Thursday, February 9, 2017

My Hot Wheels RocketFire

This is or was my Hot Wheels RocketFire.  I donated some of my collection to charity due to an upcoming move.  If you are looking for a wild silver Hot Wheels car with orange wheels, some sort of red powerplant, and huge yellow rocket motor hanging off the back, this is your car!


This is a crazy looking Hot Wheels car with personality in spades, but I figured that this is just the sort of car that should really be in a kids toy box somewhere.


Apparently, this #8 car races on the volcano circuit.  It figures because it looks hot!  The silver body looks molten!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hot Wheels Blue Saber Toothed Cat Car

This is one of the weirdest cars in my collection.  For some reason, a person at Hot Wheels thought it would be cool to mix a car design with a saber-tooted tiger.  Of course, there is no label on the bottom of the car to identify the model, the year, or even the name.

It's a strange concoction with gold wheels and a single seat.  Is it a crazy Shriner parade car?  Is it a cartoon or TV show tie in?  Or is this strange Hot Wheels car something more serious?


Ultimately, I decided that this Hot Wheels car should leave my collection.  It's just not one that I aspire to drive.  But, it was certainly an interesting design.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Tin Race Car

Every once in awhile, a tin race car will capture my attention at a Ross, Marshall's or TJ Maxx store.  They often feature someone whimsical sculptures of  early race cars.  I never know what actual car these are based on, but they look pretty cool.



For comparison, here is a real Stutz Bearcat Speedster from 1912.  So, that puts us into the right general era of motoring.


By Katherine Tompkins (1912 Stutz Bearcat Speedster front quarter) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licensesI

I have only found a few tin cars on Amazon, but they do look very cool!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Matchbox Lamborghini LM002 Photos

This is my Lamborghini LM002.  Produced between 1986 and 1993, it's my idea of the perfect vehicle.  In it's most fire-breathing form, this 4-wheel drive off-terrain vehicle sports an exotic Lamborghini 7.2 liter V-12 Marine engine.  It's seriously fast and seriously capable.  Unfortunately, there is one minor problem.  I wasn't born an Arab oil sheikh.  Thus, my Lamborghini LM002 is a tad smaller, the seats are just tiny, and the whole vehicle was made in Asia by Matchbox.

Matchbox Lamborghini LM002

While the tiny size of my Lamborghini LM002 makes it a terrible grocery hauler, parking is a breeze.  It can even fit in my pocket! 

Matchbox Lamborghini LM002 Rear Quarter
 This Matchbox car does a good job evoking the real vehicle.  It would truly be exciting to own the real thing.  Overall, my Lamborghini looks pretty close to the one shown below.

1990 Lamborghini LM002 - Photo By Mr.choppers (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
 However, the insurance for this version is quite affordable. 

Matchbox Lamborghini LM002 Front Quarter
Anything Lamborghini makes a great addition to your die-cast car collection.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Hot Wheels Muscle Speedster

This is one of my latest Hot Wheels cars.  It's the Muscle Speedster and it has personality in spades.  First of all it's long and low with a chopped roof line and a jacked-up rear.  If the development of full-sized muscle cars would have continued, I hope a real car would have one day looked like this sleek little number.  It's the kind of muscle car that has the sleek look and low roof line needed to compete with the contemporary ricers that are so common today.  The Hot Wheels Muscle Speedster just captures the imagination.

Hot Wheels Muscle Speedster.

One of the coolest features of this car is the transparent hood riser that reveals the powerful V-8 lurking beneath the hood. It's a very cool touch that doesn't compromise the aerodynamic premise of the Speedster.
Hot Wheels Muscle Speedster Transparent Hood

One final aspect of this car that I love is the pointed nose. It evokes the old Trans Am of yore. But, it is even more aggressive as only a Hot Wheels design can be. Overall, this Hot Wheels was a fantastic find!
Hot Wheels Muscle Speedster Front View

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Daily Die-Cast Cars - The Book

You can now get many of the best photos from this website in book form!  We've just published a 41-page 9 x 7 hard bound photo book called Daily Die-Cast Cars which contains many of our best photos. You can preview the first 10 pages here:



Many of these photos can also be found in The Diecast Car Calendar - 2017.  These products make great Christmas Gifts and both help support this blog.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Hot Wheels Olds 442

This is my Hot Wheels Olds 442.  It's pretty slick in red and gold.  The Olds 442 casting has been around for a long time, but I haven't been able to find another one with a similar paint scheme in online images.  I think this one must have been some sort of premium edition. 


Hot Wheels Details:  This particular car has lots of interesting details like a subtle Hot Wheels logo in the pinstriping just in front of the rear wheels. 442 in the pinstriping just behind the front wheels. It also has 455 C.I. printed on each hood scoop.


No matter what year or edition this car comes from it's a cool part of my Hot Wheels collection and definitely a keeper.