DIECAST RACING REPORT October 15, 2020 – Vol. 1 No. 9
Inside: What Drives Robby C: The Man Behind Diecast 64 – Quick Tips – DIRS: Rounds Two and Three
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In This Issue
Table of Contents Editorâ€™s Notes
Features It All Started With a
Big Poppy Racing
Indiana Diecast Racing
OnTheTrack RTR Diecast
War on I-4
Flat Rabbit Racing Club
Jackson Pass Speedway 24
I Like Cheese
Diecast Racing Report is a publication of Kit Kayem LLC, 7511 Greenwood Ave N #112, Seattle, WA 98103, USA Comments or letters to the editor: firstname.lastname@example.org Are you a writer, photographer, artist, or other neâ€™er-do-well? Drop us a line: email@example.com Contributors: Christopher (Kit) Kidder-Mostrom, Ali Kidder-Mostrom, Steven King, Josh Paufler Cover Art: Robby Comeford October 15, 2020 | 3
Editor’s Note As we dubbed this month “Racetober” last issue, it was with the assumption that we would have a lot to report in this issue due to the community catching up on a number of events that had been delayed. Well, there’s a lot in here this month, but it’s not all that we’d expected to be covering. So, I’m now predicting that the November 1 issue is going to be huge, given just how much of Racetober there will be left to cover. I say that, and yet there are more pages this issue than last issue. And we’re covering more leagues than ever before in our “On The Track” section. That reminds me! Welcome to the ILC, our newest “On The Track” addition. I Like Cheese. That’s what the league’s initialism means. I love that league. It’s weird. It’s fun. And, it’s a huge part of what has gone before in the world of diecast racing. On the “Tournaments” side of things, we’re about to add one of the biggest leagues around, Diecast 64, to our coverage. Their monthly races are held the fourth Saturday of each month, so there’s no coverage of that in here. However, there is a great article by Josh Paufler
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who interviewed Robby Comeford, the man behind Diecast 64. We’ll get to know him a little bit this issue, and we’ll cover his races next issue. Sounds like a good deal. Speaking of Josh. You’ll probably notice the lack of his column this month. That, and 10Q’s, and Ask An Expert will all be back next issue. This time it’s all about covering the racing that has happened in the first half of Racetober.
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One last thing before I let you get on to reading the rest of the magazine: Thank yous! I need to thank Brian Vaughn of Redline Derby Racing for the lovely interview that they posted this past week. It was nice to have someone recognize what we’re doing and writing about our efforts. And then, a huge thank you to our Patreon patrons who make it possible for us to continue publishing this magazine every fifteen days or so. And now, on to racing!
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News In Brief
End of Year Comes Early at Diecast 64 In the September 2020 edition of “The Race Report” on Diecast 64’s sister channel D64E, Robby Comeford announced some major schedule changes for the rest of the calendar year. The gist is that the season will be ending one month earlier than originally planned. The final mail-in races of the year for Diecast 64’s 2020 season will be in October. The Car of the Year races will commence in November, rather than December. The 2021 series will then start up again in January, per usual.
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All five categories of racing will take place in October with the special race featuring short cars.
Redline Derby to Host Rookie Race The idea of entering your first few races as a modder can be daunting. Even after you’ve done a few, it can be frustrating to go up against the big boys of diecast racing, fearing that you’re likely to come away trounced by more experienced builders. Redline Derby is holding a tournament specifically for newer builders to cut their teeth upon. It’s
called the 2021 Rookie Rally. To participate in the Rookie Rally, a modder must have competed in fewer than ten customized/modified tournaments in their diecast racing career. Having one’s name attached to a stock Hot Wheels car in a race at various places around the internet doesn’t count as one of the ten previous races. Only modified races count. So, if you’re nervous about getting started in the sport/hobby, and you’re not willing to wait until 2022 to submit to the next open call for King of the Mountain contenders, consider building a modified car and
(BRIEFS cont. on page 9)
Mail-in Race Deadlines Stock: Diecast 64 Open Stock and Hot Off The Shelf (October) – Deadline for Entry: October 17, 2020. Drag strip. Two of five divisions are stock. Open Stock is any 1:64 scale cars. Hot Off The Shelf must be 2019 or 2020 Mainline cars. Entrance fee. More Info: RaceHotWheels.com Redline Derby Racing League October Races - Deadline for Entry: October 21, 2020. Drag strip. Weight limit 65 grams for stock vehicles. Field limited to 32 participants. One car per participant only. More Info: RedlineDerby.com Bone Shaker Brawl- Deadline for Entry: October 23, 2020. Drag Strip. Weight limit 60 grams. Field limited to stock Bone Shaker castings only. More Info: RedlineDerby.com
Modifieds: Diecast 64 Open Modified & Modified Street (October) – Deadline for Entry: October 17, 2020. Drag strip. 57 gram weight limit in both categories. Entrance fee. More Info: RaceHotWheels.com
Drag strip. 57 gram weight limit. Cars must be made of body and chassis that weren’t meant to go together. Axles must be nonmatching front and back. More Info: RedlineDerby.com
More Info: RedlineDerby.com
All-American Muscle at Mac Mountain- Deadline for Entry: October 23, 2020. Road course. Weight limit 60 grams. More Info: RedlineDerby.com
King of the 621– Deadline for Entry: rolling (open submissions). Drag strip. 100 gram weight limit. More Info: RedlineDerby.com
Franken Drags – Deadline for Entry: October 31, 2020. Drag strip. 100 gram weight limit. Cars must be built from non-matching parts. Mainline axles only. Live Race. More Info: Rust Belt Diecast Racing
Want your event on our calendar? Please send race information to firstname.lastname@example.org, or make sure your event is on RedlineDerby.com
Friday Night Cheese– Deadline for Entry: rolling (open submissions). Road Course. 150 gram weight limit. More Info: ILC Race Series
Muscle Mania 2020 – Deadline for Entry: November 11, 2020. Drag strip. 65 gram weight limit. Three categories of muscle car drag racing. Cars must appear on approved lists. More Info: RedlineDerby.com
Have an event coming up?
Stock Car Smack Down at Mac Mountain - Deadline for Entry: November 15, 2020. Road course. Weight limit 60 grams. Cars must be models that have competed in NASCAR. Any Era.
