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Replicarz 1984 March 84C

Dec 18, 2014 No Comments

For all the preparation and planning, Indy can be a cruel place. Gordon Johncock found that out in 1984, when the March 84C he was piloting crashed on lap 104, injuring his ankle and twisting the car up beyond repair. Powered by a Ford-Cosworth DFV turbo V8 making an impressive 800 horsepower, Gordon’s March wasn’t [...]

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Auto World 1965 Ford Mustang 2+2

Dec 14, 2014 No Comments

Thirteen years after the original 1:18 Ertl/FoMoCo “Precision 100” 64 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible shook up the diecast collecting world, the current owner of the molds, Auto World, is releasing this 2+2 fastback pony in the same color — Rangoon Red — with many of the original’s operating features, including opening doors, hood, and trunk [...]

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Hot Wheels Elite F1-90 Mansell

Dec 12, 2014 No Comments

1989 World Champion Alain Prost moved to Ferrari for the 1990 season, bringing his Champion’s #1 with him, and relegating Nigel Mansell to the position of second driver. When the season started the only noticeable difference in the Ferrari F1-90, or 641, was a taller biplane rear wing replacing the 89’s triplane arrangement. Ferrari introduced [...]

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AUTOart 2012 HINO GT500

Dec 10, 2014 No Comments

  This AUTOart 1:43 HINO GT 500 truck (yes, we said “GT” and “truck” in the same sentence) is patterned after the unit that’s been boinking through the sand in the Dakar Rally, and collecting Class Championships (four in a row, as of this year’s event) for Team Sugawara. No, this isn’t the same rig [...]

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ACME Trading “Mondello & Matsubara” 1937 Fiat Topolino

Dec 08, 2014 No Comments

Fiat is back on these shores again, and the little 500s of today harken back to a unit called the Fiat 500 Topolino. Like the modern version, the elder Italian was among the smallest road cars of its day – and that made the aerodynamic coupe a perfect candidate for use in drag racing. That’s [...]

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Minichamps Renault R86 “Vettel 2010 Brazilian GP”

Dec 06, 2014 No Comments

  Sebastian Vettel is one amazing Formula One driver: young, talented and very, very fast. Driving for Red Bull Racing, the 25-year-old German has finished on the podium in almost half of the F1 races he’s started, won more than one-quarter of them, has won the F1 World Championship in 2010, 2011, and 2012 and, [...]

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AUTOart Stainless Steel Brake Rotor Plate and Coffee Cup Set

Dec 04, 2014 No Comments

Car junkies run on caffeine, so it’s a natural that a man cave would benefit from having this  coffee cup, saucer, and spoon set around. These appear to have been stolen from somebody’s front suspension; the saucer looks exactly like a cross-drilled brake rotor, and the handles of the cup and spoon have lightening holes [...]

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Out of the Box

Dec 03, 2014 No Comments

Automodello 1971 Lincoln Mark III     1:24 | $299.99 / $371  Henry Ford II was nothing, if not confident. It must have been in his blood. His grandfather had started the company, and his late dad, Edsel, was a legend among designers. Henry II was married three times, didn’t think twice about acting once, [...]

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AUTOart Carburetor Salt & Pepper Shaker

Nov 30, 2014 No Comments

What could be more fun than passing a fellow car nut a classic Weber DCOE when they ask for the salt, pepper, or sugar? Not much, say we.  AUTOart’s lively homage to stoichiometric metering comes with two chromed velocity stacks for the spices; look closely and you’ll see the “S” and “P” patterned in their [...]

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AUTOart “gearshift” Umbrella

Nov 28, 2014 No Comments

If you’re going to the races, this umbrella is the ideal take-along to fend off the weather in style. The umbrella’s eight-panel, silver-coated nylon canopy is 26 inches wide, so you’ll deflect mid-day rays or a light sprinkle with the best of them. Opening it is fun, too: a gearshift-like handle with a shock absorber [...]

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