Le Mans Week Closer

And we'll conclude our impromptu Le Mans week with this Porsche from the late 90's. This car has had a lot of care and attention paid to it, and the resulting details are very nice.
Porsche 911 GT1-98
2000 Mainline #250


Cadillac's Abortive Return

This open-cockpit LeMans sports-prototype represents GM's attempt to return to LeMans in 2000. At the end of 2002, the program was cancelled so that GM could concentrate on the Corvette program instead. This car is a descendant of the Riley & Scott sports prototypes of the late '90s.
Cadillac LMP
2001 Mainline #013


GT Predicessor

This is based on the Panoz GTR-1, a car which raced in the GT classes of Le Mans before the LMP-1 Roadster S program. As such it shares many styling elements.


Oldie Style Porsche

This car appears to be based on the '80s Le Mans Porsches, although for some reason it is wearing Chevrolet decoration. The rear hatch opens to reveal the motor assembly. The wing is a little on the thick side, but it is still a neat car.
Sol-Aire CX4
1998 Mainline #823


LMP Long Nose

For a while, LeMans LMP classes were open-cockpit roadster cars instead of the canopy cars that we see today. This led to some of the ridiculously long-nosed front-engined, rear-wheel-drive race cars like this one.
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster S
2003 Mainline 135


Le Mans

Here's a road-going version of the Le Mans race car by Mercedes. Apparently this is a real thing, where the race car was certified as road-worthy after the addition of signalling lights and some emissions pieces.
Mercedes CLK-LM
2000 Mainline #164
Anyways, since this is the Le Mans weekend, I thought this car would be appropriate. Unfortunately the glory days of 24-hour straight live coverage are gone -- although there is a streaming package that I subscribed to in the past -- I still hope to be able to see at least some of the race this year.


Mirror Graffiti

Mildly interesting how the "Graffiti Style" decorations on the side are a mirror image of the other side, so this is a "WH" instead of a "HW". I'll have the other color variation of this car up eventually too.
Super Tuned
2008 Mainline #074


Lime Hill Climb

The tampoing may be a little on the plain side -- the white gets a little lost in the lime green -- but overall this is a nice, discreet look.
Pikes Peak Celica
2008 Mainline #088


Yellow Racer

This electric yellow Ferrari 333 SP is very well executed, right down to the white spoke wheels.

Ferrari 333 SP
2007 Mainline #139


More Gorgeous Spectraflame

Because Spectraflame, that's why.

'70 Plymouth Superbird
HotWheels Classics Series 3 # 25

That is all.


#FerrariFriday Tribute

Ladies and gentlemen, for #FerrariFriday I present to you the 2010 Speed Machines Ferrari 575 GTC.
Ferrari 575 GTC
2010 Speed Machines
While not as rare as the Ferrari Racer, this car is somewhat hard to come by. I am extremely pleased to include one in my collection.

And I'm celebrating this #FerrariFriday by being in Montreal for the practice day for the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix.


Bat City

This is a custom Fandango that I bought on eBay about 15 or more years ago. It is a 2001 Mainline (First Editions) which has had the tampos removed and this new stenciling applied. It really is well done. At the time I'm sure the eBay listing explained what "Bat City" was, but as of today the Googles are silent on this matter. I'm sure eventually someone who is nostalgically Googling this club will encounter this page; maybe they'd be so kind as to let us know some of the information and history of the club.

Bat City Fandango
Bat City Hot Wheels Collectors Club Car

The Fandango is a super base for projects like this -- large amounts of relatively smooth surface upon which to put your decorations. I have at least one other custom based on a Fandango around here somewhere, although it is not nearly as well executed. I also have a Fandango of this type which has been stripped down to the zamac and was sold on eBay as a "Zamac" car. I think this was before Mattel was doing it, so it can't really be counted as a forgery, it is more a custom.


Title Bar

Well it's been almost two years, maybe we should look at the car in the blog titlebar, eh?

One of the types of cars I like is LeMans-style sports prototypes. And the best cars are always Ferraris, so combine the two and you have an amazing winner. 

Ferrari 333 SP
2004 Milestone Moments (Ferrari Hall Of Fame)
This car is from the 2004 Milestone Moments series, a premium series where the car came in a nice box and had a souvenir card that described this particular one. Since it is 2004, I've lost the card -- or at least I can't put my hands to it immediately -- so I can't tell you what is on it. But this seems to be one of those series that had only a brief run and then drowned back into obscurity, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of information on it.

This picture was picked because it was a nice photo of a nice car that survived being cropped down to make it fit the title bar. It may be time to update the title bar photo, but we'll leave well enough alone for now. 


Hello Half-Assed Week

OK so far the last two weeks have been really busy, so I have unfortunately caught up on my advanced-posted posts. So I'm going to have to reach into my stack of pre-taken photos to pad things out for a little while -- without having to take pictures these posts go up a lot faster.

To start, here's a favorite photo from 2001 -- the yellow Holden SS Commodore VT.

