The Diecast Hall of Fame is excited to share some details about the frist of two promotional models for the upcoming induction ceremonies. Andy Goodman, one of the most prominent diecast collectors in the world, has provided a sneak peek at Sean Taylor’s exclusive graphics for a 1963 Ford Econoline van for the event. The 1/64 M2 “Autothentics” van will come in two variants, both honoring S&S Speed Shop of Richmond Hills, in Queens, New York.
S&S has been in business since 1946, and at the same location 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 drop by to sell his shifters, and Joe Hrudka, aka Mr. Gasket, also popped in to sell parts in his ’59 Thunderbird. Robert’s sons are being groomed to take over for another generation, so the company will remain independent and family owned for the forseeable future.
The casting from M2 is a unique combination of parts from different versions of their Econoline. The lowered chassis comes from the “Van Go” version of the van, but the body uses the “stock” Econoline version with door lines, hinges and other details that are normally smoothed out for the Van Go. The interior is the basic cargo version with front seats and nothing but storage behind them.
There will be 750 of this blue version made, which will have a “heavy metallic” finish to the paint. These will be part of the “goody bag” handed out to all registered attendees. There will also be an even more limited edition“chase” version, which will be revealed later.
At the event between 9PM and midnight, ticketholders will have first rights to purchase additional pieces of the blue version for $25.00 each, with a maximum of 12 per person. When the event opens to the public after the Induction ceremony, the same purchasing structure will be maintained from 11pm till midnight. If there are any left after the show, they will be available on the Diecast Hall of Fame website, but at a higher price ($35) plus shipping.
Tickets are on sale now to attend the Diecast Hall of Fame induction event at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, November 2, 2017. And remember, all net proceeds will be going to There With Care, a charity that helps families who have children with critical illness.