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.