One of the most prolific and innovative diecast customizers has joined the Model Car Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Jimmy “Boxman” Chavez has come on board to help make the Model Car Hall even more spectacular. Even though the 2017 Induction Ceremony is only weeks away, Chavez has an eye on ramping things up for 2018’s event.
The work Chavez performs on his vehicles is extraordinary, but he is perhaps best known for the his packaging that incorporates the design theme into the graphics, card shape and even 3D blister form. Standard blister packs simply won’t do for Chavez. His vehicle and card graphics are spot-on designs that look professionally produced. And then he takes things way further with innovative combinations of card shapes and blister forms that reflect the theme of the car.
Chavez has been at this game for about 20 years, he said. “I started out turning Hot Wheels Highway Haulers into beer trucks.” All of this precision and creativity looks like it should take crazy amounts of time. Nope. He said his projects run “a couple days including design” in most cases. Even when the case itself might be the most ambitious part of the project.
Chavez is quite familiar with the Model Car Hall of Fame, as he himself was inducted in 2009 for his custom work. In addition to numerous awards and honors for his work, his work has been shown at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
The Model Car Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is just around the corner, November 2, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. Tickets are on sale now, and limited seating is still available for the event. And all net proceeds will be donated to There With Care, a charity that helps families who have children battling critical illnesses.