Founded in 2020, Alley Cat Race Club (ACRC) exists for the sole purpose of racing little cars around. ACRC established Garden Canyon Run for 1/64 scale adult diecast racing, and held its first tournament, the GCR Fall Classic, in October and November of 2020. Watch the action below to follow the development of the track, and hear the emerging voice of announcer Brock Wheeler as he guides us from the first quite rough edits of the qualification rounds all the way to the Fall Classic Championship which reached actual Bush League quality!
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.
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 1/64th scale diecast race cars, and just like everywhere, racing can be exciting to watch no matter what’s being raced. And 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 glory. You can also see the multitude of YouTube channels featuring all the various ways people find to race these little cars around.