ACME Trading Opens “Tom’s Garage” for 2013 With a New Deuce

Dec 17, 2012 2 Comments by

Oh, we’ve been waiting for this… ACME Trading has announced that enrollment is open for the 2013 “Tom’s Garage” model car club, and they’ve attached images of a planned TG exclusive – a ’32 Ford Five-Window Coupe with a trick scalloped paint job and polished Hallies with wide whitewall tires. The club hearkens back to the early days of enthusiast/collector groups that enjoyed all kinds of  special discounts and promotions; we’re happy to see the club keeping it real for the thousands of fans who enjoy the low-production exclusives and club premiums these fellows (and at least one lady, the lovely Bekah)  offer to the hobby.

The whole package, as offered by the folks in Winder, Georgia, gives a positive spin to the phrase “Go South”. The yearly fee is $14.95 – and we’re signing up, right… now.




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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.

2 Responses to “ACME Trading Opens “Tom’s Garage” for 2013 With a New Deuce”

  1. clay simerly says:

    Joe, glad to see acme coming out with some really great new drag items !! some new items also .
    thank you Joe and to DIE CAST X for all the great pictures and great reading . can’t wait till the new magzine is out in my hands ! your always no.1 in my world ! keep up the great work ! it looks like the die cast world maybe on rebound a little with all the die cast coming out with all the die cast co. your no.1 fan ! clay/2many

    • Joe Kelly Jr. says:

      Hey, Clay!

      Yeah, we’re glad, too. ACME is a good group of folks that we’ve had the pleasure of knowing for many years, and they’re really trying. The products they make are always real “car guy” stuff – like those drag items – and the quality is great, too. We recently spoke to Mat Long, and there’s some outstanding stuff on deck, so hang in there.

      As for Die Cast X, I’m really glad to be here. It’s a good group of folks, and it’s great to know that the hard work is worth it. Our audience is growing in print, and on the web, thanks to guys like you. I won’t forget that!

      Thanks for the kind words, Clay! I hope to meet you some day. And thanks for reading Die Cast X!

      All the Best,


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