Australian Diecast Channel Racing
My tribute to:
Hot Car Track – From Start to Finish!
By Marc D
Where to start?
I actually wrote this while cruising the Sth Pacific over a month ago, time flies.......…..
A few weeks ago, I met up with Simon from Hot Car Track, (youtube channel) for a couple of hours. Simon is now in the process of moving (in stages) to Thailand, starting to set up for retirement over there. Thus closing a chapter of Aussie Diecast Racing/Channel, and also his 3D Printing Business with it. A sad day for local fans.
For me, yeah….A time to reflect on his great contribution to Aussie Diecast content, and racing!
The views and recollections here are all mine. Happy to hear your historical input!
Myself, I started (back) into diecast after discovering youtube around mid 2018, initially finding/watching customisation channels, then eventually finding myself into early fat track racing on “Guitarded and Broke” and early 3D Botmaker and the like content.
Early on on made some great online friends who also commented on the content. I then recall one good mate “Po’Boy” emailing me, around early/mid 2019, that he had seen an Aussie Channel start up, go and check it out!
Indeed, Hot Car Track, HCT, had begun!
In later conversation with Simon his inspiration was from watching the early “grassroots” version of 3D Botmaker. Simons’s basic goals was to create relaxed, good quality/production races, between mates, enjoy a wine, beer, etc, chill out, and get away from day to day work stress.
Very quickly, a core of us locals and others, got behind Simon, and formed a small email group.Incl Po’Boy, EnZed, Hot Wheels Boys, Metal Mania 3D, Power Drive Racing,and on. The idea was to provide support and suggestions, brainstorming.
I know Simon had other good support and liasons from other channels, ie Tune Trax Racing, Chaos Canyon and also(future) top builders incl Blue Line Racing, Fractal Panda, Redline Salvage Inc, 100 Proof Racing,etc.
The initial Hot Car Track Vids were all about sharing the track build. No membership fee required here! Just sharing with the community, the wins, the losses and experience of building and tuning a track. We all shared in his track journey.
He then kicked off with ”The Summer Racing” Series and other pilot events.
But, to me, the real break through was in Jan 2020 with the release of the “Monday Night Hot Rod Season!” Great dual, open track Fat Track racing, with stock, HoT Rod themes cars! Many, many viewers got involved with “drives” as well as mailing in cars. Popularity grew, as did the production and racing. Though with Simon’s background in film, pro phots,etc it was always great!
Cars started arriving from all over the world!
BOOM ! The Road Warriors Seasons began! Modded, sent in cars up to 120 grams!
The production and racing at the time was leading edge stuff, a true credit to Simon. Great support from world class builders from the US, Canada, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and more!
There was no other Aussie Content out there at this time. Simon pioneering the way.
More cars flooded into HCT.
In chatting with Simon, he was immensely appreciative, humbled, blown away, by the support, generosity of the diecast community. He was also dismayed that he was unable to “track” all the 100’s of cars sent in, but again, so thankful to all who assisted his adventures.
However, with Simon moving on from Diecast Racing, he has forwarded that legacy of cars to assist racing programs at other channels, ie ADRL (Aussie Diecast Racing League) etc, so hopefully they will eventually all get air time. I have received quite a few of what I call “historics”. Cars that have raced (mods) at HCT and were not requested/paid to be sent home. You will see them again, as I will be showcasing them in some manor on my channel.
2021 on HCT saw USA Vs Aus in a Truck/Utes race off. Again a hit, and fun. Then Minis Vs Mustangs, which then led to the Blockbuster…….
VANTASTIC and 80+ Vans from around the world! A truly cracking “Bigger than Ben Hur” series!
Simon had always wanted to build a Bathurst type track, but always held back by track part limitations…..Not to be held back, Simon used his creativity/design genes and got into 3D printing! Initially for himself, but then helped the community by doing all sorts of track pieces, buildings, diorama, figurines etc. Successfully assisting the diecast community!
Simon certainly had hoped/tried to get Australian Diecast Racing on the map, as a hobby, but yeah, sadly, that secret still has to be unlocked.
His journey has been a hard thing to do on your own at times, and sometimes made even harder when many trolls/fan boys, overtime take a toll on one being positive. Sad part of the hobby that I know many have had to deal with….
I think we all here have seen many a great, real, race channel, with great production and grassroots energy, really not able to push ahead and survive. I certainly can’t fathom much of it.
So, with my last arranged meeting with Simon ( A very long coffee at Maccas (McDonalds) he needed to clear some things before heading off to Thailand. I bought some 3D gear to assist my part in the hobby, but he also passed the torch with some “Historics”of HCT. Some Season 1-3 of the Road Warrior Builds, as well as many from Vantastic.
I hope to showcase many of these on my channel going forward, and also contribute to those that help make HCT a great place to race and contribute. I will comment / msg those still in the hobby when I post up. Message me if needed.
To me, Hot Car Track was/is an icon of Aussie made Diecast Content, a pioneer, countless unpaid hours of grassroots input into the hobby, all for us diecast racers and viewers.
So, I raise a glass to my Aussie mate Simon, for all the good times, and wish him well into the future!
Cheers, Marc D
P.S. If you ever have a rainy day, new racers, kids, etc and want to watch some great historical diecast racing, check out Hot Car Track, playlist and see some great content!