And, send us an announcement about it at
Make sure it’s on the Redlinederby.com events listing page
Diecast 64 Shorties- Deadline for Entry: October 17, 2020. Drag strip. Vehicles shorter than 2.5 inches in length. 45 gram weight limit. Entrance fee. More Info: RaceHotWheels.com Redline Derby Racing League October Races - Deadline for Entry: October 21, 2020. Drag strip. Weight limit 60 grams for modified vehicles. Field limited to 32 participants. One car per participant only. More Info: RedlineDerby.com The October Boneyard Classic – Deadline for Entry: October 21, 2020. October 15, 2020 | 7
Quick Tips Store Them Here, Store Them There, Hot Wheels Storage Everywhere!
ike your last trip to any store that sells Hot Wheels, when we researched ways to store cars for last issue, we came away with way more than we planned. And just like a well displayed collection of stock or modified cars, we couldn’t help but show them off. So, without further ado, follow these quick tips for diecast car storage and display, part 2. 1. If you build it, you can fill it. As Jk Canvas shows in his video “Easy to Make DIY Hot Wheels Display Idea – build your own 100 car storage wrack using basic hand
tools”, if you have the tools and DIY skills, you too can build your own beautiful wooden shelf display for all your best diecast cars. 2. Keep it simple. If you want to save some time and money, you can still build a great looking shelf for your cars without a lot of fancy tools or materials. Just grab some foam board and glue, like INHC CraftTech does in “DIY Super Cheap Hot Wheels Shelves Polyfoam /Tutorial Cara Membuat Rak Hot Whees Mudah Murah”. 3. Make it official. If you don’t want
to build your own display, no need to fret. Hot Wheels makes official products you can buy for your diecast display. See what Peak Time Racing recommends in his video “5 Cool Ways to Display Hot Wheels.” 4. Supersize it. The sky is the limit when you make your own display case. Have a big collection? Check out Rivera’s Hot Wheels mas grande display in “Making the Biggest Display on YouTube.” 5. Take a break, you’ve earned it. Need a break from building a full-sized shelf for your 1:64 scale cars? Why not check out “STYRENE DIARIES : PART 1 Making 1:64th Scale Garage shelves for Die-cast Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Corgi” where SidewaysKing75 shows you that you can build a 1:64 scale shelf to sit next to them instead!
Got an idea for a tip, or a question that needs an expert opinion? Send your thoughts in an email: email@example.com
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News In Brief (BRIEFS cont. from page 6) entering the 2021 Rookie Rally hosted by Redline Derby. The race will be on a drag strip, so the weight dynamics are pretty straightforward and the build requirements are pretty basic, and not restrictive. So, you can try things in this race for the first time, or the ninth time or tenth. Just, you know, not the eleventh time.
Pinks for the Cure Raises $270 for Susan G Komen The races have yet to be seen on YouTube, but positive results have already become clear. Thanks to the participants who sent in 54 cars (18 stock & 36 mods) for the tournament, entry fees raised a total of $270 to help in the fight against
breast cancer. The tournament will be aired on the Diecast Racing Report YouTube channel in the second half of the month, and concluding on Halloween night, the final night of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Funds raised in the event are being donated to Susan G Komen, the leading Breast Cancer Awareness charity in the United States of America.
First #8Modders Maverick in the Mail
sharing all the builds by some of the world’s best modders in our November 15 issue. The cars don’t have to be here for a while yet, but we’re lucky to have one international modder this time, and shipping from New Zealand can take a while. So, we’re thrilled to know that Warwick Rule (of Chaos Canyon) has his car on the way. The car selected for this round of the #8Modders project is the Custom Ford Maverick, which was released this year in a paint job that features flames on a light blue base. This variant of the car is only available at Kroger stores and their affiliated chains.
We have recently been informed that the first of the November #8Modders cars is headed back to DRR HQ in Seattle. We’re looking forward to
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by Josh Paufler
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As one of diecast racing’s most active ambassadors, Robby Comeford of Diecast 64 has made a way for the sport to evolve from basements and backyards to organized events, akin to a NASCAR circuit
If you’ve ever raced in one of Robby’s monthly events, you know that he is a class act with a ton of enthusiasm for the sport. That enthusiasm all spawned from a birthday party over seven years ago.
Comeford’s oldest child was turning one year old and he was very into cars at the time. His wife asked Robby to build a track to race Hot Wheels at the birthday party. Little did he know, this humble track, built of wood shelves and dry erase boards, would spark a new hobby and a way of life in the Comeford household. Robby caught the bug and started experimenting with other track materials, hosting races for friends and family. As his excitement for the hobby started to grow, he reached out to the internet to find others like him. That’s where he discovered Redline Derby. After entering some races there, he noticed that the Redline Derby races were rarely for stock cars and, when they were for modifieds, the themes were so specific that they didn’t fit anything he had already built. So, Robby started hosting his own mail-in races and Diecast 64 was born. He made sure to always include classes for stock and modified cars so that everyone who wanted to race had a place to do it. To go along with the stock and modified races, Robby wanted to have something a little different. He pulled from sources like old Dukes of Hazzard episodes to create monthly feature races. These have included Gaslands, Big Rigs, “Hazzard County Drag ‘n’ Fly” and long-distance races. He’s always on the lookout for something new and different to give racers an opportunity to build something that wouldn’t be able to run elsewhere. Such opportunities have led him to build his “open lane banger track” where he ran the Gaslands race a few months ago, as well as his rally cross track which is one of the more unique in the sport. Hosting five classes each month, which average 200 entries, would seem like a chore to most, but Robby loves it. “What I really like is being able to see everyone's cars up close.” says Comeford. “I love seeing the little details that show how much time and effort people have spent on their cars.” He shares his enjoyment with his monthly Race Report on his second channel, D64E. The Race Report runs like Sports Center, recapping the month’s races along with additional commentary and insight and some detailed shots of the winner’s cars or some that Robby finds particularly interesting. Some find themselves watching the Report even if they don’t have cars racing that month. October 15, 2020 | 11
Feature In addition to the Race Report, Robby dons a lab coat for a show he calls Hot Wheels Race Science. He uses this show to go into more detail about the science behind racing toy cars. The first episode, which premiered on YouTube on August 21st, is fascinating, Comeford describes the process of breaking in a new car which is, honestly, something I’ve never even considered. Comeford takes that wealth of racing knowledge back to the ground level with my favorite D64E show, The Rookie. I’ve written about this show before because I think it’s so important for where the hobby is right now. With so many new racers picking up their first cars, Robby lends a hand by playing a character named Bob. Bob is just starting out racing Hot Wheels for fun. You get to follow along as Bob discovers new techniques and
old standbys to increase his speed. He discusses the process from picking out the best stock vehicles all the way to race day and so much more. He encourages racers to not get discouraged by providing examples of his mistakes. As Robby says, “You’re probably going to get blown away your first few races. Don’t sweat it. Just keep trying to get faster and faster.” The speed, according the Comeford, comes from the details. His mentality is that, if you get all the details right, you’ll find speed. He mentions pet hair and stray super glue binding up wheels as some detail oversites he’s seen on cars sent to his track. He encourages racers to discover those details by testing their builds against the fastest car they have. The Rookie’s simple way of explaining methods that others find daunting is what makes this show a mainstay in our community.
BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER – Even when he was just starting out, Robby was a very organized community organizer within the racing community and his neirborhood, too
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Feature But it isn’t all perfect first takes and flawless races for Robby Comeford: “The most challenging thing has been being consistent and getting things done on time.” That’s something every race runner can sympathize with. USPS has not been friendly to the racing community and we’ve seen many events postpone or even canceled because of it. But, even during a global pandemic, Robby has stayed consistent and kept his racers informed of any setbacks. “Racers know that the 4th Saturday of the month is always race day and I definitely don’t want to let them down.” That’s what motivates him to keep grinding through the sleepless nights to deliver the best races he possibly can, month after month. Another challenge many can relate to is balancing race time and family time. Robby merges the two together for maximum fun. While the Comefords love racing together, for Robby, family comes first. “One commitment that I made to myself early on,” says Comeford, “was that I wouldn’t let Diecast 64 take away time from my kids. With the exception of a few minutes here or there, I do all my Diecast 64 stuff at night after they have gone to bed, including all my racing. It definitely cuts into my sleeping time and has made for some late nights.” But Robby says he wouldn’t have it any other way. As a family man in this sport, the
With everything going on at Diecast 64, it is hard to imagine Robby Comeford taking on anything else. However, he was also the first to launch a digital periodical with a focus on diecast racing. In its year-and-a half run, Diecast 64 Magazine combined the best of collecting, racing, and customizing, all in one place.
struggle to give your family your full attention while still meeting your deadlines and providing your racers with a highquality experience is a bit of a juggling act. It’s something that few understand, unless you’ve been there. While it is easy to point fingers while at home waiting for a race to post, it is more fair to be patient and remember that none of us are full-time racers or track managers. This isn’t NASCAR. We’re adults playing with toys. Cutting each other some slack can go a long way in advancing our sport out of the shadows and into the limelight which it so rightfully deserves. Robby’s consistency and commitment to timely, entertaining races while still making his loved ones a priority is the kind of mentality that will elevates the sport. As a result of running all the monthly races, Robby Comeford sees some of the fastest and most innovative builds in the sport today. He specifically sites Jon Soffa of Voxxer Racing and John Archambo of JAC Racing as two racers who are always pushing the envelope at D64. He also (COMEFORD cont. on page 16)
While he is very proud of his work on Diecast 64 Magazine, it eventually became too much, and he had to step aside from the project. You can still enjoy the fruits of his labor and read back issues at this link. He hopes to someday relaunch the publication.
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Big Poppy Racing by Ali Kidder-Mostrom
ow that the 2020 Diecast Games are really on a roll, this last week saw some exciting racing action at Big Poppy Racing's Olympics-style tournament. Similar to event three (“The 1/4 Mile”), event five (“The 1/2 Mile”) kicked off the month with a classic drag strip race. Then, event six proved that rubbin' is indeed racing with the kick-off of the Fat Track Free For All (FTFFA). In the 1/2 Mile, two cars from each of the 32 competing teams raced together down a half-mile drag strip. After running twice (once in each lane), each car’s times were combined to determine its place in the standings. As with previous events, each of the 64 cars in this event had the chance to earn points for their team, by finishing in the top half of competitors. Nick Deavers, already with a commanding lead overall, took both top spots for this event with his Camaro IROC-Z28 and Mercedes 500 SEC. Red Pill Racing and Your Nightmare Racing were once again top contenders, taking 3rd/6th and 5th/8th respectively. Lady of Speed’s Way 2 Fast also had a phenomenal 9.505 showing, putting it in 4th place.
On the other side of the standings, in what has become a bit of a trend, GenX Vintage Racing had a car finish in 33rd place (just outside of point contention) for the third time in five events. A number of teams were split – with just one car of the pair scoring points. Other teams just missed adding points to their team total altogether, including Tune Trax Racing and Uncle Elvis Racing. These near-misses must be frustrating, but demonstrate that the teams may have what it takes to break into the top, given the right event. With the longer track, some teams couldn’t quite make it to the finish line this time. Specifically, Crazy Fresh Entertainment’s Batmobile, Silverback Racing’s Mazda Repu Truck and Rust Belt Racing’s Porsche 917. Hopefully these teams will have cars with a little less friction representing them when the Games move on to the even longer drag strip event, “The Mile”. Event six, the FTFFA, sees all 128 competitors (4 cars from each of 32 teams) race in a four straightaway, three curve, flat track showdown. Throughout the event, racers will progress
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through preset brackets; in round one, the top two cars from each group of four advance to the next round and earn points for their team. Earlier this week, the first half of round one aired, whittling the first set of 64 cars down to 32. Unlike the more civilized drag strip events, this true free for all means that it’s not only speed that matters. One fierce competitor (not for his own performance, but for his effect on other competitors) was Peter Bee Vids’ School Bus, a self-professed “rolling blockage”. Madness Motorsports and Tie One On – Sandy Mc each had solid showings, both survived the School Bus in group one and each came out with cars from two groups moving on to round two. True to form, Nick Deavers dominated in his Burlesque, with a perfect 20 score (double-digits ahead of his closest competitor). Later in the day, group seven was a close race for second (ultimately taken by Big Poppy Racing’s Shadow Jet) as the Ferrari F40 of My Hot Wheels Collection also walked away with a perfect run and first place for the group. Known for speed, League of Speed
(BIG POPPY cont. on page 19)
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Feature (COMEFORD cont. from page 13) highlights Ken Olsen of Makersbox Racing. Comeford says Olsen adds “some pretty cool stuff from motion sensing lights to custom suspensions and custom axles.” That’s why Comeford loves his Open Modified Class. He says that “it gives builders a lot of latitude to try new things and be innovative.” The vehicles running as Open Modified are the testers for new things in the sport. It’s beneficial to keep an eye on that class each month to see what the top racers are doing. Comeford says that the fastest cars to ever arrive at D64 came out of the Heavyweight Downhill Dash, a no weight limit race where cars topped out at scale speed of 423 MPH. However, he says the fastest stock cars are usually Ford Fairmonts. So,
you might consider sending one in next month. When asked about the future of diecast racing, Comeford says, “I really see three paths here. What I’ll call traditional downhill racing, production racing, and fantasy racing.” We’ve all seen the increase of what he calls “production racing”, which would include such familiar channels as 3DBotmaker, Hot Car Track and Chaos Canyon. These are typically “fat tracks” with full dioramas and high production value to their races. Most of these channels run “fantasy races” where people can sign up as drivers, but some of them host mailin races, too. Comeford sees these channels and that style of racing as the face of the sport moving forward, even though it’s vastly different than
Open Modified Class gives builders a lot of latitude to try new things and be innovative.
