A California-based YouTube channel run by a man named Adriel Johnson that features downhill races between various 1:64 scale diecast toy cars. Johnson got into the diecast racing business in 2014, when, while doing races with his two sons on tracks he built himself, realized that determining winners of their races was difficult. He purchased a 3-D printer, and used it to construct an electronic finish line designed specifically for Hot Wheels four-lane tracks. The result was a product where the number of the lane of the winning car would light up upon passing the finish line.
Johnson then decided to build and sell a four-lane magnetic start gate; the product got its first order within 24 hours of an eBay listing. He then began creating and selling other products, such as a two-lane version of the start gate and finish line. His products began to be noticed by websites and other YouTube channels devoted to diecast racing, and soon, his business was booming.
In February 2018, Johnson showcased his first video of cars racing against one another: a one-on-one race between a Mercedes AMG GT3 and a Ford GT, both made by Hot Wheels, on a track that featured three straightaways and two turns, which also showed off the two-lane start gate and finish line. The video was filmed in his garage, which is where all of his videos are filmed now.
However, it was when Johnson constructed a track made from the Sizzlers Fat Track first sold by Mattel in the 1970s that his channel took off. The Fat Track allows the cars to move freely during the race, meaning they can go from lane-to-lane. The track took shape for what would eventually be named Race Mountain Speedway: a long drop down to a banked left-hand turn leading to a straightaway that led to a banked right-hand turn which led to the finish line straight. The first event was a tournament between he and his sons, but, as his subscriber count began to grow, he wanted his subscribers to get involved.
The channel's first themed tournament was the 100-Sub Tournament. Subscribers entered a contest to be chosen to be a "driver" of a car in the tournament sponsored by other YouTube diecast racing channels. The tournament's success led to the creation of the 3DBotMaker Diecast Racing League, and further themed tournaments, such as the Tournament of Lamborghini, which saw all but one video get views in the six figures.
The DRL videos are known for their high-quality production values, with graphics, close-up shots of cars, having multiple GoPro cameras stationed throughout to provide different angles, and Johnson providing play-by-play commentary (though he goes by "3D" instead of using his real name). Much like Greg Woods does for events on Jelle's Marble Runs, Johnson creates personalities and backgrounds for each competitor with his commentary.
In August of 2018, the channel reached 1,000 subscribers. The following month, Johnson created the 3DBotMaker Underground Racing League, overseeing its new "king of the hill"-style drag racing competition, King of the Mountain.
At the end of the 2018 season, Johnson tore down Race Mountain to make it bigger, expanding it to 35 feet in length. But for 2020, he tore down the track again, this time making it much bigger, making it look more like a mountain with a traditional American road complete with double-yellow lines and white stop lines. He also added a banked right-hand turn at the top of the track, meaning that races now start on the left-hand side of the viewer's screen instead of the right-hand side.
Also for 2020, a third series was added to the channel: the 3DBotMaker Diecast Rally Championship, where diecast rally cars compete on a separate course from the other two series. In August 2021, a fourth series debuted, the channel's first team-based series: the 3DBotMaker Diecast Demolition Derby.
Race Mountain also plays host to an event for the Adult Diecast Racing Cup Series, run by another YouTube channel, sub4ra. For this event, 3D is joined on commentary by sub4ra's runner, Rhyno.
And now, a brief explanation of each series:
3DBotMaker Diecast Racing League Tournament Series
The channel's most famous series, the DRL puts on themed tournaments throughout the season. For example, the British Car Invasion Tournament featured only 1:64 scale versions of British cars.
