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16th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals

16th Annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals

America’s Racing Heartland Hosts a Hot Wheels Extravaganza Indianapolis is synonymous with the automotive world in more ways than one. It not only is the home of the Indy 500 but also has played host for the past couple of years to the annual Hot Wheels Collectors Nationals put together by Collectors Events Unlimited. From […]
AUTOart 1958 Corvette: Chevy’s Class Act

AUTOart 1958 Corvette: Chevy’s Class Act

By Wayne Moyer GM originally intended the 1958 Corvette to look very much like the ’56 Olds Golden Rocket Motorama car. But problems with a new truck line and demands of the all-new ’58 passenger cars took priority and the ‘Vette was relegated to a facelift and an expanded option list at the last minute.  […]

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NEO 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Club Coupe

NEO 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Club Coupe

Sublime Sedanette from Caddy’s Silver Age Author: Matt Boyd 1:18 | $212 As American manufacturing migrated back from wartime production to focusing on consumer goods, the race was on to design the vehicles that would define the postwar automotive boom that every manufacturer knew was coming. Of course, even the most aggressive vehicle development schedule […]
Lightning Strikes Twice! 10 Questions with Johnny Lightning’s Tom Lowe

Lightning Strikes Twice! 10 Questions with Johnny Lightning’s Tom Lowe

Johnny Lightning (JL) is a brand name with which all fans of 1:64 diecast will be instantly familiar. Introduced originally by Topper Toys in 1969, quick on the heels of Hot Wheels’ launch, JL focused from the outset on speed above all. To raise brand awareness and further emphasize its association with speed, JL sponsored […]

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Mocking Up the Mach 5

Mocking Up the Mach 5

by Ron Ruelle As diecast collectors, we seldom consider the amount of effort that goes into creating a miniature version of a real car, especially one with working features. Rolling wheels are a bare minimum, but when a vehicle also features opening doors and hood, working steering and even suspension, it’s really a miniature marvel […]
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Review: 1:18 Kyosho Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE Review: 1:18 Kyosho Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB

Loftiest of the High Rollers Author: Matt Boyd 1:18 | $279 Last year I reviewed Kyosho’s Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé, and just last issue I examined their Bentley Mulsanne Speed—exquisite 1:18 models of two of the most extravagant, exclusive conveyances known to man (or at least a very few, very rich men—and women—for whom these scions […]

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Ultimate Bench Racer’s Resource!

Ultimate Bench Racer’s Resource!

We’ve all done it: Gotten drawn into a “What-If” argument pitting our favorite muscle car in a hypothetical 1/4-mile match-up against that of some other self-professed expert who clearly doesn’t know just how fierce your grandpa’s ’70 455 Olds Vista-Cruiser  really was.  Since most such cars are long gone — or worth more than a […]
5 (Other) Great Gift ideas for Diecast Collectors

5 (Other) Great Gift ideas for Diecast Collectors

It goes without saying that diecast collectors will want more diecast as gifts over the holiday season. But we are a particular bunch, and it can be hard for non-collectors to know what specific models we have, what we need, and what we’d like without exacting instructions. Such is the plight of the loved one […]

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Lightning Strikes Again – The Return of Johnny Lightning!

Lightning Strikes Again – The Return of Johnny Lightning!

Fans and collectors of 1:64 will be very familiar with Johnny Lightning. The classic brand has ridden a rollercoaster of fortunes, having disappeared from the market in the early ‘70s only to be resurrected by Tom Lowe’s Playing Mantis Group in the 1990s, during which time it established itself as a source for scale accuracy […]
Farewell to a King

Farewell to a King

[Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in 2012 when DCX’s Mike Zarnock visited with George in his custom shop in North Hollywood. We present it again here as we bid farewell to one of the greats–a brilliant designer, consummate showman, towering automotive world personality–and a man that was never too busy to share his […]
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