Holden SS Commodore VT
Mainline 2001-143


Monday Morning Martian

The third highlight from last week's mail call is this Spoiler Sport featuring Marvin The Martian. I'm pretty sure that this one was on the shelves in Canada, but I wasn't collecting Pop Culture stuff back then. Recently I've gotten more interested in these Spoiler Sport so I'm picking them up when the opportunity presents itself.

In this case, the tampo print is a straight-up mirror reflection of the opposite side.
Spoiler Sport
2013 Pop Culture

Copyright assertion is incredibly discreet. Hello, Fox, you listening? Warner Brothers? No? OK then.

As you can see in the close-up picture, there is a bit of rasterization in the tampoing, but overall the effect is extremely nice.


Ferrari Friday M

So it has been a while since #FerrariFriday, and this little beauty was burning a hole in my display shelving... so why not?

Ferrari 512 M
2006 Mainline #005
This one is just as nice as the blue one we looked at last time (ironically -- almost exactly a year ago).

Detail under the rear hood.



Next up in the eBay Bundle is this 2015 Pop Culture Star Wars Spoiler Sport. 

Spoiler Sport
2015 Pop Culture Star Wars
I have to admit -- after the two Star Trek cars, I was disappointed to find out that Darth Vader is almost exactly the same on either side. At least it isn't a mirror image.

The car itself is a nice build, and aside from some rasterization in the tampo the paint and decoration is right on, too. The wheels are perhaps a little more busy than I'd like; but it does make a good ensemble.

Note discreet copyright assertion on the back of the truck.



So normally I don't do this -- buy a car that is nominally still part of the current model year while there is still a chance I'll find one on the pegs -- but if we're being honest, I'm not going to find this one because it is a Treasure Hunt. And Treasure Hunts are not likely to get any cheaper over the long run, in fact if they become trendy for some reason the only direction the price is going to go is up.

So, off to eBay.

This seller had one for a reasonable price. Shipping was on the expensive side, so after some back and forth I threw some more cars in and made a bundle; we completed the deal and the cars arrived unbelievably quickly. So for US$60 I ended up with a bunch of cars I wasn't likely to find elsewhere.

We start, therefore, with the reason for the bundle: the 2017 Fandango Treasure Hunt.

2015 Mainline - Treasure Hunt
The Fandango is a casting I am collecting, so buying this was a no-brainer once I found an affordable deal. I am very pleased to be able to put this car up on my wall, and we'll have to find somewhere with the more permanent collection for it to live.

I did buy a whack of Plano cases (well, a half-dozen, which is a small whack?...) so there will be some reorganization coming in the future once I figure out what I want to do. Right now the Fandangos live in the old black Mattel Hot Wheels display cases, and while there isn't room for this one (or the previous one I got recently) I'm not decided on which cars to remove in order to add these new ones.

And maybe the best news? While doing the research on this car, I discovered that there is going to be a red non-treasure-hunt version released! More Fandango is never a bad thing.


Jacked Up

And here we are back with the trucks, eh? This is a uber-lifted Chevy Blazer 4x4. This sort of reminds me of the old Ford Bronco castings -- of which I have a couple, and am now motivated to dig out.
Chevy Blazer 4x4
2017 Mainline #034
This isn't a terrible model, although I am turned off a bit by the excessively chromed front of the suspension, something probably necessary because of the casting process.

And look, there's even stuff inside the back!


Load Up

Construction equipment! Woo. I like these older ones where the bucket is a separate piece from the arm. More recent pieces have them all together as one, and have ridiculous "blown" engines hanging on the back. I don't need anything like that, this is fine.
Wheel Loader
2001 Mainline #123
More of these coming in the future, promise.


Chin Up, Part 3

There's low chin spoilers... and then there's this one. This one almost rubs the ground even fresh from the package.
2016 Ford GT Race
2017 Mainline #166
The car itself however I can't get excited about -- there's just something about the length of the car and the tacked-on-the-back diffuser that spoils the car for me. The whole thing is almost comically too long.


Chin Up, Part 2

Echoing yesterday's Porsche, this '94 Toyota Supra from the Fast&Furious series also has a deep, track-unfriendly chin spoiler. On the other hand, it handily shows more how the plain white car should be executed. It
'94 Toyota Supra
2017 Fast&Furious #7
Perhaps the Porsche was too busy -- here the white looks clean and purposeful, a statement on its own, instead of a blank slate waiting to be written on. I can't really tell you why this one works and the Porsche didn't. Maybe it's the extra splash of contrast in the LW wheels. It also has details on the back which help break up the potential monotone of color.

I passed on this the first time I saw it, but regretted it. I am very glad that the Fast&Furious line became a bit of a peg warmer and I got another chance.


Chin Up, Part 1

Once in a while you see a casting that's clearly been released more for collectors than for play value. This casting of the Porsche 934.5 is clearly such a casting because of the ridiculously low chin spoiler that will make the car hopeless on the orange track and will end up dragging on the ground at the first hint of front axle deformation
Porsche 934.5
2017 Mainline #153
This particular instance of the car needs more decoration than it has -- there isn't enough detail in the casting to wear the smooth white paint with dignity. It looks like an empty billboard, and I'm sure future releases of this car will be garishly decorated.