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Auto World Dukes of Hazzard Police Car

Jun 28, 2014 No Comments

  The Dukes of Hazzard television show that ran from 1979 to 1985 wasn’t exactly a paragon of support for traffic safety (or the preservation of Dodge Chargers). But it was a fun show to watch, especially when the Duke boys were being chased by Sheriff Rosco Coltrane (James Best) with his lights blazing and [...]

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BOS (Best of Show) Mercedes C220

Jun 26, 2014 No Comments

  It’s been argued that the 2.2-liter Mercedes-Benz C220 that debuted in 1993 was as much a result of the advent of the microchip as it was a need to pen a successor to Mercedes’ everyman-level 190. The logic (no pun intended) was simple: take a lesson from the makers of those silicon wonders and [...]

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Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari Enzo “Monza Test”

Jun 24, 2014 No Comments

  Here’s how you make things happen on a track when you’re Ferrari: first, you design a mythically beautiful road car (like the Enzo). Then, you add a whole lot of outlandish and exclusive goodies to it, to make it scream, and then, you find a place (Monza) and a driver (Andrea Bertolini) to get [...]

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Ottomobile Volkswagen Caddy

Jun 22, 2014 No Comments

  Here’s the good thing about OTTO’s 1:18 models: they’re killer. They are cars you’ll never see in diecast, not even if you reach a Methuselian age. Here’s the bad part: They usually sell out. Fast. And it is with both of those statements in mind that we present this outstanding little Volkswagen “Caddy” pickup. [...]

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Hot Wheels Elite Ferrari 458 Italia “Special LM Corse”

Jun 20, 2014 No Comments

  Because too much is never enough (and for many of the same reasons stated above), there’s another fast-freak Ferrari out from Hot Wheels Elite – this 458 Italia “Special LM Corse,” deco’d on HWE’s excellent (and frequently reviewed, here) 458 GT2 mold set, and patterned to look like the machine that Rui Aguas, Robert [...]

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Minichamps “Red Bull” Renault RB7 “S. Vettel Japan GP”

Jun 08, 2014 No Comments

One of the best parts of poring over a model like this Minichamps’ 1:18 Renault RB7 is comparing the model to the real thing – a pretty easy task, given the virtual reams of photos and multiple cyber-shrine web pages that follow this one’s pilot, Sebastian Vettel. It’s even more fun when the model is [...]

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Auto World “Mountain Dew” 1956 Ford F100 Pickup Truck

Jun 06, 2014 No Comments

Auto World’s re-pop of this old Ertl mold is a true attention getter – exactly what the owners of the real hauler might have hoped for. Back in the ‘fifties, Mountain Dew was a big part of the soda market in the Southern U.S., originating in 1940 with a formula stirred up by Barney and [...]

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Hot Wheels Elite Alonso Malaysian GP Victory

May 22, 2014 No Comments

Balance is a critical element in racing, and for every yin, there’s a yang. That was the takeaway when Fernando Alonso took the Malaysian GP in March of 2012 from behind the wheel of a Ferrari F2012 — a car that had been roundly criticized for its lack of handling in dry conditions. That was [...]

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GT Spirit Porsche 911 (993) Carrera RS Club Sport

May 21, 2014 No Comments

GT Spirit sent along this wicked-looking Carrera RS Club Sport as we were getting ready to wrap this issue, and it’s still sitting on the edit desk, all mean, low, and yellow. Boy, is it yellow. And wow, is it slick. This is our fourth sample from the company, and we have yet to see [...]

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Auto World Bruce Larson “USA-1” Funny Car

May 18, 2014 No Comments

Speaking of the Legends series, this 1970s-vintage Camaro represents the bow-tie contingent as Bruce Larson’s particularly patriotic “USA-1” funny – one of the prettier cars Larson ran in his career, and, thanks to its Hemi engine and sleek shape, one that kept him running and winning match races in the early ’70s, despite the lack [...]

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