Each season has had various rules for its tournaments. For the 2018 season, 18 cars were entered into each tournament. Each car would qualify to set a time, and then be placed into a group with two other cars. For example, the top qualifier would be placed into a group with the 16th- and 17th-fastest qualifiers. Each group would race until one car won two (this was later changed to three) races, allowing them to be moved on to the next round. Each tournament had six groups of three, meaning six cars would move on to the semifinals, and then just two onto the final. The "win three races to move on" rule also applied to the semis and final. The winner of each tournament got a spot in the season-ending playoffs to determine an overall league champion. As a consolation prize, the car that didn't win but set the fastest lap time during the tournament also got a spot in the playoffs. In the instance that the winner also set the fastest lap, the car with the second-fastest lap got the invite. The 2018 DRL champion was Lightning McQueen Reviews in a 1968 Cougar, who got his spot in the playoffs by winning the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Tournament without losing a single race.
For 2019, the rules changed. Tournament fields were increased to 24 cars, and, after qualifying, were placed into groups of six. Instead of race wins, each race was now a set number of laps, and at the end of the final lap, the Top 3 finishers advanced to the next round (meaning there would be 12 semifinalists and six finalists). Each race in the first round started with cars being placed in order by their qualifying time: the fastest being on the inside of the front row, second fastest on the outside of the front row, etc. For the semifinal heats, the first round heat race winner whose time during said heat was fastest was placed on pole, followed by the two cars that advanced with them, with the three drivers who advanced from the other heat being lined up in positions four through six. For the final, the two semifinal heat winners were placed on the front row (with the first semi heat winner being placed on pole, and the second semi heat winner on their outside), followed by the semi heats' second-place finishers on the second row, and the third-place finishers on the third row. Once all races began, the cars would then start the next lap in the position they'd finished the previous lap in. A DNF rule was also put in place: if a car ended up on its roof anywhere before the finish line, it was considered out of the race. If it slid past the finish line upside down, or went upside down after the finish line, it was allowed to continue. However, this rule was eventually repealed when some races saw only two cars (and, in rare cases, just one) advance to the next round. For the 2019 season, only the tournament winners advanced to the league championship race, which was won by Mustang Tournament winner Nero 62 Custom Diecast in a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback.
The 2020 season saw yet another overhaul of the rules. This time, just 16 cars are entered into each tournament, and, after qualifying, are placed into groups of four. A points system used by another YouTuber - DIECAST4LIFE - is now in place: each group runs four races. A win nets a car 5 points, second place 3, third place 2, and fourth 1. A car that fails to cross the finish line gets no points. A race is considered complete when at least one car crosses the finish line. If all cars stop on the course, the race is rerun until it gets at least one finisher. The two cars with the most points at the end of each round advance to the next round. For the first round, the drivers are lined up by their qualifying times: fastest on the inside of the front row, second-fastest on their outside, and then the other two cars lined up in the same manner. However, the cars now rotate starting positions for each subsequent race, going clockwise, meaning that the second-fastest qualifier starts the second race on the inside of the front row, then the third-fastest for race three, and the fourth-fastest for race four. In the following rounds, if a driver sets a faster track time than in qualifyingnote , then that time will be taken into consideration when lining up for the first race. Points do not carry over, meaning all cars start the next round at zero. The car with the most points at the end of the final round is the tournament champion. As with the previous two seasons, the tournament champions get a spot in the season-ending league championship race. Said championship race was won by Crazy James, the Classic Stock Car Tournament winner, driving a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle painted up like the Smokey Yunick-owned Chevrolet that Johnny Rutherford drove to victory in the second qualifying race for the 1963 Daytona 500note back when those races paid full points towards the NASCAR Cup Seriesnote .
For the 2021 season, only eight cars were entered into each tournament. For the first three tournaments of the seasonnote , there were two four-race semifinals, with the Top 2 in each group advancing to a four-race final. The fourth tournament, the GT Diecast Car Tournament, saw the semis and finals each increased to eight races. The fifth and sixth tournamentsnote saw the semifinals cut back down to four races each, while the final remained eight races. This was also the format used for the Tournament Series Championship event. Carrie Hsu (rhymes with "shoe") won the 2021 championship in a Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-X, having secured her spot by winning the Japanese Nostalgic Car Tournament.
3DBotMaker Underground Racing League: King of the Mountain
A "king of the hill"-style drag racing series where viewers send in modified cars to race. The races are held in a nighttime setting, with the garage somewhat darkened, and real working miniature street lights down each side of the track.
