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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. https://www.facebook.com/groups/598256611844426. 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!
Cheers!

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CraigsterSr 8/14/22

Craister S. Nelson, Sr. - a.k.a. 'Craigster Sr.' - Hot Nuts Diecast Racing - St. Petersburg, FL

First a little history...

I was introduced to diecast drag racing at the 1997 'Race to Atlanta' Hot Wheels convention sponsored by Tomart's Price Guide. A friend of mine and I made the trek to the convention with a few trades in hand, and came home with the 'new' Scorchin' Scooter and '96 VW Drag Bus among other castings, as well as a TON of information and inspiration. In our local area at the time there were only a few hobby shops and NASCAR collectible stores that carried premium Hot Wheels and other brands of collectible diecast cars. There was (still is) a yearly diecast car buy/sell/trade swap meet in nearby New Port Richey, but there were no 'Clubs'.

I grew up around antique cars and enjoyed going to our local circle track, Sunshine Speedway, and have enjoyed all forms of motorsports for years. I even did some racing myself in the late 1980's / early 1990's, so it's always been somthing I loved being involved in. All sorts of toy cars, slot cars and model kits were a big part of my childhood as well.

My late friend Gary and I decided we would start our own local Hot Wheels club in 1999, and we started meeting at a local sports bar on the second Saturday of each month. We came up with the name 'Hot Nuts' as a play on words because we were all 'Crazy about Hot Wheels'. At first we would just to get together with a couple of other friends and trade new finds with each other and talk about what was new in the hobby of collecting diecast. We each invited a few friends to join us, and soon we had a small group of ten or so guys meeting on a regular monthly basis. One meeting we started talking about tracks and what we played with as kids. I mentioned the long drag track I had seen at the Atlanta convention, which was built on the base of a pinewood derby track with a modified timer for 1/64th scale racing. It had two 50' continuous lanes of Hot Wheels orange track, and was quite impressive. Everyone at the meeting wanted to start racing!

We managed to get one of our local race shops that had connections with Mattel to purchase one 50' coil of the continuous orange track for our club. I invested in a simple but 1/1000 accurate 'win/lose' electronic finsh gate, and with a few well crafted supports and flip up start gate, soon we were running scale quarter mile diecast drag races at every meeting! This quickly became the highlight of the monthly meetings and included five classes; Red Lines (Hot Wheels 1968 - 1977), Black Walls (Hot Wheels 1977 - Current), Open Class (Any other brand of 1/64th scale diecast) Modifieds (Any brand, no max weight, but must be conceled withing casting), and Super Mods (Basically anything goes, no max weight, fill, stretch, mash-ups, but must be less than 6" long and fit on the track). We also allowed any type of lube, so it was quite interesting to see what people came up with trying to find speed.

Wives, children, and families all came to join the fun, and soon we took over the whole side of the sports bar with our montly club meetings, and we even had our own custom 'Hot Nuts Club Car'! We did this for five years and enjoyed lots of other activities such as case opening parties, custom car contests, door prizes, ribbons & trophies for racing, special event races, and of course new trades and stuff for sale every month! It was a a blast, but since I did all of the organization, operation, hauling, hosting, etc. it became like running a small business. My son started to get more interesed in sports, karate, music and school, and my late Wife's health began to fail, so we disbanded the club in 2004. Nobody wanted to take over all of the responsibility of running the club, so all of the stuff went into storage for years.

I stopped collecting to in order to save money and care for my ailing wife while working full time and taking care of our Son making sure he got to school, did his homework, went to band practice, learned karate, etc. My wife passed in 2015, and it wasn't until the pandemic hit that I started going through all of the collectibles and diecast stuff I had packed away years ago.

In 2020 was searching the internet, watching 'Marbel Racing', stumbled upon the '3D Botmaker' YouTube channel, and was immediately hooked and blown away! I started researching and following other tracks and beagn to participate in diecast races 2021. Now I finally have an outlet for all of these mostly carded cars I bought, and am avidly collecting new castings again as well.

 

1. Fat track or Drag Racing?

Drag Racing is my first love in diecast racing, but I really prefer the open 'Fat Tracks' as it lends itself to more action and excitement. The drag racing is great for proving pure speed or quickness, but the overtakes, lane changes, lead swaps, wrecks, and unpredictible mayhem of open fat track racing is what got me back into racing Hot Wheels.


