Formula $pecial - F1 Inspired Diecast Racing League (FULL)

Thursday, July 1st, 2021
Hosted by Canadian Driving Club | Marcus Firegone
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This is F1 Inspired Diecast Racing. I'm planning on a 12 car grid to be run on multiple tracks. This Event Season will not be cheap. The castings we are looking for are very collectible. We are going to give generous tips to the tracks that we run on for their effort and so they can enhance their tracks. Teams will also be chipping in to cover the mailing cost between race events, track usage, and for prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for the season.  Fortunately we have a bunch of Sponsors who have helped to bring the costs down.

I'm volunteering my time and effort to organize this event, and will be chipping in money as well. I welcome others who would like to help out in any way or by simply providing advice. We need tracks that can handle 6 cars at a time and open wheel cars at that.  The tracks also need to have a timing system for qualifying.  These ideally would be two lane starting gates with open downhill track. We are also open to considering applications to participate in this Event Season. You must agree to mail-in an appropriate and approved casting for your Team, and contribute the money required to run this event as outlined.

Not for the weak of heart, this is for serious 1:64 scale Diecast F1 Racers who are looking to have some serious fun.

Rules & restrictions

  • Casting:  Pre-approved Castings only (See below)
  • Casting must remain intact:  Include Driver, no visible weights, original casting design
  • Like F1, Rules may evolve over time
  • 1 Team Owner, plus a minimum of 1 Driver & Car
  • No restrictions on Wheels, Axles or Weights (Black/Gray Wheels, i.e.: NOT clear or orange)
  • Car numbers required BUT they do NOT have to be unique
  • Dry lube only

Castings

Here are the four approved castings:  Hot Wheels Thuderstreak (not the one with the low rear wing), Hot Wheels 500, Hot Wheels Indy 500 Oval, and Hot Wheels Turbo Streak.  See pictures for specific castings.  Searching for these castings may include different names.  If you have a car you believe would fit into this look & feel, contact Marcus Firegone for approval before getting your car ready but please lets try to stick to these castings.

Hot Wheels Thunderstreak Casting (base weight = 35g)

Hot Wheels 500 (base weight = 35.5g)

Hot Wheels Indy 500 Oval (base weight = 30g)

Hot Wheels Turbo Streak (base weight = 36g)

I ask that people stick to these four castings.  If you have a particular casting that you really really want to run, contact me for approval.  I have approved a Corgi Juniors "Formula 1 Racer" for one of the Teams who prefer to run something other than Hot Wheels.

Dates & Deadlines

All entries must be received at the Grand Prix of Ontario before Wednesday, 6/30/2021 (June).  You must Register for a spot on the grid no later than May 31st (while openings last).

  • July - Grand Prix of Ontario
  • August - Grand Prix of Illinois 
  • September - Grand Prix of South Dakota

Race events will be posted by the Host Track on YouTube.  A link will also be provided in the comments section for all Race Events for the Season.

How to enter

You must apply to be considered.  Contact the tournament host with your request to join this event no later than May 31st.  Once approved you will be given the shipping address for your entry.

Thanks to our Sponsors, this event is now $10US per Driver.  Each Sponsors contribution has lowered the entry cost of this event.

  • Carroll Shelby Day at the Grand Prix of Ontario - by Marcus Firegone
  • Winner gets Orginal Artwork of their winning car - by Glenn Harding
  • All Prizes (1st, 2nd & 3rd) - by Custom Diecast Metal Signs by Meekin
  • Ontario Real Estate Services - by Florence Turgeon

The original per-driver cost of this event was $25.00US

Register your Team Name, Team Owner, and Driver's Name

(See Prizes & Accounting at the bottom for more details regarding dispersment of money)

Limited to 1 Driver per Team

Include a Race Entry ID slip with your entry

Tracks

We have three Tracks lined up for this event that can handle Timed Qualifying Sessions, Open Wheeled Cars, and 6 Cars at a time (2 lanes, 3 cars deep).

Track 1:  Grand Prix of Ontario - Snow Valley East (Hosted by: Snow Valley Diecast Racing)

Track 2:  Grand Prix of Illinois - Shredder Speedway (Hosted by: Cheap Thrills Racing) 

Track 3:  Grand Prix of South Dakota - BlackHills Speedway (Hosted by: MnM Diecast Racing)

Sponsored Events

It's Carroll Shelby Day at the Grand Prix of Ontario - Snow Valley East, including a Canadian Snowbirds performance.  Honouring the Legend, American automotive designer, racing driver, and entrepreneur.  Feel free to include something Carroll Shelby related for this event.  This donation has been made in the name of Carroll Shelby by Marcus Firegone.