Viewers modify their cars in many ways: changing the tires to make them have more grip, adding weight (mostly via tungsten blocks) to make it go faster, repainting it to make it look better, even lengthening the car. Upon receiving the cars, Johnson has them do a run of the track to see if they're good enough to take part in the series. Cars and trucks must be licensed models (i.e. real-world manufacturers), or resemble real vehicles (such as the Original Rodger Dodger).
The start of the 2018 season pitted two cars against one another. The first car to win three races was deemed King of the Mountain, and held that title until they were beaten by a challenger. The 2019 season started differently: two cars were pitted against one another in a grudge match, where the winner advanced to a title match against two other competitors, the second of which was a 2018 KotM car that viewers voted to give a second chance to. A car still had to win three races to win the crown. After this, 3-way challenger races took place to determine who got to take on the king. A car had to win three races to advance to the title match. Midway through the 2019 season, challenger races increased to four cars, and turned into a miniature single-elimination tournament, with two cars pitted against one another in a semifinal heat that was best-of-3, where the winner moved on to a best-of-3 final. The challenger races were themed, pitting cars that were the exact same make or model, or had similar shapes, or similar weights.
The first two seasons also had a year-end finals to determine an ultimate King of the Mountain. For the first season, the two cars who won the crown the most advanced to the year-end finals: Terry Hill's The Heavy, a 224-gram Hot Wheels car, took on Red Pill Racing in the Red Lynx, managing to defeat the Red Lynx to be crowned 2018 King of the Mountain. For the 2019 season, any driver who won the crown advanced to the year-end tournament. 19 cars advanced to the year-end playoffs, where Yo! Momma! won driving the MMJ Caddy, a 246-gram limousine. For the preliminary round through the quarterfinals, matchups were best-of-3. For the semifinals and final, it was best-3-out-of-5.
2020 saw significant rule changes to King of the Mountain. Cars can now weigh a minimum of 65 grams, and a maximum of 115 grams. Cars can only be 82 millimeters in length. The reason for this change is the lane divider at the top of the new Race Mountain goes past the first turn, and a small chicane in the divided lane would see a car like the MMJ Caddy get stuck. Also, the format was changed: instead of starting off the year with two cars, and having one be crowned king and see all challengers until losing, cars were pitted against one another in best-of-3 matchups. The winner of each matchup advanced to a King of the Mountain tournament. There were two KotM tournaments in 2020. Due to an overwhelming amount of submissions, the second KotM tournament saw four cars in each qualifying round, meaning that they adopted the DRL's new points system for 2020, as well as starting grid rotation for each race. Only the qualifying race winner advances to the tournament; their best time is used to determine their tournament seed. The four-car races were also brought in to the second tournament, and are run like a DRL race, with the Top 2 finishers in each group advancing to the next round. The Top 2 finishers in the final group then battle each other in a best-of-3 showdown to see who takes on the current King in a best-of-5 matchup.
Beginning with the fourth qualifying race for the third tournament of the 2020-21-22 season, a fifth race was added, in which the cars were lined up in order by where they stood in the points after the fourth race (the leader lined up on the inside of the front row, second on their outside, etc.). At first, this was double points, in order to maybe give a boost to a driver who had one bad race despite doing well in the others. However, after negative viewer feedback, the double points gimmick was withdrawn, though the fifth race, and lining the drivers up by points, stayed put. The fifth race is not run, however, if the gap between first and second is insurmountable.
For the fifth and final tournament of the 2020-21-22 season, there are only 11 qualifying races due to only 44 cars being left. The seven winners who have the fastest time in their race will automatically move on to the tournament itself, while the other four will take part in a last-chance qualifier to determine who gets the eighth and final spot.
One constant KotM rule for two-car races is staging. Each car starts on the inside lane at least once in a matchup. In the event the sudden death race is needed, the car with the fastest track time gets the inside.
