The Summer Pro-Am series was a great way to cap off a year of mail-in racing, and the recent Porsche race was a lot of fun to watch too. But now that those events are in the books, I need to take a breather. I'm burned out.
It's time for me to recharge, plain and simple. I'm a man of many hobbies and I need to figure out how to allow myself to explore those avenues while also finding time for this one. Plus, the last half of the year is always crazy. My kid is back in school and this year promises to be another one of questions and concerns - we're still far away from "normal" around here. And then you have the holidays and everything else...it's just busy for everyone.
But I've learned a lot this year about the hobby, the people involved, and about myself. I've learned that I need to spend some time thinking about what I really want Redline Derby to be moving forward and how I can contribute in a way that is fun for me as well as for everyone else. We all know fun is contagious and I see a lot of folks racing while I'm all too often sitting back and thinking, "why I am not having that much fun?"
I need to think about how Redline Derby can be better. Better for me and better for you. Redline Derby Racing will be changing. It's time and long overdue. So I'm hoping that a little time without the worry of mail-in racing and events will let me focus on what needs to happen around here to make things more fun and entertaining.
It's been amazing seeing the hobby grow over the past 2 years. The 2020 Lockdown was a huge boom and this year has shown that the hobby has some staying power...diecast racing is now most certainly, "a thing." The landscape has changed with a lot new people stepping up to become names within the hobby. Their contributions have been inspiring to a lot of people, myself included, and now it's time to figure out how Redline Derby fits into the puzzle.
I have ideas. I have plans. I need time to act on those plans and hopefully the next several months will allow that. But I'm not going anywhere. I've been at this for 12 years and if I wanted to give it up, I would have done it 10 years ago. I'll continue maintaining things here and trying my best to promote and foster conversation about the hobby. That's what we do here but it's time for me to see if I can do more. I think I can...I know I can.
But most importantly, I want to thank everyone that has supported Redline Derby this year and throughout the years. Whether that's by hosting races, sending in cars, or even just visiting the site and joining the conversation - Thank You - it means a lot to me and I know the community at large appreciates it. We're all here to share the fun of diecast racing and Redline Derby Racing will always be there.