The winner of this years inaugural event will receive an Original Artwork by Glenn Harding of their winning car.  Glenn's artwork is truely iconic to the Diecast Racing world.  This donation has been made by Glenn's Car Ceations.

Custom Diecast Metal Signs by Meekin has generously donated prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers for this Race Season.  Get your Track Accessories at Merch by MeekinThis donation has been made by Custom Diecast Metal Signs by Meekin.

Go with Flo for your buying, selling and investing real estate needs.  Florence covers Barrie, Alliston, Orillia and surrounding areas.  Florence's donation has helped to reduce the entry fee for this event.  This donation has been made by Florence Turgeon.

Race format and scoring

Starting positions for each track are determined based on qualifying times for each participating track.  At each track, each car gets two timed runs down the track.  The best time used to determine the starting grid positions.  This will be a filmed pre-race event released on YouTube prior to the actual race event on that track.

There are 12 starting positions, P1 to P12.  The quickest qualifying time gets P1, 2nd quickets P2, and on down the line to P12.

There are 2x 6 Car Packs, the Lead Pack (positions P1 to P6) and the Last Pack (positions P7 to P12).  On the race day the Lead Pack is run 1st.  The cars are then placed back on the grid with the 1st car to finished in P1 and the second car in P2 and on down to P6.  This requires keeping track of the finishing positions.  If a car DNFs it is removed from the Lead Pack and set aside.  Cars that DNFed on their wheels in a Spin-out Group and cars that when off track or flipped over in a Crash Group. 

The Last Pack of Cars is run after the Lead Pack is run.  Place those cars in order of how they finished (P7 to P12).  Again, set aside cars that DNFed in groups of Spun-out & Crashed.  Now, if their is an open spot in the Lead Pack (due to a Spin-out or Crash in the Lead Pack) shift the cars over from the Last Pack to the Lead Pack starting with P7 until the Lead Lap is filled up.  In this way, cars can move up their position.  Now place the DNF cars that Spun-out in the order in which they Spun-out at the back of the Last Pack.  Then add any cars that Crashed at the very back of the Last Pack.  Any cars that DNFed (Crashed) in the Last Pack are removed from the Race and given a DNF for the Event.

Eample:

This could be expanded to a 18 car field by including a Middle Pack for 3 groups of 6 cars each.

Each Track Event:

  • 1st - 25 points
  • 2nd - 18 points
  • 3rd - 15 points
  • 4th - 12 points
  • 5th - 10 points
  • 6th - 8 points
  • 7th - 6 points
  • 8th - 4 points
  • 9th - 2 points
  • 10th - 1 point
  • DNF - 0 points

Plus points awarded for Pole Position at the start of each race and for the Fast Lap during the race.  1 Extra point for Fastest Lap (if finish in the top 10) and 2 Points for Pole Position.  Pole Position is not part of the official F1 rules ... but we are adding it for now.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NipTvHWdXg&t=42s

Penalties/DNF

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.

Prizes

Winner gets their car drawn by Glenn Harding!!!

Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd provided by Custom Diecast Metal Signs by Meekin.

4th to 11th Place finishers get to participate in our Ford GT40 Driver's Challenge - Carroll Shelby Day Event.

www.redlinederby.com/topic/ford-gt40-drivers-challenge-a-formula-pecial-event-full/4689

The Money collect goes toward mailing cost between events, Amazon Gift Cards to Track Owners (for all the time and effort that they put into hosting the event) and Prizes (see Accounting for details).  Entry fees have been reduced from $25 per car based on Sponsorship.  Thanks to the Sponsors:  Custom Diecast Metal Signs by Meekin, Glenn Harding & Marcus Firegone

Accounting

Collecting:  $10 per Driver = $120,  Sponsors = $285

Mailing from track to track for 3 tracks = 3x $35 (estimate) = $105

Amazon Gift Card to Track Host Owners: 2x $50 = $100 (Only the host tracks, not mine)

Prizes worth over $200

Total:  $120 + $285 - $105 - $100 - $200 = 0

If you want your car mailed back to you at the end you will need to pay for the postage.

