Sunday, April 3, 2016

Auto World 1964 Ford Country Squire

I may be mostly retired from collecting these days, but occasionally there will come along an issue so great that I cannot possibly pass it up.

Auto World is a newer brand, dating to late 2012, founded by Tom Lowe- the same person who founded Johnny Lightning, (the modern version) Polar Lights, and currently runs Johnny Lightning, AMT, MPC, Lindberg, and of course, Auto World. (Even better, Racing Champions is back, but that's a post for another day)

The Auto World line is set up to be the best scale representations ever. They actually construct the cars to true 1/64 scale, not box scale, as just about every other company does, with the possible exception of M2. Even my favorite Racing Champions scaled to the packaging, not the car.

Auto World came around right when I was forced out of collecting. I only got a couple of them, but I have somewhat stayed up on what they were planning to produce- for instance, they had plans for at least one El Camino, although I was never able to find it- but I was able to find this 1964 Ford Country Squire.

I LOVE wagons, I always have, even when nobody else did. For me, the wagon is the best bodystyle, followed by the 4-door sedan, with everything else below them somewhere.

The 1964 Fords are also my favorite 60s Fords. Win-Win!

This is just about perfect. One of my "pet peeves" is silly license plates, that takes away from the overall excellent execution of this fine wagon. That is my only complaint...unless you consider that it's only in 1/64 scale and not 1/1 scale in my driveway.

Although they kind of blend in in the photographs, the car DOES have doorlines molded in. White is a hard color to photograph and have the details show. You can see the better on the right side of the car than the left, but they are visible there if you look closely too.

Monday, February 22, 2016

RCCA 2006 Denny Hamlin (5 cars)

Yesterday was the Daytona 500...I decided several days ago I would post the first diecast release of the winner after the race, and that brings us to this post.

Denny Hamlin broke into NASCAR with the JGR Busch team, and when Jason Leffler was  fired mid-2005, Hamlin was moved into the Cup #11, and has remained there ever since. His first Diecast releases were in 2006, all 4 Cup schemes and his Busch car.

2006 was the last year of the RCCA Club Cars, of which all of these are.

Monday, January 11, 2016

1932 Ford - Matchbox white and green

I can't believe I have not posted in either of the two new blogs in a month as of tomorrow. I've been so busy with cards, plus a week away from the computer, and time just slips away.

So, here's a look at a vintage Matchbox car I've got lots of great memories of. I don't remember when or where I got it, I've had it as long as I can remember. I have more than a few versions of this tooling and I like them all.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Action 2015 Bobby Labonte

The first new addition to my collection since I started Die Cast History. I was looking at what was available on Ebay, and I saw this paint scheme, which was used by both Labonte brothers, since 2013. I had to have it. It became my first Action issue of 2015.

I'm a big fan of small teams so I am extra happy to see Frankie Stoddard's team getting some diecast representation.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hot Wheels Baja Breaker Van

I wanted to post a classic, and as a long time van fan, this one fit the bill nicely. Starting this blog has helped me to finally do something I've been putting off for a while- I took this photo in 2008, and I finally edited it and fixed it today...almost 2016. So much to do, so little time.

I am the second owner of this one, but it's been in the family since new. This is from back when it had an opening hood, in the 1970s. Later issues of this tooling had the hood permanently closed.
I love older Hot Wheels and you will see a lot of them over the coming years. I have more Hot Wheels street cars than any other brand. I plan to alternate street cars (and other forms of motorsports) with NASCAR.

Matchbox 1992 Brett Bodine - 1st NASCAR

Although I would not become a NASCAR fan until 12/26/92, this was actually my first NASCAR car in my collection, purchased sometime in summer 1992, solely for the fact that it was green, my favorite color. I wouldn't learn for months that the driver was Brett Bodine. The car has always been an important one for me ever since.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

My first diecast cars ever

Flash back to 1985. I was a year old. I was already destined to be a car guy- my family has been involved in the world of automobiles since 1932 at least- and somebody, it's not known who, gave me these two cars as a two pack.

They were produced by Kidco, and until roughly 2011 or 2012, they were the only cars I had from the brand. Interestingly, it remains the only Honda in my 1/64 collection, but the Chevrolets would grow significantly higher.

Luckily, my brother remembered that these were my first two, because I've had them so long I can't remember NOT having them.
I do remember having them more paint, but the hatch on the Honda went missing before my memory begins.

This was the only Chevette available in scale until the mid-2000s when another was tooled up.

Thanks for reading!