King of the Mountain videos are more elaborately produced than their DRL counterparts. A separate set from the track is a parking lot full of customized cars and 3-D printed people. Previously, Johnson's alter-ego, 2D (which is just Johnson's voice deepened through a ring modulator), hosted the KotM series, introducing each car and explaining the rules. 3D served as the public address announcer. Unlike the DRL videos, music (mostly hip-hop) is played in the background during KotM races, as if a DJ were on-site. 2D has gotten popular enough to where he and 3D now call DRL and Diecast Rally Championship events together. Beginning with the first 2020 KotM tournament, 3D and 2D call the races in the same manner that they work DRL and DRC events.
King of the Mountain videos usually don't get as many views as DRL or Diecast Rally Championship videos.
The current King is Terrance Jr., "son" of Terry Hill. Terrance Jr.'s car is a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution named the Purple People Eater.
3DBotMaker Diecast Rally Championship
Started in 2020, this series sees diecast versions of rally cars from various decades take each other on. The track used for these events is vastly different from Race Mountain, taking place on a cliffside setting. The 2020 track started with a downhill straight that led to a flat right-hand turn, which then led to a bridge drop. Past this was a canyon jump that led into a banked left-hand turn, then a straightaway that led to another jump, past which was the finish line. The surface was mixed: while mostly paved, the section between the jump and the bridge was dirt-colored. A new track was built for 2021, and its configuration was vastly similar to the new Race Mountain, with some differences. First of all, the lane divider on the launch ramp ended before the first turn, a banked right-hander. This led to a straightaway with a bump, meant to encourage jumping. After the banked, left-handed second turn was another straight with a single bump. This then led to a circular turn that is banked but also goes downhill, similar to a freeway off-ramp. The cars then went through a quick, right-handed banked turn, that led to the final straight, where a large jump awaited beyond the finish line. This track's surface is entirely paved. For the 2021 finals, a vastly different track, which will be used for the 2022 season, was introduced. Instead of the first turn being right-handed, it is left-handed. Two quick left-handed turns lead to the first banked hairpin, which is also left-handed. Out of this is a quick drop that allows the cars to build up speed, as they suddenly go back uphill, allowing for the first jump. It is at this point that the lane divider ends. A quick right-handed banked turn leads to the second banked hairpin, which is also right-handed. A short straightaway then leads to the second short banked turn, this one left-handed. A downhill straightaway leads to the final banked hairpin, which is left-handed, and this leads to the finish straight, where, once again, a large jump waits them past the finish line. This, too, is all paved. The top half of the course is snow-covered.
Each event for 2020 saw eight cars, and had four rounds. The first round saw each car go out one at a time. The goal is to collect points. The 2020 track had three check points: past the canyon jump at the bottom of the bridge drop, past the left-hand turn, and the finish line. For the first two events, another check point was placed at the top of the bridge drop, but was removed prior to the third event, since each car managed to get past it. Each check point was worth one point. Points carried over to each round. For the rest of the event, cars were pitted against one another in two-run heats with a lane switch. The car with the most points was pitted against the car with the fewest points in each round until the final. Winning a run in each heat earned a car an additional point for the first two events; starting with the second event, this was increased to two points to make winning mean more. There is another bonus opportunity: crossing the finish line with all four wheels off the ground earns a Big Air Bonus, an extra point. For the second DRC event, a second Big Air Bonus, called Max Big Air was added. Landing in this zone, past the Big Air zone, earned an additional two points. For the third event, this was adjusted again: seven hay bales were stacked up (a row of three on top of a row of four) underneath the finish line banner, and the area past this stack was covered in sand. If a car jumped over the stack of hay bales, it earned two additional points. A clean landing in the sand earned another point. Hitting the hay bales earned a car no additional points. Beginning with the second round of each event, the two cars with the lowest point total at the end of each round were eliminated. The car that finished the event with the most points was the event winner, and advanced to the next DRC event, where they took on seven new challengers. The first three DRC events of 2020 were won by Steven King in a Ford Escort, with Angi Stig claiming the fourth and final event of the season in a Renault Mégane Trophy.