  • Note:  All money is quoted USD
  • Note:  All amounts are based on a full 12 Driver grid
  • Note:  All amounts are based on 3 Host Tracks

"If you ever dreamed of managing your very own F1 Team or racing in a prestigious Grand Prix, this is your chance. Winning a Grand Prix is like being the King of the World." - Marcus Firegone


Discussion

I'm watching this and very interested in sending in a car if I make it in time on sign up day 


  • Thanks for the interest. Feel free to DM me. — Marcus
  • I marked you down for now (spot 7). Although the Casting and final Track is not finalized yet, this may fill up fast — Marcus
  • I DM’d you for my spot I’m the one in 6th — PikeHillSpeedway
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Marcus 5/3/21

TEAMS:

1)  Team:  Snow Valley Racing, Owner:  Marcus Firegone, Driver:  Snake (my son)

2)  Team:  Eyes Up Racing, Owner:  Zac Carroll, Driver:  Igor Baron

3)  Team:  WeRaceDiecast,  Driver:  Glenn Harding

4)  Team:  The Eh-Team, Owner:  White Nuckle Motoring Speed Shop, Driver:  Adam "Crazy Canuck" Hutchings

5)  Team:  U_U, Driver:  Blank

6)  Team:  Pinnacle Racing, Owner:  Dretti Martin, Driver:  Lynn Vergil

7)  Team:  Crummy Racing, Owner:  Aj Crum, Driver:  Anastasia Crum (Crum-Bumbett)

8)  Team:  RLoRacing, Owner:  Ryan L., Driver:  R-Lo

9)  Team:  Gen-X Vintage Racing, Owner:  Kit Kayem, Driver:  Cole Williams 

10)  Team:  NRV Diecast, Owner:  Biff Kirby Sr, Driver:  Jellybean

11)  Team:  MnM Racing League, Owner:  Markista, Driver:  Jon Samuel

12) Team:  Code 3 Motorsports, Owner:  Shaun DeLong, Driver:  Chief

13)  Team:  Uncle Elvis Racing, Owner:  Uncle Elvis, Driver:  Jimmy Tanto

14)  Team:  DamFast Racing, Owner:  DamDiecast, Driver:  MotorBreath

15)  Team:  RoadRage Racing, Driver:  Miss Emily

16)  Team:  Peanut Butter Peak Racing, Owner:  Justin Bolen, Driver:  Wesley

17)  Team:  Variat Skunkworks, Driver:  Lara Ray

18)  Team:  KCLH Racing, Owner:  Alex Payne, Driver:  Ava Lynn Payne

Standby

XX)  Fathandracin

Tracks

1)  Grand Prix of Ontario - Snow Valley East (Hosted by: Snow Valley Diecast Racing)

2)  Grand Prix of Illinois - Shredder Speedway (Hosted by: Cheap Thrills Racing)

3)  Grand Prix of South Dakota - BlackHills Speedway (Hosted by: MNM Diecast Racing) 

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Crumbum_2 5/7/21

Hi how do I pay my $4 fee to lock me in. Also a little bit confused on total cost for season what does the total come to


  • $4.00US to Confirm your registration, $9.60US once your car arrives and passes inspection. I'm trying to lower that second fee with more sponsors but would only be by a $1 or two. If you can't afford or think it is too much, anyone can DM me and we can workout some sponsorship for your Team. I hope that helps. — Marcus
  • If you are on this list of current drivers, I will be reaching out to you for payment. If you are not on the list above, let me know and I will tentatively add you now and work out details later. — Marcus
  • New Sponsor confirmed ... Will update the Event soon ... but reduces entrance fee to $10US (one-time payment). — Marcus
  • I'm aj crum on list can pay when ever I have info thanks for all your hard work on this cool series — Crumbum_2
  • Awesome ... I will be in touch — Marcus
  • I was on the list but now not seeing my name my team is crummy racing owner is aj crum and driver is anastasia crum (crum-bumbett) — Crumbum_2
  • Sorry, fixed it — Marcus
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Marcus 5/12/21

Welcome Formula $pecial Teams!  Please introduce your Team here by responding to this comment.


