a big task!

One suggestion for better results for host and entrants, is for any potential host to be made fully aware of what their responsible duties are in running a successful event. I would think an extensive educational checklist /cheat sheet on what’s needed would be a help. Nothing should be sugar coated, as potential hosts need to be aware. Hosts probably also need someone who knows their stuff to be available to advise if needed.

I do plan on hosting events, and build other tracks next year. But lots for me to get up to speed on, and think about many ways to assist US entries to get here and back. That’s for me to sort out and discuss with others. I will probably run a couple of pilot events with my own cars to practice and get used to filming, editing etc, until I get to a level that I'm happy with and people feel is acceptable. 

9.    Any other input?

Thinking as I go through the list and what others have input......

On hosting and scheduling. I am far away, so I don’t know if things happen in the background over there? But in general the hobby needs to be better organised, planned and scheduled. Especially the A grade hosts in diecast drag racing, as well as the diecast A grade hosts for fat tracking. Many already seem to chat about when they release/times of their vids, but it would be great to see ie: a full 2023 full calendar year for each, not just 2-3 mth in advance. I wouId like to hope they all communicate together at times! I think they pretty much need to form a loose association if we want our hobby/sport to progress. Being better organised and planned, may lead to potentially getting some minor sponsorship…..Can only ask!

Another issue which could be looked at, in both forms of racing…

 So many different rules out there AND the way they are interpreted! Ie Just how many interpretations for a “stock” car is there? (No not the Nascar Stockcars) ie no lube, only dry lube, all lubes, can sand wheels, can’t sand wheels, can adjust body, can’t adjust body (esp funny cars) etc etc. I have heard it all….Or have I?!!  So what is it?

To.....Reading rules on modified cars, determining what I can and can’t do…Then one car flips over in a race and the chassis is Frankenstein, which read standard in the rules… I guess my interpretation was wrong! I think for the hobby/sport to progress we all need more clarity on what the rules are, how they are interpreted, and generally found to be more standard across A grade events.

Been great to read everyone’s input!

After reading mine you won’t need a sleeping pill tonight! Happy to hear your thoughts, or chat anytime. Cheers!

  • i will have a few entries folks can sponsor in the final fantasy fracas — IndianaDiecastRacing
  • I think it would be great to have a track host rating system, as I know a few people have been burnt after sending cars for a race that never happens and then can't get cars back etc. Might help some of the newer people if nothing else. — Chaos_Canyon
  • CC, thank you for reading and commenting. Yeah.... Cheers, take care! Hopefully I'll see when you post up for more car entries! — CutRock_R_Marc_D
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GryphonSoul 8/13/22

Aloha from Obsidian Mountain Raceway - GryphonSoul Diecast Motorsports

1. Fat track or Drag Racing = I love the open road and rally courses. I'll watch some drag racing but open road is IT for me.

2. What do you like about Diecast racing = It is fun, exciting to watch and though I've only been in 1 pick your car event so far. It was super exciting to take part in. I also like the comradery I've seen within the diecast community. People cheering and supporting each other in the different races/events.

3. What do you dislike about Diecast racing = It can get pretty invested/expensive depending how deep you get into it and I'm well hooked on it. Just don't have the income to produce the high quality that most of the track host out there can. Cameras and Lighting being the biggest of those expenses.

4. Are you more interested in Diecast racing now than you were a year ago or less interested. = Way more interested since I've only recently got into diecast racing.

5. How long have you been racing and how long do you plan to continue. = I got hooked back in March/April 2022 after watching races from 3d, Chaos Canyon, , Skyway, Monster Motorsports and branched out to the other channels. By June I was building my 1st track and acquiring cars.

6. Where do you get your Diecast racing information = Redline and Youtube. I don't bother with facebook even on my personal account. 

7. Should race hosts race in their own races? I don't see a prob with it. My 1st race soon to be uploaded has a few drivers from my team GDM in it. Defending your home turf adds to the excitement. I don't thinkl I'll have a team driver or myself in every race I'll do, but you gotta represent some times :)

8. How do we get more people interested in hosting races? = I'm not sure being new to the diecast community. Youtube got my attention and hooked me into it. But being on a very limited income it's hard to get equipment and parts. Maybe some of the more established channel hosts and 3d creators out there could donate to the up and comers. A track piece or 2 to help get their tracks going or perform better could be a thing. It also works out for the donors as they get their name out there maybe as a sponsor or just a appreciative shout out. 

So many of you do amazing productions, the races, diecast reports and now seeing Race Analysis vids. Maybe put a TV spot or internet ad together featuring some of what we do and where to find us.? Also some 1 posted the idea of doing a neighborhood/community race event, another good idea. But the easiest and best way to reach the world audience is thru TV and the internet.

9. Any other input? I've seen some good rivalrys on the tracks so far, that makes for more interesting and exciting races. I've not seen any in fighting or drama, thankfully. But I've seen in other post it is out there. Drop the politics, drama and cliques. Support each other in what we are doing and trying to accomplish. Help each other when and where we can. The diecast community will be better off for it and better our chances for longevity, good exposure and attracting others into the sport.

My plans for 2023 is to hopefully have better cameras and lighting so I can produce better quality races for the viewers and fans. I have outlined a number of races/events I want to do and get them established on my channel. I have a feeling this volcano Obsidian Mountain Raceway is about to blow and I'll be rebuilding the track. Hopefully will improve the filming for the poor lighting and cameras I have to work with. 