2. What do you like about Diecast racing?

The friendly community and the competition found within all of these great tracks that keep coming out!

3. What do you dislike about Diecast racing?

The fact that I can't possibly enter every single race!

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

Much more interested!

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

1999 - 2004 (Hot Nuts Club - Drag Racing)

2021 -  Present (Hot Nuts Diecast Racing)

I will continue as long as I can afford it and my health allows!

6. Where do you get your Diecast racing information?

Red Line Derby, Facebook Track Pages, YouTube Track Channels 

7. Should race hosts race in their own races?

Sure, nothing like beating them at their own track! For those who don't or circumstances do not allow, maybe a 'Boss Mode' race off for the winner to face the track owner?

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

Word of mouth, promoting by posting & sharing on social media. I share on my personal page as well as my 'Racing Page'.

9. Any other input? I know how much work the track builders out there are putting into hosting races, and I just want to say Thank You!!! I love seeing all of the different takes on points, scoring, format, themed scenery, track layouts, and all of the creative ways people are expressing themselves. Car Builders and Track Hosts alike are doing some amazing things, and I hope it continues for years to come!

If I had the room, I would build a track myself... Maybe some day... Enjoy!

Great survey!

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GhostRacing 8/16/22

1. Drag racing is my preference even though fat track racing is exciting at times.

2. What I love about diecast racing most are the racers. It's a good group of folk overall. Also the ingenuity and challenge of becoming better at a hands-on hobby.

3. What I don't like is the expense of the sport and the fact that I am competitive but can't put in as much as it requires to become great, and it is frustrating. Also the amount of time it takes to get really, really good is (relatively) immense. I just can't build as much as I would like.

Also it would be great to get back to more open-casting drag racing instead of  having one or two castings to choose from for a race. It was fun modifying a favorite casting you always wanted to modify.

4. I'm less interested than year ago, because seeing hardly any improvement is very, very, very discouraging. I try to stay competitive and I do try to put my best out there. But man it hurts when spend time away from your family and you're build performs badly. So I'll definitely be scaling back.

5. I've been racing seriously for almost 2 years now. I plan on continuing until my life doesn't allow for it. But it will be limited racing here on out.

6. I get my diecast info from this site, FB, and anywhere else remotely relatable to try and get some ideas or tutorials on how to improve my builds.

7. This is a tough one. Being as hosts have the home court advantage doesn't mean they will win a race though. Nevertheless it's an advantage. I would say they should still be able to race. Being that they are hosting and putting a lot of work in recording the race and organizing it. I can imagine that hosting is not easy at all.

8. I think we can get more people into it by evening the playing field for some races. Maybe having tiered races would be good. Let's say, having amateur, intermiediate, and expert level races. So people know what to expect and folk are going against people on the same level of experience. This gives people the ability to improve and then they have to move up when they win a certain amount of races at a certain level.

9. No other input but a huge thank you to the drag racing hosts and using their time for the hobby. Without you there would be no excitement in this hobby and it would be nothing but 3D Botmaker- type fat track racing...Lol

I'll just reiterate maybe doing a couple open-casting drag races where we can choose more castings to modify.

- GHOST


  • Love having you race with us bud. Your always welcome at LCDRL — Flip81
  • I like your tiered races idea but it would be very very difficult to determine who belongs where. Granted if it’s a pro race so to speak anyone could really join but if it’s advertised as an amateur race who would be allowed and who wouldn’t? It would take someone with much more time than myself to regulate all of that and who would be willing to deal with the shit storm that would some with it. Not to mention most of the drag races host are experienced builders who are interested in high level racing. As far as flexibility in choosing a casting for a race I couldn’t agree more. I was just telling that to someone the other day. — BlueLineRacing
  • I agree with more open castings! Cars like Jack Hammers, Govnr's, and Bulletproofs are castings that can fast right out of the package, but very little opportunity to race them. — Endcount
  • I understand your tiered suggestion. I have seen it before in other, competitive things I have been involved in. (But as BLR suggests in his comment) However in the other competitive things I have been involved in, so was an association, and a unifirmity between events. Our sport/hobby is a long way from that at this point. But I totally understand the thought, as it can be very discouraging for new people to send cars in and meet, ie Voxxer, first round and get bounced straight home. A tough outcome. — CutRock_R_Marc_D

If we did have flexibility in choice you'd probably have to eliminate V-16s and Zoom Ins or that is all you'd have in a race.