For 2021, the rules changed significantly. The first event was an all-star event of sorts, featuring six drivers from 2020, plus two rookies. The event started with qualifying. Each car would get two runs to set a time. The four fastest cars moved on to the championship round, where points took over. The championship round is round robin, with each driver facing his or her three opponents once. Similar to 2020, the one-on-one matchups have two runs, with each driver getting the inside lane. For the first event, the checkpoints were brought back. The first was placed past the bump on the first straightaway, the second placed right before the circular turn at the end of the second straight, and the third past the final turn. The fourth checkpoint was the finish line. Passing each checkpoint was worth a point. There were also bonus point opportunities. First, each run was timed, with the clock adjusted to take each car's time as they passed the finish line. The fastest time in each round was worth eight points, second-fastest four, third-fastest two, and the slowest one. If a car failed to finish either run, they got no points for setting a time. The Big Air bonus also returned. The driver who had the furthest jump past the finish line in each round collected two points. For the first event, the car had to land on the track right side up. The driver with the most points after the championship round wins the event, and advances to the next event, earning a bye into the championship round. Six new competitors are brought in, with the top three in qualifying moving on to the championship round. For the second event, the points system was changed again. The checkpoints were removed. Now, a car gets two points for finishing first in a run, while second place got one point. Failing to finish a run earns a driver nothing. The time bonus points were changed, going from 8-4-2-1 to 4-3-2-1. The Big Air bonus went from two points to four, and all jumps now count, regardless of how or where the car lands. The first DRC event of 2021 was won by Dylan in a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, while the second event was won by Bobby Johnson in a Lancia 037. The third event, an all-truck edition, was won by Travis Wheeler in a 1987 Dodge D100. Johnson then defeated Wheeler to claim the overall season championship.
3DBotMaker Diecast Demolition Derby
Debuting in August 2021, this is a team-based series, the channel's first. Two teams of four cars each are pitted against each other. In an arena setting, two two-lane car launchers are aimed at each other. After a countdown, the cars are sent towards one another, the aim being to knock one on its roof or side to eliminate it from the match. A car that goes out of bounds is also eliminated. Once a car is eliminated, it is replaced by one of its teammates. Once a team is down to its last car, that car will face the other cars on the opposing team one-on-one until it eliminates them or is eliminated. If a one-on-one showdown goes three rounds without either car being eliminated, a "knockout round" takes place. In this, a zone is projected onto the center of the arena surface. The car that stays inside the zone is safe, while the car that ends up outside of it is out. The rule regarding a car being eliminated by ending up on its roof or side still applies. Once one team's cars have all been eliminated, the team with any cars still alive secures the victory. There are two matches per video. The series has eight teams, and a win-loss table is kept for it. The full format (Is it round robin? Will there be playoffs?) is yet to be revealed.
After four episodes, the series was placed on hiatus in order to build a new set and in order to provide better slow motion footage for replays. It will return in 2022.
This YouTube channel provides examples of:
- The Ace:
- Terry Hill during the first King of the Mountain season. Driving The Heavy, he won the crown a whopping 10 times, then won the overall season title.
- He then won the first King of the Mountain tournament for 2020-21 without losing a race.
- Lightning McQueen Reviews, who won the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Tournament without losing a race (meaning he went 9-0 during the event), then won his first two races in the 2018 DRL Playoffs, going on to win that tournament while only losing three races.
- Steven King won the first three Diecast Rally Championship events.
- Author Avatar: A computer-animated version of 3D appears in various videos, and a computer-animated version of 2D appears in some King of the Mountain episodes.
- The Big Race: The season-ending DRL Championship and King of the Mountain events can be considered this.
- Bigger Is Better: Describes the annual changes to Race Mountain.
