Alley Cat Race Club

In action from 2020-2022, Alley Cat Race Club (ACRC) exists for the sole purpose of racing little cars around. ACRC established Garden Canyon Run for 1:64 scale diecast racing, and held its first tournament, the GCR Fall Classic, in October and November of 2020. The track has hosted cars from dozens of teams mailed in from around the country at this point, and I’d like to thank all the participants during those two years.

Alley Cat Race Club on YouTube – You can watch every round of every tournament here, plus some other fun stuff!

Instagram: @AlleyCatRaceClub – catch up on what’s happening at the Most Dangerous Track in the Pacific NorthWest on instagram. Pics, stats, meet the drivers, and more.

Garden Canyon Run track info as can be found on the main hub of info for all things diecast racing related, Redline Derby Racing. Follow these links to enter the wider universe of diecast racing as it happens all over the world. There’s a wealth of info here that goes back years. Enter at risk of wasting hours and/or days.

TOP CAT!

From Halloween 2021 until Spring 2022, it’s open racing in a king of the hill format here at Garden Canyon Run! In each round, two cars go head to head to determine who faces the current Garden Canyon Run champion, the Top Cat!

Racing was held at Garden Canyon Run, the Most Dangerous Track in the PNW, a rally style track with a mix of laned and open road sections. It’s 2-up racing, two cars facing each other twice, switching lanes between runs. There are 8 checkpoints along the course, the first car to pass all four wheels across the checkpoint collects the point. Most points moves on to a second race against the Top Cat to see if they can knock them off their perch and stay as champion, or if they will be sent home from whence they came.

The rules:

  • Modified cars only
  • Min weight: 48gr
  • Max weight: 75gr
  • 1.5” high
  • 1.25” wide
  • Cars must be primarily a bright color to aid in search and rescue in the garden.
  • Cars must resemble a car of some sort, though not necessarily an actual IRL car.
  • Any lube is allowed
  • Any axles allowed

Quick primer on diecast racing: there are garages and basements and spare bedrooms all over the world, right now, set up with tracks for racing what most Americans I know would refer to as Hotwheels or Matchbox cars. There are many brands, though Hotwheels are fairly ubiquitous, and are the preferred castings among diehards it seems. What they are is 1/64 scale diecast race cars, and just like everywhere, racing can be exciting to watch no matter what’s being raced. Diecast racers are passionate, obsessive, ingenious, and creative. Not to mention silly. Through the link above to redlinederby.com you can find all sorts of info on how people set up tracks, modify cars, and mail them around the world to each other to race for tiny glory. You can also see the multitude of YouTube channels aside from mine featuring all the various ways people find to race these little cars around. Favorite channels of mine: 3D Botmaker, Hot Car Track, Mr Mom’s Racing, Beaverworks Diecast, We Race Diecast, just to name a few. I could seriously go on.

There are many references to “redline” in the world of diecast racing. This refers to the original, and still lusted after castings from Hotwheels, produced from roughly 1968 – 1977. These cars featured a red line or pinstripe around the sidewall of the cars’ tires, and have since come to be known as redlines. There is of course another usage of the term “redline”, that was the practice by banks and government institutions to draw red lines around the areas on a map where they wanted to exclude certain types of people, namely non-white, non-christians. An excellent exhibit on the subject can be found at Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Experience, and is well worth the visit when we are able to attend such things in person again. Understanding how we must live with the result of unjust decisions like these in the past can better prepare us for the present moment by providing context to the news we hear today.

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