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Hot Wheels For Sale

I sold my first few Hot Wheels models today. Why?

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.

Hot Wheels 1st Editions Race Cars

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!

Mercedes-Benz CLK LM aka Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR

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

Porsche 911 GT1
Porsche 911 GT1
Porsche 911 GT1

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

Cadillac LMP

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

Panoz LMP-1 Roadster

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

Panoz GTR-1

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

Olds Aurora GTS-1
Olds Aurora GTS-1
Olds Aurora GTS-1

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

Ferrari 333SP

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

Riley & Scott Mk-III

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

Shadow Mk-II

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

Chaparral 2

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

Chaparral 2D

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

Ford Escort

Escort Rally… More: http://hwcollectorsnews.com/escort-rally-ford-70mm-1998

Ferrari 360 Modena

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

Mercedes-Benz C-class

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.

2019 Hot Wheels Collection Wish List

This year is off to a good start, looking at what Mattel has come out with for both Hot Wheels and Matchbox lines, I’m going to be busy hunting for the cool stuff.

My goal is to snatch all the GT3 race cars that will be out this year. This includes mainline and premium models. And there’s a bunch of each.

I’m especially happy that there will be at least three (3) Mercedes-AMG GT3 cars in realistic/accurate AMG livery. Two color variations in mainline (my favorite colors I should add: baby blue and bright yellow) and premium Open Track Car Culture line (in their prototype gray just the way the car was introduced).

Acura NSX GT3 is another model with multiple offerings both in premium lines.

And finally the Gulf Racing Car Culture lime where I really want to get my hands on the McLaren F1 GTR. And maybe that awesome looking Fiat 600 in iconic Gulf Racing livery.

As of today I’m already the lucky owner of both first color mainlines Cadillac ATS-V.R and Mercedes AMG GT3 models, which fit right in with my growing collection. Oh and I also grabbed a new color of the Porsche 917 LH Prototype too.

There’s so much to chase after, I hope I get lucky and snatch them all.

The Acura GT3 would complete my Project Cars 2 collection
I don’t play video games but this thing looks fantastic!

Stay tuned for updates…

Congratulations Mazda team Joest on Daytona 24h pole position and new track record

Great news from Florida this weekend: Mazda RT24-P is on pole for this year’s Daytona 24 hour race! Not only that the Mazda DPi set a new track record. Fantastic!

I’m pretty happy to see Facebook lit up with all of the peeps sharing this news. The only thing that would have been better is if I were there volunteering for the race.

That said they had some shitty luck with me around previous races so maybe me staying away would bring luck to the team.

I will be glued to my Samsung tablet watching the team’s progress this weekend.

Photo from MZracing.jp
Photo from MZraving.jp
Photos from MZRacing.jp
Photos from MZracing.jp
Looking forward to the podcast

Miatas at Laguna Seca 30th Anniversary Invitation

Extending my invitation to all of you for end of 2019:

Mark your calendars!

The Miata turns 30 next year and you’re all invited to the celebration at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on October 11-13th.

Now that we have a firm date, we’re working on all the various details including adding special things to commemorate the 30th anniversary. We will also be sharing information via FacebookInstagram and Miata.net as in previous years. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch our latest videos. If you have any Miata friends who think they might be interested in attending, please have them sign up for the email list via the home page at our website as these emails are our primary channel for reaching out to you.  In the meantime:

Lots of track time?  Yes!
Parade laps?  Yes!
All the top suppliers of cool Miata goodies and services all in one place?  Yes!

Stay tuned for more…….

As always, the website remains the official source of information for the event, where you will also find the link to register when registration opens.

Event registration will open at 9am Pacific time on Saturday, June 15th.

We’ll also send out a reminder before registration opens to provide you with further information.

See you in October!

The Miatas at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Team

Hot Wheels: First Editions from eBay

My new Hot Wheels collection obsession is real and getting worse. The first batch of 10 Hot Wheels First Editions from eBay has just arrived, and they look amazing!

I decided to go shopping online for a fairly recent 2017 McLaren F1 GTR… one I had in my hand in Walmart last year to buy for my nephew, and I put it back on the shelf… stupid, i know! But instead of paying 94 cents for it then, I was looking at $5 now on eBay, most of it shipping charge. If you buy more, the per car charge goes down because it costs the same to ship 10 cars as it does 1 car. So i looked what else is reasonable out there that I want. I found my favorite ever race cars: Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR or CLK LM in later iterations and Porsche 911 GT1. I expanded the search to Mercedes-Benz C-class DTM. The Shelby Cobra. The Stingray Corvette and a classic Camaro with opening hood  (just like the A.C. Cobra too) sweet!

So I spent like $30 for a bunch of cars, and have a few bids I’m winning now too… yikes!

Amazing having Hot Wheels that are 20 years apart side by side. The Chaparral is 2008 model with Hot Wheels 30th Anniversary logo on the back of the blue card. The Unimog race truck is my first 2019 model, next to all those First Editions Ferrari’ s. Just, simply amazing!

More to add on this topic soon.

UPDATE November 3:

More eBay arrivals:

Two Mercedes-Benz models 20 years apart!

Back when Indy cars looked good.

 

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Matchbox Mazda CX-5: Found it!

Who would of thought that a Mazda CX-5 SUV diecast would be easier to find then a Matchbox Mazda Miata? I certainly did not, but today I got really lucky and cleaned out my local Kmart in Westwood of their Matchbox collection. I also snatched a few other cars including a Chrysler 300 and a Cadillac Escalade? Why those? For my work cubicle…  I’m working in the luxury ground transportation industry and the company runs hundreds of those cars.