what he’s doing at D64. But he’s ok with that because, “so many people are getting interested in diecast racing because of these great YouTube channels with these awesome tracks.” As more people get exposed to the sport, Comeford predicts that more people will find their way to his first love, downhill diecast racing. He doesn’t run his monthly races for the fans, he runs them for the racers. He admits that downhill won’t have the same appeal as the bigger, more produced tracks and channels but, much like a small dirt track circuit is to NASCAR, it will always have the tradition of where diecast racing began. As for the future of Diecast 64, Robby has a lot on his plate. With family and other responsibilities, the time he has left to dedicate to the hobby is fleeting. But that won’t stop him from giving people a top-notch racing experience.
THE INSPIRATION FOR IT ALL – Robby Comeford started hosting races when he held his son’s first birthday party, many years ago.
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“I have met so many people and had so much fun with family, friends, and new acquaintances,” he says, “that I can’t imagine not trying to share that with others and helping them have as much fun as I’ve had.” And that is what Robby Comeford sees as the future of Diecast 64: sharing his passion and love of racing with as many people as possible.
Rust Belt Diecast Racing by Josh Paufler
us Bash 200, a weekly live modified bus race kicked of competition on Wednesday night with 8 buses running 4 wide on the Decent Into Madness at Rocket Dragway in Michigan. This series will continue over the next 3 Wednesdays. Over at Shrubbery Lane in Ohio, one track closed and another debuted this week. Fossil Rock, the home of Midnight Shrub closed down and made way for Four Seasons Raceway, a two-lane into open triangle track. This will be the new location for Midnight Shrub as well as daily races. In the inaugural running, Griffin Harmon took the win but
Steve Swillie Williams still retains the podium at the Shrub. Speaking of podiums, the Ohio crew is adapting the home track format and running a Champions Race after 8 podium winners are crowned. Coming Soon to Shrubbery Lane: King of the Belt, live modified racing, will run Friday October 30th. Frankendrags, a mail-in Halloween themed race will be held on the 31st. At T.F.T. Raceway, Sunday Pinks is well underway with teams swapping cars left and right. Gwilliam Bell attempted to get his back from David Jewell but the challenge fell flat and Jewell ended up adding Bell’s vehicle to his garage. In the race of the night yours truly was foolishly challenged by Mike Rader. The Scooby Doo Batmobile did what it does to secure the pink slip of Rader’s Tomb-In. The 10th running of Friday Night Food Fights featured some familiar faces. The Scottish Sensation, Fractal Panda, was back to put another Scotch notch in his belt, handily defeating Simon Harvey of Quebec in 2 races. As I ask every issue, can anyone stop that Panda?
tallied his second victory over Ragtag Jim’s second entry, Mega Chunk. While the Chunk outweighed the Stub Rod, we’re starting to see that size doesn’t always matter when you get this small. The first Mini Stocks contest winning driver, Barry Porter, suited up in the #12 Mane n Tail ride in the Big C’s Chop Shop Mini NASCAR Series. But it was an early exit for Porter as Ernie Irvan went on to win his second straight feature race, beating out Darrell Waltrip and Ted Musgrave. Irvan leads the league with 8 points after that victory. For your chance to be a driver, visit our Facebook group! The Mini Street Stocks saw a new winner in Frankie Sharp. Turtle remains a strong competitor but lives up to his come-from-behind name, tallying one point in each of the first 2 races. Reese Burg sat in victory lane for the first time last week and finally has points on the board. Stay tuned Friday for more Food Fights, Shorty Showdown and Mini Stocks!
In the Shorty Showdown, Cupcake
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Indiana Diecast Racing by Christopher Kidder-Mostrom
n the last fortnight, Jim Desaulniers of Indiana Diecast Racing has put up a lot of content on his YouTube channel. All four heats of the IDR Open quarter-finals were run in rapid succession, and one of the two semi-final heats was run to completion, as well. In addition to the IDR Open, a notable offering on the channel is a promotional video plugging the upcoming December mail-in race, “A Plethora of Party Wagons”, which will feature modified versions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ famed mobile transport. For more information about that race, you can go to the calendar in this issue. For sheer entertainment, you can view the two race preview videos that Desaulniers has put up on the channel. Very little is as simply fun as hearing the a cappella rendition of the TMNT theme song underneath the voiced announcement. Now... On to the racing! The IDR Open quarterfinals started off with Maria Harden off the track in her Ferrari F40. But, that was her only misstep. Maria otherwise dominated the heat, with Kit Kayem and Kevin Fairburn duking it out in a newly dubbed “Rust Belt Race-Off” (named in honor of Rust Belt Racing’s commissioner Josh Paufler’s inability to ever win a race-off at the IDR track... a dubious honor, it is true). Fairbairn won the head-to-head match-up and it is he and Maria Harden who advanced to the semifinals from this group. The second group was a tale of two laps. Jenny in her Porsche handily 18 | Diecast Racing Report
WATCH OUT FOR THE BUMP! – The Semifinal Group 1 cars exit the first turn and head for Diagon Alley during the IDR Open.
