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72_Chevy_C10 Sunday, 4/14/2019
Event coordinator

Hey Guys,

It seems like I've been taking a lot if trips down memory lane lately, with finding my old Hot Wheels and such. Well, I just did a little fix to my first ever winning modified car...this one...

The rear axle had popped loose a while ago, and since I'm kinda in the process of packing up my stuff, I thought I'd fix it up, before I packed it away.

Looking at how I had modified this car, It's really hard to believe how far this hobby has come over the last 5 years. This car is a Matchbox Super fast Javelin...and all that I really did to it was to fit the body down over a Nova fte chassis. You can see that I just hacked the Nova grill and taillights to fit...

Well, kinda fit, anyway. And I used steel weights from an HO train for added weight. This car was pretty rough...but, I didn't know any better. I didn't even glue in the axles! But, it was still a pretty fast car!

Getting to the point of this post, I just wanted to encourage people that are 'on the fence' about building a car to car here on RLD. Just do it! The first cars you build probably won't look that great, or be that fast, but you'll LEARN from it! You'll see how important it is to have your car up to the maximum weight...you'll see how important it is for your wheels to run straight and true. And, your next cars will be faster!

A good way to learn about these cars is to host an event. You'll see the cars that more experienced builders are running. And, you'll see that cars that are fast run straight and quiet.

With the quality of the videos in the current racing, it's hard to believe that there weren't videos back when we used to race. We just waited for the brackets to be posted to see how we did. This is what the race thread looked like for the Matchbox race that the Javelin won...

redlinederby.com/topic/matchbox-anniversary-mail-in-series/1840?p=1

I've been fortunate to do pretty well through the years...and I've wanted to share what I've learned in the form of build threads and videos. This sport has come a long way over the last 5 years, and I think it has a bright future. 

I have some fun plans for the next version of my track, once I have a new location nailed down. And, I'm looking forward to hosting more events in the future...I don't know when, but, hopefully, within the next year.

Now, get out there and build some fast cars...try new things, and keep this sport growing. I'll pop back on here from time to time.

See ya in lane 2

Chris


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72_Chevy_C10 4/14/19
Event coordinator

And, as a post script to the above post, here is the vehicle I got my first ever heat victory with...

So, yes, I've been using that same C10 casting for the last 5 years! This was for a 'transporter' race...your vehicle had to be transporting another one...it was a race that Traction Event put together. I had two heat wins, with this truck and it's bare metal team mate, but I didn't win the series.

And, speaking of Traction Event, he has been at this longer than I have, so he can speak more about the early days of modified car racing...and what things were like...and, how far we've come.

P.S. that truck was on a Street Creeper chassis, and, as you can see, it was not using fte wheels or axles.

Guys.... zeros responses? This is part of what C-10 is refering to. Don't be afraid to get involved and support the community that supports you. My first racers were based on everything I knew from Pinewood derby... same principals... just smaller scale. I do remember 30-40 car fields in middleweight races. Not as much video coverage, but more enthusiasm.  Remember win, lose, or draw... it is all fun.  We are racing toy cars, and we should act like it. Nothing too serious.  For a long time all cars had FTE wheels and axles, after awhile I made a point to not use those and still be competitive.  It can be done.

Bottom line, you'll never know how you stack up unless you send in a few cars. Keep improving, and moving forward. Have fun, building the cars is more than half the fun.  And if you are here just for customizing, I still want to see what you create, post up.

Lane 2 is full, I'm racing....

  • Thanks TE...yes to everything you said :) — 72_Chevy_C10
  • Preach. FTEs not required, indeed. I've been witness to speed from "normal" parts time and time again. — redlinederby
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WorpeX 4/16/19

Hmmm I actually thought I did respond, but apparently I either never finished the message or forgot to hit publish comment.

2014 was right after the time I was very active, actually that event might have been a little after I stopped racing. At that time, I was the only one making videos for events!  Middleweight challenge, Chevelle Cup/Gasser Wars, Redline National League, LeMans Challenge and some featherweight challenge are all still on my youtube channel for when those events hit my track.

Nowadays, lots of people are taping and the video quality has gone up dramatically. I've definitely been left behind a bit, I gotta work on getting a better set-up!

Anyway, now you got me reminiscing too. Back on the subject, that truck is SICK! You can't tell at all that its a Street Creeper base.

  • Thanks...those cars were the early days of my building — 72_Chevy_C10
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