The more cars and bikes I add to my collection the more I want to get to complete my newly created Hot Wheels Motorsport “Spotter Guide” to illustrate the available options out there in the 1/64 scale diecast world.
In addition to my core collectables I’ve stocked up on cool cars I offer to trade to others for what I like… and the question always comes up: “what are you looking for?”
This list is what I’m looking for:
Check out Hot Wheels Collector News for a complete list of this 2010-2013 bike model: Click here!
While I have a few Ducati 1199’s already there are a few more 2014+ models I’d like: Click here!
The 2013-2014 release of the Lotus Evora GT4 would be nice to acquire: Click here!
While it was made from 2002 onwards I’m especially interested in the 2010 version of the Saleen S7 Race Car with a big wing and air scoop added. Click here!
Though I doubt I’ll ever get my hands on any of these realistic looking 1999 production F1 cars, I would really love to get at least the above Ferrari and BMW versions in their true liveries. Click here!
Speaking of must-have Formula 1 models, the 2010 Tyrrell six-wheeler is at the top of my list. Click here!
This short tail version of the 917 beauty of which I already have a few long tail version is a must for me, and I think I’ll get one fairly reasonably priced as it was a recent release. Click here!
This limited edition, fancilly boxed 911 will be impossible to get cheaply. Click here!
However this mainline from 2010 should be doable: click-here!
This would be awesome to have, Ferrari Challenge F360 from 1999 production run, click here!
The 2009 run of the next Ferrari Challenge F430 is a must too, Click Here!
After participating in Red Bull Rallycross I got a really soft spot for the Ford Fiesta, would love to add a few more of these colorful gems to my collection. Click here!
One of the more illusive race cars I have been having trouble getting cheaply on eBay is the series of Ford Falcon V8 Supercars. I definitely want these in my collection. Click here!
Huge thanks to HWCollectorsNews.com folks forcataloging this hobby so well for newbies to have such an amazing resource to go by. My collection keeps growing so this page and my general wish list is constantly updated. Stay tuned!
The more time I spend away from participating in Motorsport the more nostalgic my Hot Wheels hobby makes me feel. So I had an idea to catalog my collection into a Motorsport spotter guide much like those famous Andy Blackmore sportscar guides I would often share before every endurance race I went to marshal. This is going to be my attempt to create something similar. For not just sports car racing but also open wheelers, moto racing, rally and historics.
Its been a while since I chose a flight to book specifucally based on the airliner that flies that route. For my upcomming trip to Europe I will be going slightly out of my way (and way out of my way on the return) just to fly Boeing’s Dreamliner across the Atlantic.
It won’t be my first time flying this bird. I was booked on it twice already. First time using United Airline miles to fly partner ANA to Tokyo, but that flight suffered equipment change and I got to ride an old 777 instead. And a Scoot Air short hop between Bangkok and Singapore which wad so late at night and so short I don’t remember much from that experience. Much like my previous experiences hunting after booking Airbus A380 international flights I’m very much looking forward to a longer Dreamliner experience. On my way to Paris I will have to take a positioning flight to Chicago. And returning from Munich I will overshoot home by flying to Dallas and then take an Airbus A321 flight home.
Between France and Germany I plan to rely on European fast train options, but IF stars align I would snag a cheap short flight in a heartbeat.
Wish I didn’t let my Air France miles expire I had almost 10k sitting dormant at one point, but disapointingly I discovered that the only way to keep them was by flying, partner earnings (like dining and shopping) did not help.
I will share more info on my plans for this Euro Trip later. It has been an exciting experience already just trying to secure the reward booking from AA. I was just over 1k miles short for redemption, it took me more tham ten trips to various local restaurants for lunch to prop up my points balance via AAdvantage Dining… so glad those kind of options are out there.
more to come soon….
PS. I will be so pissed if my flight experiences equipment change again or if Dreamliners get grounded again for some reason this September.
Mission accomplished once again. The Hot Wheels Premium Car Culture line keeps getting better and better. That’s those tiny 1/64 scale wide cards with fancy artwork cars featuring rubber wheels and metal base for $5.49 apiece instead of standard mainline cars that sell for $0.94 at Walmart or a bit more everywhere else. Well 2019 is getting pretty awesome so far with incredibly detailed modern GT3 machinery… exactly what got me into collecting Hot Wheels a year ago.