- Celebrity Edition: Sort of what the 2020 Fast & Famous Car Tournament was, except instead of celebrities, it was characters competing against each other. James Bond ended up winning the tournament in a 1:64 scale version 1963 Aston Martin DB5 from Skyfall, claiming the last spot in the 2020 championship race.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- 502Imcomingthrough won the British Car Invasion Tournament by leading every lap of the final, thanks to starting from the pole.
- Lightning McQueen Reviews's win in the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Tournament can be considered this.
- In the qualifiers of the 3rd King of the Mountain Tournament in 2021, Bryson from Vannover Racing, took a Hummer H2 called Pistol Pete ... and proceeded to get a clean sweep of 20 points in 4 races.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: During the 2019 King of the Mountain season, the Food Truck Wars was introduced. In this, different food trucks battled it out for an exclusive contract to sell their food at Race Mountain during events. The FryBurgers truck won the initial race, and saw off three different challengers. Then, along came China Palace, a 264-gram beast. China Palace defeated FryBurgers, then saw off six challengers for the remainder of the regular season. Then, came the 2019 championship match at the KotM finals, where FryBurgers pulled off a Miracle Rally by coming back from a 2-1 deficit to claim the season crown. This was a true David vs. Goliath battle, as China Palace's weight stemmed from the fact that it was long, not just heavy. It was impossible to pass clean at any point on the track, and the only way to beat it was to be out front at the first turn.
- Didn't Think This Through: This can be applied to the DNF rule added to the DRL for the 2019 season, which stated that any car that ended up on its roof before the finish line would be out of the race. Sliding across the finish line on the roof was OK, and so was flipping after crossing it. This rule was mostly due to all the crashes that took place during the 2018 Mopar Madness Tournament. However, the 2019 Japanese Car Tournament showed why this rule didn't work. The first two heats in round one saw a total of seven cars drop out because of this rule (only two cars finished the second heat), which meant that the semifinal on the left side of the bracket only had five cars instead of six. However, that was only the start of the chaos. The five-car semi saw three cars drop out on the same lap, leaving only two cars, who managed to complete said semi and move on to the final. The second semifinal saw three of the six cars also drop out. In each semifinal, a car ended up in the parking lot at the bottom of the track; the second driver was covered up with a white sheet upon being removed from his car. The final only had five cars, but three cars dropped out in the first two laps, leaving just two to battle it out. The DNF rule was eventually repealed for the next tournament; a car would only be pulled out if its wreck was considered catastrophic.
- Disastrous Demonstration: The ninth qualifying race for the first tournament of the 2020-21 King of the Mountain season was abandoned after the cars couldn't get through the second turn without flipping over, which is odd, because, if a car meets the length and weight requirements, the car then must complete a solo run in order to be able to race. This meant that the two cars completed a solo run to get to this point.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: King of the Mountain videos often end with 2D rapping or even singing about the series, sometimes in relation to what just occurred.
- Down to the Last Play:
- The 2019 Diecast Racing League format plays to this, as a car could start the final lap in last place and still win the tournament, or, in the case of the early rounds, get a Top 3 finish to advance to the next round.
- This can also apply to when a King of the Mountain matchup needs the sudden death race.
- The Faceless / The Voice: We know what 3D looks like; it's just Johnson using basically a stage name. 2D wears cooler-looking clothes than 3D, as well as sunglasses. These tropes apply to the voice that interacts with 2D (which is basically just a more evil-sounding version of 2D) during his King of the Mountain competitor introductions. This voice also had a prominent role in the 2019 Halloween Elimination Tournament, when he voiced over the "DNF" screen during qualifying, and the "Eliminated" screen during the heats and final.
- Foreign Language Title: The Lamborghini Tournament was officially marketed as the Torneo di Lamborghininote .
- Golden Snitch: Since the final lap of each 2019 Diecast Racing League event determined the winner, said final lap could be determined to be this, since the first car to cross the finish line won the tournament.
- The Heavy: Terry Hill in King of the Mountain, brought in by 2D as a "fixer". In fact, one of the cars he drives is named "The Heavy." (making a Double Pun as the car itself had a lot more weight than most of the other cars).
