About

I started The Race Case with the intention of connecting and creating a dialogue with other collectors. The Race Case is now four different sites:

So feel free to comment, like and follow! You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter.

When I was a kid, cars weren’t for collecting, they were for playing with. In fact, the oldest cars of mine were hand-me-downs from my big brothers, so they had been played with a few times before they even got to me. I enjoyed my cars and was fond enough of them – even as I became an adult – that I held on to them, tucked away nicely in the vintage Hot Wheels Collector’s Race Case pictured here.

My family was a Chevy family and most of my brothers drove Novas. The first car that I drove regularly was 1969 Chevy Impala that an older brother had loaned me to use when I was in high school. It was a brown 4-door with a tan vinyl top that was peeling off and it had been rear-ended by a tow truck. It was ugly and much of the time I couldn’t get it started, but I was glad to have the use of it. The first car I bought for myself was a 1973 Chevy Nova 2-door hatchback that I found at a used car lot. It had been wrecked too, and had a healthy percentage of Bondo under the green-gold metallic paint. It also had a bent rear axle, a leaky transmission and a decaying exhaust system, but I loved it anyway. I paid $1200 for it and when it was totaled 10 years later the insurance company wrote me a check for $1200.

Here’s a photo of the Green Goblin shortly after I bought it in 1985.

And here’s a photo of it shortly after it was wrecked in 1995. All of that heavy Detroit steel probably saved my life.

I never bought another real Chevy, but I never stopped enjoying cars, real or otherwise. I started occasionally buying Hot Wheels or other die cast toys that I liked. Eventually, I had a decent number of Impalas and my adult collection was born. Things really took off when Hot Wheels released a ’68 Nova as one of the 2004 First Editions. I bought up enough of those to give one to each of my brothers, though I’m not sure they were as excited about the whole thing as I was. Currently, my collection includes a large number of Impalas and Novas of various brands, as well as “vintage” cars, which range from a few Lesney Matchbox cars from the 1950s up to the end of the Hot Wheels blackwall era in 1995 – and everything in between. The last time I counted, which was January of 2017, I came up just shy of 1000 pieces. I thought it would be fun to share what I’ve collected with anyone else who might be interested.

The stairs to the unfinished basement make a good place to display all of my Hot Wheels Impalas.

Another side of the basement stairwell holds most of my Johnny Lightning Impalas, as well as many more Impalas.

I bought a nice retail display at a garage sale and I use it to hold my Nova collection.

Bosworth_head_WalkedThru_7617Marc Bosworth is an artist and printmaker who works as an art director. Born into a Chevy family a couple of years before the first Hot Wheels were released, he is an avid die-cast car collector whose treasures range from vintage Lesney/Matchbox models to the latest Johnny Lightning releases. The Race Case was created to showcase his collection and to serve as a platform for ruminations on all things related. He lives in a 100-year-old bungalow in Wichita with his lovely wife and their young ninja son.

7 Comments

  1. Hi there.

    I’m founder of http://www.walkedthru.com – which is actually a blog community. We’re currently recruiting bloggers, of all subjects and professions to contribute.

    I think your blog, The Race Case, is a fantastic example of what we are looking for – it is fun, dedicated, specific, informative, and well written, with great imagery.

    So with that I would love to invite you to visit our community, and to ask you if you would like us to list your blog under WalkedThru Die-Cast Cars perhaps?

    Feel free to visit our website and to get in touch.

    Regards

    Luke ‘SkyWalker’ Connelly
    Founder
    http://www.walkedthru.com
    luke.connelly@hotmail.co.uk

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    1. Thanks, Luke, I’m glad you like my blog! And thanks fork the invitation – I look forward to being a part of the WalkedThru community!

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  2. Hi Marc. I just recently stumbled onto your blog after just starting my own, https://arshur.wordpress.com/, a few weeks back. I only really collect M2 Machines vehicles, and only started about 2 months ago, but do have a couple Auto World and Hot Wheels (not including all the random ones I have in a bin from when my brother and I were younger). I saw that you really liked the Auto-Haulers series, and I have to say that I do too. Only have pictures of a few that I own currently posted, but soon hope to add some more. Your collection is quite impressive and I really like the blog.

    A fellow die cast collector from Texas,
    Mathieu

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    1. Hey Mathieu, it’s good to meet another die cast collector and blogger! Thanks for the comments. I look forward to seeing more of your collection. Marc

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  3. Hi, Marc,
    Love your blog! I accidentally came across it in another search. I am a 66 year old collector, and started in the 80’s when my daughters were young. I actually started much earlier with a MB red XKE, a green Ferrari, and a white 66 Mustang fastback. This was when MB was the only game in town. I bought a gold 67/8 HW Mustang fastback when HW came out and later a pink Nomad. Unfortunately, I don’t have any of these anymore. I have collected mostly HW through the decades with Johnny Lightning-Playing Mantis, and MB that I liked thrown in. I don’t actually know how many cars I have. I love street rods, muscle cars, and Chevys mostly. BTW, my wife had a ’74 Spirit of America hatchback, six with 3 on the floor, during college, while my first car was a 63 Bel Air 2door from my parents. I now have a 63 convertible project. (6-PG)
    Die cast collecting can be addicting, and you know you are hooked when you can’t pass a store that sells die cast without stopping to look and/or buy!!
    Enjoy!
    Ted

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    1. Hi Ted,
      Thanks for the comments! Glad you’re enjoying the blog. In recent years, I’ve come to realize how fortunate I am that I held on to my childhood cars. However, it sounds like you have an impressive collection otherwise. Your project car sounds like a lot of fun. Best of luck with that. Keep in touch – us Chevy guys need to stick together!
      Marc

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