won the first two laps, and then failed to finish the next two. As such, though it looked like she would run away with the heat, Dax Quade and Harper advanced to the semifinals. Group Three saw Thena in the Ford GT-40 taking the top spot, with another runoff taking place to establish the other advancing driver. This time Vanessa Van Der Elst was up against Nathan Delsaulniers. In the end, Nathan earned the spot. The fourth group was led by Crazy Coach, a driver from Germany, taking first place in his Honda CRX. The sporty little car made quick work of the field. Giolelet managed to pull together enough respectable finishes to advance as well. All of the quarterfinal action was just the opening act to the semifinals, naturally. In the first heat of the semifinals, Maria Harden was in the Ferrari F40. Harper Hamilton was piloting the Ferrari F50. Kevin Fairbairn was at the wheel of the Aston Martin, and Dax Quade was in the Dieselboy, the only fantasy casting still in the
tournament. Dax Quade took the first two laps. Going into the heat, one might have expected Maria Harden to dominate the race, but Quade was helped along to his victories by both Ferraris taking spills off the track. In the third round, Maria took back the steering wheel, and in the end, Maria and Dax are moving on to the finals. In the next group, past performance probably leads one to believe that Thena is the favorite to win group 2, but Crazy Coach is going to give her a run for her money. There are only two more videos to be posted in this tournament, and then the Indiana Diecast Racing track as we have come to know it will be no more. A new track is coming soon after the completion of the tournament, and will be the host of the aforementioned “Plethora of Partywagons” race in December. Up Next at IDR: Semifinals Group Two of the IDR Open
Tournaments (BIG POPPY cont. from page 14) did not disappoint, sending two cars forward into round two. Lady of Speed’s Way 2 Fast and GenX Vintage Racing’s Mid Drift dominated groups four and five, respectively and each moved on in the bracket after a near-perfect run. There were some very close races, notable a photo finish involving a Camaro, Civic, and Spyder in group 12. When all was said and done with
four runs, it was League of Speed’s Civic and the surprising My Hot Wheel’s Collection RX-7 which moved on from the group. Groups 14 and 16 each involved race-offs to see who would join The Racers Who Say Ni’s Ferrari 355 and GenX Vintage Racing’s Vega in moving on to round two. But it was group 15 that was truly close throughout, ending with only one point step separating each car of the pack.
stand until after the FTFFA has been fully run, but – based on his performance in The 1/2 Mile and the FTFFA so far – I think it’s safe to say that Nick Deavers is still gunning for gold. As with last issue, the wait for the next 2020 Diecast Games event is a short one, the second half of the FTFFA's round one is scheduled to post on Big Poppy Racing’s YouTube channel tomorrow.
We won’t know how the teams all
Sub4ra by Christopher Kidder-Mostrom
Martinsville is the race on deck at Sub4ra’s Adult Diecast Racing Championship. The field was set through a qualifying round that we wrote about last issue. One spot was left in the field, and that spot could only be filled by one of the eight entrants in the Liquid Ruuush race. In each of the ADRC racing events, the 8 cars that are on the bubble at the end of qualifying get a chance to claim the final spot in the main event by racing for the slot. That race is part of what is called the Liquid Ruuush Racing Series. So, we’re not yet to the Martinsville main event, but we do now have a winner of the Liquid Ruuush. While staging the race, Rhyno mentioned that this is the second event on a short track this season, and that the person who starts in the front has a distinct advantage for the whole race. Tony Stewart’s #20 Home Depot car was on the pole for the first lap, so the advantage was all his. An unknown driver was in P2, driving the #17 car. Two of the cars from
Red Pill Racing’s satellite team made up the second row. The winner of the most recent ADRC event, CutRock’R started on the inside of row 3. Though he’s a past champion, he is not in the Top 20 cars currently, and therefore has to qualify to get into the main event. Irish Kevin rounds out the row. Skeeter Davis sat on the inside of the final row and a newcomer claimed P8 in the white #3 car. Through four laps of intense action, the field changed order a surprising number of times considering that the only opportunity for open track passing is in the final two and a half feet.
position and was giving Tony Stewart a run for his money, but when it comes down to it, the inside lane on the Martinsville Speedway track is the inside lane for the entire race. As Rhyno mentioned at the top of the race, being in that first position is a major advantage, and Stewart wasn’t about to relinquish his hold on it. The field is now set for the main event. Tony Steward takes the last available spot in the starting grid. The other seven drivers await their chance to try to qualify for the next event of the year.
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On The Track: RTR Diecast Racing League by Ali Kidder-Mostrom
fter a quick grudge match between Hot Wheels and Matchbox Jaguars, the past two weeks have seen the Mayes Mountain Motor Speedway take a turn for the exotic. Lamborghinis and Ferraris and Bugattis – oh my! Starting with qualifying single lap runs, 16 exotic cars took their turn down the fastest track in the South. In round one, 16 feisty sports cars went head-to-head in best two out of three match-ups. Unsurprisingly, number one seed Phillip DeTank’s Bugatti went up against (the rather prophetically named) Willy Maykit (in a green Lotus) and came away with a spot in round two. Poppa Wolff also walked away with an easy win in his white Jaguar XJ220. The match-up between Jimmy John and Java Jim was a tight one, but ultimately Java Jim was able to pull
ahead and secure a place for his black Ferrari 348 in round two. Mr. B came out swinging in his black Bugatti and edged out V-Man, in a surprisingly close match-up. Meanwhile, number three seed Cole Peters, in a red Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, could not be beat and ran away with an easy win. Things got rough between Dan Apple Crisp and D.Darral, ending in a literal photo finish to decide who
moved on. Going into round two, the cars were all well-matched, making the races that much more exciting to watch. In a red vs. blue battle, Galactic Gangster went up against Dan Apple Crisp and came away with the win. Cole Peters also easily eliminated Mr. B. The last two races of the second round just aired yesterday, so we won’t say more than this: the final four really has us seeing red.
