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MCHOF’s Ron Ruelle Sits Down with John Kuvakas of My Take

It’s always a treat to talk to folks in the diecast collecting industry. Ron Ruelle, Creative Director and Wheelman for the Model Car Hall of Fame, sat down for a video interview by John Kuvakas of My Take. My Take is a YouTube channel in which Kuvakas spouts wisdom about model cars (emphasis on 1/43 scale) and interviews people from all areas of the hobby. Kuvakas and his channel are Inductees in the MCHOF from 2022, so it’s about time we sat down to chat.

The conversation ranges from Ruelle’s history growing up in a family who appreciated cars, to his early days of playing with Johnny Lightning, Hot Wheels, and Kenner SSP cars, to where the hobby is headed in the future.

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Kuvakas also asks for collecting advice from someone who has been at it for over 50 years. “Collect what you like,” Ruelle suggests. “Don’t go chasing profits. There will be opportunities for that sometimes, but stick to a brand or scale or models of real cars you love.”

There is some bonus content at the end of the video… a few years back Ruelle appeared in a video for hobbyDB (he was a bit heavier and had a bushy goatee back then!), and you get to see glimpses of his house in Boulder, Colorado, with collectibles of all kinds. It’s worth pausing to see a life-size Big Boy statue, a Schwinn Sting-Ray bike, and a vintage dining booth with bobbleheads, along with a lot of scattered model cars.

And a cat hiding amongst the collectibles!

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Ron Ruelle is a cartoonist, writer, and illustrator who also writes about model cars. You can see his work at