DCA Drag Truck

353/365 – I used to be really into Jeeps. More to the point, I used to be into the 4×4 community here in Denver. As with most hobbies, there are some extensive online communities for offroading. The problem was, for the last 10 years, I have not had a Jeep. So when people would go on trail runs, etc, I didn’t go. Then my now son-in-law got me hooked on Hot Wheels. Like most people probably do, I started at www.hotwheelscollectors.com. While I still go there, it wasn’t the community for me. Too many people whining or fighting over dumb things. I don’t have time for nonsense like that. And then the Mattel lawyers killed the HWC trade boards. That made me look elsewhere. There are several places online where you can trade Hot Wheels. But the one that stood out to me was www.diecastaway.com. They made me feel welcome there, and before long I was talking about a number of things in a number of different subforums. I became a part of the community, just as interested in the conversation as the trading. It’s a cool place, with cool people.

What does all this have to do with this Drag Truck? It’s a custom, made by one of the site owners, and only given to a handful of members a few years ago. One of those members sent it to me anonymously a couple months ago. I was pretty flattered. Can’t imagine why someone would give this up, much less to me. It was an awesome gesture, and doubly so since I collect Drag Trucks.

So if you are disenchanted with HWC or some other online diecast community, check out DCA. It’s not for everyone, but if you like to get engaged in conversations with people, it’s a great place to be.

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Shelby Cobra 427 S/C

352/365 – This might be the finest Hot Wheels car I have opened this year. The detail on this Red Line Club, Commemorative Edition, Shelby Cobra 427 S/C is amazing. The paint is second to none, but the detail goes so much further. From the opening hood, to the Goodyear meats, to the painted seat belts and steering wheel, this car is remarkable. Makes me want to open more of my RLC cars, just to see the detail that is present. More RLC cars go on sale at half-price this Friday. I think I’ll have to pick up a few.

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67 Ford Bronco

351/365 – I am not a huge fan of the movie Zoolander, though I love Will Ferrell. I was really happy about the Bronco being made into a Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment car though. I like the 4×4, off road castings as much as I like VW’s and drag racing cars. The detail that goes into these is great, right down to the license plate. I am really excited for the F case (coming out in January I hear), which is going to have a bunch of cool cars, including a BJ and the Bear Thunder Roller.

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Volkswagen Truck

350/365 – Received this over the weekend, in response to some wheel errors I sent someone on DCA a few months back. It was a very pleasant surprise indeed. The graphics and body detail are great, but it also opens up, revealing interior detail including a roll bar and the engine. Really happy to have this in my collection.

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Texas Drive Em

349/365 – Few Hot Wheels castings are as desireable as the Texas Drive Em. I am not sure why, but “Chase” versions, with Real Riders tires, have a way of maintaining their value in the secondary market far better than any other. I don’t know if quantities are more limited or what the deal is. All I know is that at one time I wanted to collect them, and then I saw how prohibitively priced they are. Oh well, plenty of other stuff to my liking.

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Corvette Stingray

348/365 – The Classics series Hot Wheels cars have great paint finishes on them. This Corvette Stingray is no exception.

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Dodge A100 Van

347/365 – Another day, another ski town. This time we have an Ozzy Dodge A100 in Winter Park, Colorado. So glad the snow is falling again.

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63 Studebaker

346/365 – Love the Studebaker truck castings from Hot Wheels.

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Volkswagen Bug Convertible

345/365 – Unfortunately, it is warm enough in Colorado right now to drive around with the top down.

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97 Corvette

344/365 – With the VW Van being yesterday’s picture, today I went for a more modern thought. In this day and age, you are not likely to roll into Deer Valley in a VW Bus. But you certainly would be expected to show up in a sports car like this 97 Corvette. A word of caution though – Corvette’s handle terrible in the snow (yes, I know firsthand).

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