- It Runs in the Family: The first two tournaments of the 2020 DRL season were won by brothers: Crazy Jimmy, driving a Pontiac Fiero in the Ferrari Tournament, and older brother Crazy James winning the Nero 62 Classic Stock Car Tournament.
- Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Before the start of the 2018 DRL Playoffs Final, a moment of silence was had for Gab Formoso following his terrible crash during the Lamborghini Tournament. As footage of the accident was shown in slow motion with a sepia tone filter, John F. Kennedy's quote about going to the Moon during his 1961 inaugural address could be heard.
- Meaningful Name: The channel's name stems from the brand of 3-D printer Johnson used to make his diecast racing accessories: MakerBot.
- Miracle Rally:
- Nero 62 won the 2019 DRL Championship race despite not only starting the final lap in fifth place, but spending the entire race in the back half of the field thanks to a poor qualifying run, which saw him flip over, but manage to continue after landing on all four wheels.
- Likewise, Yo! Momma! won the 2019 King of the Mountain season championship in the MMJ Caddy, making up a 2-0 deficit in the final against Red Pill Racing in the Mad Catter to win 3-2.
- No One Could Survive That!: What one would think when seeing a car fall into the parking lot at the bottom of the old Race Mountain, particularly one that would land on its roof.
- No OSHA Compliance: The old Race Mountain would never be allowed to operate in real life as it appeared in the videos. The only place there was any fencing was on the inside of the first turn; a guardrail protected the inside of the second turn, but that didn't prevent cars from ending up in the parking lot. There was no fencing protecting the grandstands at the finish line, nor was there any fencing at the entrance of the first turn, as demonstrated during the 2018 Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Tournament, when a car struck the end of the outside wall at said first turn entrance, and ended up landing right behind the stand inside the first turn, and there was nothing covering the top of the finish line stands either, in case a car took a drop from the exit of the first turnnote . There was also no fencing on either side of the second straight to keep cars from hitting the trees, light posts, or billboards. Of course, these are toy cars that aren't being operated by anyone except gravity; real cars with actual humans at the wheel would be less likely to have such terrible crashes.
- After multiple cars fell off the middle straight during King of the Mountain qualifying races, guardrails were finally installed before the third tournament of the 2020-21 season.
- Only a Flesh Wound: On the old Race Mountain, cars would have terrifying crashes that in real life would gravely injure or kill someone, but somehow the cars would be able to continue. Very rarely was a driver injured in a crash.
- Subverted after Race 5 of the first semifinal heat for the 2018 Lamborghini Tournament, when the Veneno of Gab Formoso had an awful crash rounding the turn past the finish line too quickly, flipping out of the track, and even hitting part of the grandstands. A miniature Gab was shown in the stands at the finals wrapped in bandages, and Johnson actually took a hammer, and smashed the top part of car, which was put on display as a memorial (even though Gab Formoso isn't dead). The 2020 version of Race Mountain has a Gab Formoso Memorial Fountain past the finish line.
- Also subverted during the second semifinal of the 2019 Japanese Car Tournament, when the miniature figure representing Lil bread was being covered up with a white sheet upon being removed from his wrecked car.
- And during the first round of the first 2020 King of the Mountain Tournament, when McClyde died after his van fell off the side of the mountain just past the second turn. Cue the channel adding an RIP McClyde T-shirt to its merchandise line.
- Hey, he signed the waiver...
- Post-Victory Collapse: In the most famous event yet, the 2020 Ferrari Tournament was won by Crazy Jimmy, driving a Fiero, which is, of course, a Pontiac, but 2D was allowed to select Crazy Jimmy's car. Having had a good relationship with a previous boyfriend of his mother's, 2D selected the Fiero, which said boyfriend drove, much to 3D's chagrin. Unfortunately, just after winning the tournament, and even getting 3D to come around, the Fiero caught fire as Jimmy celebrated. 2D then finally decided to proper research, where he learned that the Fiero was not a Ferrari, and that the early models were often at risk of catching fire.