Sadly I’m not the only one hunting for these awesome things in Northern NJ and it took me many fruitless trips to the local stores where all I accomplished was burning a lot of gas. Today my luck changed around. While going to get my taxes done I finally stumbled upon an Easter display at Target that had all the cars I really wanted in my collection. Woo Hoo!!!
Well there you have it folks… super happy with my growing collection and looking forward to future fantastic releases.
Few reasons… started running out of wall space because I bought too many. My collection is straying a bit from my initial goal to collect only modern GT3 machines. Was a bit curious to see if anyone would buy them… come across someone crazier than me willing to pay more for a toy than the stores sell them for, etc.
It was an interesting experience. I listed my small 3 car Forza Motorsport series collection for $11 bux each giving myself a little wiggle room for the inevitable negotiation. Within an hour I had 3 offers for the BMW 2002… one guy offered to take the lot if I give him a deal, so I took a dollar off selling 3 for $30.
As much as I liked the card art in these they just didn’t fit with the rest of my Car Culture Real Riderz collection.
I’m thinking of selling a few more. The profit on each model won’t make anyone rich but it will offset the fuel I burned going to the store and coming back empty handed because they never seem to have Hot Wheels on the pegs anymore. Than again it’s probably because of people buying them cheap and reselling for more money like I just did. Welcome to capitalism.
The other thing I did was found someone to trade my spares for something I like. And while initially it seemed like a great idea the shipping cost killed the deal for me.
I’ll write more about this once I receive the package. But for now I’m on the hunt for more stuff I like to have on my wall, which currently features a lot of placeholders I’m looking to get rid of.
Looks like I’ll be spending my birthday in Europe this year. I have a commitment in France but am planning to spend at least half of my trip in Germany and specifically some places I haven’t been to before: Stuttgart and Munich. And since I’m not planning on volunteering this time for any Motorsport event I’m totally debating visiting some amazing Automotive museums over the course of four days… the plan is to spend half a day exploring each one of the following (and starting the process of researching the logistics of doing each one):
Porsche Museum in Stuttgart
Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart
Mercedes-Benz Factory Tour
BMW Welt & BMW Museum in Munich
And if time and money allows:
Mazda Classic Museum Frey in Augsburg
I’m super excited about the prospect of this trip. Hopefully I get to do everything I’ve planned so far and then some. More research and info to come soon.a
Finally had the time to pin my First Editions Hot Wheels mainline race cars I bought off eBay to their new display spot.
Since cars of this vintage don’t have unique blue cards like modern Hot Wheels displaying them as a group is a little easier because they can overlap so only the bubble with each race car is visible. Having done that though I wanted to share some pix from my new favorite HW Collectors web site of what each car looks like out of it’s packaging… I’m using this resourse both to display my cars without cracking open the packaging and as a link to educational material as the site illustrates all available options for each model… most of which I don’t have in my collection. So here we go!