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On The Track: War on I-4 By Josh Paufler
he much-anticipated Battle Zone started this week at Harrison Speedway. The host, Papa Tutu, set the mood for this voodoo themed modified mail-in race. In group A, the home track racer, K9, defeated the Ghost Rally Racer in a big upset and will be facing group favorite Gator McCluskey in the next round. Gator is driving in the Moonshine Missle which first appeared at the Silverback Invitational at Rust Belt Raceway Park. The Germans showed up strong in Group D, but only one advanced. Maxi Firefighter driving in the ultra
sleek Grisu took the top spot in the group and will attempt to avenge his countryman, Finley Bobbycar, against Thao in Round 2. There has
been a lot of fast and wild action over at Harrison Speedway. I would recommend popping over to check out Battle Zone.
On The Track: Chaos Canyon by Christopher Kidder-Mostrom
n wrapping up their NASCarnage series, Chaos Canyon has provided the diecast world with at least two new drivers to watch closely. Going into the final round, Lily the Dog was easily the favorite in her
orange truck. She had displayed a lot of resiliency. Despite having done a number of barrel rolls through the earlier rounds of the competition, Lily the Dog (of Bichon Racing) had always found a way to land on her wheels. And she often found a way to be in the front of the pack when it happened, too.
In a series that saw an initial field of 64 cars, the final featured only five that had made it through without ending up on their roofs. The rules of the tournament were such that cars that flipped or that found themselves off the track, were immediately eliminated. October 15, 2020 | 21
On The Track Additionally, only those vehicles that crossed the finish line on the final lap were eligible to move on from round to round. So, it is fair to say that these five cars were the best in the series, for they were the only ones that made it this far. Another intriguing thing about this group of five is that they were all newcomers to the Canyon. The original field featured 59 Canyon rookies, and only 5 veteran drivers. Lily the Dog, James Kirk, Dax Quade, Cretin, and Big Samm had all outdueled the track’s top regulars to be in the final grouping. The whole tournament came down to these final four laps. Staying true to the rest of the event, the first lap ended with all five contestants with their wheels on the ground. Consistency got these drivers to this point, and they were determined to stay in the race. But, as is the case with most heats in NAS-Carnage, the mayhem was just around the corner. Lily the Dog led the pack down the hill, but for once she wasn’t able to pull off the right trick at the right time, and Carhooner Corner finally caught her in its grasp. The favorite was out, and that opened the field to almost anyone. Dax Quade had positioned himself well by winning lap 2.
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A photo finish in lap 3 kept Quade in the lead, with James Kirk a hair’s breadth behind. Dax Quade had clearly become the new favorite, BIT OF A SCARE – Dax Quade takes a less-than-orthodox and he handily approach to the pre-jump descent during NAS-Carnage. closed the door on the competition in the final lap. No other car crossed Structured slightly differently than the line in lap 4. other Chaos Canyon tourneys, each heat would be a one-off in a different An extra lap was required in order to vehicle. Each round featured all the determine a 2nd place driver. All drivers in the same model of car. three of the other drivers were placed at the top of the hill for one First round was pickup trucks. And more run. As long as one of them Big Daddy D took the jump cleanly, crossed the finish line, there would and ran on straight to victory. be a completed series. Round two featured vans, and the And, in the end, they all finished. high center of gravity, paired with Four of the 64 initial cars completed the narrow stance of the cars led to the grueling tournament in one much mayhem in the turns. Travis piece. made it all the way to the end and claimed the lap’s honors. Big Samm, who had been playing it safe throughout the rest of the day, Round 3 had everyone in Corollas. made his move and took 2nd behind This model was the most impressive, the newly crowned champion, Dax making the jump cleanly in all four Quade. cases. Levi rode his orange Corolla to victory. Also in the Canyon this month was a new installment of the Looney The Toyota Celica was the fourth Mooneys. This is the third and final vehicle. Levi took the win tournament limited to these four on this round, too. Unlike the drivers, and the fourth event overall Corollas, the Celicas tended to to feature them on the channel (one pinball around the course. was the video that premiered the offroad track). In the final round Levi took the truck that his father had taken to victory The Mooneys are a family: three boys in the first round. Big Daddy D took and their dad. Big Daddy D hasn’t the van. Travis and Zac were in the previously done terribly well against Corolla and Celica, respectively. his sons. Levi “The Legend”, Zac Attack, and “Traffic Hazard” Travis Sadly, Big Daddy D fell yet again to would, once again, try to make their his children with Levi rubbing it in dad’s life difficult as they took the his face by using dad’s truck from wheels of their various Toyota earlier in the day to defeat him. vehicles in this tournament.
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On The Track: Flat Rabbit Racing Club by Ali Kidder-Mostrom
aving safely returned from Mayes Mountain Motor Speedway in Alabama, Glitch and Cross brought some friends and friendly competition back to New Westrock last week. In its second week of competition, the Diecast International Racing Series (DIRS) took on a very different landscape. The crews from Chaos Canyon, RTR and Jackson Pass each battled the desert heat for the chance to face the urban landscape that the Flat Rabbit Racing Club calls home. After a quick stop to refuel at Pinks, the second round of the DIRS kicked off with the “Beauty” Division. Keys and Glitch kept an eye on the race and an eye out for SCAR, while Cross faced the competition in his stock Way 2 Fast. While it would have been worth catching the feed of this race for Cross’ trash-talk alone, he also proved to be a fearsome competitor,
clearly quite comfortable on his own turf. In this round-robin match-up, his only true competition seemed to be Thom “Spanners” Watson (in an 8 Crate); coming from Chaos Canyon, perhaps Spanners was best equipped to face the chaos of everyday life in New Westrock. The two racers led the way each time down the track. Giving it his all, Maze’s Chevy Vega was able to keep on their fluffy tails for three of the four runs, but was never able to put more than third place on the board. However, he did fair far better than Phillip DeTank, whose Dodge Challenger’s FTEs went mostly untested as he flipped over and off the track repeatedly, recording four straight DNFs. As word got out of the DIRS visit to New Westrock, coverage of the event spread to New Westrock’s very own dystopian radio station. KNW’s Valen covered the “Beast” Division on night two of the DIRS’s trip to “the underworld of society”, lending a nice new sound to the racing feed.
KEEP IT STRAIGHT – Cross gives Spanners a bit of advice as the elder driver takes a wild path off the final jump.
