A lot of things happened in 2009. We got a new president and were coming out of a nasty recession. Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Patrick Swayze passed away. Avatar, Star Trek, and The Hangover were raking in cash at the movies. The iPhone was only 2 years old and in the process of changing the world. And some dude in Ohio started racing Hot Wheels under the name Redline Derby Racing.
It’s been a decade of racing here at Redline Derby and every year since then, it has evolved into something I could have never imagined. I didn’t expect Redline Derby to grow into an amazing community of racing fans. I just expected it to be me, being a dork, racing toy cars and talking about it. It sounded fun at the time and it was a new challenge for me…would this work? Will I find anyone that cares? But the great thing about the internet is that someone will find you eventually. And you did.
It’s all been said before but after 10 years, saying THANK YOU this time feels more meaningful than ever.
And when I say thank you, it means THANKS for showing up. THANKS for playing along. THANKS for going back to your childhood. THANKS for picking up my slack. THANKS for sharing. THANKS for dealing with shipping. THANKS for pushing me. THANKS for building. THANKS for racing. THANKS for having fun.
Every movie has a director but no film gets made without the efforts of a team doing most of the work, and Redline Derby is no different. The crew has changed a few times over the past 10 years but there has always been folks that have stepped up and helped me drive the bus.
The key with that these people stepped up on their own, took the reins, and decided to help grow this thing…and that’s simply amazing. It’s humbling and incredible. And THANK YOU to everyone that has been part of that driving team over the years. I hope you take some pride in knowing your fingerprints are all over this thing. I've learned a lot from everyone.
Now, I can’t make a complete list of people, not by a long shot, but I can’t not THANK a short list that helped make a big difference at some point along the way:
- Jason Bennet
- Jim Carlson
- David Currin
- Peter Greyy
- Bill Hicks
- Bryan Jobe
- Carl Owen
- Chris Raab
- Mike Smith
- Chris Taylor
- Jim Thompson
If you had told 30-year-old me in 2009 that this stupid idea for a web site about racing toy cars would be around 10 years later, I’d have probably laughed in your face. Redline Derby didn’t discover or invent anything new, but I like to think we’ve contributed to the greater good in some ways.
Whether that was giving people an excuse to enjoy something they thought they’d left in their past, or by helping someone sell a few accessories for a hobby that is grossly underestimated. Or more so, by fostering friendships between some like-minded fools that still love to play with toy cars.
I don’t know what comes next. I have some ideas and plans, but I don’t know if we’ll go another 10 years. But I hope so, and it’s a possibility as long as good-hearted people like yourselves keep coming through the doors and share their experiences.
But before I go…I also need to give the biggest THANK YOU to my wife. I don’t know what she thought 10 years ago when I said, “I’m going to build a 15-foot Hot Wheels race track in the sunroom.” But no matter what idea I’ve come up with, her answer is always a loving, “whatever,” and lets me do I want. (So all this is really her fault.)