This car was the reason I went looking for vintage Hot Wheels on eBay. This is the homologated street version of the amazing race car that dominated one of the best racing eras of all time. Read more about the model here: http://hwcollectorsnews.com/mercedes-clk-lm-75mm-1999-2003
The cars that battled the Mercedes and dominated in their own right were Porsche 911 GT1. I bought three different versions, with the #38 Champion livery being my favorite because it accurately represents the IMSA model that raced stateside. More info on models: http://hwcollectorsnews.com/porsche-911-gt1-98-75mm-1999
I first got to see this car in action a few years ago while volunteering for the Historic Daytona 24 hours. It was stunning. More about the model: http://hwcollectorsnews.com/cadillac-lmp-70mm-2001
I’ve only seen one of these on display at Lime Rock but it looks amazing. Don Panoz founded the American Le Mans Series and it was my favorite before it merged with Grand Am. More here: http://hwcollectorsnews.com/panoz-lmp-1-roadster-s-78mm-2001
I don’t believe I’ve even ever seen one in person, but on TV it looked amazing battling European and Japanese Le Mans cars of it’s vintage. I ordered it because it seemed cheap at $2 shipping included, it was cheap because the bubble yellowed. More: http://hwcollectorsnews.com/panoz-gtr-1-1998-75mm-1998
Saw one of these race at a Historic event at Daytona. The #11 white model accurately represents a Hot Wheels livery race car that really participated in American Motorsport. Not sure why the card labels it as a GT3 model though, it definitely isn’t as the road car was a 4 door sedan. More: http://hwcollectorsnews.com/olds-aurora-gts-1-76mm-1999
Saw this iconic Ferrari at the Daytona Historic racing series 24 hour race. Sounded fantactic. There is a Momo/Lista livery model produced that i should get my hands on. More: http://hwcollectorsnews.com/ferrari-333-sp-72mm-2000
Saw a variation of this model at Daytona Historics event. Looked similar to the Ferrari 333SP which also raced in the same IMSA series. Riley still makes awesome modern race cars from Grand Am Daytona Prototypes to current Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars. More: http://hwcollectorsnews.com/riley-and-scott-mk-iii-2001-78mm-2001
Can-Am racer. Don’t think I’ve ever seen one though I’ve watched plenty of McLaren Can-Am cars race in New Zealand. Had to have it! More here: http://hwcollectorsnews.com/shadow-mk-lla-75mm-1999
First heard of Chaparral by reading the victory wall above the pits at Sebring. It had won the grueling 12 hour. And it’s an American brand! More: http://hwcollectorsnews.com/chaparral-2-65mm-1998
Apparently the race car went thru constant development even in the same racing season. This one grew a roof in it’s 4th iteration. More: http://hwcollectorsnews.com/chaparral-2d-67mm-2003
At the other end of the race car spectrum, faster than the Le Mans prototypes and GT cars is IndyCar and America is obsessed with it’s Indy 500. The No Fear car represents one of my favorite IndyCar designs back when they looked like F1 cars. More: http://hwcollectorsnews.com/no-fear-race-car-80mm-1994-2001
The F360 model is famous for a lot of things, I find it awesome because of it’s single make series in Ferrari Challenge appearance. And later as GT3 / GTC race versions. I’m fact there is a Coca Cola livery Ferrari Challenge version I need to find. More: http://hwcollectorsnews.com/ferrari-360-modena-70mm-1999
This model looks a lot like the German DTM cars of that era. Love it. More: http://hwcollectorsnews.com/mercedes-c-class-70mm-19972003
This page is continuously being updated. If you spot errors please let me know. Stay tuned for more.
The modern Grand Touring class of racing is currently by far my favorite form of Motorsport. It’s true when it came to selecting what race events I wanted to volunteer in the past and it’s true now when it comes to what diecast models I choose to add to my collection.
What are GT race cars, and specifically the very best of them – the GT3 cars?
Here’s the list below, borrowing heavily from the FIA GT3 Wikipedia page (and Motorsport.com) with real photo examples:
The list includes GTE cars which are Factory Motorsport efforts that are either heavily modified GT3 cars or GT3-prototypes later released for Customer Motorsport efforts as GT3 cars. These are the top-Pro GT teams that compete in WEC and IMSA.
Acura / Honda
This page is a work in progress… updated frequently!
What’s the most recognizable Racing Livery? What paint job tells you the Team sponsor by seeing the color combo from a mile away? Even without reading any text…. I’d think Red Bull, Coca Cola, Marlboro, Rothmans, Martini, Gulf, Falken, Tic Tac, Yagermeister… maybe a few others would make the list. But since Hot Wheels is a kid brand, most of the cigarette and booze sponsors get excluded from making it into mainline cars. So of the remaining teams we’re left with instantly recognizable paint jobs, and I’m going to start adding them to my collection.
Thanks to all the detailed work HWCOLLECTORSNEWS.COM put into their web site it can be used as a shopping catalog for desirable cars… past and present. I’m happy to say that many of the abovementioned cars are already in my collection. And the rest I’ll be on the lookout for on eBay to be sure I can add them to my wall.
So the following are my favorites:
There are of course others in each of these series, none large than the amazing Gulf Racing variety.
But it’s important to remember that collecting anything requires patience. Especially with something like Hot Wheels where new surprises come out every year. So I’ll be adding my additions as I accumulate them over the years.