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.


  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.


    Luke ‘SkyWalker’ Connelly


    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!


  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,


    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


  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!!


    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!


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