RLD Mini Challenge short series

Monday, May 16th, 2016
redlinederby Saturday, 3/19/2016
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We all know the long-chassis cars are great for speed but frankly, I'm tired to seeing them, so let's see how we handle short cars. Leave your Cadillac and Way 2 Fast chassis in the garage this time and start digging out your Cooper Minis and short Bugs.

This is a modified, 2-track series tournament on the Ohio Connection between Columbus to Dayton. This is a Mix-n-Match tournament so you can use any number of cars/parts to build your entries.


After 2 tournaments

  • Voxxer - 140pts
  • Tracksurgeon - 100pts
  • EconoCarl - 50pts
  • gtaman - 50pts
  • 72_Chevy_C10 - 40pts
  • MoHasAFastCar -20pts
  • WizardofOZ - 10pts
  • CCRider - 10pts

Preview Video


Rules & Restrictions

  • 60g maximum weight
  • Cars must be less than 2.5" long. Width for standard orange track. Height max of 1.3"
  • Limit 2 cars per household
  • Any brand and casting allowed. You can mix-n-match.
  • No Hot Wheels FTEs 
  • Must be drilled rivets. No stocks allowed.
  • Dry lubes only


TBD. Something cool from the Redline Derby prize box.

How to enter

Post a reply along with how many cars you're planning to enter. Then download and print an ID card and ship it along with your cars so they arrive at the address below before May 16.

Along with your entries, please include at least $3 if you want your car(s) returned. This will help offset some shipping costs. Any cars not returned will be donated.

Ship entries to:
Redline Derby Racing c/o Brian Vaughn
PO Box 842
Grove City, OH 43123

Scoring and Winning

Both tournaments in this series will be double-elimination tournaments. Each match-up will be heads-up race, one and done for both brackets. Lane selection will be random per random seeding order. 

Racers will score +10 points for each win in the primary bracket and will receive +20 points for winning a bracket. No points for wins in the loser's bracket. The racer with the most accumulated at the end of the series will be declared the winner and receive the prize & victory sticker.


Cars will be weighed and checked for length at the first track. Any cars that fail inspection will be removed from the bracket. If a car exceeds more than 2g beyond the posted weight limit, the car will be DQed. If a car exceeds more than 1/8" beyond the posted length limit, the car will be DQed.

If a car comes off the track they are given one redo. If the car comes off the track again, it receives a DNF and accepts the loss, continuing accordingly.

Tracks & Dates

This series will kick-off the week of May 23. Series racing will be held after that date.

  • Redline Derby Speedway - Columbus, OH
  • Park Place Raceway - Dayton, OH


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Eastbound357 3/20/16

Count me in on this Brian, it's a good challenge with the minis I will more than likely enter a Morris mini and a Fiat 500, looking forward to this one! Awesome idea!!!!

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CrzyTrkrDude 3/20/16

Although I won't be entering ( bummer) I, I have a question that might could bring ideas and more racers...

Can someone custom create a mini short axle car? 

Like, cutting the middle out of a Supervan?

Or say, shortening a car to where the axles are no further apart than a mini, fiat, or morris minivan? 

Just an idea. Might make for some wild builds...

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redlinederby 3/20/16
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Yes, however you want to build your car is up to you...chop, shorten, whatever...just as long as it rolls and is shorter than 2.5" you'll be good. I too hope to see some creative builds for this one. 

  • I had to reset my phone.lost everything.photo bucket kicked the bucket — CrzyTrkrDude
  • was gonna post a couple shorty custom van pics for inspiration. not able to. — CrzyTrkrDude

Perfect race for the Jack Rabbit Special. Exactly 2.5 inches long, wide wheel wells for larger wheels and an opening rear hood. Designed by Larry Wood in 1970.

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fordman 3/20/16

thinkin' Morris Wagon base with a '56-'57 T Bird bodied gasser...

I'm in. I have acquired a couple all metal beetles in my collection from flea markets that I'm anxious to work on!

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EconoCarl 3/24/16

Anyone else been measuring cars? I was just looking through jammer cases for 2 particular cars. While doing so I got a ruler and started measuring what I thought were 'short' cars. Turns out that there aren't many that will fit in a 2.5 inch template.

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redlinederby 3/24/16
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If you're looking for a ready-to-go body, my template for the 2.5" was the Cooper Mini. The Morris Minis are well within that size too. The Fiat probably and maybe some Beetles.

But keep in mind you can chop and make your own body too. There aren't any restrictions on how this car needs to look or body style. Bust out that Dremmel and make turn that long car into a short car.

  • i think the mini has a tab underneath that lets the body pop off — fordman
  • The metal/metal Morris mini has a tab underneath, the "rivets" hold the plastic interior to the metal chassis. — Eastbound357
  • The FTE version of the new beetle is the same way. I used two of those in the Beetle Bash last year. — Eastbound357
  • I think the older castings of the mini allows the body to pop off. Diecast Motorsports did a page on it a couple weeks ago. — CrzyTrkrDude
  • THE favorite give to kids car, they love the disassembly... — fordman

The Demon is also 2.5 inches long.

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Eastbound357 3/25/16

I have a special casting just for this race. It's gonna be a fun challenge.

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EconoCarl 3/28/16

It was Test-n-Tune day here at Team HalfFast's World Headquarters. The plan was to roll all of the 2.5" cars we could get our hands on purely for assessment purposes. I'm deadline motivated and very rarely touch a car until the very last minute. Well today we assessed, we tinkered, we tested and now our 2 entries for the RLD Mini Challenge are ready to go! Be scared!!!  

  • sloppies aint scairt ... but the .5 car does give the gremlins something to think about... — fordman

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