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redlinederby 8/18/22
Site manager

I'm a little late to this party but the fact that there's been so much conversation already has been wonderful to review and analyze. I'm still reading through it all, but believe me, I'm studying all this so I can think about how RLD fits into the bigger picture going forward.

I've been diecast racing for the last 14 years since 2009, and I've seen this hobby evolve a ton. It's gone from Flintstones to Jetsons, and it's been incredible to watch. What started as simple drag racing has turned into episodic diorama racing. If I want spectacle, I watch the open track...if I want competition, I watch drag racing. It's pro wrestling vs boxing, and I enjoy both even if I'm only capable of one.

Diecast racing is silly. It's a group of folks that finally have the time/money/skills to play with their toys like they always wanted to when they were a kid. That's what's great about diecast racing. That's why I like it, why I got started, and why I continue to be involved.

But as the hobby has evolved and expectations have grown, the barrier to entry has gotten higher, in my opinion. Sure, it's still really easy to roll cars down a hill, but sharing the fun with others now requires a lot of extra work (and skill)...and that's a challenge for me. It's a challenge for me technically which makes it hard to get excited to even start in the first place. It's still a struggle, honestly.

Hosting races is always going to be a tough sell, if you ask me. People want to roll cars and be YouTube stars but less want to deal with the money and shipping & handling of cars. I get it...anyone that has hosted knows it's a PITA to host a mail-in. But I think a partial solution to that is just having a framework and resources to deal with it. If you have tools to make the hard part easier, more will at least give it a try. It's something I think RLD can help with...that's what I'm working on, anyway.

Where do I go for info...well, mostly just here, but I guess I'm a bit biased :) I know a lot of people have spun up their own FB groups and YouTube channels but I don't have the desire nor time to bounce around to see everything. I've joined a few FB racing groups and since left most of them. BUT...I also don't send in cars so with no horse in the race, I'm not that motivated to go to the effort to chase down information. I can come here to get a quick read on what's happening and I'm happy.

My whole intent behind RLD in the first place was to be a hub for the hobby. I realize the internet at large has changed since 2009 but I still think there is value in having a single place where you can reference historical conversation and reference articles. Facebook and Discord and all those things feel temporary and I find them hard to follow. Again, probably biased (and old).

Creating and sharing content has become amazingly accessible over the past decade to the point where everyone wants to be their own island, and that's hurt "old fashioned" message board websites like RLD that rely on others using it for regular conversation. It's a Mom & Pop Store vs The Mall type situation. It's a puzzle I'm still trying to figure out but that's part of the fun for me.

I haven't hosted a race in almost a year. I don't send in cars to race. Every good D&D campaign starts in a tavern and the most fun for me is trying to make RLD that place. Giving folks a place to start their journey, learn, share, and make friends. And no matter what path you take, you know the tavern will always be there and welcome you back.

As a side note....it's motivating and heart-warming to see this type of conversation here on RLD. I appreciate BLR lighting the fuse and everyone else for sharing their thoughts. It tells me there's still a need for RLD in the diecast racing universe. I think it's the kick in the pants I've needed and I hope y'all will keep Redline Derby in your diecast racing toolbelt.


  • If RLD had a “like” or thumbs up button, i’d probably be here more than FB! Lol thanks for all you do Brian and all the hosts! — CaShMoneyBoyS
  • Still a really great information hub and much easier to follow than FB but in the drag race game you have to search around for a good old fashion drag race these days. — BlueLineRacing
  • I love this site. It has been the greatest source of information on diecast racing that I've found since I got into it. — Chaos_Canyon
  • Thank you for creating this site and keeping it going. I have learned a lot here very quickly. I have difficulty using FB for most things. It is too difficult to find something again. This site is well laid out and very easy to use. I am new to diecast modifications, but I am hooked on it. I started making custom diecast cars before I discovered diecast racing. I am glad to have found this site. — johnson9195
  • RLD is the place to be. I don't bother with FB it's too many ads and drama. RLD has everything a diecast fan or host needs. You can get the info you seek fairly easy and fast, and ask questions and actually get answers. When I 1st heard RLD mentioned by a track host, I saved to favs and began building my track. I very much appreciate this site and all the hard work that you put into it for us all. Mahalo (Thank you). "Keep your roof to the Sun". — GryphonSoul

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