Tuesday, November 28, 2017

January Races - 2018

This month we will have all 4 classes.

Cars are due January 20th, 2018. Racing will start the following week. Video and results will be posted the following Saturday, January 27th.

Open Modified 
  • Cars must be 57 grams or under. 
  • Cars may be modified for speed, looks, or both. 
  • Length: must be 3.75 inches or less 
  • Height: must be 2 inches or less 
  • Width: must fit on Hot Wheels orange track 
  • Dry lubes only 
  • 2 cars per entrant 
  • There is a $1 per car entrance fee.
Open Stock 
  • Cars must be stock - no modifications for speed other than dry lubes 
  • Dry lubes are allowed 
  • Cars may be any brand 1/64 scale 
  • Cars must be 3.75 inches in length or less.
  • 2 cars per entrant 
  • There is a $1 per car entrance fee.
Hot Off the Shelf 
  • New in the package Hot Wheels from this year, last year, and next year - 2017, 2018, and 2019 
  • Cars can be mainline cars or any of the special series cars, ie color shifters, character cars, pop culture cars, etc. Just as long as it says Hot Wheels. 
  • Winner take all race - meaning whoever wins gets all the cars in this race. 
  • 2 cars per entrant 
  • There is a $1 per car entrance fee.

Feature Race 


This month's feature race is Car Wars!  With the new Star Wars movie coming out it seemed only fitting to celebrate with a Hot Wheels race! The last few years Mattel has come out with a line of Star Wars Character cars.  That is what we will be racing this month.  There have been a few other lines of Star Wars cars lately, like those based on ships, etc.  But this month just the Character cars.  Who will be the fastest?  Vader, Luke, Yoda?  Who will you race?

Cars will race on the Diecast 64 four lane downhill gravity track.

Cars may be modified or stock.
Weight: 57 grams or less.
Length: must be 3.75 inches or less
Height: must be 2 inches or less
Width: must fit on Hot Wheels orange track
Dry lubes only

Racers may enter up to two cars. There will be a $1 entrance fee per car.

Races will be videoed and posted online.

Cars due January 20th, 2018.  Racing will start the following week. Video and results will be posted the following Saturday, January 27th.

This race is part of the 2018 Diecast 64 points series.

Local and Mail-in cars are welcome.  Mail-in cars should be sent with return postage if the racer wants them back.  Mail-in cars should also be accompanied with an entry form.

Mail cars to
Robby C
P.O. Box 156
Washington, Utah
84780

Monday, November 20, 2017

Hot Wheels Holiday Rip'n'Race - 2017



Our 2017 regular season racing ended in November.  We'll be getting things started back up again in January, but we do have one more race.  The Hot Wheels Holiday Rip'n'Race.  This year we are using the rules for our Hot Off The Shelf race.

Official Rules
  • New in the package Hot Wheels from this year, last year, and next year - 2016, 2017, and 2018 
  • Cars can be mainline cars or any of the special series cars, ie color shifters, character cars, pop culture cars, etc. Just as long as it says Hot Wheels. 
  • Winner take all race - meaning whoever wins gets all the cars in this race
  • 2 cars per entrant 
Races will be videoed and posted online.

Cars due December 9th, 2017.  Racing will start the following week. Video and results will be posted the following Saturday, December 16th.

Local and Mail-in cars are welcome. 

Mail cars to
Robby C
P.O. Box 156
Washington, Utah
84780

Saturday, November 18, 2017

November 2017 Racing Results

Heavyweight Downhill Dash - Feature Race



Open Stock




Open Modified




Hot Off The Shelf




Post Race Commentary

I'll be back in a couple of days with some post race commentary and a wrap-up of the 2017 racing season.



Monday, October 30, 2017

October 2017 Racing Results

2017 Red Desert Baja - Feature Race

Here is the best run of each car in the time trials.  Each car also has it's own time trial video that you can access on YouTube in a playlist.  Click HERE for that playlist and find your video.  The top 16 cars qualified for the bracket racing.



Here is Round 1 of the bracket.

Mini Bracket for the losing cars in round 1 to determine 9th and 10th place.  

Round 2



Mini Bracket for the losing cars in round 2 to determine 5th - 8th place. 



Semi-Finals and Finals of the 2017 Red Desert Baja.


