Round 2 / Auto World Collaborates With Estate of Legendary Hot Rod Artist Ed “Big Daddy” Roth

May 23, 2012 1 Comment by

Auto World recently announced a collaboration with the estate of renowned hot rod culture artist Ed “Big Daddy” Roth to create a line of custom 1/64 scale slot cars, decked out in artwork featuring Roth’s most notorious creation, Rat Fink!

Roth is known for popularizing the style of artwork inspired by the custom car and hot rod subculture, known as “Kustom Kulture.” In the 1950s, Roth created the green rodent character called Rat Fink, and to this day, the Fink continues to embody the spirit of Kustom Kulture by flying in the face of convention!

“Auto World is proud to have finally shrunk the Fink down to size,” said Round 2 President Thomas Lowe. “This XTraction Release 10 marks the first time that classic kulture kreature Rat Fink has been featured on a 1/64 scale slot car, so we’re sure these are some rodents you won’t mind having around!”

XTraction Release 10 will feature two versions of six slot cars, each decked out in full-color Rat Fink themed artwork as well as custom pinstriping graphics. The slot car body styles featured in the release are the ’69 Dodge Charger, the Ford Baja Bronco, the ’55 Chevy Nomad, the Hummer H2, the ’77 Pontiac Firebird and the ’65 Volkswagen Samba Bus.

Look for XTraction Release 10 Rat Fink slot cars in June at your nearest hobby shop or at

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About the author

I have been a car guy since my early teens. From managing a performance center on Long Island NY to being a partner of the world’s largest traveling global car show series; my career path has taken me on an exciting journey. I have consulted for MTV, McDonalds, Turtle Wax, Dodge and other high profile companies and have been published in multiple automotive journals. Alpha Penguin Publishing recruited me to co-author “The Complete Idiots Guide to Customizing Your Ride” for which one of my cars graces the cover. My diecast addiction began about 12 years back. My girlfriend at the time knew I was saving for a Mustang Cobra. She thought it would be humorous and purchased a diecast version to hold me over for a while. What was an initial joke struck a chord because I was fascinated with how Hot Wheels could make such a cool replica for a buck. The next time we went shopping I stopped in the toy aisle and ended up purchasing additional Hot Wheels and a few Jada vehicles. Well you all know the story from here; one shelf led to a book case. The book case quickly became an apartment filled with hundreds of HotWheels, Jada and other 1:64th scale replicas. Next came my introduction to 1:24th and 1:18th scale die cast and twelve years later I am the proud owner of a collection that is displayed in a 2000sq foot facility with a current count of over 12 thousand unique pieces. My then girlfriend, now wife, has a lot of patience for my hobby and my two little girls enjoy it with us too. Today I find myself fascinated with all scales and all models of customized vehicles. From tuners to rat rods, lead sleds to pro street drag. I do have an appreciation for the well delivered OEM vehicles as well. Most of all I enjoy the hunt to complete a set or series of vehicles. I look forward to being a part of DieCast X Magazine and helping to strengthen, grow and deliver our hobby to people who do not know how rewarding it is to an individual and a family.

One Response to “Round 2 / Auto World Collaborates With Estate of Legendary Hot Rod Artist Ed “Big Daddy” Roth”

  1. Ben says:

    Really neat Andy.
    Very nice for Round 2, and cool.

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