Wichita Blacktop Nationals

Die cast cars are great, but sometimes you just have to get out and see the real thing. My friend Wade and I took our boys to the Blacktop Nationals last night. I’m just going to let my photos speak for themselves.

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Husky Guy Warrior Coal Truck

I don’t often come across Husky cars, so I was happy to find this Guy Warrior Coal Truck in a thrift store recently. Husky cars were made starting in 1964 and sold exclusively at Woolworths stores. By 1970, when the exclusive contract expired, the Husky line was rebranded as Corgi Junior.

Guy Motors was a manufacturer of cars, lorries and buses based in Wolverhampton, UK, from 1914 until 1982. The Warrior chassis was developed in the mid-1950s and was used on a variety of trucks and buses.

This Husky Guy Warrior Coal Truck would have originally included a molded plastic load of coal. The casting was also released as the #13 Guy Warrior Sand Truck, which was painted blue and included a load of sand.

Husky | #10 Guy Warrior Coal Truck | dark red

2014 Greelight Hitch & Tow ’67 Impala and Airstream

As summer draws to an end (already!), I find myself thinking about family vacations from my youth. I’m pretty sure my family camped next to this Impala and Airstream combo one summer many years ago in the Black Hills of South Dakota. My family’s trailer wasn’t a slick Airstream, but our ’66 Pontiac Catalina wagon would’ve given the Impala some stiff competition on the highway.

Somehow I missed this package when it was in the stores last year, so I had to chase this one down on eBay. It has all of the nice detailing typical of Greenlight models and I look forward to seeing what they come up with next in the Hitch & Tow series.
2014 | Greenlight Hitch & Tow Series 1 | 1967 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan and Airstream 16′ Bambi | blue

1998 Hot Wheels 30th Anniversary Spoilers Set

I found this Hot Wheels 30th Anniversary Set a few years back when I stumbled across the garage sale of a pretty serious collector. The set from 1998 includes replicas of four of the Spoilers, a series first introduced in 1970 that included supercharged engines and spoilers on each car. These 30th Anniversary versions have even larger engines than were put on the originals. I bought the set mostly because it includes the Heavy Chevy, which was a favorite car from my childhood.

19322 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Nitty Gritty Kitty, Heavy Chevy, King Cuda, Light My Firebird


1998 Hot Wheels 30th Anniversary Replicas

I haven’t had much luck at garage sales this summer, though I’ve been to quite a few. Instead, I’ve been scoring my finds at resale shops. I found these Hot Wheels 30th Anniversary replicas at one of those stores that specializes in pre-owned children’s clothing and toys. The outer boxes are a little beat up, but the unopened blister packs inside are in good shape.

In 1998, celebrating 30 years of production, Mattel created these replicas of the cars in their original packages which were said to “represent  collectors’ favorite models” – one from each year of Hot Wheels history. Below you can find a scan of the back of the outer box, which lists each casting that was chosen to represent each year.

Prior to 1998, Sweet 16 had only been released once – in 1973. Finding an original in mint condition can set you back a few hundred dollars. This retool, of course, is worth considerably less, but still a fun find.

18862 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Sweet 16 (1973) | red | redlines

Large Charge is nowhere near as rare. After its first release in 1975, it was produced in more than 30 variations (sometimes called Silver Bullet or Aeroflash) up until as recently as 2011.

18864 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Large Charge (1975) | green | redlines

Auburn 852 is another popular casting which first appeared in 1979. I have one of the original first casting, as well as a few other variations.

18868 | 1998 30th Anniversary | Auburn 852 (1979) | red | blackwalls



M2 Machines 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS

Castline has been cranking out their M2 Machines ’67 Novas for years. I have over 20 variations going back to at lease 2009. They are nice models, but it’s nice to see them switching things up a little bit. For Release 29, they cut a hole in the hood and gave each version a different engine. I found both variations of R29 at Walmart, my favorite of which has the black stripe and the stacks.

2014 Auto-Drivers R29 | 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS 14-17 | metallic gold

2014 Auto-Drivers R29 | 1967 Chevrolet Nova SS 14-16 | metallic gold with black stripe