Welcome to the rabbit hole of Diecast Racing on YouTube

Welcome to the rabbit hole of Diecast Racing on YouTube

Finished Netflix? Completed Amazon Prime? Prepare yourself for hours of thrills and spills. Diecast Racing is your newest online fix.

Even the most nerdy of nerds, prepared and honed throughout a entire lifetime for prolonged lock-down might be getting a little stir crazy after weeks of being indoors. It’s great at first. Binge all those shows and films you’ve been meaning to catch up on. Play video games until your eyes bleed. Read all of the Game of Thrones books.

But what happens when you’ve completed Netflix? Don’t worry, bro. I’ve got your back. It involves sport…. hear me out.

Yes, I am that odd breed of card-carrying nerd that enjoys sport. Not all sport, but most. I love football (that’s soccer to our friends across the Atlantic) most of all, but I’ll take in a small amount of motorsport too.

At first lock-down and the postponement of all sporting events hit me hard. It’s not so much the lack of sport per se, It’s more the unsettling feeling of an incomplete season. As time has passed (weeks feel like months at the moment) I’ve come to terms with it a little. I’ve even found a replacement of sorts. Welcome to the edge of the rabbit hole. Are you prepared to jump in?

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Listening to a comedy sports podcast a few weeks ago I heard one of the contestants mention marble racing. I’ve seen this before, an extended beach course with marbles navigating the troughs and obstacles towards a finish line. It’s fascinating viewing. Here’s a link to a similar race commentated on by another YouTube favourite of mine. Ozzy Man Reviews.

But this isn’t what the podcast contestant was referring to. He was referencing Marbula-1. Holy. Shit! Marbula-1 and it’s offshoot series, Marbula-E, presented by Jelles Marble Runs, takes marble racing to the next level. It is, as you’ve probably guessed, the Formula-1 of marble racing. Incredible production value and commentary. Take a look.

But wait. YouTube tells me that people who viewed marble racing also like Diecast Racing. What!? Ok, as a kid I had probably in excess of a hundred Matchbox, Corgi and, to a lesser extent – because they only really came out when I was older – Hot Wheels. Who am I kidding? I still have them all and I get a buzz out of the fact that my kids played with them and our childminder’s young son still loves them too.

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YouTube channel, 3DBotMaker operates a number of diecast car racing series. Head-to-head races. Specific manufacturer series, British cars, Japanese cars. These guys have created amazing race tracks with scenery, they have multiple camera angles, slow motion replays, commentary, timed runs, points systems and more.

Like Marbula-1, the production value is high. And this is addictive viewing. My favourite series is without doubt the DRC, Diecast Rally Championship. The most recent competition just wrapped up with a thrilling finale. I know. You’re probably reading this and thinking ‘Will’s finally cracked up’, but no. Judge for yourself.

Right?! I’m not crazy. This is amazing. And the best part? These guys have hours of racing for you to check out. In fact, it’s interesting to see how far the channel has come from humble beginnings to the complex operation they broadcast now. I’m hooked. Fans of the channel can enter their names into a lottery on facebook to be a ‘driver’ in the series.

Oh, and when you’ve done with racing, there’s diecast modification and restoration to delve into too. Long may lock-down continue (jokes, obviously… or is it?).

Will Harrison

About the author | Will Harrison

Founder of The Unheard Nerd. A husband and father of two girls, Will is a fan of Nerdcore Hip-Hop, a comics fiend, a podcast host and champion of independent nerd culture. | Follow will on twitter: @TheUnheardNerd