Anyway. Happy to have found  Mazda CX-5 model cars, now if only I can find a real one to buy for my mom soon.

PS. I’m still hunting for a little Matchbox Miata in both grey and red. Today I picked up about 8 Mad Mike white Hot Wheels Miatas that I’ll probably trade for other stuff in the future. Or use as gifts when travelling to Miata events.

UPDATE November 12:

Picked up a bunch more Matchbox cars including a few more Mazda CX5 on a card, and a Cadillac Escalade. Heard Dollar General had them on sale 2 for $1 but of course when I arrived on Sunday the sale was over. Still happy with the finds:

Especially happy to have found both of these Nissan Rally cars. More to come…

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Mazda MX-5: Miata Fender Removal. Fender Bender Fix.

Well I’ve gone and done it. Took the better part of the day but my fender is now fixed. Not the prettiest job but it will have to do for now.

What I’ve learned is that it is possible to change the fender without removing the bumper. I was worried it would take forever. Luckily it didn’t take as long as I thought it would, the most time consuming bit was trying to find the plastic clips that hold the fender liner in place. I picked up some universal Dorman fasteners which don’t sit perfectly but again they’ll have to do. Despite my best efforts most of mine broke even though I was perfectly gentle, I guess after 11 years they get so brittle there’s no way to reuse them.

Another difficulty was getting the side skirt removed enough to get to the bottom bolts. Lucky I didn’t break those clips, universal wouldn’t have been an option, dealer only part.

And finally the new fender I got was somewhat bowed. It took a lot of time to bang it into shape. And even then there are rather large gaps between fender and bumper and fender and hood.

Here’s some photos:

So, in this process I used zip ties and hundred mile per hour (100mph) tape… like in NASCAR (lol) or more commonly known as Flex Tape available from TV in As Seen On TV ads or in my case picked up at Walgreens for $12.99 (4” inches wide 5’ feet long) I used a fraction of it on the cracked bits on the inside of the bumper so that the fender liner has something to attach to. And on the fender headlight bit which cracked off in the accident. The same bit was meant to be screwed into the fender, but for the life of me I could not align it, so I zip tied the damn thing in place. If I took the front bumper off I probably would have been able to tighten it correctly. For now zip ties and tape will do. Going to go for a spirited drive to see if anything loose shakes out. As of now everything is attached tightly. I did scuff up some paint on the car from the sharp metal of the fender, not to mention murdered my hands with cuts and scrapes.

Mazda MX-5: Hunt for Miata Fender in Copper Red (Found It!)

It’s been a week since my mom had a fender bender with my car… (she bent the fender with her car while backing up). Since then I’ve been scouring the Internets for a replacement. Nothing terribly close could be found I called about a dozen local used car part places, but I had two candidates via a web site called Car-Part.com

eBay was crazy pricey. Craigslist had nothing. Car-Part.com however had a ton of options. But because I didn’t want a repaint I decided to stick to Copper Red paint code 32V. First option on Long Island about 69 miles away. And second in Pennsylvania near Wilkes Barre 98 miles away. I emailed both places. Got some photos of close ups of damage. And chose the cheapest less damaged option, $100 bux. Not perfect, but I think it will clean up nicely.

The car on Long Island.

And the car in Pennsylvania:

There were many options all around the East Coast, in a variety of colors:

Like this green PRHT at the same place on Long Island, though I did not see it:

This one looks great, except for the scratches on top right of the pic.

Also with interesting interior, a lot less pumpkin color like in my car. I like this two tone with black highlights. Center console.

Love the look of the Niseko car available in Pennsylvania at yet another wrecker.

Always been a fan of this color, beautiful wheels on it too.

This afternoon I headed East to Medford, NY Thinking all the while that I bought my car on Long Island. Bought the RX-8 spare donut for my car there. And now the fender in the middle of Long Island just shy of the Hamptons, near Haupague and Lake Ronkonkoma. The place was only 69 miles away, but it freaking took me 8 hours round trip $11 in tolls and $20 in fuel, because of Friday traffic and the fact I drove thru NYC trying to cheap out on the tolls.

Medford seems to have a whole row of junk yards along Peconia Ave, among them where I bought my fender today. Reminds me of the chop shops along Avenue P in Newark, NJ

Nice wheels…

It’s not perfect, but it will do.

Since the ad was posted, looks like a bunch of parts were sold already.

This little nipple in the middle of the damn thing will really bother me. Could not see it in pics because of the glue residue  but what can you do. Will have to live with it.

My dog Maxi Max came along for the ride. We stopped in Flushing, the Chinatown of Queens for my favorite soup dumplings from Joe’s Shanghai. And then again at Kababish near La Guardia airport because of heavy bumper to bumper traffic, and because this place was highly recommended by a coworker, so I had to try it. Max helped himself to a piece of chicken kebab while I was out of the car getting gas. He got smacked for stealing, but when we got home he drank the whole bowl of water. The food was punishment enough because it was so spicy….

Anyway, tomorrow I’ll attempt to install it.

Mazda MX-5: Bad Day for my Miata

Always knew someone will run over my Miata. Today my mommy dearest succeeded. It didn’t help I parked behind her on a weird angle… only ran in the house for a minute before going out. But she beat me to it. Put her truck in reverse and plowed over my fender doing plenty of damage.

Not sure how to tackle this project. Will look for another fender for sale online, preferably in Copper Red so I don’t have to paint it. But this won’t be cheap.

This is why I can’t have nice things.

Not sure how she got enough speed to do so much damage as the car was parked two feet behind the truck. So far I pulled out the fender so it’s not running against the tire. And zip tied the fender lining together. Car looks like shit now.