Middleweight Challenge!

Saturday, April 4th, 2015
72_Chevy_C10 Wednesday, 1/21/2015
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It has been so cool to see the new racers doing well in the recent events! But Traction Event and I were talking this morning, and we agreed that we should be holding more events to encourage even more to mod and race, here on RLD! So, here is what we came up with!

Middleweight Challenge!

The Rules

The race is open to American Production cars or trucks...of ANY era

57 grams

Any wheels

Standard sixes - 1.3" high, 3.5" long, orange track (1.3125" wide)

Drilled rivets

Not mandatory, but team colors look pretty cool!

This event is intended to get new racers involved, so, please spread the word. Act as a mentor to a new racer! I hope that some of the guys in LJLRC might jump in on this one. And, maybe, we can contact some of the former racers to get them back into racing!

If this event goes well, we will run more, similar races!

Who's in?


  • April 4th, 2015, NJ - 72_Chevy_C10
  • Aprill 11th, 2015, OR - K & O
  • April 18th, 2015, WA - Delta 6
  • April 25th, 2015, Rusty
  • May 2nd,  2015,  ME - Model40fan
  • May 9th, 2015 NJ - 72_Chevy_C10



The WinnerDadVBall http://i1074.photobucket.com/albums/w407/critterwerks/Mobile%20Uploads/1431301529204_zps3w8inp73.jpg


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FOTF 1/26/15

I think this would be Middleweight Challenge III; but the others allowed stock cars and no Redline wheels (though I daresay it would be interesting to allow both).  If you allowed them--especially stockers--this series would be more encouraging to a wider variety of new racers.  Depending on the competition, it might even teach them the value of modding for speed...

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72_Chevy_C10 1/26/15
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I thinking about doing a Stocker Shootout with my next 'Rip and Race'...I'm not sure what series it will be, but it could be hood fun!

  • I enjoyed the one of those I entered! You did a good job putting that on. — FOTF
  • But I want to see some FAST stockers race! They haven't been allowed since an undrilled mod won a series! — FOTF
  • I want to run one like CCRider ran...winner take all...but no buses allowed! — 72_Chevy_C10
  • That might be cool. Yeah, you might want a size limit, ha-ha. — FOTF
  • I was mistaken--the last time stocks raced with Mods was the MBX series, not Haulers. — FOTF
  • How about a winner takes all mod race, and a seperate winner takes all for any stockers? — KandORacing

Here’s my 2 cents… and my opinion is only worth half of that…


I have no issue racing stocks or modified cars. I just want to be the fastest guy on track.  


I don’t think the issue is with specific racers. RLD has become the home of Mod racing, promotes and prides itself on that.  Just like some places only race stock cars (LJLRC) I understand both sides..(I think). Personally I’m mixed on the issue. I would rather build a fast car then buy a fast car, just more satisfying to me. I also think allowing stock, undrilled cars opens the racing up to more racers, that just happen to have fast cars in their collections. I know once I had a track, every loose car I had went down it in an effort to find the fastest. Those cars that rose to the top were my benchmark cars…the ones I’d test my mods against. I have been lucky enough to build a few cars that will beat my fast stock/factory cars. In my mind I’d like to beat the factory, just like early drag racers…I just want to go faster.


If you want a race that is just for stock, or just for mods, or a mix of both…just post up a thread that has the rules stated clearly.  As we’ve seen in the past some threads/ race series take off some don’t…  no hard feelings, just racing.


*EDIT* the above mention of LJLRC was just an example…not a shot at that organization or any members. I truly appreciate them running our modified cars.  Besides this gives me a shot at their track record (held by a stock car…for now)

  • Also did not want muck up this thread...I will move or delete this post if requested. — Traction-Event
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72_Chevy_C10 1/27/15
Event coordinator

Well said...I'd rather build a fast car than buy one. But, stock racing is fun too! 

If someone wants to host a race that is both Stock and Mod, that's fine...it's all personal preference. 

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FOTF 1/28/15

Very good points, TE; I think it's great that there's a modded league like this, and cool that people can build fast cars.  At the moment, though, I'm at your previous stage: since the 1,206 car double-elimination tournament SDR had in the backyard with every car we could find, most everything new that we've gotten has been tried against them--resulting in a well-ordered Top 80 plus 2nd Chance Pile; then, we started taking them to clubs. I thought being able to mail them in other places was really cool, but there are usually now only two places to do it--LJLRC (which isn't really necessary unless we miss a meeting) and C4.

I've just never really gotten into modding.  Maybe I will someday, but so far I have not.  I'm also still a bit bitter for ripping up a Way-2-Fast FTE once, getting nothing good out of it (yet), and having had a few possible uses for it since (how I've regretted doing that to such a fast car...but if I don't take the wheels off decent ones, I won't have decent wheels--forget mods themselves).  I've got nothing against people who have gotten into it; it's just that if mods are meant to be faster than cars out of the package--which they are--then as far as speed and winning are concerned, stocks shouldn't be much of an issue if someone wants to race them.  I do, however, appreciate people wanting to work hard on "their own" cars, and wanting to see others try to do the same.  As long as it's fun and fair (which this series seems like it should be, thanks to C10), someone's series can be whatever they want it to be.

Oh, and I think I was mistaken again; last I saw, I thought stocks were allowed in that Trans'Am Road Race, too.

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model40fan 1/28/15

... you will never learn to modd if you don't keep trying !...  if you spent as much time modding as you do trying to change our rules you would be a contender...

  if you want to race stockers then start a series... if the other racers sign up, you're in ! .. if not, that should say it all.


  • I've been put off from the idea of modding in various ways (one of which I mentioned), but I admit I should try it again. — FOTF
  • Maybe for this series, actually; but at some point I'm probably going to have to try for CVD. — FOTF

Im interested in this series as well. 

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72_Chevy_C10 2/4/15
Event coordinator

Just checking in on this thread :)

I haven't built anything for this one...don't know what I might build!

I'm just checking to make sure that people will be interested in this one! I'd be curious to see what everyone will build!

Just tag a rip and race series along with a mod race and leave open to all. Single eliminator 2 outta 3. Make the mod race a simple one and we're gold.

  • I think I might do the Rip-n-Race with the Rookie Race...not sure yet — 72_Chevy_C10
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2seven 2/11/15

Both sound great to a rookie, I think I have a handle on what you guys are doing as I have scowered this site and others over the past few days. I never knew this form of racing existed but, am very intrigued to participate. I will do my best to present car(s) for the rookie mod race and also the rip in run. Is this winner take all or do we get cars back? thanks!


  • You'll get the cars back (a few bucks torwards retun shipping is appreciated) — 72_Chevy_C10
  • Welcome to the club, 2-7! — FOTF
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72_Chevy_C10 2/12/15
Event coordinator

I just hauled home one of my race cars for the Middleweight Challenge...


A really nicely 'patina-ed' gold Roger Dodger...stay tuned for the updates!

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72_Chevy_C10 2/12/15
Event coordinator

Okay, so maybe my personal theme for this  race will be 'gold chrome plated cars with engines erupting out of the hood'...


That's not a theme that is going to happen every day!

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