And lastly Yes we need to make RedlineDerby Racing site a THING, where the community as a whole post, reports and communicates on and in the world of diecast racing.

"Keep your roof to the Sun" Mahalo

1. Fat track or Drag Racing?
I prefer fat track (open track) racing. To me, it’s just a little more interesting and I like the back-and-forth racing action and unpredictability of it. Drag racing is fun as well, and it is a good test of SPEED for cars and builders. We have a drag track in the works as well (in addition to Candy Mountain Downhill Raceway), but it will be a little bit more than just a drag race ;). Teaser coming soon. 

2. What do you like about Diecast racing? 

I love it all, honestly. Diecast racing is fun for me because I get to “play” like a kid again and it really fulfills the “car guy” in me. Way less expensive than building and racing real cars. I started as a host because I wanted to build a track. I really enjoy building things so it was extremely fun for me. Then I got into building cars to mail to other tracks. I really love both sides of it. What don’t I love? See next question

3. What do you dislike about Diecast racing?

As a host, I really do NOT love the time it takes to edit the videos for YouTube. The filming and racing are extremely fun for me. But the amount of time it takes to edit a full video is A LOT. Any host knows this.

4. Are you more interested in Diecast racing now than you were a year ago or less interested?

Being that I am only a few months into this, I am WAY more interested than I was a year ago. Approx 23094% more interested to be exact. I’m the type of person that goes ALL IN when I get into something. I have my entire life. In the 3 ish months, that I've been doing this, I built an entire track (and am now almost done with a second), acquired over 1000 hot wheels cars for builds and races, and launched the Tiny Track Cars Youtube channel where we post video weekly. 

5. How long have you been racing and how long do you plan to continue?

I have been racing for just over 3 months. I see no end in sight. I have really big plans for the future (I'm a dreamer). Being self-employed I have a good amount of time to work on Tiny Track cars. I love every second of it other than the video post-production. Because of the amount of time and energy editing takes, I do plan to pace myself to avoid burnout. 

6. Where do you get your Diecast racing information?

I get info on all new races on Redlin Derby. I also stay in touch with a few of the hosts and builders via fb messenger. I’ve become pretty close with a handful of them. Diecast racing is not for everyone. Meaning, most friends and family just don’t get it. It’s nice to have like-minded people to chat with and help support each other.
Facebook groups: Let’s address Facebook groups. They are a great way to connect with your community. HOWEVER, what I see in the diecast world is, everyone using everyone else’s FB group to self-promote themselves. Personally, I think it would work much better for everyone if there was no self-promotion allowed in diecast Facebook groups. All the same people are in all the groups. There's really no need to post the same youtube link in 5, 10, or 15 different groups. It’s very redundant. We (Tiny Track Cars) are going to be a little more strict about this in our group. Our group will be a place for us to post updates about what WE are working on. Not a place for others to self-promote. I do want our group to be an open forum for talks about diecast racing and supporting each other, just no self-promotion. I encourage other group admins to follow suit on this as well. Does that mean people shouldn’t be able to share their recent links/videos? No!! I just think there needs to be a central place to do this. Either somewhere like RLD or a main Facebook group with the sole purpose of sharing recent videos where everyone can see IN ONE PLACE not the same thing in 930 different Facebook groups. I think this is what gives Facebook groups a bad rap. People are busy and don’t want to be part of 292 different groups and then see the same videos spammed across all of these. 

I would love to have a further conversation about this. Feel free to message me on here or direct message me (Nick Edmundson) on Facebook. I recently started this Facebook group for this purpose. I initially got some push back saying “oh great, just ANOTHER group”. But if done properly, it can benefit EVERYONE (hosts, builders, and enthusiasts). Then you wouldn’t have Billy dropping his videos in your FB group 4 times a week lol. 

7. Should race hosts race in their own races?

If they are for fun, yes, 100%. If it's a race with winnings (trophies, money, etc) then I think the host should stay out. The only exception would maybe be if there is a live (actual live) viewing of the racing or filming where we can be 100% sure the host is being 100% honest with the races. I hate to think about someone rigging races because come on, this is all for fun anyways, but I wouldn’t put it past some people to try something sneaky. As a builder myself, I would LOVE to race and try to beat a host on his/her home track. That would be a great accomplishment. 

8. How do we get more people interested in hosting races?

I think spreading the word about diecast racing as a whole will naturally get people interested in hosting. When I stumbled upon diecast racing I wanted to build a track of my own and start a youtube channel before even thinking about customizing my own cars. I think people will enter and gravitate towards different things (building cars, hosting, etc etc.). So in my opinion, doing ANYTHING to get us seen more will help get more hosts on board. As someone else mentions, local events would be rad. I am in a pretty large PNW Hotwheels Collector Facebook group and while it's a lot of diehard collectors, I have converted quite a few people into getting into custom builds for racing. It just takes that type of thing, but at scale to continue to grow this hobby :). 

9. Any other input?

I think i said enough lol. I LOVE DIECAST RACING!!! Thank you to everyone here. I’ve already made some rad friends (you know who you are and if you reply to this you get bonus friend points haha) and I’m excited to make more. Lots of like-minded people that are willing to help each other out too!

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