As the Diecast Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony gets closer, we want to share another great detail about the event.
A few weeks ago, we presented images of the promotional model for the The Diecast Hall of Fame Ceremony, a blue 1963 Ford Econoline Van decked out in honor of S&S Speed Shop. Today, we’re excited to show you the limited version of the van!
Instead of the blue metallic scheme announced previously, the limited variant will feature a flat black finish. As before, the graphics for 1/64 M2 “Auto-Thentics” van were designed by our Class of 2011 Inductee Sean Taylor. There will only be 250 of this alternate variant made, and it will be for sale exclusively at the event.
One blue van will be included as part of the “goody bag” handed out to all registered attendees. Additional blue and black vans will also be on sale at the ceremony in Las Vegas.
The casting combines parts from different versions of the M2 Econoline. It features the lowered chassis comes from the “Van Go” version, but the body uses the “stock” Econoline casting that has details that are normally smoothed out for the Van Go. The interior is the basic cargo version with front seats.
S&S Speed Shop has been in business since 1946. They have been at the same location in Rochester, New York, since the late ’50s. The company was started by John Stampfl and passed onto his sons, Richard, John, and Robert. In its early days George Hurst would personally visit to sell his shifters, and Joe Hrudka, aka Mr. Gasket, also dropped by to sell parts in his ’59 Thunderbird.
From 9 pm to midnight, ticketholders at the event will have first rights to purchase additional copies of the blue version for $25.00 (12 piece maximum) and the black version for $50 (6 piece maximum). When the event opens to the public after the induction ceremony, the same purchasing structure will be maintained from 11 pm till midnight. If there are any left after the event, they will be available on the Diecast Hall of Fame website, but at a higher price ($35 and $60, respectively) plus shipping.
The Diecast Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, November 2, 2017. Tickets are on sale now, and limited seating is still available for the event. And remember, all net proceeds will be going to There With Care, a charity that helps families who have children with critical illness.