Open Stock


Open Modified





 Hot Off The Shelf



Post Race Commentary




Sunday, October 29, 2017

Diecast 64 Heavyweight Downhill Dash



The Diecast 64 Heavyweight Downhill Dash is your chance to race your fastest heavyweight car.

Cars must be 100 grams or under.
Cars may be stock or modified.
Length: must be 3.5 inches or less
Height: must be 2 inches or less
Width: must fit on Hot Wheels orange track
Dry lubes only

Racers may enter up to 2 cars. There will be a $1 entrance fee per car.  If you are a member of the Diecast 64 club the entrance fee will be waived for yourself, friends, and family, for up to 6 cars.

Races will be videoed and posted online.

Cars due November 11th, 2017.  Racing will start the following week. Video and results will be posted the following Saturday, November 18th.

This race is part of the 2017 points series.

Local and Mail-in cars are welcome.  Mail-in cars should be sent with return postage if the racer wants them back.  Mail-in cars should also be accompanied with an entry form.

Mail cars to
Robby C
P.O. Box 156
Washington, Utah
84780

Saturday, September 23, 2017

September 2017 Racing Results

Mustangs vs. Camaros - Feature Race


Open Stock




Open Modified



Hot Off The Shelf




Post Race Commentary





Friday, September 22, 2017

Modifying Hot Wheels Cars For Speed


Are you ready to make your car faster?
Then read on...

When I first raced these two cars, being a fan of good old American muscle, I thought I can’t have this Honda beating the Camaro.  But it didn’t just beat it.  It smashed it by almost 4 car lengths.  This would definitely be a challenge to get the Camaro up to speed, but one that I was looking forward to.


The first thing that I did was sand the wheels. Start out with 800 grit sandpaper.  Place the car at the bottom of the sheet and then do some small 3 or 4 inch circles with the car as you "drive" the car to the top of the sheet.  First circles in one direction and then the other, repeating the process multiple times.  As you "drive the car up the sheet, the wheels will turn so that you don’t sand any one part of the wheel too much and get flat spots.  Do the same thing with 1200 grit sandpaper, then 1500 grit sandpaper.  After sanding with the 1500 grit sandpaper, wet sand the wheels using the same method with the 1500 grit sandpaper.



Once the wheels were sanded I took the car apart to work on the inside.  To get the car apart, use a 3/16 inch drill bit to drill out the rivets.  When you drill them out you’re basically removing the rivet material, not necessarily drilling a hole.




Once the rivet has been drilled out you can pull the car apart.



Next I removed the axles. To remove the axles I use a small pair of side cutters to clip the tabs holding in the axle. Usually you can get away with just clipping the side with one tab. If you need to, you can also use an exacto knife to cut away any excess, but make sure you don’t force the axle as you don’t want to bend it. If you cut the single tab and clean it up with a knife and it still doesn’t want to come out cut the tabs on the other side so you don’t have to force it out and bend the axle.




Once I had the wheels and axles out, I wet sanded the sides of the wheels using 1500 grit sand paper. Hopefully the car will run straight down the track, but if it does end up on the sidewall, we want the sides of those wheels as smooth as possible.




Once I finished sanding the the wheels I polished them using a q-tip and some plastic polish I picked up at Walmart.




Next I wet sanded the chassis with the 1500 grit sandpaper where the wheels would come into contact with it and then used the plastic polish.




 The next step was to polish the axles.  I just put a little metal polish on a cloth wheel for a dremel.  Hold the wheels at one end of the axle while polishing the other end.  After I finish polishing, I wipe of the extra metal polish with a leather shammi and do a little extra polishing by hand with the leather shammi.   




After I get done polishing the axles and wheels, I rinse them under the faucet with hot water and use a soft toothbrush to make sure I remove any excess plastic or metal polish then completely dry them.

Next I add graphite. Really work that graphite in. Spin the wheels and move them back and forth on the axle.



Add graphite to the chassis where the wheels will come in contact with it.  Also work a little graphite onto the sides of the wheels as well.



While I had the car apart, I also added a little weight.  I use fishing weights.  They come in all different sizes and are easy to get. 



Glue them in with JB Kwik Weld. JB Kwik Weld is pretty easy to use.  I usually just mix it up on the back of a Hot Wheels card with a toothpick and also use the toothpick to apply it. 



