Summer Smash 5 – New England’s Ultimate Hot Wheels Experience

Aug 28, 2012 No Comments by

Hot Wheels Summer Smash 5 was a huge success. The Rhode Island Hot Wheels Club is an amazing group of collectors that work tirelessly to make sure every event they produce is held to the highest standards within the industry.

The minute you arrive at the venue, they make you feel right at home.  From Sizzler races, to interactive custom seminar – charity bingo to the charity downhill racing – there was something for everyone.

Charity is a large part of the Smash Conventions and the Rhode Island Hot Wheels Club conducts an auction, dinner and a downhill race competition to raise money for the “Children’s Wishes of Rhode Island” organization. This year, the winner (who asked to remain anonymous) of the downhill race event received $800 and donated it all back to the Charity!

Other collectors have that same giving heart too, like Jeffrey Stoller who for the past few years has been able, through his Masonic Lodge, to donate an additional $3,000. This year the Rhode Island Hot Wheels Club raised over $10,000 for the charity.

Some of this year’s celebrity guests included Johnny Jimenez from TV’s Pawn Stars and SciFi Channel Ghost Hunters, Jason Hawes and Steve Gonsalves who sat along with the diecast celebrities at the autograph sessions.

Some of the other events were the Celebrity Breakfast with Hot Wheels Designer Phil Reihlman, the RAOK Party sponsored by us (Die Cast X Magazine) and of course the “Liberty Treasure Quest” where people search the hotel for tiny scrolls to win limited edition diecast prizes.

There’s never a dull moment at Summer Smash as there’s always something to do along with the never ending room to room trading!  Thanks to everyone who attended and we look forward to seeing you all again next year at “Summer Smash 6” – Mike Zarnock

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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.
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