- Punny Name: For the 2020 KotM season, Terry Hill entered the competition in a Mistubishi Lancer Evolution with a General Lee paint scheme, calling the car the General Leevo. By the time the first tournament came around, the car had been painted yellow, with the logo of the United States-based discount retailer Dollar General on the roof covering the Confederate flag, changing the name to the Dollar General Leevo. It is unsure if this was done in the wake of the death of George Floyd, as the tournament started nearly two weeks after that happened, and during the ongoing protests, both the United States Marine Corps and NASCAR have banned the Confederate flag from being displayed, although both of these banishments took place after the tournament began, in addition to many Confederate statues and monuments either being removed by local governments, or pulled down by protesters.
- The FGC Family won the second 2020 KotM tournament in a VW Golf named Kong. They then defeated Terry Hill in a best-of-5 match to take the crown, meaning their car can now be called King Kong.
- Running Gag: In 2020, a lot of the commentary banter focused around a few things, like 3D desperately wanting to know if the drivers of wrecked cars signed waivers (which would also allow 3D to sell merch, which is how we got RIP McClyde t-shirts), and both 3D and 2D berating an intern named Susan (who, as Mad4Robots, would win the Camaro Summer Tournament after the guys fired her; she was re-hired shortly afterwards).
- Shout-Out: There are numerous pop culture references thrown around, particularly by 2D.
- Signing-Off Catchphrase: "I'm 3DBotMaker." "And I'm 2D." "And we'll see you...ON THE TRACK!"
- Starts with Their Funeral: The video for the second group of the second round of the 2020 King of the Mountain tournament begins with the funeral - or, the procession following said funeral - for a photographer who was crushed by the FGC Family's VW Golf car named Kong after it landed on him following an accident at the finish line.
- Starving Artist: 2D apparently didn't get paid for hosting King of the Mountain during its early years. Turns out he was considered an intern then.
- There Can Be Only One: The format of the 2019 Halloween Elimination Tournament. After the second lap, the car that crossed the line last (or, in the instance that not all the cars crossed the line, the one that was the furthest behind) was eliminated until there was only one car remaining at the end of each heat and the final. Since the 24 cars were placed into groups of six after qualifying, this essentially made each first round heat into a semifinal. To get to a six-car final, the last two spots were filled out by the two previously-eliminated cars who had the fastest track times during the tournament. To aid elimination, the DNF rule that had been repealed following the Japanese Car Tournament was brought back on a one-time-only basis.
- Underdogs Never Lose: In the 2020 Ferrari Tournament, Crazy Jimmy drove a Pontiac Fiero (an underpowered two-seat "commuter car") to victory over a field of exotic high performance sports cars.
- Walk It Off: The medical advice given to a spectator by paramedics during the third event of the 2020 DRC season, when during a second round heat, he took the front bumper of a BMW 3.0 CSL to the face as it flew into a spectator area. 2D was understandably miffed that the man wasn't removed from the venue and allowed to remain in the same place, as well as being miffed at 3D's dismissive attitude towards the whole ordeal. Just minutes later, a car had a rough landing after flying past the finish line, and the driver was also told to just "walk it off".
- Watch Out for That Tree!: On the old Race Mountain, cars often hit a tree in the middle of the second straightaway. Sometimes it would keep the car from going over the side and into the parking lot below. A light post and a billboard also took the occasional smack.
- Who Needs Overtime?: Subverted in the second event of the 2020 Diecast Rally Championship, when the final round between Steven King and Kid DuKnott required two extra heats (four extra runs total) to determine the event winner.
- Willing Suspension of Disbelief:
- You gotta have this when you see a car allowed to continue after having a nasty crash.
- For the first 2020 King of the Mountain tournament, a replica of Sterling Marlin's Kodak-sponsored Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo from the mid-'90s, won its qualifying race, setting the slowest time of any qualifiernote , then getting destroyed by Terry Hill's Dollar General Leevo in the first round of the tournament itself. In real life, a NASCAR car would whip any souped-up street car.