JB Kwik Weld is also what I use to glue in the axles. To make sure they are straight I use an alignment jig. It’s super easy to make. Some dowel pins I got from Home Depot, a small piece of wood to glue them on, and some wood glue.  I like these dowel pins that are grooved so that if the wheel base doesn’t quite fit, the grooves still help to keep the wheels straight.         




JB Weld the axles in and then flip it over and put it on the jig. Put a little weight on it to keep things in place.






I also make some spacers out of old Hot Wheels cards and put them in between the wheel and the chassis to help center the axles. 




  Once the JB Kwik Weld dries, I put the car back together, mix up a little more JB Kwik Weld and use it to hold the car together by creating some new JB Kwik Weld Rivets.





Finally, I add a little more graphite, spinning the wheels to try to work it down inside the wheel.  Then I put the car on a hard surface and roll it back and forth with a bit of downward pressure to really set that graphite.




That's it.  Your car should now be ready to tear up the track!




I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I'm guessing that since you want to make your Hot Wheels cars faster you're interested in racing. We have mail-in races every month with 4 different class to race in. I hope to see you on the track racing with us soon. For more info visit the "How To Race With Us" page.

Also if you are a Hot Wheels fan you really should check out Diecast 64 Magazine.
Diecast 64 Magazine is a magazine devoted to 1/64 scale diecast cars with a focus on Hot Wheels. You'll find articles on collecting, racing, and customizing. There are how-tos, profiles, car spotlights as well as lots of activities including Hot Wheels Pick'em and the Challenge of the Month. You'll also see lots of great photos of cars every month.
You can check out Diecast 64 Magazine at www.diecast64magazine.com

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Diecast 64's Red Desert Baja - October 2017


The Red Desert Baja race is back! 2 years ago I created the Red Desert Baja course.  It was a tough track with jumps, bumps, and multiple surfaces.  This is a one of a kind race on a one of a kind track that you definitly don't want to miss!

Cars run a time trial on the course, the top 16 cars will race head to head in a single elimination bracket.

Here is some video of each cars best run last year.



I am going to make a few modifications to the track. Most likely changing the first hill, and then we'll see after that.

Rules & Restrictions
Max weight 65 grams.
Max length 4 inches.
Max height 2.5 inches.
Width - should fit on Hot Wheels orange track. (I utilized orange track for the start gate last year and probably will do so again this year.)
Cars can be any brand 1/64 scale cars.
Any wheels and axles are allowed.
Stock or modified cars are allowed.
Dry lubes only

One car per entrant.  If you have multiple people sending cars in the same house that’s fine.  I want everyone that wants to enter to be able to, but this race is a lot of video work since everyone gets their own time trial video so just one car per person please. There will be a $1 entrance fee per car.  If you are a member of the Diecast 64 club the entrance fee will be waived for yourself, friends, and family.

Local and Mail-in cars are welcome.  Mail-in cars should be sent with return postage if the racer wants them back.  Mail-in cars should also be accompanied with an entry form.

Where to send your cars:
Robby Comeford
P.O. Box 156
Washington, Utah
84780

All entries must be received before October 21st, 2016.  Racing will take place during the following week with video results posted the following Saturday.

Scoring and Winning will be a little different this year and a little less complicated.
First there will be a time trial.  Each car will have 5 runs.  The fastest 16 cars will qualify for a head to head bracket.  The winner of the bracket will be the Red Desert Baja Champ.  If 16 cars are unable to finish the course during the time trials, the furthest distance each car was able to travel will be used to round out the 16 car bracket.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

August 2017 Racing Results

Back to School - Buses - Feature Race




Hot Off The Shelf




Open Stock




Open Modified




July Post Race Commentary





Diecast 64's Mustang vs Camaro Race - September 2017

The Diecast 64 Mustang vs Camaro race is an event where each racer enters only Mustangs or Camaros. Racers may enter up to two cars.  You can enter two Camaros, two Mustangs, or one of each. Cars may be stock or modified.  

Teams will race on a straight downhill gravity track.


Weight: 57 grams or less.
Length: must be 3.5 inches or less
Height: must be 2 inches or less
Width: must fit on Hot Wheels orange track
Dry lubes only


Racers may enter up to two cars. There will be a $1 entrance fee per car.  If you are a member of the Diecast 64 club the entrance fee will be waived for yourself, friends, and family.

Races will be videoed and posted online.