  • Let me kick it off, I'm Marcus Firegone, Team owner of Snow Valley Racing. I've got my Son, Snake, driving for me in this event. This will be the first time Snake jumps into the seat of car like this. Snake organizes the local Street Racing down here in Snow Valley with his Nissan Skyline. As you know, I'm also the Formula Special Race Organizer, Host to the first Formula Special race event and CEO of the Canadian Driving Club who operates Snow Valley Diecast Cast Racing with a vast collection of cars. I'm also the organizer of the yearly Cannonball, the Firegone FIREBALL. Look forward to see everyone trackside! — Marcus
  • I'm A.J. Crum (Crum-bum) owner of Crummy racing. My daughter will be driving our crummy indy car lol. Anastasia crum (crum-bumbett) is her name and driving fast is her game. This is her first race and mine as a team owner. Looking for some great racing and fun. Thank you starting this series and thank you to all track hosts as well as sponsors. — Crumbum_2
  • I'm Kit Kayem, Team owner for Gen-X VIntage Racing. Cole WIlliams is driving for us in this race. He's our #3 driver in the ADRC, but open wheel is his specialty, so it's only natural that he's at the wheel on this one. Cole got his racing life started on the iced-over lakes of Northern MN, where fellas would plow the snow off to make an oval and race their parent's cars as recklessly as possible. He also put some time in at the County Fair's demolition derby. He loves racing Go-Karts for fun. And he makes an annual pilgrimage to Indianapolis for the Indy 500 to be where the action is. Despite being in the grandstand in 1982 when Gordon Smiley's car exploded at the Brick Yard, Cole was determined to race open wheel cars at an elite level. He's thrilled to be part of this series. — GenX_VintageRacing
  • Hey Fellas! Adam “Crazy Canuck” Hutchings here: owner of the White Nuckle Motoring Speed Shop and Team Principal of “The EH-Team: Canadian Diecast Racing Collective”. 2021 is our team and our Shops rookie campaign and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have this opportunity to compete in the Formula Special. I will be the driver for this series as racing is in my blood. From a young age my father would take me to the Indy Car races in Toronto every summer to watch the likes of Paul Tracy, Greg Moore, Alex Tagliani, Michael Andretti, and all the other amazing drivers of Cart/Champcar...to be able to follow in their shoes (however scaled) is pretty exciting. I’ve got high hopes for this car as everything the shop has learned to date will be going into building this car. Good luck to all the other racers and let’s leave it all out on the track. Cheers — Crazy_Canuck
  • Hello. My Name is D.A.Mikels, owner at DamDiecast. I am happy to present DamFast Racing and our rookie driver MotorBreath. I was born MAY 22nd in Indianapolis, Indiana, just 5 miles from the Greatest Spectacle on earth, THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, my mother said at the moment I was born ,all you could hear was the hum of INDY car engines and me screaming, so you could say I've been a race fan since I was born. I am proud to be a part of the Diecast racing community and honored to be included in this event. Thank you and Good Luck to all. — DamDiecast
  • Biff Kirby Sr here! I would like to start by thanking everyone involved for all of the hard work and dedication for putting on a race like this…. It’s not easy! I have always loved racing… I have worked on Matt Hagan’s Pro Mod and Funny Car team…. You can find me on Instagram at NrvDiecast. I’m also a member of Commotion Diecast. We take pride in our track as well as our cars we build. Commotion Diecast just started a new line of racing cars. If you or someone else you know doesn’t have time to build a competitive scale race car we have you covered… 44 total cars this first run and we are almost sold out. You can find those cars for sale on the Commotion Diecast Facebook page or message me on Instagram at NrvDiecast… 1/64 scale racing is on the rise and we plan on staying ahead of the curve… I want to wish everyone involved good luck and great racing…. Let your cars be fast and your stay on all 4 wheels ???????? — BiffKirbySr
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Marcus 5/12/21

OFFICIAL - Formula $pecial Governing Group

Team Owners can respond to this comment if they have any questions, issues, or compaints to raise about the Formula $pecial Season and Events

This is for fun and to bring a F1 feel to the event.  Complaints will be taken in a joking manner here.  If you do have a serious issue or complaint, please don't hesitate to DM Marcus Firegone. 

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BiffKirbySr 5/13/21

She's Ready!????


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Crazy_Canuck 5/18/21

Loading up the trailer in the next couple of days...the EH-Team is ready...


  • Wow, that looks fantastic — Marcus
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