How mail-in diecast racing works

redlinederby Saturday, 4/28/2018
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We love collecting Hot Wheels, Matchbox and other diecast cars, but we also love playing with them, and that's we do here at Redline Derby Racing. We have fun taking our little toy cars and modifying them for racing and speed.

It's a lot like the classic Pinewood Derby racing you might have done when you were a kid. We do a lot of the same things like adding weight, polishing axles and stuff like that, but instead of cars made out of wood, we use Hot Wheels.

We help organize tournaments by crowdsourcing diecast race tracks found in homes and clubs all around the country. Find a tournament that sounds fun, make or find a car you think will be fast, and then mail it to the host track for racing. The event host will race the cars and share the results. Don't worry, you'll get your cars back in the end.

Diecast racing is a fun, affordable hobby that can be enjoyed by everyone young and old. If you enjoy racing, science, cars, toys and meeting new people, you'll have fun here at Redline Derby Racing.


First, find your race

Explore the Racing section to find a race that sounds fun and interesting. Tournament themes and restrictions can vary in different ways, from simple aesthetics to specific wheels & axles. If you're new to racing, try a tournament that allows stock entries or without a lot of modification limitations.

Find a car...or make one

This is the fun part. Once you know the tournament rules, it's time to build (or find) a car that meets the criteria.  Just make sure your is car ready and shipped before the posted deadline.

Newer racers can read through our Beginner's Guide to get started. Finding and making a fast car involves a lot of trial-and-error...sometimes even boiling down to the very unscientific method of "that car looks fast." Just take your time, have fun and test on your home track before you ship. And if you don't have a home track, our Track Building Guide is a good place to start.

Send in your car

When you're happy with your car, it's time to pack it up and ship it out. Read through the tournament details to get the shipping address or contact the race host. Make sure you print out and include an Entry ID Card with your entry so the host can keep everything organized.

The cost of shipping is on you...so you're in control of how much you spend. On average, you can spend as little as $3 to get a single car shipped anywhere in the country (via USPS). Or you can spend more to make sure your car has extra packaging, priority delivery and so on. Just make sure you always get a tracking number.

Return shipping cost should also be included with your entry. More on that later.

Time to race!

Once all the entries are received, the tournament host will race on their track, reporting results on the web site along with photos and/or video. Since our tournaments are crowdsourced, the duration of tournaments can vary. Most happen over the course of a weekend while others can take longer...it just depends on the number of entries and what else is going on in life. We're just regular folks here...playing with our toy cars.

Getting your cars back

You should include return shipping money with your entry if you want your cars returned after the tournament. The host is not obligated to pay for return shipping. It is recommended you include at least the same amount you spent on entry shipping. If you do not include return shipping, your cars become property of the host and they can do with them as they please. Most often, cars that don't get returned will be added to the tournament prize pot and sent to the winner.

Prizes and rewards

Some tournaments offer prizes to the winner but this not guaranteed and is usually up to the host to provide. Sometimes prizes are physical rewards, like collector cars or trophies, and sometimes the prize is any entries left behind. Prizes are great and all, but we ask that if you're here just to win stuff then you might consider looking elsewhere.

It's just a game, so let's have fun

Diecast racing is a fun hobby that is accessible to just about everyone. You can get as hardcore or as casual as you want...just have fun finding cars, building cars and racing cars is all we ask. But remember, we're just racing toy cars...


Do you have a home track, or maybe you're a member of a race club? If so, read about how to host a race and add your racing events to our calendar or maybe host a Redline Derby tournament for all to enjoy.



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