Cars due September 16th, 2017.  Racing will start the following week. Video and results will be posted the following Saturday, September 23rd.

This race is part of the 2017 Diecast 64 points series.

Local and Mail-in cars are welcome.  Mail-in cars should be sent with return postage if the racer wants them back.  Mail-in cars should also be accompanied with an entry form.

Mail cars to
Robby C
P.O. Box 156
Washington, Utah
84780


Friday, July 21, 2017

July 2017 Racing Results

Cars and Trucks - Feature Race




Hot Off The Shelf




Open Stock




Open Modified




July Post Race Commentary




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Diecast 64's Back to School Race - August 2017


As August comes to a close so does summer and you know what that means...back to school.  Our feature race for August is our Back to School race.  The theme of this race is buses.  Your entry for this race needs to be a bus.  School buses, city buses, double decker buses are all ok.  No VW buses or drag buses though.  The main color of the buses must be yellow.  Either painted or stock. You can add flames, racing stripes, etc. You can also customize them for looks - big engines, spoilers, etc.  Make these things look good!



Buses will race on a straight downhill gravity track.

Weight : 100 grams or under.
Length: must be 4 inches or less
Height: must be 2 inches or less
Width: must fit on Hot Wheels orange track. (However, they will be racing on a Dragtracks track which is just a touch wider, but if something goes wrong, orange track is my back-up)
Dry lubes only


Racers may enter up to 2 buses. There will be a $1 entrance fee per car.  If you are a member of the Diecast 64 club the entrance fee will be waived for yourself, friends, and family, for up to 6 cars.

Races will be videoed and posted online.

Cars due August 19th, 2017.  Racing will start the following week. Results and video will be posted the following Saturday, August 26th.

This race is part of the 2017 Diecast 64 points series.

Local and Mail-in cars are welcome.  Mail-in cars should be sent with return postage if the racer wants them back.  Mail-in cars should also be accompanied with an entry form.

Mail cars to
Robby C
P.O. Box 156
Washington, Utah
84780

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hot Wheels Fantasy Pick'em 2017 - Season 2 Championship Bracket

We've reached the end of the regular season. This championship bracket is the last chance to score points before we crown a team winner as well as a season champ for the cars. This bracket will feature all eight regular season 2 winners. Results and video of the races will be posted at the end of the week. Here is the line-up for races in the championship bracket for season 2 of the Hot Wheels Fantasy Pick'em game.

The Match-ups

Howlin Heat vs. Tomb Up
Tesla model S vs. Custom ‘56 Ford Truck
Rescue Duty vs. C6 Corvette
Turbot vs. CCM Country Club Muscle

The Picks





Results

Here are the results for the championship bracket.  Final team results will be posted tomorrow!  Thanks for playing Season 2 of Hot Wheels Pick'em.



Team Stats

Congratulations to The Black Dragons!  Our winner for Season 2 of the Hot Wheels Pick'em game!



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 2017 Racing Results

Matchbox Mayhem

Rounds 1 and 2





Quarter Finals





Semi-Finals and Finals




Hot off the Shelf



Open Stock




Open Modified




June Post Race Commentary





Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hot Wheels Fantasy Pick'em 2017 - Season 2 Week 8

Season 2 of The Hot Wheels Pick'em game is going strong.  There has been some great Hot Wheels racing so far.   For those new to the Pick'em game, each week you get to see if you can pick the winner for 4 races.  You get points for correct picks and point totals are kept for the whole season.

This is the last week of our 8 week season.  We'll be racing 4 new 2017 mainline cars this week.  We will continue to race 4 new cars each week for 8 weeks and then race each week's winners in a final championship bracket.  Each week there are a possible 6 points up for grabs.  One point for each first round winner that you pick and 2 points for picking the finals winner and 2 points for picking the winner of the 3rd/4th place race.  Results and video of the races will be posted at the end of the week.  Hope you have fun this season! Let's get to it.  Here are the cars for this week's match-ups.

The Match-ups

Chrysler 300C vs. CCM Country Club Muscle
Porsche 911 RS vs. Street Creeper

The Picks



The Results

Here are the results from Week 8. Team scores will be updated tomorrow and found below the video on this post. Be sure to make your picks for the final week of Hot Wheels Pick'em - The Championship Bracket.