This beastly group of cars looked rougher around the edges than the first night’s competitors, but it didn’t stop them from running a beautiful race. It
TWO BEASTS ON THEIR BACKS – In many ways, New Westrock was too much for most of the drivers.
was Gnocchi Jack (in an AMC Javelin) who led the pack right from the git-go; perhaps because he was trying to redeem the Jackson Pass name. That said, all racers kept the competition tight, even though the numbers from lap three told a different story – with three DNF wrecks. After all was said and done, each driver added points to their DIRS total, but it was hometown hero Glitch’s Fast Master which was bringing up the rear (for this race and overall standings). Thanks to his stellar performance, Gnocchi was able to pull out ahead of RTR’s Jason Paul and close in on Frank “The Guru” Gibbs overall lead. At the end of the night’s action, SCAR was ready and waiting for the competitors, who had to sneak out of town in order to make their way safely to Jackson Pass and round three of the DIRS. October 15, 2020 | 23
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On The Track: Jackson Pass Speedway by Christopher Kidder-Mostrom
he third destination along the DIRS tour was Jackson Pass Speedway. This would surprisingly prove to be the most difficult leg of the trip so far. After a rough and wild tenure at Fast Rabbit Racing Club, returning to a more traditional track was expected to be a steady and stable way to end the cars’ stay stateside. But, then the racing started, and all Hell broke loose. The Beauty race was called by M.T. DeTank, regular announcer Phillip’s brother, along with Tyra Marks. While introducing the cars, the graphics were adjusted to poke fun at Phillip’s inability to finish laps with any regularity. Heading into the race, the DIRS Beauty division had clearly settled into two strata. Thom “Spanners” Watson and Cross have set themselves miles beyond the others. Phillip DeTank and Myke Maze would have a lot to accomplish in order to be within range of the top two spots at the end of the series. In fact, without a miracle, DeTank was looking at the very real possibility of being mathematically eliminated from contention on his home track. The joke was that if you wanted to know how many points one gets for a DNF, you should ask Phillip. Well, inquiries were left aside in favor of experiential learning on this day. In 24 | Diecast Racing Report
lap 1, only Spanners finished. Lap 2 also went to Spanners, but the drama on that lap was provided by Myke Maze who drove off the post-Quarry straightaway and plummeted onto the garages of pit row below. Maze came to rest on top of the Flat Rabbit Racing Club’s Beast entry, which is normally driven by Glitch in the other DIRS division. Prior to stopping there, the Chevy Vega smashed into the neighboring garage of Gen-X Vintage Racing, colliding with Kit Kayem’s Lamborghini Gallardo, which is racing in Jackson Pass Speedway’s current tournament: Battle of the Centuries. After careening off the Lambo, the Vega smashed through the Jackson Pass pit crew workers, killing 2. After a moment of reflection, the races restarted, and as a variation on a theme, only Cross was able to finish. All others put a DNF in the record books. Lap 4 was more of the same. Spanners won, thanks to Cross launching himself off the high side of the banked Quarry turn. This was messy racing. A nod or two
was given to the growing rivalry between Phillip DeTank and Myke Maze, but really this seems to be a rivalry for last place. Their bickering could be better used to inspire them to greater things. Moving into the Beasts division, one might have hoped for a better showing from the customized cars. But – spoilers! – no. Every lap of the Beasts race only had one finisher. Jason Paul of RTR Diecast Racing took the first lap. Glitch of Flat Rabbit took the second lap. Frank “Guru” Gibbs won the third lap when Paul flew off the course with only a foot before crossing the finish line. And the fourth lap ended with Gibbs pulling through all alone. All that means that the home team (DeTank and Gnocchi Jack) didn’t tally a single point toward the DIRS championship. One thing became clear by the end of the video. The fastest person at
On The Track “Battle of the Centuries” moves into round two very soon. And then there’s the new kid on the block, the Cavalcade of Calamity Custom Competition (that’s a massively long name... let’s just agree to call it “Cavalcade”, cool?).
FIRST FOUR – Any great adventure must have a beginning. These four are the firstever to attempt qualifying for the Cavalcade.
Jackson Pass Speedway is Tyra Marks’s hairdresser. Somehow Tyra went from being a brunette during the pre-race interviews to a blond only a few minutes later! Track owner Mark Heisler is set to be one of the busiest men in racing over the next few weeks. Not only did he host the DIRS races this week, but he’s got two other in-progress tournaments. The aforementioned
The Cavalcade was announced a few months back as an opportunity for those modders who wanted to participate in a KotM-like race series while 3DBotMaker’s entry list was closed off to new participants. So, the rules are very similar to 3D’s 2020 (and now 2021) structure. Four cars were in the first qualifier race. They all weighed in over 65 grams (the minimum). The lightest was Charles Luciano’s HW Ford Concept dubbed Gangster Grin at 66.1 grams. The heaviest was Charlotte Ryder in Charlie’s Ride (lovely play on words) at 77.7 grams. The rest of the field was made up of Recursive Ailuropoda driving the
Ford GT40 named Lucky 8, and JD Elst in a ‘69 Chevy Nomad called Swamp Thing. Swamp Thing proved to be something special. Elst won the first and fourth laps easily. Not coincidentally, those were the two laps in which he started from the front row. When that car has open air, it takes off. It’s less spectacular in crowds, though. Lucky 8, however has impressive closing speed, and swerves about easily to pass on both straightaways and turns. Those two cars qualified for the Cavalcade tournament. This tournament is a welcome addition to the modding schedule & makes for great entertainment. Random note: Recursive Ailuropoda is a fun synonym for Fractal Panda, a name that may be familiar to many readers.
On The Track: I Like Cheese by Christopher Kidder-Mostrom
ne of the mainstays of the diecast racing world is the I Like Cheese channel hosted by Chapman Films. The conceit of the channel is that you are watching a public access channel out of Slapout, Oklahoma. Luckily for us, this channel airs a lot of diecast racing! There are a number of race series
hosted on the channel. Three, to be exact. Or, really, four. Whatever!
which this year took place on the vintage Baja Cutoff Canyon playset.
