Model Car Hall of Fame News

Celebrating Larger-than-life 2009 Inductee Roy Nakamura

Guest Post from Andy Goodman Andy organizes car and collector events, collects Hot Wheels, Funko, Jada, M2 and more, works for M2 Machines and has consulted for many other toy companies.  He is also one of our Inductees (Model Historian in 2014) and has organized a number of the Annual Ceremonies for the Hall.  Here […]

Jim Bur joins the Selection Committee

Think about what brings you to the hobby. Maybe you saw a particular model that you loved, maybe you collect models close to the car you own or used to own. What if your job, your hobby, and even your daily driver became a cohesive, extensive catalogue of your favorite brand? Our newest selection committee […]

John Leslie Ragsdale, Inductee of the Class of 2014, has passed away

John Ragsdale, 63, passed away in Ennis, Texas on Thursday, March 28, 2019. John ran the DFW Toy and Diecast Fair for the last 15 years along with his brother George. in 2013, he was honored by the North Texas Diecast Collectors Club for “Outstanding Performance”.  John was Inducted into the then Diecast Hall of […]

Jean Birsens: Matchbox Collector for over 40 years

Like many of us, Jean Birsens played with Matchbox cars and Siku cars on the carpet in his living room, a carpet which was a Highway, a City and many other interesting places. Unlike most though, Jean’s make believe world blossomed into a real-life museum today. Starting with hand-me-downs, Jean now owns his own Matchbox […]

Community Highlights: John Righter’s Restoration Videos

Whatever your thoughts on restoring vs. originality when it comes to Hot Wheels Redlines, you’ve got to respect someone who puts a ton of time and care into bringing Redlines back to their original glory. In this case, if you’re opposed to restorations, at least your only watching! On Community Supporter John Righter’s Youtube channel […]

Johnny Lightning Gets to Take a 50th Anniversary Victory Lap

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Hot Wheels took the lion’s share of diecast journalism attention in 2018 with their elaborate, year-long 50th Anniversary celebration. With that in the rear view mirror, Johnny Lightning turns the big 5-0 in 2019, with some special retro packaging and old castings in the works. Several people involved in the brand are also celebrated as […]

Sam Bass, Renowned NASCAR Illustrator, Dies at 57

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NASCAR artist and 2012 Model Car Hall of Fame Inductee Sam Bass passed away on February 16. If his name doesn’t immediately ring a bell, his artwork certainly should. As NASCAR’s “First Officially Licensed Artist,” he created dozens, if not hundreds of works of stock car related art for posters, t-shirts, and other merchandising. That […]

Model Car Hall of Fame 2019 Nominations

Nominate Now! Click Here To Nominate A flying start We’re back, better (and earlier) than ever. 2018 brought us new categories like Slot Cars and Farm Models plus new scales and new Inductees. From the Automodello ‘65 Riviera, to our Model Car Dealer of the year, Replicarz, to our new Automotive Legend Ken Block, our […]

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