Team Stats


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Diecast 64 Cars and Trucks Race


The Diecast 64 Cars and Trucks race is an event where each racer enters a team of one car and one truck. Cars will race cars and trucks will race trucks.  The car and truck will earn points in their respective races to contribute to the team total.  Points for each team will be totaled, and a team will be declared the winner.

Teams will race on a straight downhill gravity track.


  • Combined weight of the team must be 90 grams or under. Their is no individual restriction on the cars and trucks.  You get to decide how to distribute the weight, but remember, both the car and the truck contribute to the team total, so you want both to do well.
  • Cars and Trucks may be stock or modified.
  • Length: must be 3.5 inches or less
  • Height: must be 2 inches or less
  • Width: must fit on Hot Wheels orange track
  • Dry lubes only


Racers may enter 1 team of a car and truck. There will be a $1 entrance fee per team.  If you are a member of the Diecast 64 club the entrance fee will be waived for yourself, friends, and family, for up to 6 teams.

Races will be videoed and posted online.

Cars due July 15th, 2017.  Racing will start the following week.

This race is part of the 2017 Diecast 64 points series.

Local and Mail-in cars are welcome.  Mail-in cars should be sent with return postage if the racer wants them back.  Mail-in cars should also be accompanied with an entry form.

Mail cars to
Robby C
P.O. Box 156
Washington, Utah
84780

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hot Wheels Fantasy Pick'em 2017 - Season 2 Week 7

Season 2 of The Hot Wheels Pick'em game is going strong.  There has been some great Hot Wheels racing so far.   For those new to the Pick'em game, each week you get to see if you can pick the winner for 4 races.  You get points for correct picks and point totals are kept for the whole season.

This is the seventh week of our 8 week season.  We'll be racing 4 new 2017 mainline cars this week.  We will continue to race 4 new cars each week for 8 weeks and then race each week's winners in a final championship bracket.  Each week there are a possible 6 points up for grabs.  One point for each first round winner that you pick and 2 points for picking the finals winner and 2 points for picking the winner of the 3rd/4th place race.  Results and video of the races will be posted at the end of the week.  Hope you have fun this season! Let's get to it.  Here are the cars for this week's match-ups.


The Match-ups

Batmobile vs. Flash Drive
Volkswagen Kafer Racer vs. Turbot

The Picks



The Results

Here are the results from Week 7. Team scores will be updated tomorrow and found below the video on this post. Be sure to make your picks for Week 8 HERE.



Team Stats



Friday, June 2, 2017

Hot Wheels Fantasy Pick'em 2017 - Season 2 Week 6

Season 2 of The Hot Wheels Pick'em game is going strong.  There has been some great Hot Wheels racing so far.   For those new to the Pick'em game, each week you get to see if you can pick the winner for 4 races.  You get points for correct picks and point totals are kept for the whole season.

This is the sixth week of our 8 week season.  We'll be racing 4 new 2017 mainline cars this week.  We will continue to race 4 new cars each week for 8 weeks and then race each week's winners in a final championship bracket.  Each week there are a possible 6 points up for grabs.  One point for each first round winner that you pick and 2 points for picking the finals winner and 2 points for picking the winner of the 3rd/4th place race.  Results and video of the races will be posted at the end of the week.  Hope you have fun this season! Let's get to it.  Here are the cars for this week's match-ups.

The Match-ups

Skull Crusher vs. The Simpson Family Car
C6 Corvette vs. 2016 Ford GT Race

The Picks




The Results

Here are the results from Week 6. Team scores will be updated tomorrow and found below the video on this post. Be sure to make your picks for Week 7 HERE.




Team Stats



Saturday, May 27, 2017

Diecast 64 Matchbox Mayhem



Our feature race for June is the Matchbox Mayhem. It is a winner take all Rip’n’Race. You can enter up to 2 cars per person, so if other family or friends want to send in cars at the same time to save on shipping that’s cool.

  • Cars should be unopened in the package Matchbox brand cars. 
  • The races will be videoed and posted here on the website, YouTube, the Facebook page, etc. 
  • The deadline is June 17th. Racing will start the following week. 
  • Send your cars to 
    •  Robby Comeford 
    • P.O. Box 156 
    • Washington Utah 
    • 84780 
    •  Include your name and a “team” name as well as a mailing address to ship the cars to if you win. If you send cars for more than one person in the same package be sure to include each person's info and who’s racing which cars.

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