The racing series include Friday Night Cheese, which is mail-in modified fat track racing; Celebrity Death Match, which features cars from pop culture going head-tohead; NASCAR Die-Cast Racing, which features a full season of racing at Man-Pam Motor Speedway; and, finally, the ILC Championship,
This week the 2020 ILC Championship was on the line. Previous winners of the monthly face-offs were pitted against each other in an 8-car one-and-done tournament. JD Elst faced off against James Kleman in the first round. Elst was October 15, 2020 | 25
On The Track in a GMC Cyclone, while Kleman drove the Frontrunnin’ Fairmont. Given the car choice, Kleman had to be seen as the overall-favorite going into the tournament. But, The Zombie (Elst) was not to be denied. Perhaps it is his supernatural abilities (bestowed upon him as the result of an accident earlier this season during Friday Night Cheese race #43), but nothing could stand in the way of Elst on this night. He eliminated Kleman, then knocked off Josh Paufler in the next round. Dan Christianson met Elst in the championship final after knocking
David Jewell out of the competition in round two. So, the fourthever ILC Champion was about to be crowned. And, as you might gather from my ONE AND DONE– Josh Paufler and Nick Deavers are ready for the earlier comment starter’s pistol in a preliminary heat at the ILC Championship. about the unstoppable force that was JD Elst So, Elst takes the crown. This win, on this night, the GMC Cyclone combined with his victory in Jackson made quick work of Christianson’s Pass’s qualifier makes it a very good Super Snake. week to be a zombie.
On The Track: 3DBotMaker by Christopher Kidder-Mostrom
he long-awaited second King of the Mountain tournament is up and running now. The first two groups of four have hit Race Mountain, and the rest of round one (groups 3 & 4) will be airing soon. It’s an exciting time to be a diecast racing fan! The qualifying period for this tournament has been long, and while it has been fun to see so many cars going through qualifying over the last couple of months, it became a challenge to remember all of those cars and how the ones who got into the tournament got in. Luckily for us, 3DBotMaker put together a special program to bring 26 | Diecast Racing Report
everyone back up to speed. This tournament pre-show was just what was needed to ensure that we all knew who we were rooting for and why.
Family, was the tournament’s best qualifier and entered the day as the sure-fire favorite. On the other end of the spectrum was Holden On driven by Valereos Draconrouge. The Holden
And then, the fun really began with group one. The first group always contains the top qualifying car and the worst of the qualifiers, and such was the case here. Kong, the A RIVALRY EMERGES – “Dirty” Bobby Padgett (left) nearly kept the VW Golf of FGC Family (right) from capitalizing on their status as favorite. the FGC
On The Track Commodore was the only car to qualify with a track time of over 20 seconds. It has been posited that the FGC Family named their car Kong so that it could eventually be “King” Kong. The little VW Golf has a rough climb ahead of it, if it is to eventually wear the crown. At least, going by its round one showing. Kong bounced around like a ping pong ball after the second turn, which allowed Garbanzo MacElroy to fly by and take the first lap flag. Contact on the second lap between MacElroy and FGC Family left Kong on its noggin, and with a DNF. It would be natural to assume at this point that Garbanzo MacElroy (in the BMW M1 named ‘Dynamo’) would become the villain of this tale. But just you wait... As the drivers rotated start spots again, Bobby Padgett’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (dubbed ‘Spider King’) became a new rival for Kong. Padgett took Kong out of the running again, and it looked like it was all over for the FGC Family. Luckily for them, however, the Spider King also failed to finish, and with all four cars stopping shy of the finish line, we were on to lap three, part deux. Newly dubbed “Dirty” Bobby Padgett, the EVO took the lead through suspect means, and won the lap. On the fourth lap, Kong showed that the FGC Family can play dirty, too, nudging Padgett off the track and sailing to a 4th lap checkered flag. While those two battled and banged, Garbanzo MacElroy quietly wrapped up the group win and will advance to the next round of the
King of the Mountain tournament. The second slot in the next round had yet to be determined, though. Two cars were tied for the secondplace spot. That meant there was one more chance for Kong and the Spider King to go head-to-head in a classic “Versus” match-up. FGC Family pulled away and quickly won both laps, eliminating the need for a third lap, and Bobby Padgett’s KotM dreams, too. In Group 2, T-Lamont was the initial favorite. He had qualified his Chevy Nova (‘Executioner’) as the number two seed. The rest of his group was made up of Speedy Canuck driving ‘Hell Flurry’; CJ in ‘Jerry Rigged’, a Nova Wagon Gasser; and Gus Greenfield in the much-maligned ‘Busted Luck’. Readers may remember that Greenfield’s car was added to the field when an error in the starting positions caused an irregularity in the scoring. So, by way of making the situation right, he was promoted to the tournament despite not qualifying in the traditional manner. Now, Busted Luck’s presence might have been a fun story of redemption, had the day gone right for him. But, really, it didn’t. Gus Greenfield has a slow car that just couldn’t compete on this day. But, that wasn’t even close to being the story of the moment. No. That dubious honor was claimed by CJ who may have been drunk, high, or just plain nuts. In the first lap, CJ “took the McClyde exit”, veering suddenly to the right midway down the main straitaway and plunging Earthward. In the meantime, T-Lamont, who was well ahead of that strange behavior, approached the finish line.
Just moments before claiming the first lap win, T-Lamont plowed through the suddenly present CJ’s car. On the next lap, Speedy Canuck and T-Lamont went 1 & 2. And CJ’s erratic driving got him smacked broadside by the cross traffic at the finish line. CJ’s imitation of a brick made of Flubber managed to scare everyone away from him and ‘Jerry Rigged’ actually managed to cross the line for a 3rd lap victory. Unless something went horribly wrong in the fourth lap, T-Lamont was going to go on to the next round. The question became, Who would be second? Surely it wouldn’t be CJ, right? Well, it was actually mathematically possible. And after the fourth run, it was T-Lamont and Speedy Canuck who got to go up to the next rung of the KotM ladder. Speedy Canuck ousted CJ by one point! So, the new tournament is in full swing and the storylines are emerging in really entertaining ways. Even the paid content ads that are now a part of the channel seem to be entertaining enough to not seriously detract from the experience. So far I’ve not seen evidence that any of the cars in this tournament are going to be able to take on Terry Hill when the time comes to compete for the championship title, but it is a fun group to see in action. There’s a part of me that misses the one-on-one action that simulated underground street racing. But, now that 3DBotMaker has grown so much, the new format seems to work just fine, and is quite entertaining.
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Diecast Racing Report, the twice-monthly journal of the 1:64 scale diecast racing community. In this issue: We meet Robby Comeford, the man...
Published on Oct 16, 2020
Diecast Racing Report, the twice-monthly journal of the 1:64 scale diecast racing community. In this issue: We meet Robby Comeford, the man...