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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
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Endcount 8/11/22

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
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KandORacing 8/11/22

1. Drag Racing for sure but I like some fat track racing, only if it's a good track that's proven to be competitive like the ones at DCR 

2. Competition and chasing speed are just fun

3. It can get monotonous at times having to do the same things over and over to find speed but that's more of a personal problem on my end. I get annoyed at people who spam their YouTube channel links all over the place when they don't even host many races we can participate in to begin with. .

4. I'd say more interested than a year when I got back into it after a couple year break 

5. For the foreseeable future I'm going to keep racing but with that being said, anything could happen to pull me away from it again. Other life passions can find ways of stealing all of my attention quickly 

6. Word of mouth from other racers, direct communication with race hosts and also from facebook on the diecast drag racing group. Honestly I get very little information from this site anymore since there are almost zero drag races held here and I'm not interested in a lot of this fat track stuff

7. I think that to me it really doesn't matter if a host races in their own races. Home track advantage can maybe help them to win more often but I haven't seen many hosts win their own races enough to make me concerned 

8. Honestly it beats me

9. I'd like it if hosts started doing more races with an entry fee that goes into a prize pool for the racers. Even if it's not a lot of money to win, it would be nice to at least get to pay off some things. This stuff gets expensive and it would be nice to get something back after all the work that goes into trying to be competitive 


  • I like reading all the input! I also dislike the mass spam, as it increases my chance of missing relevent posts. Also, as like most, we are on a few sites, I only need to see the notification once, or maybe twice, on a completely different channel. Long ago when I originally set up a fat track I spent forever teting, to get the best, highest percentage of clean completed runs. I prefer to see the best builds have the best possible chance to shine. — 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
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MarkRich21 8/12/22

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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KandORacing 8/12/22

I decided I'd like to add this comment, my biggest want is for races to be a little more on schedule. I get frustrated with people postponing races for people who show up post-deadline, it does happen and in my opinion it needs to stop. There's no excuse when even competitors from other countries get their cars in on time but democratic entries still show up late. I have thought of also thought of a suggestion for another thing with race dates, maybe people should have the deadline a whole month before the race is supposed to air. This is NOT to give a grace period to late arrivals but instead it would be to give the host enough time to put all the work in and have it done and uploaded on time of the original scheduled race day. Life happens, things malfunction, it is all understandable. However this happens very often and it's more of an issue of hosts just not giving themselves enough time to make it happen without having to overwork. If hosts had more time as a cushion for such unforeseen delays it would be easier on them and less of a nail biter for the competitors if they aren't waiting with no idea of when the race will be up. Plus, people would be less deterred from hosting if it was easier getting to produce the race over a month rather than cramming the work into a week or a few days. Feel free anyone to debate or comment on this 

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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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KandORacing 8/12/22

That's what I'm saying, the racers from countries outside of the US show up on time so why can't all of the people who are actually in the US do the same? 

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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.

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