Rookie Rally 2021

Saturday, February 6th, 2021
Hosted by Redline Derby Racing
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Official score spreadsheet also available as a PDF download.

About this event...

If you're new to modified diecast racing, this is the tournament for you. This race is limited to novice builders that have entered 10 modified tournaments or less over their career.

Are you a novice? You know if you are and if you feel like one. I'm not going to verify your status or anything. It's an honor system for this one. If you're a veteran of modding and racing, please sit this one out and enjoy the show. Lets level the playing field a bit by letting rookies race other rookies.

Nothing fancy here as far rules or format. Just a standard bracket with basic build restrictions.

If you've been hesitant to try mod racing because you're new(ish) and didn't want to race against all the grizzled vets, this race is good place to start. There is no cap to entries and we'll race what we get.

Check out and watch highlights from the previous Rookie Rally

Rules & restrictions

  • Modified entries only
  • 57g maximum weight
  • 3.25in. long x 2in. tall x 1.25in. wide
  • Limit 1 entry per racer
  • Any brand, any model
  • FTE/NPA axles allowed
  • Dry lube only
  • Custom axles allowed
  • New builds only. You can't race a car that's already raced.

Dates & deadlines

All entries should be received by the host before Saturday, 1/30/2021. Racing is scheduled for Saturday, 2/6/2021. Results will be posted on or after that date as is convenient for the host.

How to enter

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

Include at least $5.00 for return shipping if you want your entries back. Entries not getting returned will be given to the winner as part of the prize.

Include a Race Entry ID slip with your entry


Racing will be on the Redline Derby Speedway. View track profile and specs

Race format and scoring

This is a group elimination format. Entrants will be randomly placed into groups. Each group will race round robin scoring 2 points per win, 1 point per tie. If a car hasn't won 2-in-a-row after 6 heats, the match-up is considered a tie.

The 2 racers with the most points will move on to the final bracket. *The number of groups and cars per group will be dependent on the number of entries.

The final bracket is a standard single-elimination tournament with the Top 3 finishers be awarded.

For all match-ups, a car will move on only when it wins two races in a row. Cars will alternate lanes between each heat.

The car that wins the final bracket will be declared the winner. Race host has final decision in all races.


Cars are given a grace of 1g over the stated weight limit to account for variance in scales.

If a car fails to meet any of the restrictions listed above, the car will not qualify for victory. Offending cars will still race. Finish position and any prize will go to the runner-up in the case of the penalty car winning.

Cars that fail to run or fit on the track, or that happen to break during racing, will forfeit their matches. Cars that arrive broken will attempt to be minimally repaired before the racing begins. Cars that break during racing will not be repaired or replaced.


Winner will receive a Redline Derby Axle Alignment Jig and get free return shipping for their entry. Plus, they will be crowned the 2021 Rated Rookie and have that title added to the RLD profile.


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Mattman213 10/14/20

Get in here and do this guys, if your new to racing, put together the best car you can and send it in.  This is a great race to learn from and alot of fun!


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Peter_Bee 10/14/20

I'm not at the limit yet, but I will be by the deadline. That being being said, I've never broken the Top 10 at D64 except the 100 gram Big Rig Race, where I got 9th. Can I still get in? Only 5 mod tournaments isn't many...I've only been at it a few months and need the work lol.

  • I'm not going to verify your status as a novice or know if you feel like one and if you consider yourself one. It's honor system on this one. — redlinederby
  • Hopefully I'll see some progress by then, but right now, judging by my results thus far, I'm a total noob lol. — Peter_Bee

I love this idea!  

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CrazyEights 10/15/20

I'll be over the limit by then but it always feels like amateur hour.

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redlinederby 10/15/20
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Okay....I upped the limit to 10 but it's not about that number, folks. You know if you consider yourself a noob or not. Just be honest and fair. If you feel like you're still trying to figure everything out and just started racing this year, you probably feel like a enter....

Plus this race isn't until then you might feel different, who knows...

Personally, I think each of us should share this event somewhere that true first-timers can see it.  Let's use this as a way for folks to be brought into the sport who aren't here already.  Almost daily someone posts in 3D's facebook about wanting to get started, and they are told by folks there that they'll have to wait until 2022.  But, they don't have to wait.  Here's a perfect started event, and more importantly, something they can practice on before they go against the big boys at Race Mountain over a year from now.

Rather than trying to figure out if you're still a "rookie", if you're at a place wherein you'd think about inviting other people to try this out, then spread the word far and wide.  Then, if you do still consider yourself new to the sport, send in your entry, too.

For me, I'm beyond the 5 threshhold, but I could potentially sneak in under the 10, if I manage my entries carefully before then.  But how many truly new participants would feel that the race is fair if they're racing against a guy whose name they see all the time in other races?

Each person will have to determine for themselves if they are new, just as Brian said above.  However, for the future health of the sport/hobby, I hope that we'll all try to share this event with the folks who might otherwise not send anything in, or who are waiting until 2022 to try for KotM (and, let's be honest, their interest may wane before then).

This is a great opportunity.  Let's not miss it.

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redlinederby 10/15/20
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Spot on, sir, thank you. There are way more people racing stock and doing the pick'ems than their are modders. That's just a fact and won't change. But when you see guys like Voxxer and LoS throwing down constant wins and beautiful mods to boot, you get discouraged. I do! I still feel like a noob because even though I've been racing for more than 10 years, I've maybe only modded 1 car per year over that same period, if that! (And I've never won)

Point being, I think modding is something a lot of racers want to do but just don't, partially because of what the competition they see on 3DBM or wherever. It's the same guys week after week. So if you're not one of those names then you're probably good to consider yourself a rookie.

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CrazyEights 10/18/20

So now this is confusing. You raised it to ten events, so we could run. Yet now the last two posts say this should be saved new people. I mean which ever way is cool. If you don't want me to run your race its fine. I'm going to be focusing on the King of the 921 and the turtle race for the rest of the year anyway. Probably getting ready for 2021 D64 run.

  • Sorry it got confusing. The race limit is just a one is counting your races. If you feel like a rookie, you're a doesn't matter who you are. — redlinederby
  • no worries! — CrazyEights
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Mayfield41 10/19/20

I am in... I have only won two rounds total... 1 in the light weight series and 1 round in the charger series.. oh and my heat race in the sub4ra truck series. ( mine is the Dr. Pepper truck ). So by then I hope to have a car ready.

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CrazyEights 10/19/20

I've done 3 mod events and lost in the first round twice. The third I had a bye.

Thanks for putting this on, I'm excited! I've been wanting to enter a race, but I've been more focused on building and tuning my own track, and learning about everything that comes with it. That's where the fun lies for me. But I do need to get my feet wet on some other tracks as well. And I have started modding a couple cars. Looking forward to it!

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ChiefWopahoo 10/20/20
2020 Rated Rookie

Hey, If anyone cares I'll submit the winner from last year just for fun. It hasn't been touched so it would be interesting to see how it performs on the new RDL track - see if it still has that closing, come from behind tendency. What say the crowd?

- Bruno

  • And what happens if you win again? You not really a rookie anymore if you've won an event. — CrazyEights
  • I think we could do a consolation race with 2020 vs 2021 winners, but for the race proper, I think it will have to be a new build. — redlinederby
  • Not intending to enter the race - as I mentioned i'd submit it just for fun. Call it an exihibition runoff between the '20 and '21 winners. — ChiefWopahoo
  • I'd love to see an exhibition race like this! — pupulesurfer
  • Sure, go for it. Do a exhibition run for fun. No prize awarded except bragging rights between the 2020 vs 2021 winner. — SpyDude

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