Last month, I covered the wacky niche nerd sport of the Die Cast Racing League, recorded races of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars done on a super-detailed tabletop racetrack.
Here is a niche within a niche: The Gaslands Die Cast Racing League. It’s the same basic concept except it’s racing die cast cars that have been converted to the Gaslands tabletop car combat game. Instead of racing by measured turns across a post-apocalyptic landscape, Gaslands players send in their cars to be raced on a traditional plastic Hot Wheels track.
Like the DCRL, the racetrack is outfitted with stands, fans and fan vehicles (who sometimes fire on the cars), buildings, model camera crews, color commentary, and all the other trappings of real-world auto-racing.
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