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...
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